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Rocky Ridge Ranch Newsletter - Aug 30

Hello Members and Friends,


This week begins the Fall or Third and final Quarter which will end the week before Thanksgiving Day. Next year we plan to switch to two quarters at 12 weeks each that we'll be calling Early Season starting in May and Late Season starting in August. It'll be 26 weeks with two weekly breaks for July 4th and again for Labor Day Sept 6th. Those who sign up in advance, by the end of this 2021 Fall Quarter, the cost will be at 2021 prices. Because of inflation, continuing weather challenges and fires, CSA prices for the 2022 season will be higher.



We took a short break this last weekend to celebrate SO's birthday. As in the past we visited a hot springs resort called Quinn's in Montana. I discovered that even though they also had very hot and dry weather, their land hasn't suffered near as much as here in Eastern WA. Hopefully in 2022 we'll bounce back with a high moisture year like it did the last time we saw it this dry and smoky back in 1991, known as the Fire Storm Year.


Farm News:

Not much new to report. Just finished up several tasks started last week like mowing and improving fire breaks, as well as stacking about 100 tons of hay. Last year we had a bumper crop of our own but this year we had to buy because of the heat destroying our hay crops. Cattle did real well though because of eating all the alfalfa chaff in the hay fields that they don't normally get. This fall, after the frost hits, they'll be able to graze the remnants of new grass and alfalfa I planted this spring, which came up late to my surprise and is doing pretty well. Finished mixing about 20,000lbs of pig feed for this winter. Had to start feeding hay about two months early. Both hay and grain prices have gone up 25% already. Same for many other supply items, such as seed and hardware. Meat processing costs have also risen. And everyone already knows about higher energy and fuel costs.


Having said all that, we are determined to prevail! Our success will partly come from a premium cattle breed we've been developing that's ideal for all forage feed with maximum meat tenderness. I call them "Wangyus".

They're a three way cross breed of Wagyus (some call it KOBE), original Aberdeen Angus, and regular commercial Angus. Each breed has it's own unique beneficial quality characteristics. I am also rebuilding our Berkshires with 6 Sows and two Boars, which became depleted with the high sales last year.


CSA News:

We welcome our new Members and say thanks to everyone else who has held on with us through the rugged hot weather. We'll have some more fall produce soon like corn, beans, kohlrabi and fennel, etc. It was cherry harvesting time in Montana so we brought back some to share with you all.

For this week:


Produce

Micro Greens mix, Lettuce Salad Mix, Kale, Chard, Collard Greens, Fennel, Green Beans, Kohlrabi, Rhubarb, Potatoes, Green Salad Onions, Fresh Hard Onion, Daikon Greens, Napa Cabbage, Herb-Sage, Small Beets w/greens, Carrots, Squash, Cucumbers and Cherries.


Variety of Meats

Beef Roast, Chicken, two Ground Beef, two Sausages, Bacon, Soup Item.


See you soon!

Gary & So

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