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Rocky Ridge Ranch Newsletter - July 20

Hello Members and Friends,

    We are sorry to advise that our Farm Store will be closed effective this week. This means we will not accept any future orders until further notice.  The store will remain closed until a processor is available to schedule our livestock for processing.  We are also at our limit on produce sales for this Season. I thought my long time processor CNJ Custom Meats would be reliable to meet our needs thru the Covid-19 overload. However, the ongoing economic challenges caused by government mandated restrictions regarding Covid-19 are causing our processor issues with keeping a reliable workforce.  Thus, unable to resupply our inventory we are forced us to close the Farm Store until further notice.  All present inventory will be used for CSA Members and prior orders for Custom Livestock Processing. I will be spending my time with the priority of finding another processor.

    My hip and back injury is still hurting but have been improving gradually. Recently found a fine volunteer to help me out and others to help my wife with all the produce volume.

Farm News:

    Just relocated the cattle herd to a new prime pasture of oats and peas along with natural grasses. Thanks to the abundant rain this Spring all the pastured livestock are in excellent condition.  Once processors become available again we have plenty of livestock on hand to make good on all orders.

    Waiting for my extra tractor repairs to be completed to help speed up gathering and stacking all the hay. Been catching up with all the hay, lawn, and garden mowing.  Making some good progress. Also bought a second used lawn tractor and my grandson repaired it for use today. Every time I try to do mowing or hay bale gathering the gopher and rock bumps cause me severe pain in the hip! Not as bad with the 4 types of pain pills the Dr. prescribed if I take them all at once but they wear off after only a few hours. Used them when loading meat coolers as well.

    My wife SO and I check the cows for new babies about twice a day. Several look due any day.  Lately the coyotes have been serenading us every night so we stay concerned.

    Had several beef steers sorted into a large pen to be ready for loading and a trip to the processor. Did this about a week before moving the cattle herd to the new prime pasture.  Got home and noticed they were all gone. I found a corner of the pen they knocked around and bent.  Took our dog Happy to inspect the spot and she became very sheepish and shy.  Good clue of what frightened the beef enough to crash a fence. Went out to the new pasture and searched through the herd and happy to say we found all the missing stock with the others.  Happy, our dog did not show any mood to bark at them as she usually does. She has been so good and helpful for us!

CSA News:

    After harvesting for the CSA, So is continuing to plant more produce items each week.  More items are coming to maturity every week now.  Lets take a look at what we are planning for this week.

Cooler of the Best Produce:

Kohlorabi, Green Cabbage Head, Napa Cabbage, Daikon Greens, Micro Greens mix, Lettuce Salad Mix, Kale, Chard, Collard Greens, Herb-Sesame Leaves and Sage, Garlic Chives, Salad Green Onions, Cucumbers, Beets w/greens, Summer Squash, Potatoes, Rhubarb, and eggs

Variety of Meats:

Chicken, Two Ground Beef, Beef Steak Cutlets, Beef Short Ribs, Pork Chops, Ground Pork Sausage

See you soon!

Gary and So

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