• Gary

Rocky Ridge Ranch Newsletter - Mar 22

Hello Friends & Members,

Well this will be our fourth delivery already. Staying busy getting things organized with the weather conditions. We're organized and prepped enough now that we can accept a few Variety of Meats CSA Memberships. And SO told me she feels like we can allow a couple more Produce CSA Memberships. Intermediate sign-ups can be prorated by special arrangement in advance.

It's still difficult to tell what the meat processing situation will be like this year with Covid-19 restrictions continuing to cause labor issues. As insurance I worked hard through the Winter to process and store as much inventory as possible in our freezers to be sure we have enough meats for all current CSA Members. Winter isn't always the best time to do that but so far the meat is good quality, though some beef cuts being a little leaner than usual still taste great. Grass fed meats often benefit from marinating or other tenderizing methods as well. Note, some cut sizes may vary because of different processors.

Special orders for the April holidays: We have plenty of Lamb including Roasts as well as Boneless Ham Roasts and larger Beef Roasts available. Feel free to contact us if you're not sure what to order. Also still have a few Turkeys, Geese and Ducks. To give you a better idea we have approximately 10 Hogs, 5 Beef, 5 Lambs, and around 300 Chickens in storage. We also have enough extra free range pastured eggs to sell.

Farm News:

Finished up enough fences to round up and sort all the hogs. Taking some to the processor for Custom Orders this coming Monday. Still have more fencing to do soon to get ready to do Spring sorting and tagging of cattle. Then the field work will begin! That will keep us busy, along with the outside garden work, for a couple months. We have a new field crop of about 50 acres Alfalfa Grass for hay and pasture. Garden work outside starts with squash, potatoes, beets, carrots, corn and more as it warms up. Besides the hot house work SO has also been pruning lots of raspberry bushes this week.

CSA News:

Green house early growing has been more limited than usual because of the storm damage but SO has most of them Gorilla Taped together enough now to grow some early plants. We have two that are 12' x 60' with heaters and lights we hope to get repaired this Spring. For now the variety of greens is less but more younger size which are those with the highest nutrition levels.

Let's see what is planned for the deliveries this coming week.

Cooler of the Best Produce:

Micro Greens Mix, Salad Lettuce Mix, Salad onions, Leeks, Dry Onion Bulb, Daikon Greens, Napa Cabbage, Kale, Chard, Herb-Sage, Potatoes, Carrots, Beets, Squash and Eggs

Variety of Meats:

Chicken, Ground Beef, Beef Steaks, Stew or Stir Fry cuts, Pork Chops, Ham Steak, Bacon, Pork Soup Stock Bones

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Be well!

Gary & So Angell


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