• Gary

Rocky Ridge Ranch Newsletter - Oct 13th

Hello Friends and Members,

    This will be the 31st CSA delivery for the year. Only five more this Fall. It's time to sign up for next year if you want to continue CSA deliveries.  We'll be nagging everyone to find out your plans.  The early sign up provides us the capital and confidence we need to plan and invest in the following growing season and the cost of the livestock processing.

    All renewing Members will be able to renew at the current cost if they sign up by the end of November (not by the 1st which was a typo before). We anticipate Member costs going up next Spring. The only change is we will no longer include eggs in the Produce CSA.  We were unable to purchase new layer chicks last Spring due to Covid-19 restrictions. We plan to raise some this Spring and hope to offer eggs by late next Spring but they will be sold separately.

    As stated before we plan to continue our program by doing the best we can one day at a time regardless of the current Covid-19 issues as well as media and political anxiety. We are both old enough we've seen stressful times in the past and survived them.  Actually this year has been good for us financially because of the increase in customers and Members.  It has also caused us to be a lot busier but that's okay because we both love what we do! 

Farm News:

    Well guess what?  We had two new baby calves born the same day early this week. Both first time mothers did very well!  Hope the other fall calving cows have their babies before it's too cold. The big sow in the barn is still under watch as well expect new piglets any day.

    Took three beef to the processor yesterday. When they are finished we'll have plenty of meat for the remaining CSA weeks. Last week we also re-stocked pork. I'm hopeful we can continue to have some more processing done later so we can offer meat items for online Special Ordering during the Winter, plus stock up inventory for early next Spring.

    Had to take another tractor to the shop for a clutch replacement.  I used to do those jobs myself before but somehow I find it harder these days and slower for me to get everything done.  Hope to work on the third tractor myself in the shop this Winter. Only enough room in there for one at a time. Last year we put new doors on the shops so they can be kept warm enough now to do some work in the Winter.

    This next week we are going to try to process the cattle if the rain let's us. Already rounded them all up to a holding area.  They have been eating 1-1/2 tons of hay a day. We have 48 head of cattle with 17 calves born since last Fall.  Have been grooming a couple of new bulls that are Wagyu (Kobe)/Black Angus crossed.  Years ago I started this to develop more tender beef from grass fed only conditions.  Because of no other feed they are carefully and properly aged for the best quality results.

    Because of more frost events threatening us now we spent yesterday covering all the plants outside not yet harvested and put heaters in all the Hoop/Green Houses. SO is still planting some new veggies inside. My wife's pet cow Curly is now allowed in the garden to clean up on irrigated plants since the rest are covered by tarps. She also has a very nice bull calf with her at times.

CSA News:

    We mentioned our future plans above but also want to express this year has been a great season and we've enjoyed meeting so many new Members.!

Let's see what we plan to deliver later this week:

Cooler of the Best Produce:

Micro Greens, Lettuce Salad Mix, Bell Pepper, Daikon Radish Greens, Napa Cabbage, Collard Greens, Swiss Chard, Kale, Salad Onions, Leek greens, Herb-Thyme, Sesame Leaves, Squash, Potatoes, Carrots, Beets, Celery and eggs.

Variety of Meats:

Chicken, Two Ground Beef, Beef Steak, Deli Ham, Bacon, Country Style Ribs.

Reminder: The last delivery will be a Turkey in lieu of a Chicken.  Some Geese and Ducks are available as a substitute if you let me know soon by email.

Be well!,

Gary & So


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