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Rocky Ridge Ranch Newsletter - Sept 28th

Hello Members and Friends,

    Things going well with some recent rains. Maybe coincidence but health feeling a lot better too. Getting the itch to do some field work again now that my old reliable 1978 John Deere 2130 Tractor is back in service just in time.

Farm News:

    Had a frost last night that is forecast to happen again tonight so had to stop everything and harvest the squash and put in to storage.  We'll be working on the other root storage crops like beets, potatoes, carrots and more soon.


Moved the cattle to another alfalfa field for grazing near the garden. Keep checking everyday expecting some Fall season calves.  At our place we calve year around instead of seasonal so we can market fresh beef as needed.  But new calves still seem to be primarily born in the Spring and Fall.  They enjoyed the frosted squash from the garden that we fed them over the fence. The horses did too!  Keeping them all close to the house during the hunting season.

    Took another load of six hogs to the processor. Have twelve more to do this year. Half of them are already sold. Replenished the pork inventory for the CSA. Also hope to get some more beef done soon. Have them penned in the corral to quickly load up when given the go by the processor. The processor is still working hard trying to catch up from the delays caused by Covid-19.

    I plan to cultivate about 60 acres this Fall for an early planting next Spring of another alfalfa grass crop if all goes well. Still have a lot of other chores to get done in preparation for Winter.  We're uncertain what to do to prepare for next year.  Overall this has been a good year but we're concerned about the future as I'm sure many others are as well.

CSA News:

    Frost has caused some fresh produce losses but thanks to the green/hoop houses we still have indoor production as other crops are maturing. Let's take a look at what is planned for delivery this week.

Cooler of the Best Produce:

Micro Green mix, Salad Lettuce mix, Chard, Kale, Collard Greens, Salad Onions, Leeks, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Beets, Carrots, more large Kohlrabi, Squash, Daikon Greens, Napa Cabbage, Sesame Leaves, Fennel, Herb-Thyme and Eggs.

Variety of Meats:

Chicken, Beef Roast, Ground Beef, Pork Chops, Ground Pork, Bacon, Beef Marrow Bones for Soup Stock.

Glad everyone is doing well.

See you soon!

Gary & So


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