• Gary

Rocky Ridge Ranch Newsletter - Sept 6

Hello Members and Friends,

This weekend has been a nice break but we'll be foregoing the Monday holiday to start preparing produce orders for the coming 26th delivery this year.

Farm News:

Last week, to keep the cattle busy between hay feedings, we moved the them to the West side of our fields and range land where there's a little parched pasture left. Also, soon we'll have to sort them out and we expect new calves to be coming soon.

Hogs are on pasture enjoying the cooler weather. The big sow still hasn't birthed but is building a nice nest with the fresh straw we gave her. We expect several other sows to farrow this Fall-Winter which will rebuild our supply of Berkshire hogs again after the very high sales the last two years. We do have about 15 piglets now for next Spring. We'll be sorting out some larger hogs soon for delivery to the Processor around the end of this month.

We are also restocking Poultry for the Fall including Turkeys, Geese and Ducks.

CSA News:

Last week there was a little confusion on some deliveries but that seems normal every time a new quarter starts. Otherwise all went well. Some Members are already signing up for next year! Their investment helps us and all others by providing the financial resources to prepare for next year. This year has been tough because of the early windstorms badly damaging the green and hoop houses as well as the severe heat damaging produce, pasture and hay crops. Much to my surprise and relief the livestock have done very well. Just had to make sure the hogs had fresh wallow water and the cattle had access to shade whenever needed. Also very happy to find the Alfalfa planted early this spring has continued to finally sprout up and lately, after the cooling down, is thickening and should still do well next year, if the weather returns to more normal conditions. As mentioned above we are already restocking meat items for this fall.

Just re-stocked the organic potting soil for our popular micro-greens and other veggie starts. It was on sale so loaded 50 bags this Saturday for the coming season. It's most extensively used for the weekly micro greens which my wife SO and most Members really enjoy. It involves a lot of extra expense and work. It also has very high levels of nutrition even exceeding the protein levels of good beef steaks. They're also great for sandwiches, salads, and green smoothies for fresh or frozen for later. Of course SO's has very high nutrition level because it is truly fresh. I haven't seen it reliably offered from any other local sources. That freshness goes for most of the other veggies as well.

Let's see what is planned for this week:

Coolers of the Best Produce

Micro Greens Mix, Lettuce Salad Mix, Napa Cabbage, Collards, Kale, Chard, Daikon Greens, Fennel, Kohlrabi, Garlic Chives, Sesame Leaves, Salad Onions, Dry Onion, Beets, Carrots, Potatoes, Green Beans, Squash, and maybe more. Egg availability reduced lately; common this time of year.

Variety of Meats

Chicken (pretty large), Ground Beef, Steak Cutlets, Beef Surprise item, Bacon, Ground Pork, Pork Surprise Item. LAMB STILL AVAILABLE AS SUBSTITUTE FOR BEEF.

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

Gary & SO


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