Vintage Sheds, Shops & Cabins
Hello Members and Friends,
Rain rain, rain rain, driveways like a creek again and soil is soggy everywhere causing tire track ruts and deep livestock tracks in the mud. This is the most wet Fall we've experienced in 36 years here. But in spite of it everything, all seems to be going well here!
Even with the cold and freezing nights we have managed to keep things growing well in the green/hoop houses using propane and electric heaters. Also the bug hatch seems to be under control. I used Neem Oil organic spray to get the bugs under control. A lot of the greens show some of the damage. Some were wiped out but new greens plants are rapidly growing to replace them. We managed to get most of the squash, bulb and root plants gathered except more potatoes to dig up. Covered them with a mulch cloth as it takes a while to get them all dug up by hand. Had to move most of the cleaning and packing inside due to the cold. We have an old Blacksmith Shed we call the Cabin, after living in it awhile we made it into a work project building years ago. Actually the Shop I have been working on, putting new sliding doors on, used to be a Work Horse Building with stalls and mangers and old harnesses hanging from the trusses of the roof. They date back into the 1880's and we renovated them with other outbuilding materials we salvaged long ago.
Later we recovered the roofs, added some new materials for insulation and siding as well as electricity and water lines. They are still a work in progress. I have photos of what they used to look like 36 years ago.
All the livestock is doing well. They seem to enjoy the wet weather conditions, especially all the green pastures. This is the latest I've ever gone without having to feed hay yet. Had another calf born too! Apparently I'm really an environment destroyer for letting all these critters grow here, eating natural grass and reproducing! I also read that cows are supposedly the worst villains because they burp and fart a lot. Sorry but I like those smells a lot more than the feed lot exhaust fumes or the smell every time we go to the cities. CSA NEWS: This will be the 32nd Delivery this year. Only four more before Thanksgiving. We will provide a supplemental box of Root/Storage items for Produce Members and a Turkey or other special meat item (if available) for Variety of Meat Members, at the last scheduled delivery - the week before Thanksgiving. Most Turkey sizes are about 15-20 lbs.
Hope you'll be giving some thought about your plans for the CSA next year. Please advise us so we can plan for the next season. Special thanks and appreciation for those who have already signed up for next year!
Let's take a look at what is planned for the deliveries this coming week. Produce/Eggs:
Micro Greens Mix, Chard, Kale, Collard Greens, Leeks, Bulb dry Onion, Daikon Greens, Carrots, Beets, Napa Cabbage, Hard Cabbage, Cucumber, Potatoes, Tomatoes , Squash, Garlic,Celery, Herb-Thyme and Eggs. Variety of Meats:
Chicken, Beef Franks, Beef Steak or Roast, Pepperoni, Jerky, Bacon ,Pork Roast, Ham Hocks, Pork Chops, Deli Ham. Note - Due to delays in Beef Processing, beef items very limited this week so more pork items than usual. Next Delivery will have mostly beef. SPECIAL ORDERS NEWS; Time to place an order for a holiday Turkey. First ordered comes first. Last two years we sold out completely. We also have a few ducks and Geese. My Beef Processing was delayed a week , so any orders for beef items will be delayed til the following week. Sorry for the inconvenience. Looking forward to seeing you all Thursday!
Gary & SO