Spring is officially here this Thursday for our fourth delivery. Temperatures suddenly
like those for Spring as well but snow is still here! Except where it is already muddy! Our poor Suburban looks like it was submerged in a mud bog. Even we have to watch where we walk or our boots get sucked into the mud and don't want to come up! All this said we are so fortunate to live here in the wonderful Northwest!!!
SPECIAL NOTICE: Next week we plan to start posting the News Letter by Friday evening. This is to give customers and Members more opportunity to plan meals or place their order in time for us to deliver it the following Thursday. Hope it works! Happy to see that Spring orders are starting to come in!
Several folks have ordered our CSA Sample Box. Hope their not discouraged by the smaller selection of fresh greens. We plan to do all we can to make up for it later as things warm up. They say on the news that this is the latest coldest Spring around here in over a 100 years.
The only reason we have any fresh greens is the Green Houses. The Hoop Houses are still covered with snow but warm inside so we'll be transplanting into them soon with all the starts completely filling the Hot House. Spent some time working out to shovel the snow drifts away from all the hoop house doors.
Well, let's see what we do have planned for this week.
PRODUCE/EGGS - Micro Greens, Lettuce Salad Mix, Kale and Chard for salads or Braising in Stir Fry's, Salad Onions, Dry Onion, Potatoes, Carrots, Re-hydrated Beets, Winter Squash, Herb-Sage and Eggs
VARIETY of MEATS - Chicken, Ground Beef, Beef Steak, Beef Stew Meat, Pork Chops,Flavored Ground Pork Sausage, Smoked Sausage. Please plan ahead and let me know if you want a Lamb item for Easter.
Still plowing and digging snow. Had to do a lot to have access to the Barn and stock loading pens and ramp. Took me three days just to catch and load up three lambs and three hogs. For pigs the gates have to be very close to the ground. If they can stick their nose under it they'll dig out or the big ones will just get their head under it and lift it up; usually kinda crumpled. So when it snows the bottoms freeze to the ground and the ice later has to be chiseled loose even after the snow is removed. Takes awhile and is hard work. Then had to dig out the stock trailer and hook it up only to find it had three flat tires. Then had real fun trying to back it up thru the snow and mud to align with the loading ramp. I have to say I don't think I could have done it at all without the Lord's Help! Got it done after many nights of the project keeping me awake with apprehension.
Don't know what they are doing but everywhere that some dirt is showing in patches as snow melts the pigs are digging it up and appear to be eating some of it. One thing is sure they really do a good job of creating muck holes. I've heard they actually eat dirt for minerals. So I guess it's hard for them to do it when all is frozen.
When we deliver the stock to the processor we'll also be picking up a Half Beef for inventory. I'm having them make more value added items like extra Bacon, Hams, Smoked Sausage and Deli-Ham, etc.
Cattle out roaming the snow covered range looking for sprigs of grass to eat. The moisture makes the straw shoots left over last Fall tender. Some native wheat and downy brome grasses showing up on high rocky ground where the snow is already about half melted.
Birds have started laying eggs at a little higher rate as well with over two dozen Pee Wee eggs a day now from the young Pullets.
Common Sense Health and Nutrition:
Sorry to say many of the Health-Nutrition Info sources are just as bad as Witch Doctors with their pill pushing. Best bet is pretty simple! Eat as much fresh local food items that you cook or prepare yourself. Avoid all preserved processed foods loaded with mystery additives, and sweeteners to enhance flavor, texture and color. Research is beginning to come to light to verify that old favorites like fresh whole milk, butter made from real cream, and fats from healthy animals as well as the lean meat are actually your best choice for health and nutrition. Of course some items like meat and out of season fruit and produce may be processed for storage which is okay if it's done the old fashioned ways.
Looking Forward to Seeing You Soon!
Gary and So
Digging snow out of the way for hoop houses