Snow & Hot House Greens!
Yes, we are still surviving the snowy ice cold weather. Things aren't much better but the county has been doing a great job keeping our road plowed! Then I spend a day or more digging snow after every snow fall or windstorm which causes the snow to drift over many of the spots we just dug through. Have to do this before I can reach the animals to feed them. Also have to try going to get another pickup load of propane today to beat the next possible storm for Tue-Wed.
Weather permitting we will deliver Thursday as we managed to did last week. You all should have received emails alerting you to the schedule. Last week all went way better than we thought it would be. We were able to deliver to everyone. Hoping for the same this week.
If you have any extra coolers stashed from last year please remember to bring them. Let's take a look at what's in the deliveries this week.
Produce/Eggs - Micro Greens mix, Salad Lettuce Mix, Chard, Kale, Herb-Sage, Salad Onions, Dry Onion, Winter Squash, Potatoes, Beets, Carrots and Eggs.
Variety of Meats - Chicken, Beef Steaks, Ground Beef, Beef Stir Fry Meat, Ham Steaks, Ground Pork Sausage, Pork Cutlet, Soup Bones.
SO is still working hard to get things to grow in the Hot House in spite of the cold. This is where we start all the plants for transplanting later as well as early greens. She says she likes to do this work and enjoys a break from the weather in there. In spite of the heat being at growing temperature and grow light augmenting the daylight it seems the plants are still slower growing then usual. We also have a 12 x 60 ft green house we are heating and lighting where the transplants are going first. These structures are what enable us to provide the greens this early. Meanwhile, as you saw in the photos last week the other growing structures are nearly buried in snow.
The cattle seem to be doing well back in the woods where I moved them for this Winter but it is a hard chore getting thru the snow to feed them back there. They make a trip through the snow everyday or so to the water tank. I have to keep the tank constantly flowing because it's so large no heater can keep it thawed. So far the calves seem fine. Still have more on the way so hope the forecast for warmer weather soon is for real.
The heater in the Hog Barn water box quit working and pipes froze. That's my job to work on this morning. I'm feeding them by hand in the barn because I can't get my feeding equipment up the hill thru the snow to the barn. So I carried and fed them sixteen 5 gallon buckets full of feed yesterday! They also have hay outside they are sharing with a few sheep I still have. Need to take some to the processor soon. Not sure how I'm going to do that yet. One thing for sure, it will involve a lot of snow shoveling and plowing!
The birds are doing okay. I might have mentioned we are now getting some of our first eggs from the new Pullets but they still seem a little reluctant.
See You soon!
Gary and So
SO keeping the baby greens warm and happy!