Snow & Piggies
Hello Members & Friends,
Had a full 7 inches of snow here but the bigger issue was the following super cold temps. Had to do as much hasty winterizing as possible to make sure all the equipment had enough anti freeze, garden and stock tank water lines were drained, stock water tanks protected from freezing, garden veggies protected as much as possible with coverings and heaters, as well as protecting new born stock and poultry from the cold. These are all normal tasks for December but caused a big panic rush this time of year as we were already busy still doing Fall jobs.
Of course the Sow decided to have her piglets during the snow storm. Nine nice healthy little ones still doing well in the barn. She got real mad when the water drinker froze up the next day and tried to tear down the wall it was fastened too. So I had to quickly fix that and thaw out the water pipe for her. She actually behaved real well considering the little ones.
Picked up more processed meat for the CSA program from the processor. At the same time it was nice to meet most of the other folks who had recently ordered Custom Beef from us. Still have some some Custom Hogs to do before the end of the season.
Just the day before the snow storm I rushed to finish a 50 acre field I was cultivating ahead of time for next Spring. Spent about 6 very cold hours on the tractor finishing up, including 2-1/2 hours with only moon light for vision. First time I've ever done that. A little scary but only hit one large rock by the edge that didn't cause any real harm, but sure startled me!
SO and I worked hard to protect as many veggies as possible from freezing. No time to get the Propane heaters serviced and bottles refilled so had to rig up electric barn heaters with extension cords throughout the green and hoop houses. Saved most things but lost the cucumbers and tomatoes we were coaxing along for one more harvest. Some things have a little frost damage but should be okay. Thankfully we just recently finished harvesting all the root crops and squash.
Lets see what is planned for this Thursday delivery:
Cooler of the Best Produce:
Micro Greens Mix, Lettuce Salad Mix, Chard, Kale, Collard Greens, Salad Onions and Leeks, Squash, Carrots, Potatoes, Beets, Daikon Greens, Napa Cabbage, Herb - Rosemary, and Eggs
Variety of Meats:
Chicken, Ground Beef, Beef Roast, Beef Short Ribs, Pork Country Style Ribs, Bacon, Ham Steak.
Looking forward to seeing you all,
Gary & So