Spring Days In May
Our farm and our website continue to be super busy so we appreciate the patience of all our current and our new Members.
I visited my processor yesterday and he assured me most of the fresh meat products will be ready by May 21st. Sorry to those Members who's deliveries were delayed till then. Cured and smoked items will be the end of May. Please note, we have temporarily closed our online Farm Store as we prefer not to take advance payments for unavailable products. Custom Livestock Portion purchases can still be made by an approved Special Order request using our Contact page. Most items are out of stock with a few exceptions such as Ground Beef, Poultry and by tomorrow, Lamb. We have to keep enough selected cuts to supply all our CSA Members who have prepaid. The last several weeks of orders were way beyond normal, setting a record for us. We have the livestock in our fields but the processing must be scheduled ahead of time, which can take anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks depending upon how busy they are. Be assured I will notify those who have placed orders when your delivery is ready.
Farm News: Finally got the great rainstorm we were hoping for. We measured about an inch of rain and for awhile Spring mud hole conditions were abundant. Alfalfa/Grass pastures and hay field growth has perked up a lot. Thankfully most of the outdoor plants survived the freezing frost that followed the storm. A few things like the Asparagus start tops froze but should regrow. Made a delivery of 6 hogs to the Processor. Running a little short on eggs from our farm. My wife substituted some Organic Certified eggs last week but because of the expense we can no longer offer eggs to new Produce CSA Members for awhile.
Field work is continuing and cultivation is nearly finished so seeding will start soon. My newest tractor (20 yrs old) had a major engine failure causing a rod to blow loose which fractured the engine block. It's a pretty major financial hit and a lengthy difficult project to repair. So instead we're using our 64 year old tractor to finish the work! It has been repaired many times over the years but keeps persevering. Equipment repair is a constant challenge to all farmers. Also repairs on buildings and facilities as well as electrical challenges and water issues. Of course for the livestock there are continual fence repairs and animal care. Farmer's used to be jokingly referred to as a "Person of many skills but master of none" because it seems every day we're learning something new! Being a farmer can be humbling experience because you soon learn you'll never know everything there is to know.
CSA News: The number of CSA Members have increased even more with new Members starting the Summer program in June.
Let's take a look at the deliveries planned for this Thursday: Cooler of the Best Produce:
Micro Green Mix, Lettuce Salad Mix, Dry Onion, Salad Green Onions and Leeks, Carrots, Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Radish Greens, Napa Cabbage, Rhubarb, Herb-Garlic Chives and Sage, and Eggs Variety of Meats:
Chicken, Ground Beef, Beef Roast, Beef Stew Meat, Bacon, Deli Ham, Soup Bones item.
Note: Remember Lamb cuts can be requested and substituted for other cuts.
Gary & So