Greetings Members & Friends,
It seems that spring is really here this time. Hope we get some April showers though!
Been on the run all week! Delivery of livestock to CNJ Custom Meats whom I'm happy to report is back in business. That's helped me restock some pork and also lamb. Picked up some beef for new inventory from the other processor Smokey Ridge Meats. So I hope to have enough inventory for all the orders coming in lately. CNJ is also scheduled to do some more for me soon. Besides all that, I've been going round and round for many hours of field tillage. About ready to start seeding another 12 acre pasture of Alfalfa/Grass. Also finished renovating about 80 acres of alfalfa fields, which means a mild cultivation to remove gopher dirt mounds as well as ripping out pesky Cheat grass weeds. Next we'll be seeding in some Red Clover (a perennial like alfalfa) to thicken the stand for hay. Also planting some oats with the clover to serve as a cover crop which helps suppress weeds until the clover gets a start. Plan to finish up this week. Rain showers are vital for all this to work. Later I have another 50 acres to do with a forage crop of oats and peas. Family members have been helping a lot to speed things up. Using the old 1966 John Deere tractor to do the Harrowing (like raking) and it's running well and steering better after some repairs my son made!
Got an early call from a neighbor yesterday that my cows were at his place on his alfalfa field. Had me worried, so I got dressed fast and headed out with our stock dog Happy. SO jumped in the truck too and worried about how fast I was driving our pickup across the range land. The field is over a steep bluff. When we arrived there were only seven cattle and my neighbor had already spooked them back up the bluff. Then Happy got on their heels and chased them all the way home! Still have to return and do fence repairs before they try going back to that pasture area. On the way back we encountered a young heifer with a new baby calf! She didn't appreciate Happy much and chased her off instead - haha! Below is Curly's new calf (see last weeks Newsletter) happily greeting another new little buddy.
SO has been working hard with gardening while continuously being challenged in the process. She'll transplant veggies outside when we have nice warm sunny weather, but then it turns to low 20's for several days which freeze-burns them down. One time it even hailed a mass of pellets an inch and half deep. Now she has to start all over again. Thankfully a couple good friend's have been coming out to help her replant.
Happy to say we have even more new CSA Members signing up. This helps us cover some of the winter utility expenses. Went to town to buy more garden supplies today. Let's see what we plan to bring this week. Had to make some adjustments last week.
Cooler of the Best Produce and Eggs:
Micro Green Mix, Lettuce Salad Mix, Salad Onions and Leeks, Chard, Kale, Diakon Greens, Napa Cabbage Greens, Herb - Sage, Carrots, Potatoes, Dry Onion, Squash.
Variety of Meats:
Chicken, Steaks, Ground Beef, Stew Meat, Pork Chops, Seasoned Breakfast Sausage, Surprise Pork Item. Note: If anyone would like a Lamb cut substituted in please let me know by Tuesday.
I was able to fill most orders last week but had to hold a few orders till this week. Have more inventory for this week but some items we're still waiting for restocking. When substitutions are made we always make sure it's a good value for you.
See you Thursday!
Gary & So