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Spring Greens!

Hello Friends and Buying Club Members,


    Sending this News Letter out a little earlier to give folks more time to place their online orders for the Thursday deliveries.


FARM NEWS:

Things are starting to dry out but still have soft spots on the road as well as here and there in the fields. All my cattle disappeared the other day so I decided to drive out on the fields to look for them with my light duty 4x4 pickup.  I was afraid they crashed the fence like last Spring to graze a neighbors lawn and garden. Well I got the truck stuck in one of those soft spots and it sunk down to the axles!  I had to hike about a 1/4 mile back to get the tractor. I was able to pull the truck out but I couldn't get it turned around so I had to drag it all the way back almost getting the tractor stuck too! Then guess what? The cows must of heard the tractor and all of a sudden came back to watch me struggle getting the truck out. This time of year when they hear the tractor they think its bringing them hay to feed.  Actually I was a lucky dumb farmer and only wasted about three hours. Could have been much worse if the tractor had gotten stuck too!


    Went up to the processor to pick up two hogs worth of delicious cuts like bacon, deli sliced ham, various link and smoked sausages as well as a couple processed lambs for Easter orders.  Took almost all day to load and unload as well as sorting and storing it all in the freezers.  Also had the good luck to meet some of our Customers who were picking up orders. Spring orders usually start rolling in around February through tax refund time but the late snowy winter has delayed things. Meanwhile the hogs I fed out for early processing kept growing and now I have at least eight that could wind up too heavy if not ordered soon. Therefore for anyone who puts in an order this month I will be offering a $.50 cent/lb discount. That's about a $100 savings from a typical size hog.


    Been busy doing Spring start up services of various equipment. Got my other tractor fired up and added hydraulic fluid to the big backhoe and loader. I'll need it soon to finish up some fence jobs, early field cultivating and seeding work. Got my 1-Ton truck started and serviced so I can hook up to the grain trailer and get a 5 ton load of feed as soon as the roads dry up a little more. Next I'll be servicing the cultivation and seeding implements.  Have some frozen stock water faucets and pipes to repair as well.  My part time helper just let me know he can work two days a week this year.


CSA NEWS:

Have had a few more folks asking about how and when to sign up. Our Loyal CSA Members are very important to us and highly valued as friends. SO remains busy transferring new started plants into the hoop houses. We also replanted a new Asparagus patch last year which produce early on a perennial basis like the rhubarb.


Lets take a look at what we have planned for the next delivery:

Produce/Eggs - Micro Greens Mix, Salad Onions, Salad Lettuce Mix, Kale, Chard, Herb-Lemon, Carrots, Beets, Potatoes, Dry Onion, Winter Squash and Eggs.


Variety of Meets - Chicken, Ground Beef, Beef Steak, Beef Short Ribs,  Pork Chops, Bacon, Sausage Links and Soup Stock item


Common Sense Health and Nutrition:

SO's micro greens and the mini greens items this time of year are very high in nutrition. Small new plant greens are 7 to 21 times more nutritious then and adult fully grown plant. They are also very high in Protein and exceed the levels in some meat cuts. We are not aware of any other small farms in the Spokane area growing these this time of year.  See close up photo's of these precious greens growing at the Blog page.


See You Soon!

Gary



Salad mix lettuce


Baby salad onions