Still Holdin Off On Spring Fever
Well last week I had Spring Fever coming on but now it looks like that'll be delayed. Lucky for us it didn't get as bad as was forecast here!
Until the new blizzard everything was going well. During the storm I used the time inside to get my income tax report work done. Almost finished! I've been doing my own tax reports for years and was even licensed as a tax preparer once. I did that for folks for about 5 years during winters. It's unbelievable how bureaucratic and complicated things have become for a small business or farm over the years. It's not easy for a beginner to understand how to get the tax help they need to really earn an income from farming. There are many tax breaks for big corporate farms.
No new calves. Really sad that one was lost to coyotes last weekend. Every so often we loose a farm animal, usually young ones, to predators. Mostly coyotes but some times mountain lions and others. Hawks are a big problem for the free range pastured poultry. The baby pigs shown below are doing great. Soon I'll be letting the Sow escape from them. We call it weaning. The smaller pigs have to be kept separated from the larger ones for awhile to get enough to eat and be safe from crowding.
Made a little progress on equipment repairs and maintenance but still plenty to do. Even did a little shop clean up done during the bad weather. Sure was great feeding the cattle with a heated cab tractor during the cold. That was a first ever for me. My grandson helped me by doing most of the work to repair our Disc Plow for spring cultivation. Got the chicken and hog feed restocked just before the storm.
Meat sales have really picked up lately. In the last week we've sold two hogs and two whole beef portions plus some pre-orders for later in the summer. Also sold two lambs. Went to a supermarket earlier today with my wife to shop and found over 90% of the meat was sold out! Also all the tissue paper. You could see that instant type foods were low in stock as well. Must be a flu scare going around!
Produce veggies doing well though the cold slowed things down a little. Had to go get another load of Propane and crank up the heat again. Also got to do a good test on the new heater my grandson put in the shop. Got it up to 60 degrees with it being under 20 degrees outside. Really nice!
Deliveries and products have been going well. Missing one regular Member, with no news. Sure hope all is well with them! Had to send out a few Blue (instead of the usual red) meat coolers with tags last week but thankfully got a big pile of returned coolers. Had some real nice words of encouragement from new CSA Members.
MEAT CSA MEMBERS ALERT!
Last week I accidentally shorted some coolers by not including the steaks. I don't know what distracted me but I had them and put them back on the shelf in a freezer. Next Even Week Delivery everyone shorted will get an extra package of steaks.
Let's take a look at what is planned for the deliveries this week:
Cooler of The Best Produce & Eggs - Micro Green Mix, Lettuce Salad Mix, Daikon Radish Greens (some with roots), Kale, Herb-Sage, Salad Onions, Leeks, also Storage Items; Dry Onion, Potatoes, Carrots, Beets, Squash and Eggs
Variety of Meats - Ground Beef, Chicken, Beef Roast, Cube Steak, Beef Short Ribs/Soup Bones, Pork Country Style Ribs, Deli Ham, Ground Pork Breakfast Sausage, Pork Soup or Stir Fry Item.
NOTE: All Coolers will be sprayed and wiped with disinfectant. If you have any respiratory issues please wear a face mask or neckerchief for pickup.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
Gary and So