Farm Life in 2020!
Hello Members and Friends,
Last week was the busiest we've ever had getting ready for the deliveries. We had nearly 30 Special Meat Orders as well as some new CSA Members. It took from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. to sort out the products, pack them in containers and load everything in the truck, after which there was no room left for even one more container. I had all the desired products for the earliest orders but as more orders kept coming in we started running out of a few items and offered substitutions. We're grateful to the customers who were okay with that. A normal week for us is 2-5 Special Orders in addition to the CSA Orders. In all the paper shuffles and sorting out the orders two customer orders got misplaced. Also very appreciative for the patience of these folks. Pork items will be out of stock until next week. I'm going to visit the Processor to see if I can get him to rush some of my order. He is very busy as well! I will have a little more Beef for this week and next week more pork. We've also used up all the egg reserves. We welcome all the business but request continued patience to allow for the processing and re-stocking of product. We also have to be sure we retain enough products for our CSA Members in the long term. Finally, when orders are filled and ready I will notify each customer individually by email.
While managing the above as well as possible we still have all the farm work to get done. A couple nights ago SO and I had to try and cover an area the size of a large family garden with hay tarps in the middle of a wind storm. We had to weight things down with whatever we could to keep them from blowing away. This was all because of a local forecast of below freezing temperatures. I wish the weather would decide if it wants to be Winter or Spring. This was an area all planted with transplants of various veggies for the coming weeks. Too windy to even finish field tillage so we can seed a large field with forage crops, hopefully this week. A little rain with all the stormy weather would be helpful but hasn't happened yet.
Because of the strange and dry Spring weather, pasture growth has been slow. So we had to use an alfalfa hay field for pasture to get thru but I have to remove the cows now so there will still be time for the hay to grow back for the harvest. For that to happen we'll need some good rain. For now we are moving the cows back to what we call the Rocky Ridge Pasture that surrounds the volcanic rock that creates the iconic ridge.
We'll have the Pigs share that pasture with the cows and we are even considering letting them graze the area around the buildings. Can get a little messy! Hope some good growing weather comes back before we have to do that. Next the livestock will graze the area around the field I'm getting ready to seed. While this is going on there are always fence repairs needed. So far, with some much appreciate help from my oldest grandson, the farm equipment has been doing well this year. He was able to help out while laid off because of Covid-19, but has now been called back to work. He's an HVAC repair technician.
Other chores still going on as well. I'll be setting up the watering system in the garden on Monday, picking up a side of cut beef for inventory on Tuesday, hauling six pigs to the Processor Wednesday, then Thursday deliveries. Friday is a Dr. appointment and picking up some farm supplies. With all the chores I sometimes end up running the new tractor at night, so I'm very pleased it has driving lights to use.
More Members have joined up for the Summer Session and some beyond that. These Members help us invest financially into advancing the farms operation. It also makes it much easier to plan ahead for future deliveries.
Some of the Winter storage veggies are about gone. Meanwhile new veggies are showing up. The Rhubarb is about ready and the Asparagus we planted last year is starting to grow up out of the ground. Haven't had a chance to look in the Hoop/Green Houses lately but they are all full of something growing!
Let's take a look at what we plan for the deliveries this week:
Cooler of the Best Produce:
Micro Green Mix, Lettuce Salad Mix, Chard, Kale, Green Salad Onions and Leeks, , Dry Onion,Rhubarb, Garlic Chives, Potatoes, Carrots, Spinach , Herb- Lemon , Doz Eggs
Variety of Meats:
Chicken, Ground Beef, Boneless Beef Stew Meat, Beef Steak Cutlets, Deli Ham, Pork Country Rib, Ground Pork Breakfast Sausage and a Soup Item. May need to substitute some items.
Gary & So