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We Grow Rocks Too!

Hello Friends,


    Got to feeling poorly last week, so took it easy a few days and my energy seems to have returned. I often tell others I'm lucky enough to still be able to do everything I used to do when I was younger but when I do it takes me a week to recover from it.  Long days of field work which included a lot of rock picking can be pretty tiring. Used to have a lot of rock picker volunteers but they all grew up and ran away from farm work.

FARM NEWS:

    The Sow had her piglets but only three were born. Don't know whether to blame her or the Boar.

Exactly 150 new Baby chicks arrived on Friday and still doing fine. Orders for Turkeys have been coming in already. Eight sold so far. The farm's 8 x 12 ft walk in freezer crashed last Wednesday. Really busy day cramming frozen meat everywhere we could find to keep it from thawing. My grandson Bryan who is a HVAC Technician now came out right away and got it running again by Sat morning. Seems an automatic Defrost controller quit working and caused coolant loss as well. Repair cost about a $1,000.  Not a welcome expense after the car transmission repair and the well pump replacement.


    As I mentioned before got the new fabricated Harrow (a big rake) finished and it has been working great. Started seeding soon after and finally finished seeding the 40 acre field for next years forage hay. I'll still have to continue rock picking for some time to get as many moved out as possible before haying time next year. I think rocks are one of our best growing crops here!  There is a reason we're called Rocky Ridge Ranch! Actually there are three major ridges that pass through our place.  The good soil is between them but rocks have been rolling down hill on them for many years. There is actually an old volcano crater just a short distance to the East of our place. Many volcano fissures and giant lava rocks around the Ranch.


    Last few days frosts finished wiping out all the remaining outside veggies. SO managed to cover a few things like the beets and carrots and also harvested a few more Winter Squash to save. Glad its warming up a little so we don't have to start using Propane heaters yet.

CSA NEWS:

    This is the 32nd Delivery for the year. The 8th this Quarter.  Only 4 more deliveries to go. We'll be nagging folks soon about signing up for next year soon!  This has been a tough year for us but we have done our best and appreciate all of you for your support!  Please renew your Membership on our new web site's On-Line Farm Store if possible as a Member of The Buying Club as well. Just by being a CSA Member you qualify for a 10% discount on all retail purchases for other items.


    Let's take a look at what to expect in the coolers this week:


Produce/Eggs:

Micro Greens Mix, Fresh Potatoes, Winter Squash, Tomatoes, Onion Bulb, Salad Onions, Leeks, Napa Cabbage, Carrots, Beets, Herb-Sage, Daikon Radish, Chard, Kale, Fennel and eggs.

Variety of Meats Delivery:

Chicken, 2 Ground Beef, 2 Ground Pork Sausage, Beef Roast, Ham Roast, Beef Stew/Stir Fry Meat, Pork Jerky, Surprise item.


See You All Soon!

Gary and So

Just finishing up seeding 40 acres!


The mighty Harrow Rake!