• Gary

Yaaay For Hay :)

Hello Members and Friends,

    Now that summer is officially here we're finally getting some warm weather and sunshine again.  Also it's bringing harvest time of many things much closer!

Farm News:

    The cattle still out on the pasture next to my neighbors wheat field so we have to frequently visit them to make sure they are staying home and doing well. We also use the visits to check on how the new calves are doing.  I may have to move the cattle near a home pasture soon so I can sort out a couple for the processor.  Also need to catch some lambs to take as well.  We won't be able to take any more hogs for about a month.

    I need to catch up on a lot of grass mowing around the house and nearby buildings as well as the garden area, around the barns, and the places we'll be stacking hay soon. Lucked out and found another used lawn mowing tractor so I have some back up. As mentioned cutting grass as tall as hay can be a little tough for a regular lawnmower.

    Sent my best farm tractor, a 1978 John Deere 2130, 80 HP to the shop for repairs. It's really turned out to be more like an overhaul of the transmission, brakes and PTO.  Only the engine is still in good condition; had it overhauled about 10 years ago.  I expect the cost to be more than I originally paid when I bought it around 1987. The other newer tractor for us, 1992 Case 595 4WD is waiting it's turn. My sons started work on it here at home. It'll need an engine replacement that we are searching for. So I already know where most of my profits are going this year. Ironically my oldest Tractor a 1966 John Deere 1830, 60 HP, is the one still working. I'm hoping it keeps serving me well until the others are operating again or I may be retiring a little early. I can't even discuss the high cost of newer equipment without a stress attack!

    Next week, weather permitting, we should be cutting some beautiful hay. We have about 120 acres of alfalfa hay and another another 40 acres of oat/pea hay I planted for cattle finishing pasture. But they may not need it this summer with the great pasture growing conditions we've had. By this time of year we're usually going into dry conditions on the range land.

    SO has just about caught up on the garden weeding and been doing more planting. We're grateful for some volunteer help she's been getting from a church friend who was laid off due to Covid-19. She has been really great! 

CSA News:

    The last delivery went perfect. Amazingly, every Member on my list (27 for Produce, 17 for Variety of Meats and 12 for Special Orders) all showed up. That was the largest delivery we've ever done and it went great!!!

    We have had some complaints about storage veggies like dry onions. The potatoes and carrots are about done.  There's been a couple questions about some of the Asian greens as well. We do apologize for any issues you may come across and rest assured we're doing the best we can. Many of you are very gracious and encouraging with your kind words about the quality of most of the Produce and Meat!  We are thankful for your Membership. Still learning to identify all the new Members. The face masks certainly make it harder.

    Remember, for 4th of July holiday events if anyone would like to substitute some of your Meat items with other items like more Jumbo Smoked Sausage or more Ground Beef etc, please send me an email in advance.  We can also take Special Orders for large quantities of other items, subject to availability of inventory. A contact email is suggested in advance.

Let's take a look at what is planed for CSA Deliveries this week.

Cooler of the Best Produce:

Micro Greens Mix, Salad Lettuce Mix, Swiss Chard, Kale, Collard Greens, Rhubarb, Spinach, Daikon Greens, Dry Onion, Salad Onions, Leeks, Napa Cabbage, Garlic Chives, Herb-Rosemary, Radish, and Eggs

Variety of Meats:

Chicken, Ground Beef, Beef Steaks, Beef Short Ribs, Pork Ribs, Bacon, Smoked Sausage

Stay Well!

See You All Soon,

Gary & So


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