February 2017 CSA Newsletter
For your third and last share of the Winter season we are being packing tomorrow ( so please let us know ASAP what you would like). My apologies in the lateness of this email. It has been a very full week, thankful for that fullness and looking forward to a day of rest. We hope you enjoy everything and welcome your feedback!
New, FAMILY SHARE! In striving to offer you every cut that is available ( in a three month season) I might have lost sight of “what do I do with 3/4# of Spareribs and still feed my hungry family of four?” SO- for those of you who love variety and want to remain the same – do nothing. For those of you who want less variety and more of each cut – please email me and say Family Plan for me!
OUR MONTH – Janurary
The ewes are heavy with lambs and they still have a month to go yet. Many are already ‘waddling’ and I’m having a hard time with seeing how they will possibly become even more wide. However, we were witness to some hi-jinx and Eathon even got video of these same ewes cavorting like two month old lambs. Did you know we have a Youtube channel? I’ve only uploaded a few videos but will get this on and a few more up there soon. As the Shepherd said, “You can’t fake happiness in sheep”.
My tail end has seen way more of this office chair the past few weeks than it wants to for awhile. However, we have a decided goal and vision for the future! Between filling the stoves with wood, decisions like how many broilers will we do this year, will Cole & Eathon increase the laying flock, then cooking, and looking for some snow, what are the absolute needs of the ranch and how quickly do we want to pay down debt. There is a delicate balance.
After our snow fell, we were able to turn the beef out onto pastures to roam. While they can’t graze, they can spread their own fertilizer and it is especially enjoyable to see them all scamper and play. If we allow them out on the usable pastures while the ground is thawed and muddy, they will destroy it with their hooves. Everything needs a break, to recover and be ready for the next season. This snow, this frozen ground, hibernation is a great cleansing season.
We will be giving everyone who requested chicken a Whole Chicken this month, unless you request otherwise!
February Option 1 for Half Mixed
Beef Roast ( Bottom Round, London Broil, Brisket, Eye of Round, etc) OR Whole Chicken
Ground Beef OR Ground Lamb
Pork Stew/Kabob OR Bacon
Bone-in Pork Chops
Pork Shoulder/Fresh Ham Steaks OR Smoked Pork Cheeks
Sirloin or Sirloin Tip Steak
NY Strip, Ribeye, Filet Mignon Steak OR BL Leg of lamb/Leg Steaks
February Option 2 for Half Mixed
Cured Ham/Shoulder Pork, Lamb Shoulder Roast OR Whole Chicken
Ground Beef OR Ground Lamb
Breakfast, Sweet or Hot Italian Pork Sausage/Links
Beef Stew OR Sirloin/Sirloin Tip Steak
Boneless Pork Chops
Osso Bucco/Short Ribs
T-bone, Rib, Porterhouse Steak OR Lamb Stew/Kabob