Welcoming the sun while getting more hay to the beef.

Welcoming the sun while getting more hay to the beef.

Last share of the Season! Please check your inbox, we have sent you a letter with info about the upcoming season, along with a three question survey. So far we are getting back AMAZING response. Great ideas and suggestions to improve our ranch!

Is it January over, already? Also, while many of you down south have been experiencing the full strength of winters might, we have been coasting along, waiting for snowflakes to fall. We feel for ya! 2-4 feet of snow at one time is just plain hard. I’m kinda jealous though, a snow day wouldn’t be amiss. It has been lots of inside work this month. Taxes, budgets, attorney, web developer, building code officers, painting trim & fixing extra meals and cooking up extra stock & bread for summer meals. The guys have been cutting, splitting and storing wood, keeping the feed, minerals and water in front of the animals and walking pastures in search of the best route to fence in the spring.

Pudgy sheep peeking & eating

Pudgy sheep peeking & eating

I’m so excited for lambing….should be just a few weeks away. Eathon has pretty much taken over the sheep care and he is doing an awesome job. He is gentle and quiet, both trademarks of a good shepherd. There is something about bouncing lambs that just is so, so much fun. The Shepherd was bringing bales out to the beef in the field and the new heifer calf spent the entire time, ripping and tearing from one of the field to the other. Poor mother ( and excellent mother, really) kept walking back and forth, making sure her calf was safe.

Field dressed cow

Field dressed cow

On the flip side, just before bringing the beef back from the far pastures we found one cow who was limping badly. After further checking we found it was broken, far up near the hip. We are guessing that she was in a muddy section and someone was playing around and pushed her hard, she wasn’t able to move out of the way as quickly and fell, breaking it. After gathering some help ( our Amish neighbor Abe, with his two sons) the cow was quickly killed, cleaned and hung up to skin. While it is a loss, she was a lovely young cow, the beef was not wasted and will provide plenty of meals. A happy ending to a rather sad day.

We offer the two standard CSA share options. Your choice!

Give us a list of cuts you are hoping for, whatever roasts, ground beef, steaks, sausages, bacon, lamb, chicken – you name it, and we will fill the value ( the cost of that cut) of your share with what we have. OR, send us the share option that you would like.

Option #1 for Half Mixed shares is;
Beef Roast (BI or BL Chuck, Eye of Round, Sirloin Tip etc) OR Chicken
Ground Beef
Ground Pork
Mild/Sweet/Hot Links
BI Pork Chops
Country style Ribs/ Pork Shoulder/Ham Steaks
Ribeye, NY Strip or Filet Mignon
and a few misc. cuts!

OR

Option #2 for Half Mixed shares is;
Pork Roast ( BI Shoulder or Ham) OR Chicken
Ground Beef 2 ( let us know if you want more!)
Smoked Bacon or Ground Pork
Sandwich Steak
BL Pork Chops
Sirloin OR Sirloin Tip Steak
Ribeye, NY Strip OR Filet Mignon
and a few misc. cuts!

Thank you for sharing our harvest!

– – Kassandra and everyone from 8 O’clock Ranch

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