March 2017 Meat CSA Newsletter
Welcome to the Spring season! Snow is gone, trees are budding, sap is flowing and everyone is wondering; ” Is this truly spring?” We are heading up tomorrow afternoon to pick up the pork, beef & lamb for your shares ( truly as fresh as it gets!) If you can let us know what share you would like ASAP, we plan on packing the shares Saturday!
We are running a bit short on beef at the moment, one of the butchers at Tri-Town was ill last week and so one of our beef wasn’t finished in time for this distribution. If you don’t *need* your share next week, let us know and we can ship your share the following week. OR, take advantage of the pork, chicken & lamb that is available!
OUR MONTH – February
Was short!, as always and yet it seems to catch me off guard each time. Lamb watch 2017 begins on Sunday. At this point, I begin to feel a bit bad for the ewes, who literally grunt when moving and seem much wider than seems possible. Keep an eye out on our Instagram & Facebook for updates and pictures!
Failure is not something we like to talk about, and yet, without failing, you never change for the better. Like pastures, animal management, or human resources ( or lack thereof). We have failed, sometimes in big, ugly and costly ways. Learning doesn’t seem to come in a nice slow arch but in giant curves and waves. That feeling of euphoria though when a better way has been discovered or solving that issue is so, so sweet. So, no secrets to success, just doing the next thing.
March is jam packed for us, we start fencing, clearing brush and taking down dead trees that could fall and kill or injure the cows when grazing. Chicks will be sooner than I think. Minerals ( for the animals and the pastures) needs to be ordered, delivered and then spread. Harrowing the pastures ( a toothlike device that you drag behind a tractor) breaks up any clumps of manure, ant hills and sod and invigorates the grass to jump! We have noticed that our fields are already greening, ahead of our neighbors ( yeah, we are a bit excited to see the evidence of so many years of feeding the soil.) Pruning the fruit trees, hedging the fence line, and shearing the sheep as soon as they lamb out ( kind of like getting your hair done after the baby comes!)
If you are ever traveling in our area, give us a call, we love to have people stop and enjoy just visiting with us and the animals!
March Option 1 for Half Mixed
BI Pork Shoulder/Ham Roast OR Whole Chicken
Ground Beef OR Ground Lamb
Kielbasa, Bacon OR Pork Stew/Kabob
Boneless Pork Chops
Top Round OR Sandwich Steak
Sirloin or Sirloin Tip Steak
NY Strip, Ribeye, Filet Mignon Steak OR BL Lamb Chops
March Option 2 for Half Mixed
Beef BI/BL Chuck roast OR Whole Chicken
Ground Beef OR Ground Lamb
Ground Pork OR Breakfast, Sweet or Hot Italian Pork Sausage/Links
Bacon OR Hot dogs ( Jalapeno & Cheddar or All Beef)
Bone-in Pork Chops
Sirloin OR Sirloin Tip Steak
T-bone, Rib, Porterhouse Steak