Happy Solstice and Happy Birth of our Nation to all our favorite customers. It’s just about hot enough to melt eggs and flowers and humans alike here on the farm but we are working hard and to keep everyone cool and watered down.
We have a full summer crew right now at Cane Creek, having imported some friends from California and from the North. Having so many people on deck has helped tremendously with harvesting, chores, market, and fetching us lemonade while we sit back on the veranda playing cards (that’s for you, Ross (on a never-ending vacation) ).
We have baby birds chirping out of every corner of the barn right now. Little baby guineas (keets), baby turkeys (polts), ducklings and of course your standard baby chick. Right along with these baby fluff balls we have six house piglets. These are piglets that would have died otherwise in the field (too small, too injured, too cute). It must be a record number of house piglets but they are all so adorable so we all put up with their squeals.
Everyone else is growing fast and strong. We are hoping to have some more lamb next month, and goats this month. Our pigs are coping much better than we are in the heat. Spending most of their day in the wallows or under the shade and growing at an astounding rate.
Our steers are looking better than they ever have right now. Eliza and Charles want to take at least one steer every week to market. The weights are great for this time of year and we seem to be weathering the dry ground better than ever (finally!). We want to sell this beef fresh or frozen as soon as is possible so we do not have to rotate meat through coolers (less handling is better for the meat). We also want to educate our customers on cuts that one might presume to be less desirable, but are in fact not. Lesser known cuts like london broils and flat irons are as flavorful as our high end ribeyes and tenderloins. If you buy in bulk, its like you’re getting everything for the price of ground beef. Pretty good deal.
So, we encourage you all to adopt the same strategy as some of our customers who have waited all spring for 95-100 pound quarter cows for their family freezer. If you have the space, buying in bulk makes the most sense. It saves you money, time, guarantees you cuts you may not be able to get at market, and is ultimately the most convenient for everyone. It also helps us. The cash flow makes much more sense and we would allow us to afford the processing and get more cows to market. To give a brief summary a quarter cow is 85 or more of pounds for about $650.00 of beef. To find a more detailed breakdown of these options you can visit http://www.canecreekfarm.us/2009/10/october-beef-sale-100-grass-fed-beef/ or email us for more information.
We hope you all have a raucous and safe Fourth tomorrow. Try not to spend the day in the blazing heat. And make sure you bring some Cane Creek dogs or burgers to whichever cookout you are attending. Shameless plug!
Come visit us sometime soon!
the Cane Creekers