Monday, July 23, 2012

Forage crop

Some good news!  That little bit of rain we got a the other week helped the forage crop out.  We are guessing about 40% has come back.  Now we are just hoping for another good rain to help it grow a bit more and keep it alive before we put the hogs out to forage on it. 

We are starting to take deposits on the hogs.  They will be ready for butcher between late October and early December, depending on what size you want them.  Call or email now to contact us about reserving your hog.

Also we can are now accepting Visa, Master, Discover and American Express. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Yuma Farmers Market

Yuma Farmers Market starts Tuesday July 24th, 2012.  It will be every Tuesday from 4:00p.m.-7:00p.m.  It will be located in the Yuma Soil Conservation Office parking lot on Hwy.34.

 We may not have a lot to sell at the market, but we will be there to promote our hog sales.  Come out, visit us and support other local farmers.  We look forward to seeing you there!!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

Sunday, July 8, 2012


Well, I'm going to go ahead and call it.  After months of no rain and extremely high heat, the crops are all wiped out.  We couldn't throw down enough water to do anything, it was a loosing battle.  The only thing that might survive is the squash.  However, that being said, triple digit heat and drought aren't the best conditions to pollinate in.  So, we may have a few plants, but who knows if they will pollinate and produce.  We did manage to get some rain last night and into this morning.  However, it is too little, too late for us and many around us.  On a side note, the hogs are doing well though.  All except for the fact that their whole forage crop has been wiped out for the most part, due to drought.  So, we will take these lessons learned and we will be irrigating next year.  We are leaning toward drip irrigation and double row planting.  So, we will see how that turns out.  With any luck, maybe next year will also bring us a much needed upgrade in tractor as well.  Who knows.    

The good wife has especial care for the comfort of her husband and his laborers at this season. She knows that they labor hard, and that time must be improved; and she strives to lessen care, and to provide the best and most substantial things in the house for their comfort. This kind of forethought of the wife is the sunshine of the farmer’s home, and helps not a little to inspire cheerfulness, and give success to the labor of his hands.
[Leavitt’s Farmer's Almanac]
Teach the boys the importance of rejecting for market all vegetables that are not of good quality, and also impress upon them the importance of having the inside of the package just as good as the outside. Neighbor Cheathim is very careful to put all the best peas on the top of the box, and the small stalks of asparagus in the centre of the bunch, and then wonders why he does not get as good customers and as high prices as his neighbor, who picks only good peas, and rejects all the poor vegetables. If you expect your boys to be successful in any business, teach them to be generous as well as honest in all their business transactions. A good set of customers can never be secured by the miserly or ungenerous man.
[Thomas’s Farmer's Almanac]

This is a busy month for the market gardener; he has not only to fight the bugs and the weeds, but must be gathering and preparing for market his radishes, peas, strawberries, early turnips, and beets. As soon as the land is cleared of the early crops, he must be prepared to plough it, and plant his late crops, or success will not crown his efforts. He cannot idle away his time without running the risk of having his trees and vines destroyed by bugs, his chickens eaten by the skunks, and his beans and asparagus eaten by the woodchucks. Eternal vigilance is the price of success in market gardening.
 [Thomas’s Farmer's Almanac]

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