Say goodbye to our beautiful cows.
Shane has sold about 1/5 of the herd and will be selling a majority of what’s left soon, just keeping a few. It’s not worthwhile anymore; the sales aren’t there. We’ve been talking about it for the past year. It’s a huge amount of energy, time and expense making hay and baleage to feed them, taking care of them, the fencing, the pastures… we have almost 100 acres devoted to pasture that could be producing actual income. It’s pretty sad and really a shame, knowing what kind of lives they have here, the quality of the food they produce, then just taking them to the auction. I know customers always wonder what happened when a farm stops showing up at the market, but if the market can’t support the farms, they leave. I don’t know what will happen with us this year, but we’ve been putting a lot more into this than we are getting out of it and we’re both ready for some balance.
Anyway I will be there tomorrow! And I will try to be more motivated than I am feeling right now. I AM kind of excited about going to the plant sale at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens afterward 🙂
SO: Charlotte Regional Farmers Market until 1 pm.
Eggs – organic fed, soy-free, free range, from Carlea Farm.
Plants this week – thyme, oregano, cutting celery, sungold cherry and a mix of heirloom tomato plants in 4″ pots.
For veggies I have leeks, beets, collard greens, swiss chard, Red Russian kale and curly kale, parsley, sage and chives bunches, sweet potatoes, hard red winter wheat.
I’ll have our 100% grass fed & grass finished black Angus beef in these cuts:
Filet, ribeye, NY Strip steaks, sirloin steaks, skirt, flank, flap steak, philly steak, short ribs, cube steak, stew beef, brisket, sirloin tip roast, eye of round roast, boneless chuck roast, soup bones, hot dogs.
Bulk pricing on our beef: quarters, halves and wholes – $3.50 lb hang weight plus the cost of processing (.85/lb), and almost half-quarters – not quite 1/8 of a cow (60 lbs) for $460. This is a great savings over the regular price you pay per piece, but quarters, halves and wholes are still the best deal.
See you tomorrow!