What’s been going on!
Just amazing that the cool(ish) spring weather continues this late into June along with the rains. We are trying hard to catch up on weeding, tying up tomatoes and other chores held up by both the wet conditions and blueberry season. Blueberry season is over this week (we will cruise through the planting one more time tomorrow) so now we can concentrate on taking care of the summer crops. The main red onion harvest is finally over too, hard to pull onions when it is too wet but the urgency to get them out before the weeds took them was pressing. They will now cure for a week before we begin to bring them to market.
The past week is normally when the little turkey poults arrive in the mail but not this year. There are multiple red flags that have caused us to hold off raising turkeys this season. Feed is the number one cost in raising the birds despite the fact that they are pastured. Feed prices remain at record high levels and on top of that, the feed plant that we have used that past few years had a fire earlier this year and is still shut down, making it difficult to get the feed we want, two strikes. Last fall, the week we went to process the birds, we found out that the freezer plant that we had used for a decade would no longer allow us to store our turkeys there (they changed ownership) and we scrambled to find a substitute facility. We did but were underwhelmed at the options and the service we ended up with, third strike.
But there may be a silver lining to the story. There are two reasons we have processed our birds well before Thanksgiving- one is just the shear madness at the processing plant just before the holiday and the other is the Broad Breasted Bronze poults that we prefer were generally not available later than mid June making it necessary to process them in early October otherwise we would end up with 30 pound birds. We have now found a hatchery that can provide the little birds up into August. This would allow us to both avoid the freezer plant issue, with fresh birds, and we also may be able wait out the feed plant closing. We will let you know the outcome.
Picture of the Week
Beautiful Campanula and Dianthus after the rain
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