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Breezy Hill Farm Update May 11, 2020

Posted 5/11/2020 11:18pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We have a lot of cherries, apples, pears, and grapes.  We have dodged several low temperatures this Spring.   Lost a young peach tree for no apparent reason.
  • Remember some time back in Jan or Feb I included in an Update that we were having flocks of robins?  Well, we now have several nests of young robins.  Maybe they were just here early to find some nesting places.
  • Several of the tree grafts I did this Spring have taken.  I didn't hold much hope as the scions had , I thought, too much sap.  One never knows.  Just do it and more often than not, things work out.
  • Beef, Beef, Beef.  I have had so many requests for freezer beef in the last three weeks.  Many occurred after news of the many processing plants being forced to close.  The result is many potential new customers.  We are sold out presently and will not have more ready until later in the summer.   A person who lost out on the final split half on this next harvest said he decided to find a local source after having seen how the big processing corporations were treating their workers.  He said, " just put me on your list for the next available beef. I'm done with store meat".
  • I have been trying to keep up with all the requests for beef and pork.  I think I'm caught up.  If you have emailed me and not received a response, let me know.
  • The hamburger animals will be going to the processor tomorrow, so those on that list need to be watching for an email notifying them of when pickup will be.  There have been so many requests that I'm not sure the yield will be enough to satisfy all of the requests.

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Food Shortages? Local Farmers come to the Rescue.

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Welcome to the new normal. Americans are cautious about crowds, restaurants remain closed and buyers are actively searching for alternatives to the grocery store. The closure of processing plants is further shaking consumer confidence in the US agriculture system.

Local Farmers are the answer! Buyers are experiencing the face behind their food, and quality well beyond the commodity meat, dairy and produce sold at the grocery store. With many Farmers offering door-to-door delivery or grab and go meet-ups, they are locking in buyers with the convenience they have come to love and expect.


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HERE IS AN EXCELLENT PODCAST WITH DR MARK HYMAN. IT'S AN HOUR BUT TRULY WORTH HEARING.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r__rOU2G_P8

 




THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com