GrassRoots Meats Newsletter
No Shipping
We won't be shipping the week of July 4th. With the work week being short a day it's just too risky to ship frozen meat. We will be back on track the 12th.
USDA Beef Coming
Been a LONG time waiting but hopefully by the end of this month we will have USDA cuts of beef available again. The lamb is already in stock and ready to ship. Thank you so much for your patience while we worked through this difficult time. Good things to come!
Surprise!
I spotted this way cool lizard the other day, coming back from watering trees. My friend, Vicky, said it is a mountain boomer, or a collared lizard. It sat so still I thought at first that it must be fake, but when I got close enough to get a really good picture it jumped down off the log and went running. Never have seen a lizard like this - such beautiful, bright colors. Top that, GEICO!
Garden Update
The harvest is the best part of gardening. We've already picked potatoes, zucchini, green beans, and peas. And lots of kale and other greens. My friend, Ann, invited me to pick nanking cherries with her and I was able to make 15 jars of jam and a quart of juice. Yummy!
I planted a columbine and low and behold I actually have some blooming! So exciting. And of course no garden is complete without some marigolds to ward off pests of all kinds. My flowers are really pretty this year.
I planted a lot of onions. They are so easy, and since I use an awful lot of them I look forward to the harvest. Already using the green tops in salads and other dishes.
The broccoli is loving the cooler weather. No tops forming yet, but they look promising. We all love broccoli. Even the grandkids.
My daughter, Lisa, gave me 24 tomato plants for Mother's Day. I had decided to cut back on the tomatoes this year, but instead I have tomatoes everywhere. I planted them in the greenhouse (left) and outside in tubs (above). I haven't lost a single one, so we will have lots of tomatoes to share with friends and family. Nothing like a garden tomato. Makes store bought seem tasteless.
Harvested 3 artichokes already, and have quite a few more coming on. Haven't mastered the art of cooking them yet. Seems no matter how long I cook them the leaves just don't get as tender as I would like.
Looks like we are going to have some melons, providing that my efforts at pollinating them work. I am taking the male flower and touching it to the female. Kind of weird but if it works I will be happy.
In Closing . . .

Don't know how hot it has been where you live, but June was a VERY HOT month in Arboles. Then suddenly the heat was over, and now the days are lovely. Even getting a bit of rain - so needed. We are still in a serious drought, though. Allan and I look forward to the day when we can look back on these dry years and rejoice over moisture laden times. We can hardly imagine such an easy life.

Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July with your families. Because we live in such a popular tourist area there are lots of things to do over the weekend, but sometimes dealing with so many people makes it preferable to just stay home. Last year we went to Bayfield for a real small town celebration and loved it. Bet that's what we do again this year.

Hope you are having a great summer! Stay cool, and God bless you all! And God bless America. With so many of our freedoms being challenged we need to pray that our way of life survives the turmoil. We cannot take it for granted.

Lois & Allan
Allan and Lois Higgins
945 CR 973
Ignacio, CO 81137
Lois – 970-582-0166 (Sales and Order Information)
Allan – 970-749-7670 (Production)