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GrassRoots Meats Newsletter    October  2018
2018 Garden Success 
The peaches were pretty good sized and had very good flavor. The skins were a little bitter so we pealed them.

The last 3 peaches from our tree, all snuggled in their nylon stockings. This worked out VERY well.

So the interesting thing about gardening is that it is much like life itself - many ups and downs, successes and failures, with inevitable lessons to be learned along the way. As is true in my "real" life, I thank God for all my friends who have helped me along the way, given me great advice, and encouraged me when I felt discouraged. 

My first planting of carrots did not take, so I planted these in the greenhouse. Kind of late, but they should do okay.
I planted marigolds throughout the garden. Not only looks pretty, they help keep the insects away, as well as the deer, although I haven't had any problems with deer.
The broccoli has done well, and I am getting lots of broccolini.

A butternut squash and an acorn squash snuggling up.
The outside garden along the greenhouse is growing and producing quite well.
I haven't gotten a ton of zucchini so far, but this one in the greenhouse should be ready soon.

My first planting of lettuce bolted quickly, so I planted a second round in the greenhouse.

Although my sugar snap and snow peas did well, they are just about done.
Planted some dwarf apple trees in containers early summer. Doing well.
My greenhouse jungle! Not as many melons as I had hoped but lots of broccoli.

Got a few cabbages so far. This one is just about ready to pick.

With so much bounty you can imagine how much time it takes to can, freeze, dehydrate, and otherwise process all of this. And my garden really is not big, compared to others. Growing up a city girl, all of this is relatively new to me and a constant learning process. I like knowing how to grow food, how to preserve it, and the satisfaction of knowing that the food is flavorful, wholesome, and safe. And being able to share it with friends and family. 

My friend, Lisa Wagner, gave me a box each of apples and pears from her trees, and with the box of peaches I bought from a farm stand on my way back from Grand Junction, I made pear/apple/peach fruit leather, peach/pear topping, peach syrup, applesauce, apple and pear nectar, apple juice, and dried apples. Lots of work but oh so good!
Colorado Colors 
Our granddaughters, Charlee and Bella, were visiting for a week. I took them home to Grand Junction last weekend, via Red Mountain Pass. That is a VERY scary pass, but SO very beautiful. I think we caught it at its peak for color.

The Colorado Monument 
While in Grand Junction our son, Dusty, took the girls and me for a drive through the Colorado Monument National Park. It was breathtakingly beautiful. Can't believe I had never seen it. While I thought it was a single "monument," it was in fact just a gorgeous park with spectacular view after view. We also saw 5 or 6 bighorn sheep, although their horns were not large.

Other Stuff 
The last day of Farmers Market was also Balloon Fest. Took this from the back of the booth. So serene.
Reece, our special "special needs" granddaughter, celebrated her 12th birthday in September. She is our miracle baby. Teeg, 4, chums up for the picture.

Had to wait the other day, coming back from the processor with a load of meat, for the Cumbres & Toltec scenic train standing on the track. 

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40 Pounds - $245
60 Pounds - $335
80 Pounds - $400
100 Pounds - $445

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In Closing . . .   
It's about time to start bringing the cattle back from Pagosa, in preparation for winter. It has been awfully dry here in Arboles and the ground is pretty parched, especially with no irrigation. We are trying to hold out as long as we can in Pagosa, always hoping for more rain down here to keep the grass growing as long as it will. Managing through this drought has been a real challenge for Allan, but he has done a great job to get us through to this point. Praying that the winter will bring some much needed snow.

We have a overstock of ground beef right now, so we are offering it at crazy low prices in hopes of making room in our freezers. Hopefully you will find some friends to help take advantage of the 100 pound pricing.

God bless you all, and have a terrific October. Thanks again for your support and prayers.    
Lois & Allan

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