GrassRoots Meats Newsletter
October 2020
Harvest Time
The harvest is in full swing! We recently went apple picking and I have been dehydrating lots of apples, and also making apple cider. Next applesauce. The problem is we are thick into the remodel of our house, most particularly the kitchen, and it is really difficult to process the fruits and vegetables with all the chaos. Soon I think I will be able to get on with it. In the meantime, we are going to have a really beautiful kitchen, living room and dining room, fully remodeled. Once this is done we will move on to the bedrooms, but I hope that will be a lot easier than all that we have done up to this point. The outside is already done, minus landscaping. Progress. Allan and I are both ready to move our furniture back into the house and start living in our space again.
This zucchini got away from me. They sure can hide.
The watermelon is small, but oh so delicious. And I have processed
4 half gallon jars of dried apples!
Newsletter Changes
I am not fond of changes. My feeling is, if something is working, why change it. Just makes for more work, and more unanticipated problems. But I was left with no choice about changing the format of this newsletter because my old template was no longer supported, so now we have a new template. After a bit of kicking and fighting back, I gave in, and low and behold, I think I might actually like it better. Hate to admit that. A very nice young girl at Contant Contact put up with my rantings and helped me to design this new template. Sure would like to know what you think about it - or if you even noticed!
The Sly Fox
Remember that ole fox from last month? Well, something was getting into the dog and cat food, so Allan set a trap, and low and behold, our sly little fox showed up again. Allan set it free, but it knows where the easy food is, so I expect it will be back again soon.
Garden Update
LOTS of tomatoes ripening, and the brocolli is loving the cooler weather. I think I am going to be able to freeze lots of brocolli, and can and dehydrate some tomatoes as well. Lots to give away - always a good thing.
Brussel sprouts starting to form. Haven't been very successful in the past growing these, so hopefully this year is different. Got another watermelon on the vine. Some I picked too soon and they were not red inside, so want to make sure I give this one plenty of time to ripen.
Got a new round of green beans flowering in the greenhouse. I still don't have growing green beans down. I think perhaps the greenhouse gets too hot. Next year I am going to plant them earlier. Maybe I will still get a good harvest this year. Sure hope so.
This is the maple tree Lisa gave me for Mother's Day last year. What a beautiful color it has turned. I look forward to the day when it is established and full of colorful fall leaves.
Meat Update
We have one more beef left for our October processing, as well as some 20 and 40 pound ground beef shares. The next, and last, beef processing will be in mid January. We have a few whole and half lambs ready to ship now, and more coming in December. Our pigs are going in for processing on Monday, and should be ready to ship soon after that. We have a half pig still unspoken for, but more going in for processing in December. The year is fast coming to a close, so if you are thinking about placing an order, don't wait too long. It will be July of next year before we process again.

Also, we are taking preorders for Thanksgiving turkeys. That is fast approaching as well.
So Very Sorry But No Special This Month
In Closing . . .
Wonder if any of us will look back on 2020 and say what a great year that was? I can't say it has been awful, but I sure can't say it has been one of our best. The world as we knew it no longer exists, and we are trying to adjust to a new normal. I really do long for the old days, the old ways. The days before masks, before the country became so divided.

Lisa and I attended a women's retreat last weekend, and the theme was 2 Chronicles 7:14 - "If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." Turns out this was a national day of prayer, with the same theme. There are no coincidences. Don't know what we would do without our faith in God, and his promise to never leave or forsake us.

God bless you during these trying times. Stay well.

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)