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Four Country Gals lamb wrangling exposed

Much like the banker said to Walt Disney…

You want me to put those lambs where? And so the saga begins…

Lambs at the feed troughEach year we raise lambs. Many are butchered here by our Saudi students at SUU for their personal use. When necessary, some are taken to Cedar City Auction or to Custom Meat Shop for private customers. That’s where the story really begins…

You want me (well, really us) to put three better than 100 pounds each ram lambs into our trailer, so we can take them to the butcher. Somehow this just doesn’t play out in my mind with a successful ending.

Hang with me as I play this in my mind…

Let’s talk about this trailer. It’s a custom job made from recycled parts. The bed is from an old pickup truck. The real problem is that the cap is welded on.

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Garden season over, winter’s coming

As our 2012 garden season has come to a close, it’s now time to concentrate on getting ready for winter. Around here, winter can arrive in a heartbeat.

Our hay for the yearThe hay is all in place, over $7000 for the the 7 blocks this year. At that price, we bit the bullet and invested in a professional hay tarp. We had the hay all put into one place this year, since we have the tractor to move bales. We’re also installing gates at each access road.

So far, we’ve pretty much dismantled the gardens, except for some parsnips, beets, turnips, cauliflower and cabbage. We had a hard freeze on the 5th, and that pretty much took care of the garden.

We’re adding a “storage container” to our little farm. That will allow us to properly store our garden and farm tools someplace other than in “Mom’s garage”.

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We’re between crops!

So sorry, we won’t be at the Cedar City Downtown Farmer’s Market this week.

We’re between crops. Our summer crops are pretty much finished, and our fall crops aren’t quite ready.

So, what’s in the fall crops?

We’ll have leeks, turnips, tomatillos, more beets, and more squash. Also, we may have some potatoes. They’re pretty popular with Mom, so will only bring what she doesn’t want. Oh, and our tomatoes are finally ripening.

Watch for new recipes, as we’ll also have plenty of green tomatoes.

With the high price of pork, we have the best deal going. Order your winter pork from us. We hand-raise your hog with high quality natural foods. Your hog is sheltered from rough weather and carefully fattened for your freezer.

Cost of your whole hog is $425 (plus about $110 for cut and wrap).

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Four Country Gals Produce and Custom Meat

Four Country Gals of Beryl, UT now provides Certified Organic Produce and “Home-Raised” Custom Pork, Lamb, and Goats. Our produce is available each summer at the Cedar City Downtown Farmer’s Market on Wednesday evenings. Our meat program provides you excellent quality pork, lamb and goat at most reasonable prices. Mom’s Hen House still provides fresh brown eggs… and you know the punchline. “We do all the work, and she gets all the money!”

After six years, it was time to reorganize this entire site. You can still find out how we came to be the “Four Country Gals”, and enjoy the stories of learning how to be farmers and country gals.

Even better, you can now keep up with the current events on our little paradise in the desert. You’ll find several new “pages” and “sub-pages”, as we’ve now organized this site more by activities than by date.

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Cedar City Farmer’s Market – Week 4

Oh boy, the veggies are coming on strong now!

This week we’re bringing Certified Organic beets, turnips, Swiss chard, basil, flat-leaf parsley, green onions, baby leeks, rosemary, yellow onions, red onions, shallots, garlic, yellow crookneck squash, bok choi, zucchini, and squash blossoms.

We have also created some new recipes so you’ll have ready-made ideas to help you prepare the new veggies.

Also, a first for us… we’re giving away free samples! You’ll have to get in line before 4pm as I’m sure we’ll run out quickly. Can’t tell you what the sample is, but we’ll have both the veggie and the recipe to make it yourself.

It’s time to order your winter hog. Be sure to ask for our “Home-Raised” Custom Meat Program brochure and also get on the mailing list at the right of this post.

There are actually two mailing lists.

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    Coco's little calf born July 30, 2014.
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    The first two little doelings.
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    Our Farmer's Market cargo trailer.
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