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GrassRoots Meats Newsletter July 2012
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In this issue...
-- Farmer's Market
-- Sand Creek Fire
-- Home in Arboles
-- Denver Delivery
-- July Special
-- In Closing ...


Farmer's Market
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Farmers Market 2 The Pagosa Springs Farmer's Market begins on Saturday, July 9th, and GrassRoots Meats will be there. This year in addition to our beef, lamb, and chicken, we will also be bringing farm fresh eggs from our pastured chickens. Although it is a tremendous amount of work, we love the opportunity to visit with folks and talk about our meat.

The Farmer's Market will again be in the parking lot of Ponderosa Lumber, located a few miles west of downtown Pagosa Springs on the north side of Highway 160, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Saturday. If you live in our area please stop by to say hello. If you will be visiting Pagosa Springs this summer we encourage you to come by and see what it is all about. Each year the market gets better, and we are looking forward to a really great summer season. See you there!


Sand Creek Fire
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Little Sand Fire 2 Despite the fact that we are many miles south of the fire in Pagosa Springs, we wake every morning to a thick fog of smoke that doesn't lift until 9 or 10 o'clock. However, it is getting a bit better and while it does not appear that the forestry service will get the fire out anytime soon, it is not endangering homes or private land at this point.

Unlike the fire in Colorado Springs, which has destroyed so many homes and caused the evacuation of over 30,000 people, we feel pretty safe. Whenever we feel like things are bad we only have to look around to see that many others are far worse off than us. We are very grateful that our little fire is as insignificant as it is, in the greater scheme of things. Our grass is brittle dry and the irrigation water is doing little to help. Fortunately our Oklahoma leases have received plenty of moisture and the animals are doing great. We are praying for rain, and hope that the normal July monsoon is on its way.


Home in Arboles
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Arboles Ranch 2 We made an offer late last year on a ranch south of Pagosa Springs and had to order an appraisal in order to get a loan. The appraisal came in a great deal lower than the offer we made, and the owners decided not to sell it for the appraised price. While we were very disappointed, we are making the best of our situation and have moved onto the ranch we have leased in Arboles, Colorado, about 30 miles southwest of Pagosa Springs.

Our son, Dusty, has been living there but decided to move back into town. We are looking forward to settling into a home again. We sold our house last September and have been living in a condo until a few weeks ago, when we moved to Arboles. Needless to say, life is very busy for us, but very exciting. Never a dull moment here.


Denver Delivery
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Our daughter, Lisa, will be coming to Denver on Tuesday, July 17th, and can deliver orders along the way. The cost is $.75 per pound, with a minimum of $25 and a maximum of $50. This is a really good time to place larger orders, as well as those quarters, halves, and wholes, since the delivery charges are capped at $50. All orders must be placed by Sunday, July 15th.


July Special
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Flag for 4th While any month is a great month to enjoy lamb, for July we are offering our Sirloin Chops at $8.25 per pound, a savings of 50% off the regular price of $16.49 per pound. We are also introducing our new bone-in Sirloin Roast. Our regular price will be $10.99 per pound, but for this month only you pay only $7.99 per pound. Try throwing one of these roasts on the grill for an amazing barbequed delight. Grill on high for a few minutes, searing the roast on all sides, then move to lower heat and cook till medium rare. A meat thermometer is a must here!

If you haven't grilled sweet corn, you really should throw a few ears on with the roast or chops. Leave the corn in the husk and place on the grill, cooking on medium heat. Turn it regularly and remove when all sides are toasted. Let it cool a bit and the husk will remove easily. Bon appetit!


In Closing ...
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This has been one of the hottest Junes Allan and I can ever remember in Pagosa and listening to the weather reports from around the country it seems our area is no exception. We are praying for rain both for ourselves and other drought stricken areas as well. Hope your summer is a good one.

Lois, Allan, Lisa, & Dusty


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