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GrassRoots Meats Newsletter March 2013
In this issue...
-- Happy Saint Patty's Day
-- Chicken Massacre
-- "Green" Flower Gifting
-- Lamb & Barley Stew
-- Pot of Gold Specials
-- In Closing ...

Happy Saint Patty's Day
St Patricks Day My apologies for being a bit tardy in getting this newsletter to you today. I hurt my back last week picking up my granddaughter, and everything is just taking much longer to do. Getting older is not always fun.

March is the Mud Season around here. Normally it is the snowiest month of the winter and hopefully, for the grass's sake, this will be a normal March. Last year we did not get any moisture in March, resulting in the drought that we endured all summer. The days are beginning to warm up some, although the nights are still well below freezing. The animals are doing great, and the weather pattern is looking much better for both Oklahoma and Colorado.

Hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day. Don't forget to wear your green. While Allan's ancestry might very well have some Irish in it, we are so far removed that we lay no claim to it. Except on March 17th, when of course we are nearly 100% Irish. As are we all!

Chicken Massacre
Running Chicken 2 Earlier this month we spent 2 nights in Pagosa and came home to find that one of our Border Collies had gotten out of his pen and feasted on my chickens. 17 of them. I now only have 7 left, and they have been so terrorized that only 2 of them are laying eggs. I was not happy, needless to say. We have had quite a year in chicken catastrophes. We plan to get some new chicks very soon and hopefully, with all our experience, we will be able to keep them alive - at least for longer than last year's flock.

"Green" Flower Gifting
Cut Flowers In last month's Colorado Country Life magazine published by the La Plata Electric Association, our local electric coop, there was an interesting article about the cut flower industry. According to this article, most cut flowers that we buy are grown in South American, African, and Southeast Asian countries where regulations are much more relaxed than in the U.S. Many pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides that were banned in the United States decades ago are used in their flower production.

These chemicals not only cause many health issues for the people who work with the flowers, they also find their way into our water supplies, potentially harming the fish populations, and can work their way into our drinking water. One way to avoid this is to ask your local florist if they offer locally sourced flowers, organic flowers, or products from "green" or sustainable growers. Or just grow them yourself! While this may not be the most practical solution, I do think it is important to know about this potential danger, something of which I certainly was completely unaware.

Lamb & Barley Stew
Lamb Stew David Ponder sent us this recipe, one of his favorites. Thought you might like to try it.

  • 1 lb GrassRoots lamb stew meat
  • 2 cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups barley (quick barley)
  • salt and Italian seasoning to taste

Brown the lamb in 1/2 the Worcestershire sauce and drain. Add tomatoes and water to lamb and heat over med-high heat. Add the rest of the Worcestershire sauce and the barley. It takes about 30 minutes for the barley to cook. As the barley finishes cooking add salt and seasoning to taste. You can also add extra water if you want more of a soup consistency.

Let us know how you like it. Sounds wonderful to me with a hunk of freshly made artisan style bread. Bon appetit!

Pot of Gold Specials
St Patricks Day 2 For March we are offering some treasures from our pot of gold:
  • Short Ribs, normally $3.99 per pound, are $1.99 per pound.
  • Beef Liver, normally $2.99 per pound, is only $.99 per pound.
  • Lamb Leg Steaks, regularly $11.99 per pound, are only $8.99 per pound.
  • Lamb Liver, normally priced at $6.99 per pound, is on sale for only $3.99 per pound.
  • New York Steaks, regularly priced at $19.99 per pound, are just $14.99 per pound.

These specials are definitely worth their weight in gold!

In Closing ...
We are so happy that the days are getting longer. Once the sun goes down in the winter Allan and I find ourselves slumping into our chairs, watching too much television, and more often than not, falling asleep only to wake up hours later needing to find our way to bed. The bad thing is that we tend to work as long as there is daylight, so very soon we will be making up for our lazy winter days. Hopefully your longer days are giving you more time to enjoy the wonderful life God has given each and every one of us.

Lois, Allan, Lisa, & Dusty

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