Today is Molly's Birthday so I'm giving her the day off and trying my hand at publishing the Newsletter so bare with me here.
Always fun to get new piglets here at the ranch. We’ve waivered back and forth about getting a sow and farrowing our own, but baring another pandemic, it just doesn’t make sense for us right now. We’re able to get Red Wattles from a local source pretty much whenever we need them.
Red Wattle’s are unique to North America, believed to have been discovered in the East Texas forest. This breed is known for being good foragers, hardy, and having an excellent growth rate. Because they are good foragers, they have exceptional flavor producing meat that is lean and tender. The Red Wattle hog is listed by Slow Foods USA in the “Ark of Taste”. Like many of the Heritage Breeds, they are listed as Threatened on the Livestock Conservancy List. But I must admit, I just have a thing for red-heads.
Speaking of red-heads, isn’t he the most handsome fellow? Such full, black lashes that are accentuated by a black nose and the black tip on his tail. I’m sure all the ladies will be talking about him in a few months. We have 14 calves on the ground now with 3 more due any day. Everyone is enjoying the cool spring weather. The calves get especially frisky right before a cold front comes in.
Well I'm sure this doesn't live up to the standard Molly has set, but I appreciate you're following along. My feeble attempt here has certainly given me a perspective on all the hard work she puts into delivering such an exceptional work of art each week. I hope you enjoy them, too. You can see archived newsletters at www.amberoaksranch.com.
This Week's Markets
The Pflugerville Pfarmers Market is tentatively scheduled to reopen May 4th in a new location in a green space on Pecan Street (see below). We'll keep you updated as more information is available. Watch for social media announcements from the city as we get closer to the opening date.
We will continue to deliver pre-orders to the Pflugerville Rec. Center parking lot until the market reopens.
The Elgin Farmers Market is a year-round market that will remain open every Thursday. Pre-orders are encouraged.
The Taylor Farmers Market is a year-round market that will is open every Saturday. Pre-orders are encouraged.