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  1. #4201
    Thanks, PW. I had thought I'd just use a little in my rice and my mashed potatoes, and maybe stir some into my mayo, but I will take a look at the story/recipe.

  2. #4202
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    East Central Texas
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    I'm posting a link to a post by Doomer Doug on another thread. Grocery prices are jumping...I hoped it would take a bit longer.

    The post is #101

    http://www.timebomb2000.com/vb/showt...27#post7291727

  3. #4203
    I'm so far behind on this thread. Sorry to hear about your bunnies and chickens, Martinhouse. I miss mine terribly to this day. I hope the new owners will make sure you get some eggs and clean up like promised. Maybe you'll make friends with some wild birds.

    Summerthyme, the neighbors who had Angus started to make sausage from the cattle they butchered. They had different seasonings and I guess sold it in pans, not links. They sent some over now again when they tried out different spice combinations and wanted feedback. The cattle I fed for them for a couple months were breeding stock, but they had a business with someone with a stockyard. I think they were trying to find a new market as well.

    Thanks for the updates everyone. The weather in my part of the PNW has been nice actually. Nicer than we normally get anyway. Lots of people are putting in hazelnuts instead of grass fields, which is nice to see. Not much in row crops near us so I have nothing to report. Naturallysweet would be able to give you an idea of how things are going here. She's north of me and she used to grow tomatoes among other things.

  4. #4204
    Pinecone, thank you for commiserating about my little animals. The new owners live too far from me to get eggs from. They should be here after school is out to help with moving and mixing the soil in my outdoor containers.

    As for the cleanup, the guy that has been clearing my yard and mowing for me showed up today with a helper, a nice polite little guy from a troubled family and they did some more clearing where the privet is trying to take over. Then I told them EXACTLY how to do it and they moved the chick cage out of my greenhouse for me and took it way down the drive and emptied it out. It is now sitting in the back yard where either some rain or my garden hose can blast it clean. I will be able to blast the dust out of the greenhouse soon, too, and then things will be back to beautiful, blessed normal in there.

  5. #4205
    TxGal, I read Doomer Doug's shopping post to my sister and she is now going to do the shopping she's just kept putting off. She remembers Doug from when he used to be a guest on a certain person's 6 PM shortwave/live streaming program so she was quite inclined to take it seriously.

    Actually I'm taking it seriously, too. I've tended to sit back a bit because I didn't need to stock up on feed and more garden container items, but I need to stop that and pay attention again. If I'm able to fall asleep any time before midnight tonight, I will be up before sunrise to go to town for more shopping and to top of the gas tank of the truck.

  6. #4206
    I didn't read DD's post, but I am doubling my container garden. Off to the store for more dirt! Thanks to all the information you all have been so kind to provide.

  7. #4207
    I did not click on the link there, but this morning I saw an article title on a "certain" website which reminded me that not only food may/will be costlier and less available in coming days because of our changing growing conditions, but seeds as well.

    Out comes the old shopping list again. My feed store still has their cans of bulk seeds out. I may just take the time to get a small envelope of each type of seeds I might not have enough of already.

    And I've mentioned this before but I'll say it again, always have a few pounds of potatoes on hand, just in case when spring comes they might not be plentiful in garden supply centers or wherever you buy planting potatoes. I keep at least five and usually ten pounds of a good brand of red potato in my fridge at all times and I make sure the ones I buy have healthy looking little buds of sprouts on them, rather than little cried up nubs that means they might have been treated with sprout inhibitor. I've planted grocery store red potatoes before and if they are healthy to start with, they grow just fine. Don't know about other types, as I don't have time or space to waste on fancy lower-yield colored ones.

    One time I bought a five pound bag of a small red potatoes that were perfectly round, all the same size, and had no sprouts started from their eyes. I planted them and not a single one grew.

  8. #4208
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    Have been working outside all morning, fence clearing and a bit of gardening. Getting hot, came in for lunch and probably a nap. Article on fruit problems, I did not bring over the pictures of cherries:

    https://www.sott.net/article/413588-...ated-by-storms

    California cherry crop devastated by storms

    Dennis Rettke
    Fresh Plaza
    Tue, 21 May 2019 08:57 UTC


    California cherries hammered by unseasonable storms

    Cherry growers in California are counting the cost as storms over the past week destroyed a significant amount of the current cherry crop. While official estimates are still several days or even weeks away, the general feeling is that a few million boxes worth of cherries have been lost, with the worst affected being early season varieties and also a large portion of the Bing crop. There is some hope that some of the later season cherries can still be salvaged.

    "The cherry crop has been devastated, especially the early season varieties," said Tom Valenzuela of Sunriver Sales. "There is a chance some of the later season cherries can be salvaged, but we won't see those until mid-June at the earliest. Tree fruit in general was hit hard, not just from the heavy rain, but also the hail. This was on the back of an already wet winter and spring which could also have an impact on future crops such as grapes."

    Terrible blow to cherry growers

    For cherry growers, it's terrible news as some growers will simply have to walk away from their fields. Joe Cataldo of J&M Farms in Lodi took to social media to announce the loss of his cherry crop. "When it rains it pours," he said. "We just witnessed one of the craziest storms ever seen this late into May. This was a true winter storm. The damage it caused has turned one of the best crops we have ever set, into garbage for the birds. Devastating is an understatement."

    Don Goforth of Family Tree Farms further south near Reedley, said the company has already begun their cherry harvest and were hit hard by hail and heavy rain. "These storms will have a considerable impact with the most obvious damage inflicted on the cherries," he observed. "We are about half way through our harvest but have been significantly affected. Some of our blocks are okay but others we are abandoning completely due to severe cracking. We will be busy surveying the damage over the next week but it will certainly turn into an interesting season with supplies expected to dramatically tighten up as we transition to the northern regions."

    He added that Family Tree Farms also grows a large amount of other stone fruit including peaches and nectarines. These were also affected - especially by the hail - but to a lesser extent than cherries. "Our other stone fruit was also affected by hail and we are expecting to see some spotting resulting in a little bit of damage. However, it is not too severe and we are still quite hopeful of a good stone fruit crop."

    Meanwhile, there is also expected to be some impact to berry growers as several inches of rain fell in those regions. Some growers were able to pick ahead of the storm, however they are all currently assessing the fields and more will be known in the coming days. At the very least, harvest has been disrupted due to muddy conditions.

    Cherry market expected to tighten up considerably

    For the next few weeks, the market is likely to tighten up as cherry volumes diminish. One cherry supplier said he expects the California cherry deal to be shorter. "The rains have had a huge impact on cherry supplies," he noted. "The cherry deal is likely going to wrap up early."

    This also comes as shippers were aiming to fill orders for Memorial Day, which will now not be the blockbuster event many were hoping for. "The recent rain storms couldn't have come at a worse time for California cherries with the Memorial Day pull in full swing," said Ira Greenstein of Direct Source Marketing. "Last week the industry struggled to pack sufficient volumes to fulfill their holiday commitments. Weekend orders were pushed, prorated and canceled, leaving many retailers scrambling to get fruit on the shelves. Pricing on pre-committed program business ranges from $32-$45, while the spot market is trading from $45-$55 with only limited volumes available. We might not see shippers resume normal packing schedules until the middle of the week, leaving most of the industry unable to find fruit to cover heavy Memorial Day promotions."

    "A cherry crop that was originally estimated to be well over 10 million boxes may now drop well below 7 million," he continued. "Many growers may choose to not harvest fruit at all and go the route of filing for insurance money. Either way, this recent weather event has put the California cherry industry into a state of disarray and it will take the balance of the week to truly understand the long term affects for shipments in June."

    As if there hasn't been enough precipitation, one more storm front is expected to pass through the Central Valley today before finally clearing up. Temperatures are also expected to rise from tomorrow.

  9. #4209
    This situation seems to be never-ending. The stories just keep coming.

    Off topic except maybe in a small way because of the Green New Deal. Have you seen Robert's post about AOC this morning on his iceagenow.info? I thought it was pretty clever!

  10. #4210
    My best friend lives in the foothills of the Sierras, east of Sacramento. A huge hailstorm devastated the fruit growers there. Pears, apples, grapes, etc. Friend grows good garden every year, grows all her vegetables pretty much (doesn't can), and gives away a lot. Her entire garden was killed. She's off today to buy starts and also plant more seeds.
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  11. #4211
    Be Well, thanks for sharing this. Every bit of information like this will help all of us in our ongoing plans and preps.

  12. #4212
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    How to get your machines into a muddy field.

    Shadow

    Sorry, file is too large. It showed a tractor, with a log twice as long as the drive tire is tall, chained to the tire. It was limping thru the mud.

    Luddite here!
    "18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness… 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened… 24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts…" Romans 1:18-32

  13. #4213
    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow View Post
    How to get your machines into a muddy field.

    Shadow

    Sorry, file is too large. It showed a tractor, with a log twice as long as the drive tire is tall, chained to the tire. It was limping thru the mud.

    Luddite here!
    Uggg.... I don't even like reading about it. BTDT, and it's never fun, and often very expensive.

    Plus, the damage being done to the fields and their future potential yields is astronomical. Compaction will hugely reduce yields for years to come.

    Summerthyme

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