South Dakota Local Foods Directory

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The South Dakota Local Foods Directory, sdlocalfood.org/index.htm, is a consumer guide to link people directory to their local food sources. England Ranch is proud to have a listing in the directory. Buying locally improves the whole community. Fresh food improves health. Everyone should know where their food comes from and how it is cared for whether plant or livestock. At England Ranch, everyone is welcome to visit and see how we care for our livestock and garden produce. Another good reason to buy local is that money spent in the community stays in the community and the standard of living improves. Everyone working together makes a better community.

Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo

The 55th annual Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo was held January 25-February 3, 2013.  It is the first of the year must-go-to event.  At the show and rodeo, the activities hold something for everyone- seeing all the different breeds of cattle, the latest gadgets for the rancher and the ranch wife, attending the sheep dog trial, ranch rodeo and professional rodeos. What can beat a day on the town with your man and a tasty dinner at a fancy restaurant in the evening?  If any of our readers have never been to the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo, it is the place to be in western South Dakota at the end of January to early February!

Chicken Time!

It is time once again to order your tasty pasture – raised chicken.  Even
with increases in grain prices, we are still offering chickens for 3.00lb.
The chickens are placed in heavy plastic bags and freezer ready.

You should be able to click on the this jpg of the order form to print, otherwise, please follow the below link to print the Order Form PDF from our website.

http://www.englandfamilyranch.com/2013PasturePoultryOrderForm.pdf

2013 Pasture Poultry Order form

This will be our 3nd year of pasture poultry. A total of 560 birds will be grown in two groups of broilers with butchering around the end of June and the end of July. To be able to plan a successful season, we need our customers to place orders for the butchered chickens. We will take orders on a first come, first serve basis. Deadline for orders will
be April 1, 2013. When we have orders for  all the chickens we can raise, the remainder will be placed on a waiting list.

If someone can not take delivery of their order-the first name on the waiting list will be called. We will contact you if you are placed on a waiting list and we will contact you 1 week prior to butchering to set up a day and time for pickup of your poultry. The customer is responsible for bringing coolers and ice to keep your birds cold for the trip home. We will process the chickens around 3-5 lbs. of dressed weight. The poultry will be placed in heavy  duty 15mm  plastic freezer bags and ready to be placed in your freezer. Even though grain prices have increased, we are pleased to say that prices will remain the same as the past two years. Thank you for your support of pasture poultry.

Our goal is to produce a high quality, nutritious and tasty bird.

George and Suzanne England
25468 255th Street
Midland, South Dakota 57552

englandfamilyranch@yahoo.com   (605) 344-2560

 

 

 

 

Winter Potluck Meals

Potluck_Spring Blog 2013Winter time is a season to enjoy fellowship with friends. In our neighborhood, we have winter potluck meals at different houses. The hostess prepares the main dish while guest prepare sides and desserts. The meal is followed with games and your talking about local issues and plans for the Spring. The potlucks are a great way to develop deeper friendships with our neighbors during a calm part of the year.

Magnum on the RangeEngland Ranch is adding another cattle breed to the ranch. We are starting a small herd of registered Herefords. We will be selling bulls and heifers. England Ranch was started with and for many years only had Herefords. Suzanne is partial to Herefords because her Dad thought Hereford was the best and only breed to have on the farm. So Angus and Hereford will now run side by side on the range along with some black baldies.

LOVED BY A COWBOY

GeorgeCowmanLOVED BY A COWBOY

If you’ve ever been loved by a cowboy,
You’ll know what I say is true;
They know how to love a woman,
And you thank your stars that it’s you.

It’s not in the fancy talkin’
Or tryin’ like heck to impress.

It’s in the deep, honest carin’
That makes these men of the west.

They learn from the world around them,
That life is precious to hold.

See how they carry the lost calf,
Until it’s back home in the fold?

They know the hand of our Maker
In the work that they do every day.

They protect the herd from danger,
And keep them from gettin’ away.

They see the glory of sunrise,
Work hard to make things right.

When they tuck back into the bunkhouse
It’s usually the dark of the night.

In their powerful hands there is healin’.

Rough and scarred, you can see,
But when they gently touch you
You know what tender can be.

For the hands that punch the cattle,
And break a horse just right,
Can brand a calf in the daytime
And deliver a foal in the night.

They stroke and comfort the skiddish
They guide and lead the lame,
They work to heal the wounded
And treat the sickly humane.

There may be some maverick cowboys
That can’t keep their word to be true,
But there aren’t very many bad ones
Believe me their numbers are few.

Most stretch the truth in their “tall tales”
And fib to put on a good show,
But you’ll rarely catch one lyin’
It’s a matter of honor, you know.

When you put all these things together
You see it’s a gift, plain as day.

God gave us these fine, good men
To keep us from runnin’ astray.

To be held in the heart of a cowboy,
To hear him call you “m’am”
To snuggle in his big, strong arms
And be his “darlin’ lamb”

Can make you more a woman
Than you could ever guess,
For when you’re loved by a cowboy,
Well……….girl
You’re loved by the very best

A Bit of Tropics in South Dakota

I recently attended a preserving workshop by the extension service and brought home a jar of this delicious jam.  It definitely was a hit over warm sour cream biscuits. Just the difficulty of finding ripe mangos on the prairie but definitely worth the effort.

RaspberryMangoJamMango Raspberry Jam

Makes 7- 8oz. jars

3 c. finely chopped pitted peeled mangoes

1 ½ c. crushed red raspberries

2 T. lemon juice

1 pkg. regular powdered fruit pectin

5 ½ c. sugar

In a deep saucepan, combine fruit and lemon juice. Whisk in pectin until dissolved. Bring to a boil and pour in all the sugar at once. Return to a rolling boil, stirring constantly and boil 1 minute.  Remove from heat, skim off foam.  Ladle into jars leaving a ¼ inch head space. Process in hot water bath for 10 minutes.

Looking Forward To Spring

Actually sometimes fishing is what we wish we were doing come Spring Time.  Spring is the busiest season on the ranch with calving, kidding, baby chicks, planting a garden, flowers and trees.

So Winter becomes the time for planning. Deciding on improvements we can afford for the ranch, ordering feed we cannot grow ourselves and ordering seeds and plants for the garden.

Below are links to companies that have proven useful to England Ranch and no, we are not getting a kickback from the company, we believe in these companies and their goods:

www.seedsavers.org

www.agri-dynamics.com

www.wickslivestock.com

www.whelphatchery.com

www.mollysherbal.com

You Might Be A Rancher If…

I just saw this list and thought it was funny- George and I can easily relate to every one on the list. Shared from the County Agriculture Alliance Web page Steamboat Springs, Colorado. https://communityagalliance.org

YouMightBeARancherIf

  • You convince your spouse that an overnight, out-of-state trip for equipment parts is a vacation.
  • You wear specific hats to farm sales, livestock auctions, customer appreciation suppers, and funerals.
  • You have never thrown away a five-gallon bucket.
  • You have used baling wire to attach a license plate.
  • You have used a chain saw to remodel your house.
  • You remember AUM’s and yields from 10 years ago but cannot remember your spouse’s birthday.
  • You have driven off the road while examining your neighbor’s fields.
  • You have borrowed gravel from the country road to fill potholes in your driveway.
  • You have buried a dog and cried like a baby.
  • You have used a tractor front-end loader as scaffolding.
  • You wave at every vehicle whether you know the driver or not.
  • You always look when a vehicle passes your house, even at night.
  • You refer to ranches by who owned them 50 years ago or more.
  • You give directions to your ranch using landmarks, not road numbers.
  • You know “Checkoff” is not a Russian diplomat.
  • Your early morning prayer covers rain and cattle.
  • Your ranch truck’s seat heater has four legs and a tail.
  • Using the elevator involves a grain truck.
  • You wake up when it’s dark and you go to bed after the evening news.
  • You wear your boots to church.
  • Family weddings and special events are planned around haying, gathering, and calving.

Counting Your Blessings

The winter season is the slow –down time at the ranch. Yes, we still have our chores but things are not so hectic and we can stop and “smell the roses” so to speak. In the early months of every New Year, we stop and reflect on the happenings of the past year.  Maybe, we are just reflecting because we are working on completing the book work for taxes.  All kidding aside, this time of year causes us to count our blessings.  Each year always has it’s struggles but the good times always outweigh the hard times.

Some of our blessings in 2012 were:

  • As always, living near the best neighbors around who are always willing to lend a helping hand without a moment of hesitation on any project.
  • Our animals staying healthy and content in extreme drought and heat conditions.
  • Our ranch being spared from devastating prairie fires.
  • The land providing 98% of our food needs- we wish we could grow oranges and lemons and sugar cane in South Dakota but haven’t found a successful way yet.
  • The support and help from our families in ways big and small.
  • Answered prayers from the good Lord above.

For our readers,  What are some of  the blessings in your life?