The Last Beaverslide, 16th Beeves, Roast, Flank, Bones, Summer Sausage!
Dear Friends and Partners,
Welcome to Alderspring’s weekend edition newsletter!
In this letter is Glenn’s weekly story, a suite of pics about work on the ranch this week, and an update on this week’s featured cuts!
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Looking for this week’s featured cuts? Head to the page below. Scroll on down for Glenn’s story and other newsletter stuff!
This week’s cuts include Flank Steaks, Eye of Rounds, Chuck Roasts, Summer Sausage, Sheep Cheese, and some lovely Broth Bones!
Also, a weekend flash deal on ground beef!
Also we just restocked 16th beeves!
We’ve had some windy days lately, which makes feeding hay a little wild! We like to joke that you end up eating about as much hay as the cattle do!
The girls spent part of this past week working with some of the new horses! Here Melanie is working with the little palomino mare we’ve named Merry.
And here’s Merry with Maddy, the youngest sister. She is working on teaching Merry to come towards her and “give” when she tugs on the rope.
If you want to follow along more on the horse-training journey, check out our Instagram and keep an eye especially on our stories!
Quote of the Week
“You know, horses are smarter than people. You never heard of a horse going broke betting on people.”
The Last Beaverslide
“It’s gone,” Caryl plainly stated as she stared out of the 65 mile-an-hour Yukon window yesterday.
I knew what she was looking for, even though we had never talked about it. I, too, took my eyes from the road and scanned the distant spread of fields—flat hay meadows stretching for a mile or two on the west side of state highway 28 that abruptly terminated at the sudden and almost violent rise of the Lemhi Mountain Range.
She was right: we were driving by the old Clark Ranch and the 30-foot-tall wooden edifice of the ‘beaverslide’ hay stacker was gone. Something nudged me below the ribcage. It wasn’t pain; more like heartache. Somehow you think that these monuments to our memories will just stand there forever, and always pull the trigger for you, bringing back a rush of remembrance to when things were simple and beautiful.
….Read the rest below!
Photos in this story and photo above by Kathy Hunt. Currently based in Arizona, she still is passionate about telling the story of ranching in the West through her pictures. You can see more of her wonderful images on her Facebook page Here.
Featured Weekly Cuts
A quick summary of this week’s featured cuts:
(As always, only you newsletter readers have access to these discounts)
This week (until Sunday the 20th at midnight MST) you can get 10% off on the following cuts:
- Weekend flash deal on ground beef!
- Summer Sausage and Sheep Cheese…the leveled up snack foods!
- Chuck Roasts (one of our favorites and full of flavor)
- The Flank (a beautiful little quick performer on the grill)
- Broth bones…the ultimate gut healder and soup-flavorer
Also! 16th beeves are back in stock!
Annie out feeding, pulling out the strings that hold the bale together. The bale may look brown on the outside here, but inside is a harvest of lovely green for the beeves!
And that’s it for this week!
Thanks again for partnering in what we do!
Glenn, Caryl, cowgirls and cowboys at Alderspring.
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What a fine essay on old-time ranching — with the seasons, the weather, and four-legged helpers — in the upper Lemhi Valley! That beautiful country is what drew me to Lemhi County in the 1980s. And the high valleys of southwest Montana are just as lovely — including the beaverslides in Ross Hole, Wisdom, and Horse Prairie. And many thanks for introducing us to Kathy Hunt’s photography.
Thanks so much Alexia! It was quite an era–and not too long ago. Caryl and I recall the thousands (ten thousands?) of beaverslide originated breadloaf stacks that dotted the Big Hole Valley still as late as the 1980s. It was an incredible sight! I’m sure you witnessed the same, and all of us had no idea that we were witnessing the end of an era. Thanks for your kind words–and be sure to check out Kathy’s page! Many great images!