Dear Friends and Partners,
Welcome to Alderspring’s weekend edition newsletter!
In this letter is Glenn’s weekly story, pictures from work on the ranch this week, and an update on this week’s featured cuts!
Story: When Cows Climb Cars
3Fs (both kinds), Father’s Day steaks, Sockeye and More!
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And, as always, if you have any questions, observations, or comments, just shoot us an email to Kelsey at help[at]alderspring[dot]com.
Next shipping day is June 13, 2022!
Place your order by Sunday at midnight on the 12th to get it shipped on the 6th!
This week’s features in Brief:
This week, you can get score big by adding a 10% off coupon on already marked down items such as 3Fs (family freezer filler), Steak 3Fs, Sockeye salmon, and Wild Hunter. Father’s Day offerings just for the weekend are all ribeyes and NY strips at 10% off with the same coupon code!
Also, we’re back to normal shipping rates for all but a few states (Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida must still ship 2nd Day Air so we can get your beef to you before it thaws)!
This Week on the Ranch
The Salmon River Breaks are some rough country, but with the recent ration of rains we’ve had, the desert is blooming. It’s some of the nicest grass we’ve had in the past few years. This shot by Melanie captures the herd on a wonderful spread on the crags above Magpie springs.
The crew has had to endure some trying weather in these early weeks on the range. Nature is pretty much throwing everything it can at them, from freezing cold and rain to hail and sun. But the reward when the clouds pull back is often quite stunning…
We have a wonderful crew this year. Sure, there are personality differences that sometimes clash, but they all carry a common vision of stewardship of both the land and the cattle, and come together on that theme.
The grasses change dramatically with elevation. In another week, we’ll be grazing a whole new wild species community as the crew brings the herd higher up into the peaks.
Despite some of them being new at this, the riders are acclimating to high country on horseback. Horses are acclimating as well, as we add more and more mounts to the string. And when that happens, people occasionally get bucked off! It’s just growing pains on the range. It’s not if…it’s when. Rider and horse will someday meet…
Quote of the Week
“And the Colorado Rocky Mountain high
I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky
I know he’d be a poorer man if he never saw an eagle fly
Rocky Mountain high…”
Story: When Cows Climb Cars
For some reason, classic cars often have an attraction for Dads. In our hometown of Salmon, Idaho, there is the Father’s Day car show. About a hundred cars show themselves on this one day a year, proudly presented by–yep, you guessed it–mostly Dads. These babies have been combed, cleaned, scrubbed, brushed and waxed, almost like their own human children. How can iron possibly attract this much adulation?
As the father of 7 daughters, I have some guesses. First, there’s no drama with iron. Only rust. Second, the old iron of a classic car brings back memories of youth in a different day and age. I can to some degree relate on both of these, but I would rather have a wonderful even-minded mountain horse. I’m not much of a motorhead.
But there are those of us in the male half of our species that for whatever reason certainly are. And sometimes, quite unusually, the place of animal and automobile artifact intersect, strangely.
This week’s tome is in honor of fathers and lovers of iron. Here goes:
On the wind-swept high plains prairie outback of North Dakota, underneath a rusting vertical heap of green John Deere wheat combines, I discovered a Volkswagen beetle. It looked like a late 60s model in robin-egg blue and was partly crushed by the tons of rotting steel on top of it. I stopped, struck by the oddity of finding a bug here, in the middle of waving short-grass prairie. Just 150 years ago, there was nothing in that endless roll of green and yucca except an occasional herd of buffalo and likely the Lakota horsemen that hunted them…
Read the rest on our blog by clicking below!
This Week’s FEatured Cuts From Alderspring’s Wild Pastures
A quick summary of this week’s featured cuts:
(As always, only you newsletter readers have access to these discounts)
We’ve got a Fathers’s Day Flash Deal! And some stocking up deals…
- All Ribeyes and NYs at 10% off when you use “summertime easy” until Sunday at midnight.
- Both 3Fs and Steak 3Fs.
- Sockeye Salmon!
- Ground beef bundles.
- Wild hunter…for the wild pet or person in your tribe (maybe it’s you!)
We’ve been picking up some really nice pasture fat on beautiful spring grass!
And that’s it for this week!
Thanks again for partnering in what we do!
Glenn, Caryl, cowgirls and cowboys at Alderspring.
We’ve been crafting our pastured protein here in Idaho’s Rocky Mountains for nearly 30 years and delivering it direct to our partners for nearly as long. This is wild wellness, delivered from our ranch to your door.
Melanie certainly has an excellent eye for beautiful pictures. That is quite a talent in itself, let alone while ranging cattle and leading a team.
The link for cows climbing cars took us to last week’s article.
She sure does have a great eye. I’m amazed at my kids.