Dear Friends and Partners,
Welcome to Alderspring’s weekend edition newsletter! Thank you for partnering in what we do!
Below you can find our featured deals, Glenn’s weekly story and a suite of pics about work on the ranch this week!
**Please note our shipping announcements below!
Weekly Story: “Dogs, Wool, and Wolves”
Weekend flash deal: 20% off flatirons!
Plus this week’s kitchen warmer sale: 20% off ground beef, chuck and rump roasts, stew beef, and 10% off Wild Cow sticks!
Scroll down for Glenn’s weekly story and updates from the ranch this week!
ABOUT SHIPPING DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON:
- No shipping this upcoming week of Thanksgiving, Monday Nov 21st.
- The Monday after Thanksgiving (Nov 28th) we will have ground shipping available for Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Montana. All other states will be 2nd day air.
- On the 5th and 12th of December, we will be back to normal shipping, except there will be no 3 day select option until after the new year.
- Finally, we will be shipping the Monday before Christmas (Dec 19th), but will be 2nd day air only with the exception of the above list of states adjacent to Idaho.
A QUICK SUMMARY OF THIS WEEK’S FEATURED CUTS:
Remember, only you newsletter readers have access to these discounts!
Next shipping day is November 28th! Please note we are NOT shipping this upcoming Monday, the week of Thanksgiving.
FLASH DEAL FOR THIS WEEKEND ONLY! 20% OFF FLATIRONS!
Flatirons for the whole family! Even when the snow starts flying, these steaks get that grilling done quick, with no sacrifice of flavor.
And this week (until Sunday the 20th at midnight MST) you can save on the following cuts:
- Ground Beef stock up! This time it’s the trio.
- Warm your kitchen with a beautiful chuck or rump roast.
- Stew Beef! A slow cooker dream.
- Save on our Wild Cow sticks! Did someone say stocking stuffers?
This year’s harvest of bacon is back! This is pastured pork raised by daughter Abby and son-in-law Ethan. Get it before it’s gone!
We have also restocked our sixteenths this week! These are a great way to save big and fill your freezer through the new year.
If you have any questions, observations, or comments, just send Kelsey an email at help[at]alderspring[dot]com.
This week on the ranch…
Here are Glenn and Jeremiah just after loading a trailer of mother cows heading one mountain range over, to the Lemhi valley. The new property we recently bought in the Lemhi has extremely depleted soils that we are working to regenerate. The cover crop over there is full of nutrition, but has potential to alter the flavor of our beef, so animals close to finishing aren’t a great option to graze there. These momma cows, however, are perfect. They will winter there, and then come May and June, we will have quite a few calves running around!
Here’s Glenn, amidst one of the aforementioned cover crop pieces we planted last spring. One of the biggest goals we have with these cover crops is to improve soil health. We planted mostly on dry ground with depleted soil containing little to no organic matter. By rotationally grazing these crops (thanks to our late calving momma cows), manure is spread, which in turn helps to increase organic matter in the soil. It will be pretty neat to see what these pieces of ground, and the soil underneath look like in the next couple of years.
Meanwhile back at Alderspring home ranch, we moved the herd onto a fresh pasture today. The snow on the ground only thinly blankets the stockpile underneath. The dance between autumn and winter continues for the cattle, and the time to begin feeding hay has not arrived. The beeves are still content and full on that beautiful stockpile, the result of planning over the previous months. When those rations are no more, our pastures will rest until spring makes its debut once again.
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Quote of the Week
“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”
This week’s story: “Dogs, Wool, and Wolves”
I love heavy wool sweaters. When I was a kid, I wore one of my Dad’s that he wore on the cold and wet North Sea-bounded low country of the northern Netherlands. It had a rawhide tie around the split collar that I could draw tight when the winds really blew. The wool had both the smell of sheep about it, and even the feel of an old ewe, as there would be inadvertently incorporated sticks or bits of the grass the wool came from in it. Talk about itchy!
But the knap and weave was bulletproof. Even where the wind would howl on the frozen lakes we skated on as kids we just kept going. The snow could turn to rain, and we would practically laugh. Impenetrable in our stinky sheepy wool.
Lanolin rank, itchy wools are not very fashionable these days. Now, even I relish in the soft of non-fragrant carefully curated Merino, carded to fineness with a long fiber that never pills.
It makes me wonder about those good old days…
But there’s still a beauty and inherent usefulness to wool, even in this, the finer state. You’ll hear more about the above in this week’s story. There is an unseen beauty in how wool captures scents that I still value to this day. Read on about how, perhaps, you can enjoy the benefits of real wool in yet another way.
Read the story on our blog by clicking below!
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.
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