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Monday, July 24, 2017

Carlton Farms Newsletter 7-24-17

Delivery News
REMINDER: Order deadline is Noon the day before we deliver:
Next week my family and I will be on a rare family vacation, so stock up on your farm fresh goodies this week. Maybe even buy a little extra to get you through next week. 

This week we will be running all of the delivery options as usual.

Next week:
  •  Mobile Market Trailer will not be running any routes
  •  Home delivery will operate as usual
  •  Drop-off locations will operate as usual (These include: Duluth, Woodstock, Kennesaw, and Cherokee Market). 

Lots of Beef, Pork, Chicken, Milk, Eggs, etc... are online for your ordering pleasure. Also, Vegetable shares have been beautiful this year. 
FarmFan: Get Text Message Reminders and Receive Rewards.
As one of our Farmfans you are able to receive text message reminders, both to place your order and to come pick-up your order. You will also have the ability to check-in when you pick-up. As you accumulate check-ins you will earn rewards such as Grocery Bags, T-shirts, Discounts.

On the Farm

Hay in the barn:
This year's unusually high amount of rainfall has led to excellent pasture conditions. The cattle are looking good, even in the heat of the summer. Sometimes summertime can be as hard on the condition of cattle as the dead of winter. This year, however, they are happy to lay in the shade all day and graze the plentiful grass in the morning and evening.  You may also conclude that the great pasture conditions would make for an excellent hay production year. In one way you would be right, but the devil is in the details. True, there will be lots of hay produced this year. Our farm is no different, we are making very good yields in the hay field. However, looking closer you will find that it has been hard to find a window in which to cut and dry hay. We, like many others in the area, harvested some hay last week. It was the first dry window we had had to do so. The bad news is that the grass was much older than it ideally would have been. As grass gets older, the carbohydrates convert from their tender digestible form into their more structural form called Lignin. More mature grass that is high in Lignin will produce more tons of hay, but the hay is of lower quality and less digestible for the cattle.  Its still worth harvesting, just not as good as it would have been under ideal weather conditions. But then again, when have we had ideal weather. 
                                          
We are constantly sharing the goings on at Carlton Farms via our social media pages. Become social with us on:  
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Thanks for your continued support. At Carlton Farms we are proud to be your farmer.

Sincerely,

Chad Carlton
Carlton Farms
Carlton Farms, 1276 Cartersville Hwy, Rockmart, GA 30153
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