May 16 was our second annual “Colvin Ranch Day”, and it was great! The weather was perfect, the wild flowers were in full bloom and there was a big turnout. If you were able to join us, thank you, and I hope you had a good time.
Some folks have asked why we are doing this. About a year and half ago, the Port of Tacoma identified our ranch as a possible site for a truck/rail trans shipment site. I was very upset, and felt threatened that a large entity could take the land that has been in our family for 150 years. We wrote letters to our neighbors, to local decision makers and others that we had not sold out, nor were we for sale. A public hearing was held on the proposal, and many folks from the local community testified in opposition to the Port of Tacoma’s proposal. I was extremely grateful for their support, and I realized that our ranch is important to them. Our Colvin Ranch Day was a way of saying “thank you” and to let them see why our ranch is so important to us and to the community. The idea evolved from there, including inviting agencies with an interest in protecting working lands, inviting our beef customers and inviting local officials. The Port of Tacoma eventually abandoned their plans, but it is still important that the community feels a connection with us.
We are taking orders for our grass fed, grass finished beef. It is available by the half or quarter (half of a half). The freezer space for a quarter beef is about 4-5 cu. Ft. Many of the large upright freezers are about 18-20 cu. Ft. in size. Buying direct from the producer is a good way to support the local agricultural community, as well as have an economical supply of beef for your family. It is easy to order from us by sending me an email that you are interested, I will then send you our order form. The beef will be ready in about 3-4 weeks after you have placed an order. Please feel free to call with any questions to my cell, 360-239-8862 or our house number 360-264-2890.
June 15, 2009