Spring is coming! Soon the catalpa tree will let us know when to plant and then we’ll be busier than bees and working harder than ants. We’re sprucin’ up the ranch and working with our friends to create memorable events for you and your family here in Central Oregon. We hope you’ll read through this little letter and make plans to join us. We sure would like to see you. Come on to the DD Ranch and visit us!
Mike & Diann Duggan
It appears that all is quiet and that we’ve got our feet up snoozing while we wait for the ground to thaw, but, in truth, we’re busier than a stump-tailed cow in fly time! Soon we will be offering our spring field trips to local schools and readying for planting season. Meanwhile, here are three new events already on our calendar this year that we want you to take a look at:
February – December: Pony Raffle!
Yes, you could win a pony from the DD Ranch! We include the trimmings (harness, bridle, blanket, saddle and the pony), you shelter, ride and take care of the pony! What a treat!
Tickets are available at the ranch and at all events where we are present. Just $5.00 per raffle ticket! Half of the proceeds go to our schools. The winner will be announced in December.
June 9: DD Ranch Round Up & Hoedown
Plan ahead and save the date. June 9, 2012 is going to be the best day of your year! Ride your horse (or rent a dude horse) and help us round up our cattle here at the DD Ranch. You (and your kids and your friends) will saddle up with cowboys and drive our cattle across our pastures, followed by a cowboy-led trail ride. After the round up, we’ll play at the barn, chow down on cowboy grub and kick up our heels at the square dance!
Watch our posts on Facebook for updates and make sure our email is getting into your inbox (and not your SPAM folder)!
July 8: Smith Rock Muddy Pig – Stay and Play at the DD Ranch!
On July 8, 2012, the DD Ranch will host Central Oregon’s first ever Smith Rock Muddy Pig Run and Li’l Piggy Mud Run!
The Muddy Pig Run features military-type obstacles with mud pits, ponds and a wetland, hay bales, camo netting, rough ranch trail and it will be so much fun! Individuals and teams will compete in a challenging and fun muddy race to the end. The Li’l Piggy Mud Run is designed for kids 12 and under. Sign up will be available soon at: www.smithrockracegroup.com.
After the races, we will have our petting zoo, kids’ play areas, hay rides and pony rides available at a special pass rate. Our café will also be open! So plan to run in the mud, have some fun then stay and play and have more fun!
SHOP DD RANCH
The DD Ranch raises healthy beef and pork for Central Oregon’s healthy families. When you need beef, pork, or honey, shop the DD Ranch. We have lots of ways for you to get your fill.
FILL YOUR FREEZER
Order whole/half/quarter beef or whole/half hog.
To Order: Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will set you up!
BUY THE PACKAGE
Order packaged cuts of beef or pork and pints or quarts of honey online through our partners: Central Oregon Locavore OR Agricultural Connections.
The barn is open daily from 9 to 5. We offer our products as well as a few craft items, including wreaths and other home décor. Stop by and stock up!
A NEW HEN HOUSE
We are excited about the new chicken house we built this winter. Using quality scrap wood and corrugated metal, a team of friends came together to build a hen house large enough for 50 hens. The new house is located just south of the petting zoo and the chickens will have a large yard in which to roam, peck and scratch. The addition of 50 new hens will help us produce a new product here at the DD Ranch – eggs! Yes, we’re going into the egg business and as soon as we have them to sell, we will let you know!
Big thanks to our wonderful friends for helping us build the hen house!