Return of the Pomace
An empty cargo van is a sad sight. It uses almost the same amount of gas to run empty as to run full. To eliminate this problem we combine trips. For example, we’ll drop off pigs, pickup meat into the onboard refrigerator, drop off orders at stores and restaurants, pickup apple pomace and do the bank deposit. This eliminates running around and by my math makes the 16 mpg cargo van more efficient than a Prisus – plus it stops along the route which is a side benefit. We only have one vehicle but it runs fully loaded almost all the time and it has a lower cost per pound of transportation. That saves gas and money.
The doors open wide and the tractor forks slips in to remove a crate of crushed apples from the the animal carrier back half of the cargo van. Holly fills plastic five and ten gallon pails to augment the 800 lbs or so that she can get in the crate – those can be seen on the ground to the left of the van. Being able to easily and quickly unload a crate is very handy. I am glad we bought the forks years ago to unload big trucks. Unloading with the bucket was much more challenging and less exact. Another improvement is that this past year we widened the animal carrier area in the back of the van so now it is much easier to load and unload plus we can carry more in the back. This allows for not just more pigs per trip but also more pomace, pallets and other things.
The result is the van sometimes only runs once a week as we have nowhere else to go. This actually is some what of an issue since the engine does better if it gets started ever day or two as I discussed the other day. Since Holly is the one who does the deliveries this can mean that the rest of us don’t leave the mountain for weeks. Thus it is quite the surprise when I go down into the valley with Holly to discover that the neighbor’s fields are greened up and growing, their snow long gone.
Outdoors: 40째F/30째F Light Rains
Tiny Cottage: 68째F/61째F
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