Greetings, folks! It came to my attention recently that we had been neglecting this site. Having concentrated on email and Facebook for a while (and frankly not having a ton of desire to spend more hours than I do at my day job in front of a computer), I checked and saw that the last post was several years ago – oops.
Things on the farm have been chugging along well in that time. We have shifted our focus to raising more sheep and less poultry, for one thing. This was a decision based on several factors, the main one being that sheep eat grass as their only food here, whereas even pastured poultry must eat grain as well. It feels better for us to focus on animals that are able to get all of their feed from our local acreage and to minimize the feed that we truck into the farm.
That being said, we do still raise ducks, mainly for restaurants – please do check out Grit if you’re local and haven’t already! The food is amazing and it is a lovely space to spend time in. We have a wonderful relationship with the owner, Ashley, and her staff there. She is very supportive of local farms and we even graze our sheep on her acreage!
And of course, we still raise some tasty chickens, though we have transitioned to a new breed. Formerly, we raised Cornish Cross birds, which are the primary meat chicken raised in the U.S. They have broad breasts and grow quickly into plump birds. However, they are not your typical chicken- moving around energetically, scratching and pecking. They basically live to eat and we didn’t feel good raising them. So, after a trial last fall, we have transitioned to Red Rangers. These guys are great! They grow at a more measured pace and range around actively. They are a pleasure to raise. Their carcasses are a bit different, with narrower breasts, and we find the meat to have a richer flavor. We hope you’ll give them a try! We have our first batch of the year in the brooder now and will butcher in the late fall. Please email us to reserve your birds as this year quantities are limited.
Finally, we have some changes in how we sell lamb this year. For the first time, we are offering individual cuts for sale to families! I will get the price list up on this site soon. Of course, we still have whole (and a few half) shares available. The next butcher date will be in October.
Other than that, we are all doing well here. Mostly we are glad that the smoke has cleared up here for the time being. We are eyeing the plums on our trees (one more week!) and sending Tom off to kindergarten (!) next week. We’re scheming some family discount pricing for the fall and winter and will update you on that soon. As always, thanks for supporting small farms!