To be honest, I hadn’t prepared much for this week’s Farm Week in Review because I was hoping to post a cute photo of our newborn babe, announce his name, weight, and length and call it good for another week. Alas, this little guy seems pretty happy & toasty warm where he’s at!
So, not much news to report on our family front – we are feeling fairly prepared at this point for his arrival. What we hope is our last batch of firewood for the winter arrived last night, we have heat installed in our bedroom and our taxes are filed.
We bought another large batch of hay this week to almost until pasture season and with it came some poison ivy which we failed to notice while opening up bales. So, Dan is unfortunately battling a wicked case of it. I honestly didn’t know you could get poison ivy in February but I’m always learning something new! And, since the hay was baled late in the season when the poison ivy is most potent, it’s been an uncomfortable week for him.
Though March has officially arrived, it’s hard to believe spring is just around the corner! We will “spring forward” with the time change next weekend and in just a few weeks we’ll be at the Grower’s Fare at the Downtown Market on Saturday March 21. Yesterday was even National CSA Sign-Up Day, now that farms have finalized their growing plans for the season. Even though we don’t offer a veggie CSA, our raw milk share are actually based on a year-round CSA model. We encourage you to find a farm to support this season, even if it’s not ours! Local Harvest is a great resource in finding local food in your area – we’ve recently updated our listing, which you can see here.
We are now offering another delivery group option for our raw milk, butter (& eggs come spring!) – we are delivering to the Cascade/Ada area every Sunday for just $10 per month per family. This is in addition to our Eastown GR, Rockford, Cedar Tree Birth Center (Cherry St.) and Portland deliveries during the week. The Ada/Cascade delivery is about a mile from the Harvest Health store on Cascade Rd. Email us if you’re interested in details or would like a sample half gallon of milk delivered to that location.
We are also still taking pre-orders for pasture-raised chickens until Friday March 20. Details can be found here. Price is $3.75/lb with a $4 deposit per bird. Average weights will be in the 4-5lb range and ready in late August. We are asking a minimum of 5 birds per order.
One final thing I’ve been enjoying this week is this article on female dairy farmers with videos profiling their amazing farms. I found them to be so inspiring and loved seeing other women interested in livestock and grass-based farming!
Next week we hope to introduce our little one so keep your fingers crossed! 😀