This year’s winter certainly reminded us to be grateful for everyday of sunshine and slightly warmer temperatures that come our way! With the weather forecast including 70 & 80 degree days, we are practically living outside and using every last drop of light available to us. It’s glorious, to say the least, and we are moving full swing into our busy season!
Pasture-raised chickens will return shortly to our pastures – chicks arrive Memorial Day weekend so we are taking pre-orders now through Friday May 16. We are requiring a minimum order of 10 chickens (feel free to split these with friends, family, etc.) and a $3 deposit per chicken. Your deposit will be credited toward your total at pickup. Chickens will be processed on-farm & ready the first weekend in August. They will be washed, bagged and ready to pop into your freezer! Yum.
This is the one and only batch we’re doing this year so this is your chance to stock up with our delicious and healthy Freedom Rangers – they are fully feathered fellows that take a little longer than conventional broilers to raise but we have found their meat quality to be superior and they are excellent foragers – an important quality for chickens raised on grass & bugs!
While we prepare for the chicks’ arrival, we have quite the load of manure to deal with. 12 cows unloading almost 100lbs of manure per day, plus 8 pigs creating more waste than a full-grown person (each) and 60 hens in a small winter yard & coop create a lot of poop. We are slowly chipping our way through it, creating new compost piles since most of it is already mixed in with straw. Our manure compost from last winter is now beautiful, rich black “gold” ready for applying to the garden, but right now we are literally staring at mountains of manure in our barns. Ahhhh, farm life…
The last piece that is coming into piece for this season is our dairy. Yes, I know we keep talking about this and no, we’re not milking quite yet but we’re close, I promise! Dan has been working tirelessly to drill holes through concrete for headlocks, gathering tools and materials for milking, pouring cement, and planning, planning, planning. He also takes breaks to do normal farm chores and work at another local farm where he feeds milk cows, hauls manure, and literally picks rocks out of fields – you know, a typical day at the office. We are very confident that we should be milking beginning in June and will be ready to take cowshare customers soon. Details will be posted online and be sure to watch Facebook for lots of great raw milk articles!