Farming = FUN!

I know we've all heard that blondes have more fun, but I have to agree with Alpine on this one.

Oh I apologize for the lack of updates over the past couple of months! Those of you who have visited our farm know we haven't been lounging around - although that sounds quite nice.

  • We've had many beef orders, many chicken orders and have met so many wonderful new people!
  • We also had to prepare the animals for winter - water heaters, straw beds, move the cows, etc.
  • Equipment breakdowns. Grrrr.
  • Shayn is currently rushing to install new power lines and water lines before the ground freezes for a few months. We are expanding our poultry pasture so we can raise turkeys next year!

Even with the busy life that farming brings, it really is fun. Yesterday while Shayn was out digging trenches, Alpine was right alongside him, shovel in hand, working in the mud and sliding down the piles of dirt. He came in after dark with rosy cheeks, a runny nose and a huge smile on his face. A perfect day for this kid.



Happy Mail!

We received this wonderful e-mail from Susan today and wanted to share!

"Just a note to say the chicken I purchased from you is absolutely delicious. Not only that ~ but I was amazed at the difference in the smell as it cooked and even the look of the chicken as I cut it up.  What a difference . . I've purchased a lot of so-called-natural chicken from Costco, Harmons, Whole Foods, and etc.  . . . not one even compares with yours.

The beef is also excellent.  I've cooked one roast and a couple of pounds of ground beef. The roast was tender and flavorful, the ground beef is, also, very flavorful.  My daughter noticed a difference in the "fresh" smell as the beef cooked and asked where it was from.

Hats off ! ! ! and 'thank you.'"


Feelin' the Love!

Here are some recent comments from customers who just purchased grass fed beef. These make me happy.

Brian wrote the following on our Facebook page,

"We just grilled some steaks from yesterday's order. Both cuts were better than anything I've ever purchased in a store. The sirloin was great and the tenderloin was AMAZING.Do you think that next year you could raise a whole steer for us just made of tenderloin? Thank you!!!"

And Tiffiny posted about us on her blog The Bake-Off Flunkie along with a chili recipe I can't wait to try. Here's a little of what she had to say,

"The meat cooked up nicely, and crumbled better and more evenly than the ground beef I used to buy at the store. And it didn't have the weird, sour smell that was sometimes present when I cooked store-bought ground beef. The meat was also incredibly lean (by virtue of the breed of cows they raise, and that they aren't fed corn), and I didn't have to drain a drop of fat."

Visit her blog to read the rest.

We have awesome customers. Thanks guys!


A Wonderful, Magical Animal

Once upon a time, before we had children and animals and a farm and..., Shayn & I would actually watch a little TV. On occasion we would catch an episode of "The Simpsons". One we particularly enjoyed was about a BBQ and Lisa's desire to be a vegetarian. We often find ourselves quoting Homer whenever we have a slice of bacon:

Homer: Wait wait wait a minute Lisa, honey, are you saying that you're never going to eat any animal again? What about bacon?
Lisa: No!
Homer: Ham?
Lisa: No!
Homer: Pork chops?
Lisa: Dad, those all come from the same animal!
Homer: Yeah right Lisa, a wonderful, "magical" animal.

Last week we acquired two of these "magical" animals and they are living in our front pasture. Alpine decided he wanted to name them and I hesistated; a big farm rule for me is we don't give names to our food. But when he told me their names were Ham and Evil Dr. Porkchop I let it slide.

We are testing these pigs to see how they do on our pasture. We are planning to butcher them in January and have limited pork cuts available for sale. If this trial run goes well we will add pork to our inventory next year!

Are you interested in purchasing pork? If so, what cuts would you like to purchase?


Lifestyles of the Free-Ranged and Feathered

I recently received an e-mail requesting pictures of our laying hens' living quarters. Since Shayn finally has the coop finished (awaiting just a bit more trim on the outside) I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to take all of you on a tour as well.

Here is the outside of their coop. Barn red, of course. Two windows, plus a window in the door, allow a lot of natural light in the coop during the day. Plus we can keep it cooler in the summer with the windows open. I'm thinking we need a weather vane on top. You know, one of those with a rooster on it? I think it would be a nice touch.

Inside are the laying boxes, thirty-two of them to be exact, along with a ladder the hens can roost on at night. There will be one or two hens hanging out in here during the day when they have an egg to lay (you can spot one hen in the picture). But for the most part they are all outside enjoying the grass and the sunshine. They all come in at night to sleep, play some pinochle and chat about the day's events (ha!).

Another question we've received is..."do you cut your chicken's beaks?". Answer - NO. No no no. Yuck. As you can see their beaks are in tact and beautiful. We have no reason to cut them because they don't use them to harm each other. Stressed out birds (those confined, living in deplorable conditions, etc) hurt other chickens. Ours are happy and relaxed. Plus, a chicken needs its beak to eat grass, which we have a lot of around here.

I hope this helps give a better overall view of how we raise our layers. If you have any questions leave a comment on this post or let us know on the "contact us" page of our site.