Grass fed Raw-Milk through herd-shares.
New summer schedules and lots of hot weather have brought the wonderful month of June to a close! It’s so hard to believe July is upon us! Every morning as my younger brother and I drive through the fields with a truck-load of feed for all of the chickens I am amazed by the beauty of the mornings. The sun peeks over the trees and as it gradually rises in the sky it casts golden rays all over the farm transforming each little dim, dewy field of grass into a field of sparkling diamondy sunshine! Each morning as I drive I praise the Lord for his Son that shines on and in me. The beauty of the golden haze cast over the farm is a daily reminder that light transforms everything it touches.
We’ve had a busy few weeks on the farm! It’s hard to believe that we are already well into June! This past Wednesday we processed our first batch of Organic chickens! (contact us if you are interested in ordering.) June has brought with it some beautiful sunny weather that has been wonderful for working in. It’s always easier and more enjoyable to work in sunshine. The family has been busy, tending to cows (and new calves!), gardening, collecting eggs, moving chickens to fresh pasture, working on new projects to assist in the daily work and so much more! It is so nice to know that we are working here to raise wonderful foods for ourselves, but also for you. Thank you so much for supporting our farm and family!
Little egg collector in training.
Happy laying hens on pasture!
Moving one of the chicken flocks.
Journey Back to Health Seminar
with Kim Fuhrmann Certified Natural Health Professional
Saturday July 9th 2016
Enjoy a wonderful day of learning!
learn how your body was designed and how you can best care for yourself and those you love.
-The top ten things you need to do for improved health and wellness
–Why, where, and how to source local, organic foods at better prices
–How to prepare these more expensive “real foods” the best ways possible
–How to care for your skin and gut with homemade nature’s products
–How to make and enjoy lacto fermented foods and condiments
–How to create a home made natural health care kit for your family
–Learn how and when to administer home remedies and herbal first aid
–Hands on work in the kitchen… and much more.
Cost $65 which includes, the daylong seminar, a booklet of information and recipes you will learn about during the class, a brief farm tour and a lunch made from delicious natural foods from the farm so you can taste what you’ll be learning about.
Send your payment to secure a spot in this class, seats are limited. Please make checks payable to “Our Father’s Farm” and send to 2664 Deer View Rd, Gretna, VA 24557. Or pay using PayPal.
We look forward to seeing some of you for an exciting day of learning, tasting, seeing, and doing!
First we want to thank everyone who came and who helped make the day a huge blessing! This day feels like a family reunion to us! We really do have the best customers and love what we do and how you partner in it with us! It was a busy but wonderful weekend here on the farm– Lots of cleaning and fixing up in preparation for our Annual Field Day. Thursday we processed around 200 chickens marking the first fresh chickens of the year!
It was such an encouragement to see all of you that made it out this past Saturday, thank you for braving the weather!
Below are some pictures that were taken throughout the day:
~The Meat Chickens~
What a fun day, the Lord brought everything together so perfectly.
A big thanks to our helpers this year, the Taconets, Elijah & Faith and the Crews!
Looking forward to next time,
The Our Father’s Farm and Fuhrmann Family Team.
The past few warm days have been absolutely wonderful! We have really been enjoying this beautiful sunshine; and it has really been helping out a lot with all the farm jobs that need to get done:-) The hustle and bustle grows more and more as the spring and summer seasons quickly come upon us. Plans and preparations for our Fourth Annual Open House are beginning, and the outdated chicken house for our broilers had to be taken apart and rebuilt. We all gathered around the white board as we planned and sketched out how this chicken house would be built, to make it even more effective. These are just to name a few of the fun projects that are being done around the farm along with daily life. Washing eggs, milking cows, loading deliveries, watering gardens and the list goes on. But we would not trade this life for anything! The lessons we learn and the time spent together is worth everything.
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9
What is there to do?
See touch and learn about all the farm and animals!
There will be 2 farm tours in the day, the first tour will be at 11:00 and the second will be held at 2:00.
You will see and learn about:
The milk cows, calves, chicks, broiler chickens, laying hens, the horse, dogs and puppies, cats and kittens!
Bonus! There will be a milking demonstration and milk samples, and a butter and ice cream making station!
What kind of animals can we see?
There will be:
Cows and calves, Laying hens, broiler (meat) chickens, chicks, Great Pyrenees dogs and puppies!, Cats and kittens! A horse and more!
Will the store be open and what will we be able to buy?
Yes the store will be open! There will be a supply of fresh chicken, plenty of Grass Fed beef: ground beef, steaks, roasts, stew meat and bones. Eggs, fresh herb mixes for grilling and cooking (family favorites and customer faves), Soy candles scented with essential oils, kombucha, organic juices, raw milk cheeses from Amish Country, and a variety of other item: beauty, healing salves, supplements, superfoods, Apple Cider Vinegar etc. There will also be a BAKE SALE! With all different kinds of breads, cookies, OOEY GOOEY Cheese and Garlic rolls and more!
How do I contact you if I have questions?
Email or call us!
Bring a picnic and hang out on the farm!
There will be picnic areas and we will be selling baked goods and some snack bars, candies, cheese, and organic drinks in the store.
View the posts from the previous events!
Some pictures from our winter snow storms!
A Lab Puppy from Our Father’s Farm is a friend you will cherish for years. Labrador Retrievers have an enduring reputation for gentle temperament, ease of handling and training, intelligence and loyalty. They are truly the perfect family pet!
We breed for quality in health and not quantity of puppies. Read about how we raise our dogs.
Litter Due Date: We are expecting this beautiful liter around March 3rd.
Pick-up is 8 weeks after birth, around April 28th. Email us or check back here for the exact dates.
Price and Deposit: The price for each puppy is $959. A $200 deposit is required in order to secure your puppy! Once the deposit is received along with your application, you are placed on our list and will be the first to know when the puppies are born. When their eyes are opened we will number them and post pictures for you to select your puppy if you aren’t able to come to the farm. The deposit is non-refundable unless we don’t have enough puppies to meet your request.
All these puppies will have CKC registration. The puppies will have nice even temperament’s and there parents have beautiful glossy coats. Expect these puppies to reach mature size around the 60-75 lb. range.
WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO PLACE A DEPOSIT TO SECURE YOUR PUPPY!
About the Parents:
Daisy May. Click here to read about her!
CEDAR HILL’S ROCK’N STORMY MH (BASSIL)
Bassil of Cedar Hill Retrievers.
Frequently Asked Questions About Our Dogs:
The answer to this question makes our puppies among the best and healthiest you can find. Our puppies are able to nurse their mother until you adopt them. When other foods are introduced we feed them our very own “beyond organic” products from our own farm. These include: RAW cow’s milk from grass fed cows, raw non GMO, non soy chicken and grass fed beef. If necessary they are fed a dry grain free food.
They live in a large pen with a large dog shed connected to it, we let them out to play with us either a few at a time or all every day. As they grow older they spend time with the other animals and are able to run around the farm.
They live with their mother the full 8 weeks (some choose to get their pups at 6 weeks). Mamma usually begins weaning them starting at 6 weeks. They drink less and less from her as they get older and are usually fully weaned between 7 and 8 weeks.
Yes, they go to the vet for their Puppy wellness check up. They are also given their first round of Shots and wormed . Our vet (in Chatham, VA) raves about the wonderful health, beautiful teeth, and good temperaments of our litters. We attribute this to the wonderful diet of mother and babies, and the healthy, active lifestyle they enjoy.
We have a large family with babies all the way up to our 89 year old grandmother. The puppies are very well socialized with people, cats, other dogs (we also have livestock guardian dogs), and other farm animals. The puppies live with each other and often socialize and play with the children and our other animals on the farm such as, cats, cows, chickens other dogs and more! Also our family of 9 children from ages 20-2 are often with them playing!
It is common for all puppies to be a little lonely at first. They may whine when they are alone at night but this will soon change as they get used to you and your schedule.
All the puppies will either have CKC (Daisy) or ACK (Rosy) registration depending on the mother. The puppies will have nice even temperament’s and there parents have beautiful glossy coats. Expect these puppies to reach mature size around the 60-75 lb. range.
Come visit the puppies by appointment just call or email us!
Brine and Cooking Directions
1 Our Fathers Farm free range delicious healthy turkey (this also works with our chicken, just reduce ingredients)
2 1 bottle of sweet white wine (chardonnay is what we prefer)
3 bouquet of fresh herbs if you can acquire them: parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
4 fresh garlic 4-6 cloves peeled and smashed to release flavor (i smash them with the end of a knife handle)
5 1-2 onions peeled and quartered (optional)
6 1 C kosher sea salt (i use Himalayan sea salt)
7 handful of rainbow peppercorns (or plain if you prefer)
8 water and ice and a cooler
first dissolve salt in a small amount of warm water in a large stock pot as well as you can and add about 2 cups of ice to cool the water. Next add the peppercorns, fresh herbs (you can use dried if you like. about 6 Tb total), garlic and onion followed by the bottle of wine and cold water until pot is full. Place turkey breast side up in cooler. Pour your pot mixture over all and add ice and water until turkey is covered or nearly. Turn turkey around in mixture a few times to coat and let it rest breast side down in brine. I push the cooler to the “dark side of the deck” and check it at least one time daily to turn it around and add ice if needed.
On cooking day: remove turkey from brine to the kitchen sink (I discard brine under the deck). Rinse well and allow to dry. Melt 1-2 sticks of good quality butter and more wine and herbs and pour this over your turkey before cooking (if you desire… you can substitute with olive oil).
Suggested roasting times vary and recommendations are below. The most accurate measure is with a meat thermometer placed in the thickest “leg part” 180 degrees is recommended. I check for doneness by wiggling the leg and seeing if it’s loose and also by piercing at the thickest part and checking for clear juice not pink. You don’t want to overcook your turkey! We sometimes cook breast side down and then use silicon baking mits to grab and flip the turkey at the end to brown the breast and make crispy skin. This is a two man job :-).
Use the pan juices from your turkey. I use organic corn starch to thicken, but you can use organic flour. Here’s How:
1. First you make a slurry. For each cup of liquid you want to thicken, start with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in a small bowl. Add an equal amount of cold liquid and stir until a smooth paste forms. This is your slurry.
2. Whisk the slurry into the hot, simmering liquid that you want to thicken. Bring to a boil and simmer until any starchy taste has been cooked away. Don’t cook longer, though, as the starch may break down and the liquid will thin out again.
Roasting times are for a preheated 325 degrees F. oven.
Approximate Roasting Times for Stuffed Turkey:
Turkey Weight Hours
6 to 8 pounds 3 to 3-1/2 hours
8 to 12 pounds 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours
12 to 16 pounds 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 hours
16 to 20 pounds 5-1/2 to 6 hours
20 to 24 pounds 6 to 6-1/2 hours
Approximate Roasting Times for Unstuffed Turkey
Turkey Weight Hours
6 to 8 pounds 2-1/2 to 3 hours
8 to 12 pounds 3 to 4 hours
12 to 16 pounds 4 to 5 hours
16 to 20 pounds 5 to 5-1/2 hours
20 to 24 pounds 5-1/2 to 6 hours
One musn’t forget this all important element of your farm raised healthy turkey! Save all of the bones and skin and pan juices that didn’t get used or enjoyed. Put the bones in either the biggest stock pot you have or in a crock pot. Add 2 Tb raw apple cider vinegar with the mother or 1 C white wine, peppercorns, 2 Tb sea salt, garlic and onion (peeled and smashed if desired). Cover all with water and cook for 12-36 hours. Strain out bones (and if using a small crock pot repeat). This makes a nutrient dense broth that can be used for sauces, soups, stews or enjoyed straight out of a mug as is. I add my left over veggies: sweet potatoes, roasted pumpkin or potatoes etc and puree them to make a delicious creamy veggie soup.
Tell us how you enjoyed our turkey and recipe!