To Your Health! from Our Father’s Farm.
13 July 2011
Peace the youngest of 8 is helping to collect eggs
The perfect summer meat…
Delicious so good for you so easy to digest and with literally a million ways to prepare it– it’s just too good :-). Our chickens are raised on chemical free pasture and moved daily to fresh foraging grounds. They’re fed a non-GMO feed and they’re processing out so big and healthy.
One thing to remember about any grass fed/raised meats is that they taste better when cooked “low and slow” but that is the healthiest way to enjoy those meats anyway!
Our chicken sell for $3.95/lb the are 4.5 – 5.5lbs. For the rest of July we’re running a special.
the total when you purchase 4 or more chickens.
One of our chickens can easily feed a “large family” four beautiful dinners. How? I’m sending a link below to some recipes, but we get two 9X13 casseroles, and two 5 quart pots of soup from one chicken. You can use the broth to make stew or soup or in other casseroles (like home made mac and cheese) which would normally call for cream of blick canned soup… I’m just going to attach recipes and share some things I’ve learned from two generations ago when people used all the food before they started throwing stuff away J. So if you break this chicken down into 4-6 meals the beautiful-delicious-beyond-organic meat element for each meal now costs you only $3-5 per meal. Conventional grocery stores can’t beat that! And you know that every bite is as good for you as it is just plain good! You can also grill the meat if you like it cooked that way. It’s best when marinated from 30 minutes to 24 hours. I like to marinate in a zip lock in the fridge and turn it around frequently. Delicious.
We’re in the midst of our chicken season. The weather has been great and the grass is full of good things to eat. These birds are looking so good. We now have a freezer full of nice whole chickens as well as a few cuts. We will have fresh chicken available Saturday, July 23rd. Some customers came out to the farm to pick up fresh chickens last processing day and you can call or email if you want to arrange that. We recommend that to people who want to buy in quantity and then cut up and freeze their chickens in parts for future yummy meals. Otherwise, we freeze them and you can get them whenever. These chickens are raised on a beautiful non-GMO feed and on pasture. They’re delicious and so good for you down to the last drop. Remember that on our farm we try to mimic nature and the flow of seasons. Chickens are only available until the end of November. So plan accordingly. Many customers considered what they would need to last them through the winter and purchased with “stocking up” in mind. The chickens last very well in the freezer. If you let us know how many you need to get you through the “chickenless months” we can better plan how many we raise. We are so blessed to serve you all by raising this nourishing yummy food. Thank you for your support!
It seems crazy to even think about something so far away, but we are already raising some turkey chicks (Poults) on beautiful pasture and non-GMO feed, raw milk and fresh kitchen scraps. These turkeys will make your taste buds and holiday guests sing. Turkey pick-up day is one of our favorite days of the year when we get to see so many of you face to face and give you a little tour of the farm. It’s a wonderful culmination to the end of the growing season and we love celebrating it with you all. Supply is limited and we already have a sign up sheet filling so call or email if you’re interested in some Thanksgiving Goodness. Reserve your Turkey by sending a $20 deposit, you pay the remaining balance when you pick up you bird. mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Father’s Farm Farming with Integrity
As you shop around at farmers markets, on line and in stores please remember that not all chicken, eggs, raw milk and beef are the same. Even the terms pastured poultry may make one to believe that they are all the same. The chickens do eat grass and grubs, but still need 90% of their diet in grains. Most folks feed conventional grains (unless marked Organic they contain GMO grains) with GMO corn and soy in them. We have chosen to use only non-GMO feeds for our animals. This means an extra burden because you can’t find the grain locally and the cost is higher. We are happy to do it, and it’s the only thing we want to feed our children, what better thing to invest our money in but nutrient dense food that builds healthy children and adults for a lifetime. Latest studies show that GMO’s have horrible effects on the ones that consume them. check out responsible technology
What about Grass fed beef verses grass finished beef. Grass fed should mean that they have been on grass their whole life, they went from milk to grass. This produces a meat much higher in omega 3 and all the other good stuff. Grass finished could mean they had lots of grain and just finished their life on Grass. Again the health and nutritional benefits are much better with purely grass fed.
Chickens and Beef: We now have freezers full of beautiful plump whole chickens as well as a few cut ups. We will gladly deliver the chickens to Lynchburg or Roanoake. Of course you and the family are always invited to come pick up down at the farm.
We got some beef in and still more to come. Some of you have had reservations on shares of beef that are now available. We also have beef by the cut.
Kittens now available for pick up:
We have some beautiful kittens ready to go to a nice home or farm. These are not just ordinary kittens, they have superior intellect and beauty. They have been raised on mother’s milk as well as raw cow’s milk. They have been trained to catch mice and other barn pests. They live outside comfortably all year round and are a great service to any home. Many folks have turned them into wonderful indoor cats as well. The children are asking $5 each for these beauties. We only have two left.
Raw Milk Herd Share customers:
We just had two new calves. We have recently added 9 cows to the herd and have moved to milking once a day in the mornings. We currently have a waiting list for more shares, they should be available in a month or so.
Butter $10 per pound or $5 1/2 pound labor fee (very sporadic/limited)
Yogurt $ 4 per quart labor fee
Fresh Cream $ 4 pint or $8 quart labor fee
Butter Milk $3 Quart labor fee
Kefir $4 per quart labor fee
It’s so important that we Educate Ourselves!
We will be having a “How to take a chicken from pasture to pot” class. E-mail or call to sign up. The class name is a fancy way to say “processing the birds” it’s a pretty incredible process and a lot of fun, if you can imagine we have people who drive two hours to join the fun… turkey processing we’ve had people from NY and VA Beach who woulda thought?? This is a very good totally hands on experience for anyone. It’s strictly a working class with serious working elements, so no small unattended children please. We prefer those in the class to be hard working focused children accompanied by a parent. There will be a class Saturday July 23rd. The class will cost $25 per person $35 per couple. It will be two hours long starting at 9:30 and ending at 11:30. Bring boots and old clothes. You are welcome to stay longer and help us finish the batch.
Kim’s “Healthy Eating Healthy Living” Classes scheduled for Aug 27, Sept 24, and October 22. They are held here on the farm from 9 AM- 3PM.
These classes were a huge hit last year! There’s a lot of synergy in a gathering of like minded people– experts in their own rank and field of knowledge. We spend a busy information packed day together here on the farm.
The class includes an introduction as to the “Why” we want to change the way we eat and shop (a mini food INc if you will) and a brief farm tour, the basics in bread making and cooking with whole grains and baking/jam making etc with natural “whole” sweeteners, making your own cleaning supplies for the home out of all-natural components, herbal/home remedies for various ailments and booboos, basics on gardening year round, sprouting, some how to on cooking healthy nutritious foods (curry, tons of chicken and beef recipes as well as fermented foods), and the study of Kombucha and Kefir your gut’s best friends. Phew, that’s a lot. But the class includes handouts, notes and other written materials so you can review and study later the mass of info you’ll pick up during the course of the day.
There’s a break in the middle of the day for a lunch prepared and served by the family out in our new “edible garden”. Everything we serve is grown or raised right here and you will have just seen it all on the farm tour. Pretty cool. It is a wonderful time of growing and learning together.
I’m not a licenced anything– just a dedicated wife, mom and hostess. I want anyone who sits down to eat in our home to be blessed from the first taste to the final assimilation of every bite or sip they enjoy here and so, have been studying and practicing avidly for seven years. It’s an honor to share with you all! The farm store will be open after class and i will try to have Kefir and Kombucha starters available for those intersted in obtaining those.
We look forward to seeing some of you!
The cost of for the seminar is $50/person or $75/couple. This price will cover materials, recipes and lunch. There are a few partial or full scholarships available please call me for details. Space is limited so register soon if you’re interested!
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