Recently a friend wondered if I had stopped farming because I hadn’t updated this blog. I told him, I was farming so I didn’t have time to update this blog. I do post (slightly) more frequently on the ol’ Facebook. If you’re really interested in knowing what’s been going on, come visit at farmer’s market.
Here’s a nice big annoucement: we are starting a Fall Meat CSA program. Here’s the brochure.
This is a trial run to see how much I enjoy running a CSA. We are asking for a four-month commitment. Every month, you’ll come to pick up your share at our farm. You share will consist of 1 incredibly delicious pasture-raised chicken, five pounds of our grass fed beef and five pounds of our forest-finished pork.
We are asking $440 for all of this yummy stuff. The price works out to around $7.33 per pound, which if I do say so, is a bargain.
We’re pretty excited about the idea of a meat CSA and hope that you are, too.
Again, here is the brochure. There’s an order form in there. Thanks for looking!
Here are, as promised, some photos of our new batch of Kosher Kings.
And, as a bonus, a picture of our turkeys.
The one in the center is a fine looking Narragansett. To his left is a Blue Slate. You can see the tail feathers of a Bourbon Red in the lower lefthand corner.
It has been a busy few weeks. We are excited to tell you that we have had some new faces arrive. We bought in four sows and a boar! Here is Big Red, our Tamworth boar
Here are Thing one and Thing Two. Both are crosses between Red Wattle and Large Black.
Here are our other sows, Ruby and Olive. Olive is a Berkshire and Ruby is a Tamworth.
We also have 240 baby chicks, our next batch of meat birds. These are Kosher Kings and are so far doing very well. I’ll put up some pictures of them very soon.
Since we only sell whole chickens, I am often asked “What do I do with a whole chicken?” Apart from the snide reply of “Eat it,” I usually suggest roasting. It’s simple and provides for leftovers without much fuss. However, not many people are interested in roasting in hot weather, so here is a pretty neat workaround.
Take the chicken and cut out the backbone. I have found that a good pair of poultry shears or kitchen scissors works very well. Save the back for stock. Flatten the chicken out and rub both sides with this paste:
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon salt
some oregano and some thyme
Heat up your grill and keep it with a low flame. Put the bird on the grill, skin side up. After about 15 minutes, flip it and cook it until a probe thermometer inserted in the breast or thigh reads 155. Remove the chicken from the grill and cover it loosely with aluminum foil. Wait 5-10 minutes. Eat. It’s very easy, very tasty and you don’t need to heat up your kitchen.
I know that it is very early to be thinking about Thanksgiving, but you should.
Our turkeys are a little less than two weeks old and are doing very well. We are raising 150 birds this year and are about to start taking deposits for them. We are asking for $20 per bird. We expect them to dress out in the neighborhood of 12-20 pounds. The cost is currently $7 per pound. If there is a significant increase in the price of feed, we may have to adjust that price.
In the next few days, I hope to have a form on here which you can fill out to reserve a Thanksgiving bird. Until then, you can just come see me at any of the farmer’s markets at which I sell.
I am eating the following right now and it is very good.
1 T Salt
1 T Black Pepper
1 t Cumin
1 t Tumeric
1 t Zaatar
Mix up the spices and rub them all over a couple of nice chops. Heat one half of your grill on high. Sear the chops for one minute on each side. Move them to the other side of the grill and cook them for about eight more minutes or until they are as done as you like them. Eat.
It’s pretty darn good.