The benefit and the curse of raising livestock is that we farm year round. We will still have eggs, chicken and pork throughout the winter months to provide for our community. It is a wonderful option for those who are committed to eating locally.
Most of our animals are heritage breeds that have adapted well to pasture life. While we still carry buckets of feed and water to the pastures through the mud and snow with a bit of a chip on our shoulder, they don't seem to mind at all. We still collect eggs, deliver piglets, and milk the cows. They still forage, play and snooze in giant piles of straw. Farm life doesn't stop for us even when the tomatoes do.
The Franklin County Farmer's Market season ends around Thanksgiving, but we will continue to show up on Saturday mornings. Starting in December we will be at the pavilion from 10:00am to noon. We highly encourage folks to pre-order online or purchase one of our CSA Memberships to make the pick up process smoother for everyone.
The high demand for eggs, and our personal love for the amazing taste, led us to order some more laying hens for the upcoming months. 50 baby Golden-Laced Wyandottes joined the farm this week sending a little thrill of excitement through all of us. They are so fluffy and warm. I really enjoy it when new babies join the farm family.
Next week we will be introducing a new option - SHOULDER BACON! Most bacon is cut from the belly of the pig, this bacon will be cut from the shoulder (picnic roast). It will be sliced and naturally cured just like our other bacon, but will be less fatty because of the cut of meat. I am excited to try this out on a BLT alongside a big bowl of spicy squash soup!
If you haven't already signed up for our newsletter, now is a fantastic time. We will let folks know weekly about our Saturday schedule and offerings as things sell out and the weather becomes more unpredictable.
Hope you are all cozied up under a warm blanket this evening.