Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thanksgiving Turkey Orders

After pre-orders are filled, we will have a limited number of turkeys available at the Millerton Farmer's Market and the Kinderhook Farmer's market on 11/22. First Come, First Serve. Email us to be added to the waiting list. 

Yes, it's that time already- we're taking orders for Thanksgiving turkeys! For those who have been eating the delicious summer birds, don't forget to pre-order your holiday feast! For those who haven't, but need a holiday bird- same to you! We will likely sell out, and getting your reservation in early helps us plan a delivery schedule and what size birds will be most popular. Our turkey is DELICIOUS. It's pastured and fed with our custom non-gmo feed, and we've been known to let the feathered friends get into some additional treats like watermelon and tomatoes. They live a wonderful life, and then they make a perfect holiday meal. 

The price per lb of our premium, sustainably raised turkey will range between $5.70 and $6.20. The final price will be available about three weeks before delivery, which is determined by the variable cost of feed. We will be doing our best to keep the cost on the lower end of the range. Turkeys will be delivered in the Capital District the week of Thanksgiving, or picked up on farm that same week. If you want us to consider an additional delivery location, contact us for our site minimums! Pick-Up Time/Dates will announced once we receive confirmation from our butchering partners of our scheduled processing.

Though we created this meme for our meat share- we still think it's pretty perfect for this time of the year too. 

To order a turkey, check out our online order form. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Easy Come, Easy Go and Other Farm Updates

A few weeks ago, we had a windfall of good luck when a neighbor offered up his old shed if we would move it. We were glad to do it, as we had been sourcing a new shelter for our summer flock of turkeys and planning ahead for our Thanksgiving batch. We decided to use the Farmall A, our flatbed trailer and a whole lot of gumption to get it back down to the farm. The shed was relatively light, and our neighbors helped us get it loaded and we literally screwed it down to the wooden flat bed. Then, we slowly puttered down the road to get it back here. It all went smoothly, remarkable so.

We were pretty happy to upgrade our temporary turkey shelter (built from a cattle panel) to a nicer model, and it made locking up the birds at a night a bit easier. We positioned the open side away from the direction we most often get winds, and for added measure secured it to the ground. Then, last Wednesday we headed out for our latest addition of the East Greenbush Farmer's Market and our regular Albany delivery. We both got drenched that night, and made it home at dusk, still damp. I was getting the heat lamps positioned for the new turkeys still brooding when I glanced out the back window of the barn and saw the big flock of summer birds standing, drenched, shivering, in the rain. But the shed was nowhere to be found. Literally, the 300ish lb shed was just gone.

We had branches down in the yard, and some storm damage, but the pallet coops and other infrastructure seemed fine. Finally, in the low light of a setting sun, I spotted the shed, at least an acre up the hill, totally crushed like a soda can.

Nature always wins. We'll get something figured out to house the turkeys for the fall season, and in the meantime the rest of the summer flock have take residence in the run-in shed, where they are quite comfortable. 

In less dramatic news, we have finally hatched our first little ducklings. Well, we didn't do much to make it happen, the call ducks did all the work. We have three little ducklings marching about, causing a ruckus, and they are as adorable as you'd imagine, though they spend much of the day in the barn splashing in their water dish and creating the worst kind of mud indoors you'll ever find. Their mama is constantly teaching them new duck things, so it won't be long until they can spend more time outdoors and in the streams/marsh. 

The pasture is at it's fullest now too. We don't mow, which sometimes gives the farm more of a meadow look then the organized madness we're going for. But it's really a growing strategy. We only have a limited amount of pasture, and we need it all to keep our animals fed and healthy. We let it get a little long for added shade, and as much feed as we can get from it for the amount of livestock we run. We've gone through about half of it, and have plenty of meat left to grow on the second half through the fall. By the end of the year the animals will have cleared all the acreage, and it will be well fertilized for the winter.  The sea of green, brown, and red smells fresh and sweet- and will do a better job of feeding the animals then the milled grains we use alone. Plus, it helps keep the water log down, especially with the amount of thunderstorms we've had. 

It's definitely summer. The humidity, the storms, the work load. Each day is packed with chores, and we are hustling to keep up with all of the tasks. We've gotten a bit behind with some of the things we like to have done (mowing the lawn, for example)- but are happy with the quality of life for the livestock. In between storms today I hauled a full bale of shavings out to the field, for feathered and porcine bedding. Keeping everyone dry is a challenge, but the pigs don't seem to mind the mud, as long as their beds stay dry. The mud keeps the sun off pale skin, and apparently is also good for snacking. We'll just take their word for it though, as the garden is prolific and we eat to match the work load!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fool proof Chicken Wings

Ahh summer, when you can eat so well, so easily... there is abundance everywhere you turn! So many farms have so much to offer right now, and one of our favorite treats is to turn every seasonal veg into some kind of tasty pizza. And what goes better with pizza than chicken wings? Here is how we make our not-fried chicken wings, including sauce and we've never had a complaint! We thought we'd share, so you too can sit on your porch with a good brew and the classic pizza/wings pairing- but far more delicious because it's FARM style!

1 Dozen Wings, split
1/2 stick of butter
1 cup crushed tomatoes
1/8 cup ketchup
1/8 cup brown sugar
liberal amounts of salt, chilli powder, pepper, garlic powder and smoked paprika
olive oil

Par-boil your wings (probably for about 5-10 minutes) while you are preheating your oven to 425.

On the stove-top, mix all of your sauce ingredients and let it cook down at a simmer for at least 15 minutes. Don't be afraid to add spices, take some away or just generally change the entire sauce recipe. Though the butter is key to make a smooth sauce.

Spread your wings out on a cookie sheet, and toss them in olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast them until golden brown, crispy and cooked thoroughly.

Pour your sauce over your wings once they are ready to serve. Eat them immediately, and provide ample napkins!!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Meat for Sale!

We are having a great summer, and have some really wonderful offerings for anyone looking to grill some locally grown, non-gmo, ethically raised meats. If you would like to order anything, let us know! We can arrange a convenient time on farm or we'll be in Albany this Wednesday, and can bring it you then. For those who would prefer to pay ahead, we now accept credit cards and can send you an invoice through square.

What's available:

Boneless Skinless Turkey Cutlets (12.50/lb, packages are usually about $7 each based on their weights. Approx 2 good size cutlets per package)

Turkey Drumsticks (7.50/lb) roughly 1lb packages (2 drumsticks)

Turkey Thighs (7.50/lb) roughtly 1.2lb packages (2 thighs)

Turkey Wings (7.00/lb) roughtly 1.5lb packages (2 wings)

RABBIT!! Whole, $30/each approximately 3.2lbs each

We still have 2 sides of pork available for our fall delivery date, for details on ordering a side of pork, check out this link.