The hens are eggstatic to have new laying boxes. It was a great project to do in the barn away from the cold. Bonus – Used scraps and supplies on hand. They even have winter curtains made from left over fabric used to make the grand kids chaps for dress up.
Fair Weather Farming – Not These Last Few Days
These last couple days when the weather is challenging are the times when farming and raising animals makes you question your sanity. Busting water with sledge hammers, carrying out fresh water to turkeys every couple hours, patting the ice off the cows that won’t go inside, putting out hay and feed, repairing busted pipes in the vineyard, clearing falling limbs off fences, and planning the harvest for 35 turkeys in below freezing temperatures. The answer for us here at Redbud Farm and Vineyard is still and will always be “yes, we love farming and growing healthy farm fresh food and always will”.
I’ve had a couple last minute cancellations on turkeys so if you want a fresh turkey available for pick up on Tuesday evening or Wednesday let me know. They will go quickly. Contact us to plan your 2014 meat purchases so we grow food to meet your needs.
Susan 1, Pigs 0
Last year Terry and I spent several frustrating hours trying to load our pigs in the trailer to take to the butcher. Today I was able to get those girls in the trailer by myself in under 30 minutes. Thanks to Art Stoup for the use of his loading ramp and for supporting Redbud Farm and Vineyard with great help and advice. This farm could not produce healthy food for our family and our customers without my amazing husband Terry and his willingness to go out in the cold and dark to do farm chores.
It is time now to think about the food you will put on your family’s table in 2014. We have started our 2014 Thanksgiving Turkey list so if you want a hand raised pasture turkey fresh from the farm for your Thanksgiving dinner get on the list now. We are in the process of planning layers for eggs, broiler chickens, turkeys, pork, beef, and produce for 2014. Contact us so we grow food to meet the needs of your family. We are also looking at farm poultry harvest days for 2014. If you are interested in growing your own chicken or turkey and want our support to harvest your flocks contact us so we include you in the scheduling and planning.
We are finalizing our Thanksgiving turkey orders. If you do not receive a private message, email, text, or call from me by the end of today (Sunday Nov. 10th), I do not have you on the list. If you thought you were on the list call or contact me asap. For those purchasing Thanksgiving turkeys please send me back the requested information as quickly as possible to ensure a smooth pickup process. We already have a waiting list for 2013 turkeys and pork and have started our production lists 2014 eggs, chicken, turkey, pork, beef, and produce.
Available in 2014: whole chicken, boneless chicken breast, chicken thigh and leg quarters, 1/2 or whole pigs (fall 2014) 1/4, 1/2, or whole beef (fall 2014), fresh produce. Eggs are always available. Meat is seasonal and the planning for production starts now. We want to grow our farm fresh products to meet your family needs. Contact us to discuss how we can produce farm fresh food for your table.
Awesome Harvest Day at the Farm
Saturday was a super successful harvest day at the farm. We had 6 families join in the harvest with over 120 chickens and turkeys and all 18 adults and children participating. We are making plans now for 2014. Contact us about joining our CSA (community supported agriculture) so we can grow and harvest to meet your needs. There is nothing like locally grown eggs, chicken, turkey, pig, beef and produce. Contact us for more information.
Susan Processing Chickens
We are processing chickens this Saturday Nov. 9th starting at 8:30 am. If you have chickens you need butchered or want to learn how the process works give us a call (405-426-7070) so we will be expecting you. Also don’t forget we have pasture raised chicken and eggs for sale at the farm.
Farm Chicken Harvest Day Sept. 16th.
We are scheduling a chicken butchering day at the farm on September 16th. We will begin processing at 10 am if you want to drop off your chickens in the morning or if you want to drop off your chickens after work we will begin processing at 6 pm. This is also a great opportunity for those that want to learn how to grow or butcher chickens. Hope to see you on the 16th. Cost is $3.00 per bird. Must call to schedule number of birds you want processed. 405-426-7070.
Farm Fresh Eggs vs Store Bought Eggs
They already look better before and after cracking them, right? But are they really better for you? A study done by MotherEarthNews.com confirmed in 2007 that eggs laid by your own hens at home are not only good looking, but good for you too.
When comparing a standard grocery store egg’s nutritional value (as measured by the USDA) to an average backyard egg, the study gives the latter an advantage:
Why the edge? Because backyard chickens have a better diet of organic feed and most importantly…bugs — for real. Chickens not only gorge on chicken feed but the natural environment you provide them will also supply a healthy amount and diversity of little plants, bugs, grasses and leaves that are at the core of a wild chicken diet. Something their industrial peers miss.
Reading this article was so exciting. I love knowing that raising our own hens for farm fresh eggs is not only fun but that we are helping to grow better food for folks. Sign up with us to get a regular supply of eggs.
Carolina Story House Concert Tonight
If you haven’t made plans to attend the house concert tonight with Carolina Story it’s not too late. We will be expecting you by 7:00 pm. Conversation starts at 6:00. You don’t want to miss these folks. See you at the Redbud Farm and Vineyard in a few hours. Don’t forget your dish to share and your adult beverages.
Baked Chicken (Courtesy of Linda and David)
Here is a link to a wonderful baked chicken recipe. Chicken baking in the oven adds a wonderful aroma to your house, makes your mouth water and puts dinner on the table with ease. Send us pictures of Redbud Farm Chickens and Turkeys you prepared.