don’t know about you, but we have much to be thankful for here on the farm. Our first year of operation has provided us with many more ups than downs and we look forward to next year and all the new experiences it will bring.
As we enter into the holiday season, we wanted to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving. Hopefully it will be joyful time with family and friends. We’re looking forward to having all of our kids and grandson here to celebrate and believe it or not…we’re planning to have pasture-raised chicken instead of turkey. What can I say? We didn’t raise any turkeys!
For all of you planning to do the cooking this Thanksgiving, I thought I would leave you with a recipe. If you don’t have a favorite gravy recipe (and heaven forbid you don’t plan on opening a can…), here’s one I came across this week and plan on trying myself. It looks delicious!
Finally, what’s your favorite Thanksgiving recipe? We would love it (and I’m sure our readers would too) if you would take just a minute and post it to our comments.
Again, Happy Thanksgiving and let’s go Cowboys!!
As someone new to “commercial” farming, I must admit I did not know a lot about GMOs when we launched our farm last year. However, over the past year I’ve learned enough to realize the use of GMOs is a very complex issue, with the discussion driven by passionate people on both sides who know a lot more about science than I ever will.
For those who may not know, GMO stands for genetically modified organism.
Dictionary.com defines a GMO as "an organism whose genome has been altered by the techniques of genetic engineering so that its DNA contains one or more genes not normally found there. Note: a higher percentage of food crops such as corn and soybeans are genetically modified."
Basically it’s inserting genes from one organism into another in order to accomplish a desired outcome in the host organism.
My intent with this post is not to try and persuade you to believe one way or the other, but to simply raise awareness. I want to encourage you to do your own research and make your decisions based on what you believe is best for you and your family. To help kick start the education process, here are 3 links I would suggest you read:
Hard to believe, but this past week we delivered our last CSA baskets for 2014! Sometimes it has seemed like it was just last month we started on this journey and other times it felt like our 6 month CSA season would never end. We’ve decided that’s pretty much the nature of small farming.
That being said, we would like to thank all of our customers. Some of you we knew before we started, but many of you we met for the first time this year and now consider you a member of our farm family.
While we still have almost 2 months remaining in the year, I thought this would be a good opportunity to reflect on our first year of farming. This past weekend I was entering data into Quickbooks and decided to take a look at what we’ve sold so far this year. Would you believe we’ve sold approximately 750 dozen eggs and 1,500 pounds of chicken?? I know, pretty crazy for a couple of newbie farmers! Throw in the 4 hogs we’ve sold and it’s safe to say we’ve been pleasantly surprised by the demand for our pastured pork and poultry.
On the produce side, we’ve learned that growing fresh, all-natural produce is a lot of hard work. Weeding will definitely help you burn a bunch of calories and I think it’s safe to say I’ve killed more bugs with my hands than 95% of the US population! However we both felt it was worth it when we delivered our CSA baskets and heard great feedback on the quality and taste of what we were growing.
Again, many thanks to all of you who have helped make this first year of farming successful and very rewarding and we look forward to seeing you around the farm soon!