Sweet Harvest and Shortening Days

colourful_autumn_leaves-HDIt’s that time of the year again, when t-shirts are covered with sweaters and sandals turn into boots. For farmers, however, our boots know no seasons nor their changes.

 

Our well-worn boots have weathered both the cold of last winter as well as the heat of this summer and all temperatures in between. With the inevitable fall of autumn leaves and the brisk chill that comes with a shortened day, we can almost spy the culmination of our efforts. All year we plan for Thanksgiving, a holiday that reaps all the (delicious) rewards of our hard work. Time has flown since the little white and wide-eyed poults (turkey chicks) have left the brooder for greener pastures, running and chasing insects and most importantly growing healthy muscles and tender meat. By the time the holidays roll around, our Toms (Male Turkeys) will average between 18 to 24 pounds and our Hens (Female Turkeys) will average smaller at 14 to 19 pounds. (*Note: some turkeys will be outliers and be larger/smaller than these averages).

Bountiful harvest joins the markets as Taylor and her merry crew harvest in a frenzy to keep up with demand. Back in stock is our savory kale, spicy arugula and crunchy chard! Mix it with some of our delicious beets, roasted in some rosemary and olive oil, and you’ll have the perfect salad.

 

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Our Music Hard-Neck Garlic

 

For those that have visited our farm, you likely have met our two resident heritage turkeys, our tom Richard and our hen Lady Bird (both hatched at Frank Reese’s Good Shepherd Farm). Richard is a Heritage Standard Bronze and Lady is a Heritage White Holland.

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Richard

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Lady Bird

This party of two have been joined with their, now almost fully grown, progeny most commonly known as  “Little Richard”, ”Única” or “The Wild One”. We’re not yet sure if this one is a young lady or gentleman but we will certainly keep you all updated once we know for sure! As the amount of light in the day decreases, you might notice a fair share of feathers lying amongst the fallen leaves. This change in daylight is significant for many birds as their bodies begin to shed off old feathers to grow new ones. During this transition, these birds are in high stress and in need of a high protein intake (feathers are ~85% protein!). Lady is in the process of this regeneration and we are feeding her a high protein diet (truthfully she takes care of herself by nipping off the tops of all newly spouted grasses). Currently her pin-feathers (new developing feathers) are growing in quite nicely and she should be ready with her new coat in a few weeks (right before the true cold comes!).

 

Lady's feathers on the ground.

Lady’s feathers on the ground.

We’re keeping our eyes on Richard who is still strutting around with his full plumage at no haste!

 

Lastly, we will begin taking Pre-Orders for our Thanksgiving Turkeys this week (September 21) and be posting more information in the coming days on our Turkey page. For the time-being, please feel free to email us at limafamilyfarms@gmail.com or fill out the contact form and we will answer all inquiries (pickup times, size availability, pricing, etc)!

 

Our Thanksgiving Turkeys

Our Thanksgiving Turkeys

 

 

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Come out and see us!

The spring greens are starting to come in, and the warmth is making the summer vegetables put on some splendid growth! We are also fully stocked with fresh chickens, eggs, our 100% grass-fed beef and pastured pork! Come out and see us!

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Getting Ready

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We are doing some spring cleaning and sprucing up the farm in anticipation of warmer weather and the bounty of farm fresh goodness we will have to sell this season! Come out to the farm to enjoy some grass-fed beef, pastured pork and eggs, as well as some spring greens! Take a stroll around the farm and see all of the animals enjoying their lives out on grass. We will resume our normal hours (Thursday, Friday 2-6pm, Saturday, Sunday 10am-4pm) as of the first weekend May. We hope to see you at the farm soon!

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