Thanksgiving flew by in a frenzy of family and food. There was plenty of laughter and merriment as well as the simultaneous intake of breaths as the roasted turkey was presented. We hope that your dinners, whether they be small and intimate or large and hearty, filled both your hearts and stomaches. We were so happy to receive pictures of how this year’s Turkeys turned out!
Photo Courtesy of Caitlin L.
Photo Courtesy of Denise S.
Photo courtesy of Kristan C.
Photo Courtesy of Taylor N.
Photo Courtesy of Jennfer L.
Photo courtesy of Lisa M.
Our year was productive and as great of an adventure as ever. Lima Farms stretched out our presence at a few more Farmer’s Markets and tried our hands at producing new crops (#freshginger) in our new greenhouses!
Our Brand new Greenhouses
Greenhouse salads flourishing
We further expanded by beginning to breed our sows (female pigs) and began building new farm infrastructure. The new mobile hoop house has automatic waterers and chicken wire floors. This allows for cleanliness and airflow. Little ladders allow the chickens to walk up and down from this raised hoop house with ease.
Juan and Josh planning the watering system of the new mobile hoop house.
New Mobile Chicken Hoophouse
Walking into the hoop house!
We also continued taking an active role in our local community.
NOFA-NJ Winter Conference 2014: ‘Rotational Grazing Systems: Using Chickens as Part of a Sustainable System’.
Presentation at the Hillsborough Public Library!
We thank you all for the words of encouragement and never-ending support. You lend us the momentum that we need to further lighten our carbon footprints and continue producing healthy and sustainable foods for the community. We love showing visitors all the fruits of our hard work and we hope you enjoy seeing our farm thrive in return. Please note that the farm market has just changed to Winter Hours but we are still open on Thursday through Sunday.
Thursday: 1-5 PM
Friday: 1-5 PM
Saturday: 10-4 PM
Sunday: 10-4 PM
To a year that is quickly wrapping up, we again thank you for your kindness and dedications. We hope you enjoy all of the foods we produced for your holidays and festivities and wish your days be surrounded by friends, families and love.
Have a great end of the year and see you in 2015!
Happy Birthday To Tammy’s 8 new piglets! DOB: December 6th 2014. She’s been a fantastic mama, keeping her piglets fed and warm all through these cold days.
Proud Large Black Papa Boar from Profeta Farms.
It’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.
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.
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.
We’re keeping our eyes on Richard who is still strutting around with his full plumage at no haste!
Our Thanksgiving Turkeys
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!