A strong, early morning storm on Tuesday sent us scrambling and left us with one demolished chicken tractor and one upside down sheep house. But luckily all of our animals were unharmed. Another item for the weekly (lengthy) chore list: Repair chicken tractor. Whoever said that country life was simple, never lived on a farm!
This weekend we are so excited to have the first batch of honey harvested for 2015 and available for sale. This golden honey is very light and floral with less of the grassy notes of last season. Beekeeper Tom has been meticulously taking care of our 15 hives and still found the time to construct a new awning on our farmstand with the assistance of Dennis.
We have FRESH Red Broilers & White Broilers all weekend as well as cut-up chickens. Start planning your Father's Day Barbecue now! And all Fathers get $5 off any chicken 5 pounds or larger.
This week our good friend and winemaker, Robin McCarthy, released Saltbird Cellars white wines and you can find her Chardonnay and Sauvignon-Blanc in our farmstand. Also available is jams and jelly from newcomer, Peconic River Preserves. Find local Strawberry and Strawberry-Rhubarb jam as well as Sunrise Habanero Jelly in our stand. We all do better when we support each other and supporting local is the best!
Our Fresh Basil Aioli sold out in one day so we've made a larger batch for the weekend. Made with our Organic egg yolks, Basil Aioli is perfect on a chicken sandwich, and even better mixed into egg salad or potato salad.
New York State New Farmers Grant. This program provides a 50% reimbursement for selected agricultural projects. Our award will be used towards the additional infrastructure needed to increase chicken production with our newly licensed Mobile Processing Unit. With the ability to expand, we plan to raise even more certified organic, pastured poultry on the North Fork in the coming seasons. And we have plans to process for a local farmer this Fall starting an exciting new venture - stay tuned!
This beautiful rooster was left on our farm under the cover of darkness on Sunday night. Mr. Rooster has taken up residence with the 'retired' hens and has spent the week strutting and dancing for the ladies. So far they have not paid him much attention but have allowed him to sit on their roost at night. Since he is always the first to rise on the farm, I think we will name him Reveille.
Warm days and plenty of sunshine make happy farmers and farm animals. We continue to finish up larger projects on the farm to enable our growth as we enter our sixth season. For many months, we have worked jointly with Suffolk County Soil and Water Conservation District and the USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service to design and implement a new compost system for our farm waste. The compost system should be complete in the next two weeks and it will allow us to recycle on farm all of our processing waste. Once cured, the compost will be spread on our pastures and around our farm.
New!! For a limited time, try our Pickled Eggs with Beets. And Browder's Blends homemade Mayonnaise made with our Organic eggs is back in stock for the season. Our new Seasonal Quiche features Sweet Potatoes and Caramelized Onions.
A new egg mobile was built on Monday to house our new layers. This is number seven in our fleet of Prairie Schooners, six of which have been designed and pre-constructed by CSA Member & Greenport resident George Agnew. He volunteers his time and skills to our farm every season and the farmers and hens are very grateful. If you haven't seen one of his designs in use on our pasture, just imagine The Plaza, The Little Knell or The Wauwinet of chicken coops. OK, someone needs a vacation!