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!
It's a girl! This week brought the birth of the first baby lamb on our farm. We are awaiting our other ewe to also give birth, likely to twins. Baby animals on the farm signal the start of another season. It is time to stop talking about how cold it is and get ready for Spring.
This Winter continues to test the animals and the farmers at Browder's Birds. Snow, melt, ice, repeat. It all makes for very challenging farm work and a lot of ingenuity. Frozen coop doors won't latch on a freezing cold night? Or worse, break off at the hinges. We can't say enough good things about the bungee cord.
We take comfort in good food, a stash of frozen chicken, and fresh vegetables still available at the Riverhead Farmers Market from Sang Lee Farms. This week called for our favorite Fried Chicken as well as Savory Vegetable Pancakes with Poached Eggs, courtesy of Edible Feast.
This weekend we introduce a new seasonal quiche made with Ty Llywd Farm purple potatoes and leeks. Ultimate comfort!!
A Superstorm to start the week and a Superbowl to end it! We survived Juno and received over 2 feet of snow with drifts up to 5 feet on the farm. Our team worked tirelessly in the cold to prepare for the storm and had moved most of the animals as close to the house as possible on Monday, securing all portable housing from high winds. Chris shoveled around the sheep structures and our greenhouse every hour throughout the night during the blizzard. Luckily, all of our animals survived and have adjusted to white pastures. With so much snow on the ground we've resorted to pulling 5-gallon chicken waterers out by sleds. And this snow doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. Is it Spring yet??
With the Summer behind us and cooler days ahead it is the perfect time to introduce our new Browder's Birds Seasonal Quiches. Available this weekend is our Heirloom Tomato Quiche in a Rosemary Crust. Made with our Certified Organic eggs and Certified Organic tomatoes from Sang Lee Farms, this is the perfect dish to serve for brunch or a light dinner. Sold frozen, we recommend keeping an extra one in the freezer to enjoy once the local tomato season ends.
Also available now is our Own Golden Honey Dip that many kids - and parents - enjoyed at our farm picnic. Try it with vegetables, on a sandwich or with our chicken. Since our hardworking bees have produced so much honey for the farm, we have even made a batch of Golden Honey Cakes! Find samples this weekend at the markets and at the farmstand.
Browder's Birds First Annual Farm Dinner will be an Old-Fashioned Picnic on Saturday, September 27th from 4-7 PM. Join us as we celebrate another great season over an organic fried-chicken dinner at the farm. Local wine, beer and beverages will be served. $25/ CSA Members and $35/ Customers. Children under 11 are free. Dress is casual and there will be an Egg Toss and Feed Sack Race for those that would like to participate. Don't miss Chris's famous Angel Biscuits!!
Reservations are required as space is limited.