Bacon is back!
This Sunday we’ll be at Lansdowne, fully stocked with lean or excellent bacon. Ok, well lean or fatty, I am biased. We have the leanest bacon in Ottawa. Our pork is different from everyone else’s because of what we do not feed. No GMO’s, no corn or soy, not even conventional corn or soy. We feed Red Fife Hard Red Spring Organic Wheat, sprouted barley (half organic), veggies (half organic), organic bread, raw organic milk, whey. Their first and only bad day occurs 4 miles from our house. We will have all sorts of options at the farmers’ market and at our store every Sunday.
Soap, darn beautiful Potty Mouth Fudge Soap is what Kim has in store for you now. Tasty it may look, but it is actually for bathing. She has 6 different essential oil scented soaps, 6 for $20, or 1 for $5. We like to honour bulk buying. We have no time for bows, ribbons, wrappers, and sparkles, just beautiful soap whose oatmeal exfoliates like no other. If you want real evidence, just feel my cheeks, like a baby’s bottom.
We are back at Lansdowne Park, indoors, Sundays from 10-3, over the winter. The sunlight in the Aberdeen Pavilion streams from end to end and rotates from sunrise as we are setting up, to sunset as we pack up. There is no more beautiful venue for a market than the original market. Ottawa has been given a choice now for opting for the food of their choice all winter. We will continue to specialize in our oats. We will have once and twice rolled, steel cut and groats. There is no simpler, cheaper, and healthier meal than a comfort meal of oat groats and a pork hock. Hocks can also be substituted for chicken. We cannot bring our pastured eggs and chicken to market, sorry. They’re both available at our store.
Our store will be open from noon to 3. Eggs, pork loins, ribs, and chickens will be available along with our famous oats. We have had incredible interest in our pastured eggs lately. Our hens are now producing well, we should have enough to last at least an hour this week. Because our provincially regulated limit of hens is 100, a ridiculously low amount, we are looking into hen shares. A program whereby, you buy the hen and hire us to take care of them and collect the eggs for you. This is still probably illegal, if you are willing to become a co-conspirator in a righteous fight to obtain great eggs, come talk to us. As my favourite farmer Troy Roush says “farmers are ingenious people, if you demand good food, we’ll supply it, come talk to us”, and as I add “until then….., well by the looks of the grocery store shelves, you’ll get what you are currently demanding”. Our store is stocked up with lots of maple syrup. No white sugar added. Come inspect our whole syrup setup from tree to bottle. We bottle in mason jars for your final inspection. Remember, All Bran Cereal is over 30 percent sugar and it’s one of the healthy ones! Never underestimate the ingenuity of the food industry to look out for their own interests.
Our new PLESSISVILLE FORANO “1920′s” grain cleaner is working well. What a job to get it going, every night for two months we have tinkered with it, new wood parts, pulleys, flat belts, brushes etc, all hand made and custom. We purchased a Carter Disc and that machine has really helped up remove weed seeds of the same diameter as grains and also separates out hulled oats from hulless. Boy what did we do without it, when running some winter wheat through it, all of the small black seeds(you know them) fall out in the first output. In total, we have 11 bags of cleanings before be get out finished product out, what a dream. At this rate we’ll have our grain cleaning done in three days. Last year, I estimate that we spent 60 days, yeah, and don’t forget its our sixth year with the old cleaner. That represents one year of cleaning, a year out of my life. Our farm store is open this sunday from noon to 3pm. We need our buckets back, if you have ever purchased bulk grain from us and forgot to return the bucket we need them back. We do not have GPS trackers on the empty buckets, but we will find them eventually. We do not want to start charging deposits. A wonderful thing has happened, the buckets are returning, and we thank you. Our store in Metcalfe will also be open this Sunday. Metcalfe is the village just after Greely in the south of Ottawa, we are 20 minutes from South Keys area and 20 minutes from downtown via the 417, exit Anderson and head south.
Trespassers are welcome – our farm is open to the public on Sunday afternoons from noon to 3pm. We raise chickens, eggs, pigs, very limited supply of beef from one of our dairy cows and most importantly grain. We process our grain into flour and rolled/steel cut oats right in front of you. Our animals are moved daily onto a fresh piece of grass. We hope we can help you in your food choices and can recommend other producers who “get it”. Here is a great chef who sums up how and why we farm. “We are not farming like your grandfather, we are farming like our children are going to have to”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqOGfg3oflA Here is our combine, harvesting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRnneMoTCSs For a laugh, watch this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtncN5PvJLY For another laugh, try this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pDTiFkXgEE