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. We will limit number of dozen purchased to 5 to be fair to everyone. 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”.
Maple syrup season is over, our store is stocked up with lots of syrup. No white sugar added. Come inspect our whole syrup setup from tree to bottle. We bottle in mason jars for your final inspection.
We are low on oats and are not going to attend any markets until harvest. This winter, our oat sales never let up, we sold about 10 buckets per week all winter and thus do not have enough for the market. Without oats, we cannot afford to attend the market by selling only flour. We are dependent on oats unfortunately.
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 will have some chops, ribs, leanest bacon in the land, fatty bacon, sausages, and roasts. Chickens are now sold out for this year. We will be selling our chickens all in one day in August again. Sure wish we could produce more, more silly provincial rules limit us to 300 per year, that is why we can only offer them for sale one day per year.
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 or by appointment. 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.
Here is our combine, harvesting
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