Boy howdy: This pandemic is certainly changing the grocery shopping landscape! A friend of mine sold out her entire store of frozen pasture raised chickens in a few days, chicks are hard to come by in the feed stores and folks are suddenly motivated to grow their own food! I must admit: i’m feeling a little ahead of the game (patting self on back) with a full pantry and several freezers full of homegrown food. Unfortunately, the precautions around shopping in grocery stores also applies to farmers markets and many of my farmer friends are scrambling to find ways to reach their customers. The closure of restaurants is also impacting us farmers in a bad way, since many of us sell our products to chefs. So to those of you with the means: please consider purchasing gift cards or take out from your favorite restaurants, visit the farmers markets that are still open and spend your valuable dollars with your local food producers. Also: consider using non-cash methods to pay, and keep in mind credit cards and paypal charge a fee of around .40 cents plus 2-3% and many farmers are working on a minimal profit margin, so consider adding a few dollars as a ‘tip’ to help cover that fee.
How to support THIS farm
Most of you know that we are a family homestead and grow our products mainly to feed our family all year round. We both have non-farm careers and rely on farm sales for only a portion of our income. That being said, every sale we make helps us to afford the excellent care we give to our livestock and allows us to grow nutrient dense and delicious food for our community. During this time of social distancing, you can support us best by picking up your duck eggs from the farm (there’s a $1.00 discount per dozen for your trip!) and by placing your order for meats soon. We also plan to offer harvest baskets of our organically grown produce again this year, so if you’re interested in that let me know and i’ll add you to my list for priority on produce!
As of this posting, we have around 30 chickens still available! Duck is also going to be very limited this year, so if you want your hands on some duck meat, holler at me asap and I will reserve the number of your choice for you.
To make online ‘orders’ a bit easier, I have put an order form on our contact page. You’re also welcome to send me an email any time (BirdsongFarm.OR@gmail.com). My phone connection is tenuous but you can also reach me by text at 503.949.0610, this is also the number to use if you’d like to pay with Venmo.
I miss seeing your faces at the farmers market, but i hope i’ll get a chance to chat with you and ‘feed’ you some delicious meat and produce this summer! Thank you so much for your support of us and of all your local food producers. Keeping your money in the local economy is kind of awesome: thank you!
– Miranda (&Andy) Rommel
Pasture Raised Chickens
Along with our home-bred meats we also raise one batch of chickens each summer. Our chicks are purchased from a local hatchery and free range on pasture most of their lives. They spend their first 3 weeks in a dry, heated room in our barn, spend a week or two enclosed in a protected ‘tractor’ which is moved every few days, and are then allowed out during the daytime to scratch, peck and flap in large electronet pens which are moved every week or so. We raise chickens to fill our own freezers and have been happy to sell delicious fryers to our customers since 2017. We will have around 50 fryers available for sale this June, so reserve yours now!
Pricing: $10 deposit per bird. Price per pound based on number of chickens ordered: 1-4: $4.50/pound, 5-9: $4.25/pound, 10+: $4.00/pound.