Winter is the best time for sitting, thinking, sketching, planning and when you’re me: filling the short days with as many projects as possible despite the deluge. Apparently I’m none too good at making time to post all the recipes and blog posts I plan: but i promise to do better! This post is a quick check in with our customers and friends to give you an idea of what to expect in 2020.
DUCK: We have decided to scale back our duck meat operation. We will still have meat available for sale, with an emphasis on pre-orders and bulk orders to restaurants. If you want to get your hands on some of our delicious Muscovy or Pekin duck: consider placing an order in advance. I will happily take advanced orders without a deposit to ensure you get ‘dibs’ and will require a $10 deposit per bird once harvest dates have been scheduled. Plan to pick up your meat fresh on the farm or arrange for me to freeze it for you for pick up shortly after harvest.
CHICKEN: We are SO excited about chicken season this year: our big holiday break project was building a brand new mobile coop for our meat birds. Our old one was heavy, ugly, less than functional, and well: i just really hated it. The new one rolls with ease and i can stand up in it! Woot! We will once again be offering 50 young chickens for sale. If you’re a repeat customer and want to get dibs on this year’s harvest, feel free to message me any time! I’ll begin marketing them in earnest in May and plan to harvest at the end of June/early July. Same pricing as last year, pick up fresh on the farm.
RABBIT: I am no longer selling rabbit meat. * If you are in need of rabbit, please email me.
Our laying flock has aged a bit and we’re getting fewer eggs than last year, but we are continuing to add to the ranks thanks to our new Magpie drake, Magnus. We hit a few snafoos with our new generation of layers thanks to a racoon and overly ambitious barn cat, but hope to be back up to the volume we’re used to by late spring/early summer. I have been very sloppy with our regular deliveries thanks to this low volume of eggs, so if you’d like us to deliver, please place an order by email anytime and we’ll give you dibs on the next available dozen. Remember: there’s a $1.00 discount if you pick up on farm.
Interested in Pekin, Muscovy or Magpie cross ducklings?? We sell ducklings starting as day old chicks on up. Send me a message to inquire or sign up for our newsletter and watch our FB and IG for cute duckling pics for clues they’re ready 😉 I anticipate the first hatches will begin in April/May.
I am no longer selling at a farmers market but can’t help myself from planting extra veggies to share and put by. Last year I offered harvest baskets on a first order first get basis based on what was in season. I plan to do this again! If you would like to be on my email list for harvest baskets, sign up here and select ‘produce shares.’ A typical basket last year included: Salad greens, fresh herbs, a bunch of kale, and a few seasonal veggies like a bag of potatoes, pound of zucchini, heirloom tomatoes and a few cloves of garlic. Baskets tended to include over $25 worth of produce and were priced at $20 pick up/ $25 delivery. Are you a canner? I also offer discounted prices for folks willing to (carefully) harvest their own veggies for canning.
I do miss the friendly conversations at the farmers market, getting to share info and tips about cooking and gardening….. but staying on the homestead has its perks too: and I welcome you here! I am also a self employed artist and am usually home. Please make an appointment to stop by to see the farm, pick up some eggs or produce, or even volunteer a few hours of time weeding in exchange for farm goodies! If you know me you know i like to gab 🙂 I’m also still planning on offering Corvallis/Dallas deliveries: reach out and bug us to stop by your home soon!
Thank you to everyone who has supported our small farm over the years, and to those of you who will do so again this coming season! I can’t wait to dig into my garden this spring and start planting, and to see the new baby ducks. But i am sure enjoying this slow season, too.
Happy new year!
xoxo Miranda (& Andy)