It's been a busy spring for us. We are both still working for Wobbly Cart, but have decided to officially start our own farm. While taking the small farm business class this winter, we came up with a name for our farm! We are August Farm. At the beginning of March we moved to an amazing new property. It's conveniently located between two of the Wobbly Cart farm sites in Independence Valley, just a few miles down the road from our old place. We are leasing this property. It is 30 acres, with about twenty acres of pasture and ten acres of forest. It has a big barn and lots of grass. So much grass that we are wishing we had the time this spring to get lambs but we've been so busy with moving and everything that we decided to hold off until next year to raise lambs. One of the new things we are doing this year is raising Thanksgiving turkeys. We're only raising 15 so if you want one, reserve it early. They are a heritage breed called Bourbon Red. You can read all about them on our new website www.august-farm.com.
We want to thank all of our customers for helping make last year a success. That has made us confident and excited about expanding our operation and really dreaming about our future. After taking the business class and finding this amazing property, we are feeling incredibly inspired about our farm. We are grateful to have loyal customers supporting us as we build this business.
For those of you who don't have chest freezers, you'll be happy to hear that we're offering a Chicken CSA this year. Here's how it works. Shares run for 3 months so there are four share seasons to choose from. You could register for a whole year Chicken CSA or just one or two seasons. Whatever works best for you. There are four sizes to choose from depending on you household size and how much chicken you eat, from 2 chickens per month to 5 chickens per month. The shares are delivered once a month to a convenient pick-up location near you. We are still looking for drop-sites, so if you're interested in hosting one, let us know.
|Pip: 2 chickens per month $150 (3 months)
Biddy: 3 chickens per month $200 (3 months)
Banty: 4 chickens per month $270 (3 months)
Clutch: 5 chickens per month $325 (3 months)
|Summer: July - September
Fall: October - December
Winter: January - March
Spring: April - June
We will also be doing on-farm pick up of chicken, the same as last year.
The harvest dates are:
- July 1st
- July 29th
- August 26th
- September 16th
We are raising pigs again this year. We really enjoy raising pigs, they are a lot of fun. We have eight adorable little piglets coming to us in a couple weeks. We wanted to raise ten, so we're still looking for a couple more. We supplement their feed with lots of vegetables from Wobbly Cart, fruit from the Olympia Farmers Market and sheep's milk whey from Black Sheep Creamery. The pork tastes amazing. The variety in their diet really enhances the meat's flavor.
I heard about and then researched an interesting fact recently that I can't stop talking about. You're probably aware that most of us don't get enough vitamin D, especially here in the NW where the sun doesn't come out for nine months out of the year. It's recommended by doctors and nutritionists that most people should be taking a vitamin D supplement. Cod liver oil being the highest in vitamin D is a good choice, but number two under cod liver oil is lard (pork fat). But only from pigs raised outdoors in the sunshine. Pork fat from factory farmed pigs raised inside warehouses doesn't have the same amount of vitamin D. So eating bacon from pasture raised pigs is a great way to get your vitamin D.
If you want to read more about it check out these links:
Vit D Wiki
Weston Price Foundation
Check out our new website. Its a work in progress, but has information about all of our products. We plan on putting a blog up soon so that you can stay connected to the farm. Our new email address is email@example.com. If you have any questions or would like to reserve anything let us know.
Liza and Marianne