Spring is here and things are about to be in full swing at August Farm. We feel rested from the long nights of Winter and ready for the long days of Spring and Summer. The grass is growing fast, the maples are blooming and the cottonwoods are leafing out. We've been enjoying the craziness of Spring weather in the Pacific Northwest: rainbows, hail, sunshine, beautiful pink, orange, purple sunsets and of course rain. Spring in Independence Valley is quite a sight and experience for all the senses, the dramatic weather passing by, the sounds of the songbirds and frogs, the smell of the cottonwood trees when the wind is blowing in the right direction. It all makes me want to get up early and be outside preparing for the hundreds of baby chicks coming, the lambs being born and the piglets already rooting up a storm around our barn.
I just finished building a new brooder for our chickens. We are raising more turkeys this year, so they are taking over last year's chicken brooder. And we're moving the chicken brooder into the main part of our barn. We receive baby chicks from the hatchery when they are one day old. In nature the mamma hen would keep them tucked under her feathers nice and warm. Our brooder is designed to do the same thing, keep the chicks warm. For the first few days the chicks want to be at 90 degrees. And then slowly we can lower the heat until they are three weeks old, at which point they can tolerate temperatures as low as 32 degrees.
We are raising two batches of pigs this year. We've already got ten and we're getting ten more in a couple weeks. We love raising pigs, they are a lot of fun and our customers love our pork. The combination of being raised on pasture and whey fed makes the meat moist and tender and super tasty. Plus we know that our pigs were raised humanely and had a good life. Our first batch will be ready in September and the second in November. We ask for a $100 deposit to reserve a half and $200 to reserve a whole. If you're interested in reserving one, now's the time. The deposits (especially this time of year) help us with start up costs like buying feed, which is our biggest expense.
We offer a super convenient and delicious Chicken CSA with monthly deliveries to Olympia, Tacoma and Seattle. You can choose from two to five chickens a month. Shares last for three months. Check out our website for more information and to place an order.