Chicken available in 2015 at CCFM!

Freedom Ranger; Source: http://www.soliphiliafarm.com/

Freedom Ranger; Source: http://www.soliphiliafarm.com/

Our first batch of broiler chicks have arrived! We’ll be offering Freedom Rangers (a breed especially suited to thriving on pasture) in June of this year. Pastured-raised chicken IS a bit different than what you’ll find at the grocery store:

-Pasture-raised birds take longer to reach their market weight, which means they have more time to develop amino acids and antioxidant nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, CLA, “conjugated linolaic acids”, and high ratios of Vitamin E. This also means the ratio of dark meat to white meat may be higher in pasture-raised poultry, but it makes it tastier!
-They will be raised in moveable pens so that they are protected from the elements and multitude of predators that prowl our farm, but will be moved everyday so that they always have access to fresh grass and insects.
-We’ll be processing on site, so we’ll be offering mostly whole birds, and some half birds, rather than pieces. There are SO MANY options for how to prepare whole birds, however, and we’ll be posting some of our favorites leading up to when we’ll have poultry available.

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One of our moveable chicken pens: partially covered for shade, partially open for plenty of fresh air and sunlight.

Would you like to put our name down for a pasture raised chicken? Fill out the form below, and we’ll contact you at the time of availability. We’ll have chicken available at different times between June and October, and will provide more opportunities for you to reserve a bird before each processing time.

Eggs!

First of all: WOW! What a concert last Saturday! 150+ people in the crowd and all of them stomping and hollering at the same time made for a great night! Not to mention Bud’s Collective…they were pretty good too. (Well…REALLY good…to say the least).

Our chickens are finally laying regularly, so come get some farm fresh eggs! $3.50 for a dozen. (Plus, you can come visit the hens that laid them!)

Michelle has also been working hard in the garden: she’s got in 75 tomato plants, summer and winter squashes, cucumbers, potatoes, and peppers, and we’ve been tilling up a storm to create a new garden space behind the barn. We’re going to take out the hoop house frame and create more of a sitting space so farm market visitors can take a rest and enjoy the view of the farm.

Stop by anytime! We’d love to talk beef, veggies, eggs, or BLUEGRASS! (NEXT CONCERT JUNE 14TH!!! Mark your calendars!!)

Here are some farm photos (all taken by Buddy’s sister, Jill)

Kellogg the Rooster

Kellogg the Rooster

Pip checkin' cows

Pip checkin’ cows

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Taking a break from the heat

Our family of guineas (picture taken in 2102, but we may be expecting more babies! Stay tuned...we'll want to sell them)

Our family of guineas (picture taken in 2102, but we may be expecting more babies! Stay tuned…we’ll want to sell them)

Guineas and their babies...come see them (and hear them...geez) They are all grown up now!

Guineas and their babies…come see them (and hear them…geez) They are all grown up now!

Bluegrass on Mother’s Day…what could be better?

Join us May 12th for a Mother’s Day Celebration

Sunday’s weather is looking cool and sunny!

Here are the details:

FREE Yoga! 12:30pm – 1:30pm

-Elli will teach an easy, gentle yoga class in the barn.

FOOD! Served from 1:30pm – until we run out!

-We’ll be serving plates for $10.00 each, which will include a hefty serving of Swedish meatballs (made with Sandy’s grass-fed beef, of course), a baked potato, green beans, a roll, and a dessert of your choice (brownie or apple crisp). Each item can also be bought individually.

BLUEGRASS! 2:00pm – ???

-Featuring two amazing Bluegrass moms: Aliza Dunlap on guitar and vocals and Gina Clowes on banjo. They will be joined by two other members of Bud’s Collective, Jack Dunlap on mandolin and Gaven Largent on dobro. And Buddy Dunlap is sure to make a few appearances as well. ($5.00 cover charge for music)

It should be a beautiful, fun afternoon, and we hope to see you there!

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If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment here, leave a comment on Facebook (friend Capon Crossing!!), or call us at 304-874-3462.