I posted this seemingly idyllic photo to describe the events surrounding our laying flock the last couple of weeks. What seems at first to show a tranquil setting hides the danger lurking if you are a chicken! We move the hens around the farm behind the cows to reduce the fly pressure but the danger to the hens increases as we get further away from the houses and barns. While I hate to lose any animals, I try to look at it as part of cultivating a diversity of life on the farm, even if its predators. Or to borrow a commonly heard phrase around these parts… “That’s farming!”
We again have fresh chicken this week after a week off. These are the Freedom Ranger birds that take longer to mature and therefore are a little smaller this week (3lb average). We also have a Crossabaw pig this week which has an amazing reddish color to the meat and unbelievable flavor. If haven’t heard about the Ossabaw pig, just ask! We also have a beef from a huge 1300lb steer this week. Chef Janet should also have homemade nitrate-free hot dogs this week!
We have a very special musical guest performing in the courtyard on Saturday from 2-5pm. Nationally recognized artist, Ben Arnold is playing and if you haven’t heard him you can hear samples on his website (http://www.benarnold.com/). I know it’s going to be a great show.
On Sunday, please join us for a surprise infernillo roast… This really just means that I haven’t decided what to roast yet.