Spring Blooms Are Everywhere!
What’s growin’ on!? Brian here on this beautiful Tuesday afternoon. Although it is still a little chilly first thing in the mornings, we couldn't ask for any better weather to be working in. Over the past couple weeks we have been finishing up some of the projects I mentioned last newsletter and we have been expanding the gardens a bit more. Things are really taking off and we look forward to the yields this year in our gardens and orchards.
Have you ever thought about the fruits and vegetables that you do or don’t eat on a daily basis? Do find yourself looming over your children to make sure they eat all their greens at dinner time? Do you ask yourself why most fruits and veggies are not even grown locally and come from thousands of miles away from a far off land?
The first year and a half here at the farm, we didn't have time to grow our own produce because we were focusing on infrastructure for our family and all the livestock. We did our shopping at Whole Foods for fruits and vegetables but I never felt good about it. We had to drive 40 minutes one way into Durham to purchase our produce and then when we shopped we realized that over 80% of the stuff we bought were from other countries. Although we purchased “organic” produce, it didn't seem like organic. I frequently pondered how this product was organic being shipped 3,000 miles across the globe. I also didn't understand how we really knew if the food coming from these far off lands were really being produced under organic guidelines to ensure the safety of consumption. Then at the end of each month when we added up the cost of produce, it easily exceeded $250 and sometimes higher, not including gas for travel to and from the super market and the time it took to shop. Then last fall we had enough of the global food nonsense and we started making baby steps to grow our own produce.
There’s something spectacular about planting, producing, harvesting and consuming your own food. Eating your own animal proteins is an experience within itself but there is something super special about eating your own produce. It is a way to have a true connection with the land and soil that you live on. From my own experiences I am convinced that store bought produce does not have the flavor and nutritional value that can be achieved by growing your own or finding a local gardener or farmer that takes care of the soil they grow their produce in. Maybe this is why kids steer away from fruits and veggies? The flavor is bland and doesn't compare to the taste of high sugar-highly processed foods available to our population these days. Our 2 year daughter loves walking around the garden on a daily basis grazing through the patches of spinach, kale, and other greens we have growing. It's quite amazing watching her compared to other children that turn up their noses to vegetables in disgust.
As we have been expanding our gardens, we take great consideration in what we plant. Since we have moved in to the property about two years ago, we started immediately to install perennial plants that produce food of all types year after year without replanting. These include nuts trees, fruits trees, berry bushes, and other types of plants that are conducive to a diversified garden and orchard. Perennials do take a lot of time to produce their respective crop if you are starting from one or two year old stock. So in the meantime, we are mixing in annual crops to fill in the gaps until the perennials start to produce food themselves. Annuals plants can be vegetables or flowering plants that need to be replanted annually. Our space for annual crops will eventually have to be relocated because they will be shaded out by the perennial plants as they begin to grow and express.
Along with growing your own food, you have the ability to take control of what you put in your body, you get to have your hands in the dirt and you get to establish a connection with the land and the soil. If you can’t justify the time to grow your own food, then at least look into supporting a local-integrity-focused farmer to purchase your produce. If you are more interested in growing your own food, come on out and see how we do things. If you don't have a home garden come out and lend a helping hand. This Saturday April 14th, we will be hosting a Volunteer Day to help out with various projects including working in the garden and orchard from 11am-4pm and lunch will be provided using food/produce from our farm. We hope to see you there!
Please find below additional product updates:
Dairy: We are temporarily out of butter but hope to have this back in stock within a month. Also, as we mentioned we are purchasing additional cows next week which will allow our dairy inventory to increase and hopefully our current customer ordering limits to be lifted. Stay tuned!
Forest-Fed Pork: Though we are sold out of our roasts, we have plenty of sausage options as well as pork chops, ribs and bacon. Also, start thinking about half and whole pig options as we are now accepting deposits for the Fall.
Grass-Fed Beef: We have various grass-feed beef products available including ground beef, hamburger patties, ribs, bones, kidney and bologna. Also, we have 1 Beef Combo Pack left. We have a cow going to the butcher on the 23rd so our inventory will increase a few weeks after that.
Pastured Chicken: We are coming to the end of our chicken inventory so be sure to grab the last of the 13 piece cut ups, breasts, wings and backs. The chicks are in the brooder right now and will be ready for processing in mid-May. Also, we are now offering a 5 dozen egg bundle pack where you save $0.50/dozen.