pasture-raised lamb, pork, chicken, and eggs
Our Icelandic lambs are given the lushest pasture of all. The sheep are an integral part of our farm as they provide us with the most nutrient dense meat and milk around. Lamb is available by the whole or half for $10 per pound, plus the cut and wrap fee paid to the butcher. Our lambs typically weigh in between 35-60 pounds, but average is about 45 pounds. The hanging weight includes bones and excess fat, so the actual take home meat is about 60-75% of the hanging weight (depends on how many bone-in cuts, etc.). A half lamb will easily fit in a typical freezer compartment of a refrigerator. We will be using Home Meats in Shelton to butcher the lambs for you into the cuts you prefer. We've been working with them for years and they are really one of the best butcher shops around. We have scheduled our slaughter for the beginning of November and lamb will be ready for pickup from the butcher shortly thereafter.
We raise heritage breed hogs. In previous years these have included Red Wattles, Tamworth/Berkshire crosses and American Guinea Hogs. Hogs are raised on pasture, supplemented with GMO-free feed from a local supplier, whey, and lots of fruits and veggie scraps. Pork is generally ready late September to mid-October (depending on if you want some items smoked). We will send out cut sheets (these tell the butcher how to cut up your pork) and instructions for you to fill and you'll be picking the meat up directly from the butcher (the butcher varies depending on avialability). The cost for pork is $5.50/lb and they are generally 80-100lbs/half a pig. After your pigs are sent to the butcher we will invoice you for the cost. There's also a cut and wrap fee which will be paid directly to the butcher and that is ~$0.65-0.85/lb. We request a $100 deposit per pig.
Pasture-raised chicken is the most delicious, juicy, and nourishing chicken you can eat. We pasture our chickens in tractors (mobile chicken shelters) to keep them safe from predators and provide shelter from the intense summer sun. During the day, they have day-range space outside the tractors where they forage for bugs and grasses and they get a steady diet of organic feed. They also fortify our pastures to make for lusher, more nutritious grazing for the sheep. Great for roasting, frying, grilling, or stewing, you won't taste better chicken anywhere.
Our egg-laying flock also relies heavily on the diverse diet that a pasture can provide and organic PNW feed. These chickens work hard for us cleaning up weeds and pests, knocking down and scratching in cover crop, and so much more. Their rich, deep yellow yolks just don't compare to store-bought eggs.
vegetables and fruit
We are excited to grow more than 100 varieties of vegetables and fruits for our families and members. We are not certified organic; we have experience in organic farm management and go above and beyond to maintain these rigid standards. Our focus is on soil health since that is where all of the nutrients available in fruits and vegetables originates. We use manure from our sheep and chickens, cover crop, and crop rotation to properly care for the soils year round. Some of the fruits and vegetables you can expect are many varieties of lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, so many types of greens, squash, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, strawberries, blueberries, apples, and pears. Our full farm shares include all the abundance of the season: canning and pickling kits and extras when we have a bumper crop. We also put in the work to grow some of the things we love that you might not expect from a PNW farm: sweet potatoes, okra, ginger, and turmeric. With a weekly delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables, you and yours will eat delicious foods all year long.
We have been growing grain corns for the past few seasons with much success. On a small scale, grain corns really do make sense. The timing and varying summer seasons can be tricky, but it is so worth it to have this delicious and flavorful grain in the pantry. Whether you use it for cornbread and grits (or polenta) or tortillas and posole, grain corn can quickly become a staple in any household.
flowers and herbs
No CSA would be complete without the beautiful addition of flowers and culinary and medicinal herbs. Not only do our gorgeous bouquets add a lovely touch to your dinner table, but the flowers are an integral part of our land management. We grow a variety of perennials and annuals with bloom times that provide food for the bees and other pollinators from early spring through late fall.
big leaf maple syrup
If you've never had big leaf maple syrup, you are in for a special treat. This year was the first year with our new commercial, wood-fired maple syrup evaporator, which turned what was a week-long processing time into a 2 hour processing time. We have around 30 big leaf maple trees tapped this year and get between 1 and 3 gallons per tree. Some of the trees hardly produce any sap, so we are still testing different ones out to identify our most productive trees. Every year is different; in years past, we've had many great runs in the late fall; this season, we saw nothing until January! Also, the yields are much lower than sugar maples. For every 10 gallons of sap, we get about a pint of syrup, so this is one of our most precious offerings.