Sunday, June 30, 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Hog Forage Crop Update

From 6/12/13.

We haven't had any moisture in weeks so we had to start putting water to the forage crop.  There are some areas where you can see some yellow, but hopefully we will get a good rain soon to help it along.  The hogs are ready for it and will be turned out in early July most likely.  If we start to notice more yellow coming about we will turn them out sooner.  It has been very warm and dry here. The last couple days we have had temperatures around and above 100 degrees and we even had a dust storm on Sunday.  Praying for more rain for everyone out this direction and all across Colorado to help with the fires.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

All about Eggs

We have many people ask us what the difference is between Regular Eggs, Cage Free, Free Range and Pastured Eggs.  PBS did a great video on this called "The Story of an Egg", see below:

So here is the breakdown:

Normal Eggs at the Grocery Store:  Generally the chicken is raised in a small cage with other chickens without room to move around.

Cage Free Eggs:  Chickens not raised in a cage.  Generally these are chickens that are raised in large buildings with lots of other chickens with feeders/waters down the center; chickens do not have access to the outside.  

Free Range:  Chickens raised in coop that have access to a fenced in outside area.

Pastured Eggs:  Chickens are raised on pasture and have the ability to roam property and generally have coop for protection from elements and for roosting in the evenings.

Our chickens are Pastured Chickens.  They have coops to go into during the evening to roost and for weather elements.  The coops do have large outdoor runs on them so if for some reason they need to be contained (due to real bad storms, etc) they have their coops and an outdoor run.  Every morning we go out and give them fresh grain, water and then open the doors for them.  They then forage off the property freely.  We do not use chicken tractors for our chickens.  They have full access to all of our property and we often find them coming over to the house, with our cows and even our hogs.  In the evenings our chickens return to their coops to roost.  We then lock them in for the evening to protect them from predators such as coyotes, badgers, skunks, etc. 

If you would like more information on our chickens or have general questions, please feel free to contact us.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Meat Cuts, Chickens and More!

We walked around the farm today and took some pictures.  Here is a large picture update.
Fresh Hams; fresh hams have not been smoked or cured.

 Pork Tenderloins

 Fresh Ham Steaks; fresh ham steaks have not been smoked or cured.

 Sirloin Steak

Loin Chops

 Boston Butt Roasts

 Spare Ribs

 Fresh Bratwursts

 Ground Pork in Breakfast Sausage, Fresh Sausage and Mild Italian

 Hickory Smoked Ham

 Hickory Smoked Ham Steaks

 Hickory Smoked Ham

 Fresh Side Pork/Bacon; this is bacon that has not been cured or smoked.  See recipes tab for tips on cooking.

 Applewood Smoked Bacon

We do have stock on pork meat cuts.  These were all processed at a USDA Processor in Sterling, CO called Mike's Meat Market.  Please call or e-mail for pricing.  Please contact us by email or phone to check availability, place an order or reserve your order for pick up on Saturday June 15th at the Louisville Farmers Market.

 Chickens lounging in the shade.

 Foraging Meat Chickens

 Our Older Guard Rooster.

More Chickens

Below are some shots of the our Hog Forage Crop:

Thanks to our customers who made it a great first market.

I just wanted to say thank you to our customers who made the first market of the year a great one.  We hope to see everybody again next time.  If you have any questions or comments please feel free to e-mail or call us.  We are always striving to make our products better and to offer the products that our customers want.  So, if you are wanting something that you don't see, please feel free to contact us about it and we will see what we have do about it.