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April Showers

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If April showers bring May flowers, what do April downpours bring? They bring lots of mud, but we covered the mud (and covered me in mud) a few posts back. Full Circle Farm received 4.3” of rain in the first week of April, exceeding the average of 4.1” for the entire month. At one point, I started looking for the ark, figuring Noah needed a few more animals. After I posted pictures of the water, my cousin in Wisconsin brought up our former drought. We have had some dry spells in the last couple of years and a bona fide drought in 2012 but, with 50+” of snow this winter and our wet beginning to spring, we’ve definitely recovered from our droughts. What this rain (and warmer temperatures) does appear to be bringing is some green pasture. It can’t come fast enough. The animals are getting tired of hay.

Visit us at the Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms on Saturday, April 12. We have lots of eggs, pastured pork, and pastured chicken. Betsy’s Kitchen will be bringing granola, granola bars, and Paleo Almond Delight Bars. We are also introducing a new line of natural and organic body care products. Come buy Guinea Girl lotions, body butter, herbal salves, and lip balms.

The market is having a spring celebration this week. Join us all, including artisan vendors, for a silent auction, a mini-garage sale, and some organic seeds to start your home garden.

As always, we also sell our eggs and grass-fed meats at the farm.

Full Circle Farm. Working with Nature.

I have a friend with whom I often discuss farming. He grew up on an Indiana farm, went off to college, and never went back to the farm. The experience of his youth allows for valuable information and commiseration. We were recently having a discussion regarding hog prices, which are now at $2.00+ per pound for feeder pigs. “You’d have to sell it for $4.50/pound just to cover costs”, he says. “I’m in it for more than that at $1.00/pound with organic feed.” “That’s why I can’t afford organic”, he says. “It costs too much.”

This gentleman rarely eats breakfast and eats processed or fast foods and at low-end chain restaurants for the other two meals. He is also overweight, just underwent an outpatient medical procedure, and takes ibuprofen every day for persistent joint inflammation. He pays for his choices in his health and the associated costs. Can you afford not to eat organic?

Visit us at the Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms on Saturday, April 5. We have lots of eggs, pastured pork, and pastured chicken. Betsy’s Kitchen will be bringing only granola this week.

As always, we also sell our eggs and grass-fed meats at the farm.

Full Circle Farm. Working with Nature.

Spring, Break?

We hope you are enjoying your Spring Break or will be soon. The weather forecast indicates spring might be taking a break Saturday morning. We look forward to seeing you though. Stop by and stock up on some healthy organic food with treats for your trip and meals for your fridge.

Visit us at the Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms on Saturday, March 29. We have plenty of eggs, pastured pork, and pastured chicken. Betsy’s Kitchen will be bringing Paleo Almond Delight Power Bars, granola bars, and granola.

As always, we also sell our eggs and grass-fed meats at the farm.

Full Circle Farm. Working with Nature.

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Today was the first day of spring and a beautiful one it was. We may wonder if spring is really coming with the wild transitional weather we’ve been experiencing but the chickens seem to know spring has arrived. Eggs have long been a sign of spring and renewal. It’s easy to see why as they are quite plentiful this time of year. Over the past month, we’ve gone from gathering a dozen eggs a day to nearly four dozen eggs a day. Spring has sprung.

Visit us at the Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms on Saturday, March 22 and take a dozen eggs home with you. We will also have pastured pork and pastured chicken. Betsy’s Kitchen will be bringing Paleo Almond Delight Power Bars, granola bars, and granola.

As always, we also sell our eggs and grass-fed meats at the farm.

Full Circle Farm. Working with Nature.

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It’s official.  I’m declaring the start of the 2014 Mud Season as Wednesday, March 12.  Mud season is the season between winter and spring when the ground is saturated, the rain keeps coming, and nothing is yet growing and able to soak up the excess moisture.  Mud season doesn’t have an official beginning or length.  We may get brief respites through periodic freezes and dry spells but it won’t completely end until the grass, trees, and other plants turn green and bloom and are able to again drink of the earth.  I knew this season was official when I lost a boot in mud several inches deep and the animals were slogging through as if it were the La Brea Tar Pits.

We will be at the Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms on Saturday, March 15.  We have pastured pork, pastured chicken, and plenty of eggs.  Betsy’s Kitchen will be bringing Paleo Almond Delight Power Bars, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars, Cinnamon Raisin Granola Bars, and Cinnamon Nut Granola.

As always, we also sell our eggs and grass-fed meats at the farm.

Full Circle Farm. Working with Nature.

The phrase “Spring Forward, Fall Back” has always had ambiguous meaning to me.  While I understand we move the clock one hour forward in the spring and one hour back in the fall, we also lose an hour in the spring (backward) and gain an hour in the fall (forward).

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 9.  I’ve never been a fan, even though this will be the ninth year Indiana has recognized DST in our most recent history.  It’s never made sense to me with Indiana being assigned to the Eastern Time Zone while being located well within the boundaries of the Central Time Zone.  As a morning person, losing that hour of daylight in the morning is depressing.  I also need the darkness as a sign to tell me it’s time to stop working.  With that extra hour of daylight in the evening, I only tend to work longer through the day.  We’ll all make it through though.  We have to.  So spend your extra hour Saturday morning visiting the farmers’ market and your extra hour Sunday evening enjoying your family and looking forward to spring.

We will be at the Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms on Saturday, March 8.  We have pastured pork and pastured chicken and will be bringing Paleo Almond Delight Power Bars, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars and Cinnamon Nut Granola from Betsy’s Kitchen.  We’ll also have eggs again, at least a few dozen.  The chickens are picking up the pace.

As always, we also sell all of our grass-fed meats at the farm.

Full Circle Farm. Working with Nature.

Ducks and Taxes

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Our taxes are done!  Our bookkeeper is always late getting our annual financial information to the accountant.  This causes our accountant to always be in a rush to finish the taxes before the deadline for college financial aid.  We should fire both the bookkeeper and the accountant.  The problem is the bookkeeper is also the accountant and the accountant is also the chief animal care specialist for the farm.  I guess we’ll have to keep him around and hope he does a better job next year.

Last Saturday I drove to Waveland and traded two chickens for two Pekin ducks.  Hopefully they are a hen and a drake since we are planning for little ducklings.  We already have several eggs.  Time will tell.

We will be at the Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms on Saturday, March 1.  We have pastured pork and pastured chicken and will be bringing Paleo Almond Delight Power Bars and peanut butter chocolate chip granola bars from Betsy’s Kitchen.  We’ll also have eggs again, at least a few dozen.  The chickens are picking up the pace.

As always, we also sell all of our grass-fed meats at the farm.

Full Circle Farm. Working with Nature.

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