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They’re Here!

Farmer Betsy has been sharing pics with our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/fullcircle.farm.5) friends so I thought I should share them on the website too. Shelby had her kids, one doe and one billy. They were born on Wednesday and named Mark and Megan, after my stepfather and our niece, who celebrated birthdays on the same day. Now we get to wait on Daisy, who looks like she’ll pop anytime too.

This week, we will be participating in the following markets:

Friday, June 27, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m – Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farm (79th & Marsh Road) – We’ll have eggs and some pastured pork. Betsy’s Kitchen will be bringing granola, granola bars, Paleo Carrot Cake, Paleo bread, and Paleo Almond Delight Bars. Betsy will also continue to bring her Guinea Girl lotions, body butter, herbal salves, and lip balms.

Saturday, June 28, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m – Zionsville Farmers’ Market (Main St. & Hawthorne) – We’ll have eggs and some pastured pork. Betsy’s Kitchen will be bringing granola, granola bars, Paleo Carrot Cake, Paleo bread, and Paleo Almond Delight Bars. Guinea Girl products will not be sold at this market.

We won’t be selling at the Decatur Township Farmers’ Market (5106 S. High School Road) but please visit anyway.

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

Full Circle Farm. Working with Nature.

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I know I missed a post last week. Besides being crazy busy (I know. Who isn’t?), I’ve been waiting for Shelby to pop some kids. Two weeks ago we were looking at her and saying “Any day now” but she just keeps holding on and getting wider and wider. How many does she have in there? Maybe next week we’ll know.

This week, we will be participating in the following markets:

Friday, June 20, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m – Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farm (79th & Marsh Road) – We’ll have lots of eggs and some pastured pork. Betsy’s Kitchen will be bringing granola, granola bars, Paleo Spicy Chocolate Cake, Palo bread, and Paleo Almond Delight Bars. Betsy will also continue to bring her Guinea Girl lotions, body butter, herbal salves, and lip balms.

Saturday, June 21, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m – Zionsville Farmers’ Market (Main St. & Hawthorne) – We’ll have lots of eggs and some pastured pork. Betsy’s Kitchen will be bringing granola, granola bars, Paleo Spicy Chocolate Cake, Palo bread, and Paleo Almond Delight Bars. Guinea Girl products will not be sold at this market.

Tuesday, June 24, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m – Decatur Township Farmers’ Market (5106 S. High School Road) – We’ll have lots of eggs and some pastured pork. Betsy’s Kitchen will be bringing treats. Betsy will also bring her Guinea Girl lotions, body butter, herbal salves, and lip balms.

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

Full Circle Farm. Working with Nature.

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Our morning ritual is nothing like My Morning Ritual. Ours includes two Full Circle Farm eggs or egg whites topped with either Fermenti Artisan or Borre Bothers ferment. Add a fresh smoothie or a glass of “fresh” milk. This morning I also added a homemade granola bar. Follow everything with a mug of organic tea or coffee. Each item is available for less than $1. What’s your morning ritual?
This week, we will be participating in the following markets:
Friday, June 6, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m – Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farm (79th & Marsh Road) – We’ll have lots of eggs and some pastured pork. Betsy’s Kitchen will be bringing granola, granola bars, and Paleo Almond Delight Bars. Betsy will also continue to bring her Guinea Girl lotions, body butter, herbal salves, and lip balms.
Tuesday, June 10, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m – Decatur Township Farmers’ Market (5106 S. High School Road) – We’ll have lots of eggs and some pastured pork. Betsy’s Kitchen will be bringing granola, granola bars, and Paleo Almond Delight Bars. Betsy will also bring her Guinea Girl lotions, body butter, herbal salves, and lip balms.
We will not be at the Zionsville Market this week. We have yet another graduation, this time the farmers’ son graduates from high school. Please visit though. I understand it is Strawberry Shortcake Day (Saturday, June 7, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m – Main St. & Hawthorne).
As always, we also sell our eggs and grass-fed meats at the farm.
Full Circle Farm. Working with Nature.

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We had a new addition to our farm this week.  Meet Bea, our newest lamb.  One of our older ewes has begun to cycle out of season, giving us a lamb in August each of the last two years.  Bea is the latest.

Most of the Full Circle Farm family had the opportunity to visit the Indiana State Fair this week.  We enjoyed visiting Pioneer Village, seeing the antique tractors, and visiting the animal barns.  Farmer Paul also visited the new Glass Barn.  Below is my take on the Glass Barn.

*Bea will not be raised on a 2,000 acre farm.

*Bea will not be raised in a slatted-floor climate controlled building.  She will be raised outdoors, as nature intended.

*Bea will not be micro-chipped so that we can track her temperature and general health.  Her health, as that of the rest of the animals, will be evaluated through daily visits by the resident farmers.

*Bea will not wear a pedometer and GPS locator.  We’ll find her on an easy tour of the farm.

We will be taking a hiatus from the Zionsville Farmers’ Market.  Thanks to your support, our supply of grass-fed beef is going quickly.  We plan to be back at the Zionsville Farmers’ Market September 14, September 21, and September 28.  We will have pasture-raised chicken and pasture-raised pork.

In the meantime, we will continue to sell at the Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farm.  We will continue to sell organically supplemented free-range eggs and the remainder of our grass-fed beef.  Betsy’s Kitchen will continue to sell gluten-free and paleo treats.  This week she will be selling Spicy Chocolate Paleo Brownies, Paleo Zucchini Bars with Cashew Frosting, Paleo Apple Cider Donuts, and Flour-less Dark Chocolate Cake.

Friday, August 16, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms (79th and Marsh Road)

Please continue to support the Decatur Township Farmers’ Market

Tuesday, August 20, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – 5106 S. High School Road

We also sell all of our products at the farm.

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A couple of weeks ago, we attended Farmer Betsy’s family reunion.  This reunion has been held for more than 60 years on her great-grandparent’s homestead.  Earlier in the year, the current resident of the homestead had applied for the Centennial Hoosier Homestead Award.  The application was initially denied because the farm was not at least 20 acres and did not earn at least $1,000.

The family bought 70 acres in 1913.  Those 70 acres were owned and farmed for 99½ years until the family matriarch passed.  The settlement of her estate reduced the homestead to 8 acres that was not farmed for profit.  Thankfully, a well written letter to the Indiana State Department of Agriculture detailing the history and tradition of the homestead as well as the income that could be made were the land farmed for profit, finally garnered the cherished award for the family homestead.

Is that what we have been reduced to that even our farms must be large and business-like?  What about those cultures where subsistence farmers truly make a “living” on much less land with much fewer resources?  What about the new urban “farms” that raise animals and grow produce for city dwellers using much fewer than 20 acres?  By those standards, Full Circle Farm, (currently with 31 sheep, 6 cows, 2 goats, 9 turkeys, and more than 200 chickens) doesn’t qualify as a farm.  While our earnings have improved thanks to your support, we operate on only 19 acres.  I suppose we will have to change our name to just “Full Circle”.

We still have grass-fed beef available.  Eggs are running in short supply as the daylight begins to dwindle.  We are currently sold out of chicken and lamb.  We plan to have more chicken by October but more lamb will not be available until at least January.  We also plan to offer a limited supply of pork beginning in October.

We will also be selling gluten-free treats from Betsy’s Kitchen, including the newly popular apple cider donuts.  To celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week, we will be offering special deals on the treats.

We will be at three markets this week.

Friday, August 9, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms (79th and Marsh Road) (Our grass-fed beef will be part of the feature picnic this week.)

Saturday, August 10, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Zionsville Farmers’ Market (Main Street and Hawthorne)

Tuesday, August 13, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Decatur Township Farmers’ Market (5106 S. High School Road)

We also sell all of our products at the farm.

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Full Circle Farm is located at the intersection of two roads.  The road at the south end of the farm is a nicely paved road.  The road at the east side of the farm is a dusty gravel road.  The gravel road leads north to another gravel road.  The residents of that road have been trying for some time to get their road paved.  Due to the recent closure of a nearby highway, the traffic along all of our roads has increased quite a bit.  Now they are trying even harder to get the road paved as the dust has increased substantially.  I’m not sure that is the best idea.

Our paved road has people driving too fast, recreational bicyclists yelling in conversation at each other in the early hours of the morning, and a markedly higher traffic rate.  The gravel road is less traveled.  While some still drive too fast, if they are using the road, you know they belong in the neighborhood.  Gravel roads also give a certain ambiance to the farm and deter the development that will eventually come to the area.  Like Robert Frost, I’d rather take the road less traveled and keep my gravel road.

We will be at three markets this week.

Friday, July 26, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms (79th and Marsh Road)

Saturday, July 27, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Zionsville Farmers’ Market (Main Street and Hawthorne)

Tuesday, July 30, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Decatur Township Farmers’ Market (5106 S. High School Road)

We also sell all of our products at the farm.

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Farmer Betsy visited This Old Farm today and picked up our lamb and beef.  So, we will have organically raised grass-fed lamb and beef, while supplies last.  We only sent one lamb and one cow so supplies won’t last long.  This will be the last lamb until winter and our only beef until Fall 2014.  Come get it while you can.

Farmer Betsy is also going to begin offering baked goods at the Farm to Fork Market and the Decatur Township Market as “Betsy’s Kitchen on Full Circle Farm”.  This week she will be offering grain-free and Paleo chocolate goodies.

We will be at three markets this week.

Friday, July 12, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms (79th and Marsh Road)

Saturday, July 13, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Zionsville Farmers’ Market (Main Street and Hawthorne)

Tuesday, July 16, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Decatur Township Farmers’ Market (5106 S. High School Road)

We also sell all of our products at the farm.

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As a farmer you have to be a jack of all trades.  At some point, you will need to be a mechanic, a plumber, and a carpenter.  With livestock, you will also need to be a nurturer and a veterinarian.  Whether you are plowing fields or hauling hay, the ultimate tool of our trade, though, is the tractor.

Our first tractor was a 1946 Ford 2N.  It was a good tractor, but difficult to keep running and I am not a mechanic.  After many attempts and temporary fixes, it was time to get a reliable tractor.  Farmer Betsy convinced our accountant that we could afford a newer tractor.  In late April, we purchased a brand new John Deere 3038.  The tractor comes equipped with a 60” bucket and we bought a 55” tiller to go with it.  We have mostly used the tractor to haul water to the field for the livestock.  It has got some other work pulling hay wagons and moving the pig shelter through the field.  The tiller has been very useful preparing our vegetable gardens.  We are all happy to have a reliable tractor.

Happy 4th!

We will be at two markets this week.

Friday, July 5, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms (79th and Marsh Road)

Tuesday, July 9, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Decatur Township Farmers’ Market (5106 S. High School Road)

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I’m stumped this week.  I’ve tried to come up with a quirky post but can’t find it in me.  There’s been plenty happening though.

We only had seven turkey eggs hatch in the incubator last week.  We had set 20 eggs and were hoping for quite a few more to hatch.  Our predator is still around and took a guinea hen right off of her nest of 20 eggs.  We have 100 new broilers arriving Friday and 100 more in three weeks.

The piggies got their first move last night.  They were new to an outdoor environment so we left them in one place for more than a week to acclimate.  The first move was an ordeal.  My hooks broke free from the shelter, making my pull chain useless.  I was able to wedge the loader inside the shelter and pull it to the new location.  The pigs weren’t sure what to do and it took quite a bit of coaxing and prodding to get them to a new spot.  They are now following directly behind the cows and sheep, which still aren’t sure quite what to think of them.

Farmer Paul will be baling hay Friday and will likely be spending a good part of the weekend putting it up in the barn.  Farmer Betsy is out of town so young Farmer Sid will be running the Friday market.  We are out of lamb until mid-July but we will still be selling whole pastured chickens and free-range eggs.

We will be at two markets this week.

Friday, June 21, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms (79th and Marsh Road)

Tuesday, June 25, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Decatur Township Farmers’ Market (5106 S. High School Road)

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I was stopped at an intersection on the way home from the Farm to Fork Market this past Friday when a Papa John’s delivery car pulled up behind me.  As we sat at the intersection, a Dominos delivery car passed from one direction and a Noble Romans delivery car passed from the other.  After I got through the intersection, I was passed by a Fox’s Den delivery car.

I realize we all have busy lives (see Stop and Smell the Lilacs from last week).  Our family also breaks down on occasion and orders a pizza.  We’re all human.  But that food is what’s causing our health problems and our economic problems.  Most “dining out” food is highly processed and is devoid of the proper nutrition we need.  The money we spend for that food goes to shareholders and out-of-state corporate hierarchies.  I know many of these businesses employ our teenagers, but so would your locally-owned food establishments if they had the financial support to do so.

As a society, we need to spend more quality time with our families, eating quality food from our own gardens and local farmers.  When we treat ourselves to meals away from home, we need to support our locally-owned restaurants, cafes, and pubs.  Doing this will allow us to lead healthier lifestyles, both physically and mentally, and will provide economic support for our neighbors and communities.

Eat healthy.  Grow your own garden.  Support your local growers, farmers, and artisans. Support your locally-owned businesses.

We will be at two markets this week.

Friday, June 7, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms (79th and Marsh Road)

Tuesday, June 11, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Decatur Township Farmers’ Market (5106 S. High School Road)

If you can’t make it to one of the markets, we will also be happy to sell to you at the farm.  We will be fairly busy this weekend but will be around during the weekday evenings after 6:00 p.m.

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