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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.

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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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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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These Little Piggies

. . . cried wee, wee, wee; all the way home.  Saturday I drove down near Seymour to pick up three feeder pigs.  While our first experiment with raising pigs did not work out, there is a demand for pork that we have decided to tap into with feeder pigs.  We are starting with three to get our system worked out.  The plan is for the pigs to follow the sheep and cows through the pasture.  We would like to run them all together but the feed and shelter needs of the pigs cause issues with the other livestock.  In addition to the pigs, we also picked up a new milk goat Sunday afternoon and the turkey eggs started hatching Sunday night.

We appreciate your support at the markets.  For the most part, they have been quite successful for us.  The problem is, we weren’t quite geared up for such support.  We will likely sell out of lamb, goat, and chicken this month.  That will only leave us eggs, of which we have plenty.  We are doing our best to supply your local, organic food needs.  We will have some additional lamb and our first beef available in July.  We also plan to have more chicken and pork available in October.  If all goes well we will also have three or four turkeys available for Thanksgiving.

We will be at two markets this week.

Friday, June 14, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms (79th and Marsh Road)

Saturday, June 15, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Zionsville Farmers’ Market (Main Street and Hawthorne)

Please also support the Decatur Township Farmers’ Market at 5106 S. High School Road, Tuesday, June 18, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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