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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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I’ve decided we are going to start a new exercise program on the farm. You can get your strength training through carrying 50 pound bags of feed and 5 gallon buckets of water. You’ll get your cardio traipsing through the field, running from incoming hail storms, or swinging a corn knife at the thistles. You can complete your yoga routine or meditation in the peace of the field near the animals or underneath the willow tree. You’ll build character exercising in the heat, cold, rain, sun, and snow.

The fee for the program will be $10 per week. The payment of the fee must be through the purchase of items produced on Full Circle Farm. Participation will be at your own pace. Coaching and goal-setting will be available as needed. We won’t promise that you will become buff and muscular but your participation will open the door to a healthful lifestyle and allow you to be part of the process of the farm and your food.

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

Friday, May 30, 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 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.

Saturday, May 31, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m – Zionsville Farmers’ Market (Main St. & Hawthorne) – We’ll have lots of eggs and pastured pork. Betsy’s Kitchen will be bringing granola, granola bars, and Paleo Almond Delight Bars. Guinea Girl products will not be sold at this market.

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

Full Circle Farm. Working with Nature.

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Sally trying to be friends

We added new residents to the farm this week. We had been looking for a puppy for Maxine to train for help with marauding critters on the farm. Saturday, Intern Amy and Farmer Paul drove to Cadiz to pick up not one puppy, but two. Farmer Paul found them on a farm that had to move and he just couldn’t separate the two sisters. So, we now have Charlie (short for Charlotte) and Sally. Charlie prefers to be with the animals and won’t stay near people if she can help it. Sally is trying to warm up to us and finally let us pet her yesterday.

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Charlie on her usual spot

Our other new resident is Pan (aka Rambo III). Farmer Paul and Intern Amy drove to Ladoga on Sunday to trade rams with another Katahdin breeder. We would have preferred to go the summer without a ram but sometimes you have to take the opportunity when it presents itself. For now, Pan is living with the goats, usually standing in the corner of the paddock looking forlornly at the ladies in the pasture.

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Pan longing for his ladies

Visit us at the Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms on Saturday, April 26. This will be the last Saturday market for the winter season. We switch to Fridays next week. This week, we have lots of eggs, pastured pork, and pastured chicken. 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.

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

Full Circle Farm. Working with Nature.

 

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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.

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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.

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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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This week we delivered eight lambs to the butcher.  Getting them loaded onto the trailer wasn’t really that bad.  I started by taking the whole day off from work.  I usually only take the afternoon off but then I am rushed and stressed, and the sheep can sense that.  By having plenty of time and staying calm, they herded fairly easily into the barn.  We had also finally developed a sorting system using some tube gates given to us by a neighbor.  The sorting system turned out to be more of a holding system when all of the sheep loaded onto the trailer at once, but it helped.  It was then that I had to wrestle 30 sheep to determine the wethers from the ewes, unloading them one by one from the trailer.  Next year, we will use ear tags to make our sorting even easier.

We won’t be selling any lamb though.  All of our lambs were delivered for The Loft Restaurant at Traders Point Creamery.  Please watch their website for meals featuring Full Circle Farm lamb.  Next year, we hope to become their main provider of grass-fed lamb.

We will be at the Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms this Saturday, December 7.  It’s time to start planning your Christmas meal. We have plenty of pastured whole chickens but only six hams remaining.  We will have plenty of other pastured pork though.  Betsy’s Kitchen will be bringing Paleo Apple Pie Bars and Paleo Sandwich Bread this week.

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

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This Thanksgiving we are thankful for family; related and claimed, near and far.  It has become our tradition to host Thanksgiving, even before moving to the farm.  Thanksgiving is even more special on the farm because much of our meal includes food we have raised.  This year we hosted 23 people for the Thanksgiving meal.

We are also thankful for our customers and fellow vendors and farmers.  We appreciate the loyalty of our market customers and are thankful that our fellow farmers had successful harvests.

We will be at the Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms this Saturday, November 30.  We will have plenty of pastured pork and pastured chicken to follow your Thanksgiving meal.  Betsy’s Kitchen will only be bringing Paleo Apple Pie Bars and Paleo Sandwich Bread this week.  There is only so much baking one can do during the week.

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

The pictures are our Full Circle Farm turkey, Full Circle Farm ham, and our pardoned crew.

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We will be at the Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farm, Friday, October 18, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (79th Street and Marsh Road).  We’ll have chicken, pork, and gluten-free treats. The Heritage Music Festival is this Saturday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., sponsored by the Lebanon Community Arts Council and hosted on our farm.  Cricket Creek Players and Fiddlesticks will be playing for us.  Admission is free.  Chili, Smores, and drinks will be available for purchase.  There will be pumpkin carving and hayrides.  We will also have a display from Human Energy Initiatives.

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