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What happened to spring? A certain farmer was enjoying the moderate temperatures of spring and then all of the sudden, BAM, straight to summer. The high temperature on Full Circle Farm this afternoon was 86 degrees. It likely won’t last long though. Oh, and the other farmer, she doesn’t seem to mind the warmer temperatures.

Don’t forget to take the time to enjoy your favorite spring flowers. I remembered this year and the breeze kept blowing their wonderful scent to me as I worked in the barnyard tonight.

Don’t forget. The Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms has shifted to its summer hours. Visit us Friday, May 9, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. You may have to look for us in the greenhouse if the rain gets too heavy. We’ll have lots of eggs, pastured pork, and a few pastured chickens. 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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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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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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I’ve been a little gun-shy in posting about the lambs after some of our recent troubles.  Things have been better recently though and Monday was time for nursery school graduation.  The nursery was getting more than a little crowded with nine mamas and eleven babies.  The lambs spent lots of time napping, practicing their jumps, and learning to play well with others.  The picture is of graduation day.

We will be at the Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms on Saturday, February 22.  We have pastured pork and pastured chicken and will be bringing Paleo Almond Delight Power Bars and Paleo bread from Betsy’s Kitchen.

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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