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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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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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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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We will be at three markets this week.

Friday, May 31, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms (79th and Marsh Road)

Saturday, June 1, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Zionsville Farmers’ Market (Main Street and Hawthorne)

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

We all have busy lives working and pursuing endeavors that are important to us.  During the busy times, please don’t forget to set aside time for yourself.  Lilacs are in bloom for only a short time in spring.  They also happen to be my favorite flower.  We were so busy this spring that I didn’t take the time to smell the lilacs that grow right outside our kitchen window.  I didn’t even get a picture to share with you.  Now I have to wait until next spring for the opportunity to smell fresh lilacs again.  Make sure you take some time out of your busy life to smell the flower of your choice.

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