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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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ImageI had to laugh today as I watched a car sit at an intersection, waiting for a squirrel to finish crossing the street while using the crosswalk with the proper walk signal.  Squirrels are still busy building their winter cache.  We don’t get many squirrels on the farm though.  We don’t have enough trees yet and the squirrels that do stop by are usually chased off by the cats.

We will be at the Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms this Saturday, November 23.  We will be selling pastured pork and pastured chicken.  We will have hams to supplement your Thanksgiving meal or to serve through the weekend if you will have guests.  If you are having a smaller crew, serve an organic whole chicken for your Thanksgiving meal.  We have 3 lb. to 5 lb. chickens that will serve well.  Betsy’s Kitchen will also be selling her gluten-free treats.  We will have Paleo Apple Pie Bars, Paleo Pumpkin Pie Bars, Paleo Sandwich Bread and Palo cake pops this week.

We continue to sell all of our grass-fed meats at the farm.

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. . . have brought lots of water.  As of this writing we have had 4.75” this month (3.25” just this week).  With that and 11 inches of snow melt from late March, we have definitely recovered from last year’s drought.

 . . . bring lots of green grass.  We’ve closed off the animals to the east side of the field to allow the rest of the pasture to grow faster.  We hope to start rotational grazing by the first of May.  We have resolved ourselves to using electric netting this year as the sheep have been completely ignoring our standard electric fencing.

. . . have brought lots of eggs.  Since we knew we would have a lot of eggs, we bought an incubator this winter so we could hatch some of our own eggs.  Farmer Betsy already used the incubator to hatch one batch of chickens at her school.  We started our own chickens at the house and they are hatching as I write.  I have also started finding turkey eggs in the middle of the barn, where the other animals could step on them.  I have started collecting them and we hope to hatch those too.  Hopefully the rest of the birds are finding other safe spots to lay their eggs.

. . . are bringing blooming fruit trees.  All of our fruit trees and plants are budding and blooming nicely.  Since we got a normal start on spring this year, hopefully we won’t have any late freezes to jeopardize the fruit.

I know, I know.  April showers bring May flowers.  But, it’s not May yet.  May looks to bring its own set of opportunities to the farm.

We will be open this Sunday from 12 -6 p.m.  Please stop in to fulfill your local, organic food needs.

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