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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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Our morning ritual is nothing like My Morning Ritual. Ours includes two Full Circle Farm eggs or egg whites topped with either Fermenti Artisan or Borre Bothers ferment. Add a fresh smoothie or a glass of “fresh” milk. This morning I also added a homemade granola bar. Follow everything with a mug of organic tea or coffee. Each item is available for less than $1. What’s your morning ritual?
This week, we will be participating in the following markets:
Friday, June 6, 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, and Paleo Almond Delight Bars. Betsy will also continue to bring her Guinea Girl lotions, body butter, herbal salves, and lip balms.
Tuesday, June 10, 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 granola, granola bars, and Paleo Almond Delight Bars. Betsy will also bring her Guinea Girl lotions, body butter, herbal salves, and lip balms.
We will not be at the Zionsville Market this week. We have yet another graduation, this time the farmers’ son graduates from high school. Please visit though. I understand it is Strawberry Shortcake Day (Saturday, June 7, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m – Main St. & Hawthorne).
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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This week we will be participating in the GROW LOCAL ROOTS! event at the Indianapolis City Market Plaza from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. This event is organized by the Indy Action Group and will precede the March Against Monsanto. These events are about more than local food and anti-corporate big food. These events are about food sovereignty.

Regardless of your stance on organic or GMO foods, we should all have the opportunity to make that choice for ourselves. Yet, in 2011, a Wisconsin judge determined that we do not have a fundamental right to choose the foods we produce and consume. Just this week, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) announced it will file a lawsuit against Vermont to overturn their recently passed food labeling law. The GMA, in conjunction with Monsanto, has worked against similar laws in 30 other states. It is our right to choose!

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

Friday, May 23, 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 24, 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.

Saturday, May 24, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m – GROW LOCAL ROOTS! Marketplace (Indianapolis City Market, 222 E. Market) – 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 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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Spring is hatching time. We had hoped our birds would hatch their own this year and we could hatch a few extras in the incubator. Unfortunately, something is still in the barn. We lost an entire duck nest and chicken nest right as they would have been hatching. There were no signs of eggs, shells, or babies. I suspect our villain is a rat or ‘possum living in the barn. Now that no one is nesting in the barn, the dogs have free reign of the area to root out the culprit.

We don’t give up though. We did manage to steal some turkey eggs and have five survivors from yesterday’s incubator hatch. We also set 28 guinea eggs to hatch with June’s full moon. (The guineas and turkeys seem to be having their own issues.)

We picked up 200 chickens today at the local elevator too. That makes 300 broilers growing up for our summer markets. That’s a good thing since we are now sold out of chicken. The next batch will be ready late July.

This week we will only be at the Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms. Come see us Friday, May 16, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 7802 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.

The Zionsville Farmers’ Market opens Saturday, May 17 at Main and Hawthorne. We will not be there this week. The Farmers will be attending the Farmers’ daughter’s graduation from Purdue University. We will be there each Saturday beginning May 24.

Plan ahead for the 24th. We will also be at the inaugural Grow Local Roots event at the Indianapolis City Market Plaza from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. This is sponsored by the Indy Action Group and will precede the March Against Monsanto.

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

Full Circle Farm. Working with Nature.

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Narragansett turkey poults

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New chicks

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There were several news stories this week debating whether conventional or organic farming could really feed the world.  Yet just two weeks before, it was announced that 1 in 7 Hoosier households had difficulty providing food for their family.  How can we worry about feeding the world when we can’t even feed ourselves?

I still contend the issue is that we rely too much on convenience.  Too many people don’t know how to provide food for themselves without going to the store and buying ready-to-eat, prepackaged food.  Instead, we need to learn to provide for ourselves and our neighbors as much as possible.

One of my favorite examples of self-reliance is the house in which I grew up.  I was raised in Union City, a small town in east central Indiana.  The rain gutters of the house, as well as the barn, drained into the cistern, which was piped into the basement of the house.  (Yes there was a barn in town.  They still had carriages when the house was built.). The lady of the house had a vegetable garden, an apple tree, a pear tree, and a small cherry grove.  The family also had a sizeable chicken coop.  All of this on just a half acre lot.

Before we moved to the farm, we lived in a subdivision in town for nearly fifteen years.  Our lot was only a quarter acre lot.  On our lot, we had two vegetable gardens, an herb garden and several other herb beds, a plum tree, a peach tree, a strawberry bed, raspberry bushes, grape vines, and blueberry bushes.  That didn’t include our inedible bushes, flower beds, sycamore tree, white pine tree and compost pile.  All that, with a 16 x 16 deck, on a quarter acre lot and I still had to mow the yard.

The opportunities of our greenspace abound.  The only way we are going to feed ourselves, and the world, is to stop relying on corporate farms and chemical companies to produce our food and to begin providing as much of our own food as we possibly can while working with our local farmers to provide what we individually cannot.

New this week, Betsy’s Kitchen will be offering Paleo pumpkin treats as well as the Paleo sandwich bread and Paleo Spicy Chocolate Brownies.

We will be at two markets this week:

Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms, Friday, September 27, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – 79th Street and Marsh Road

Zionsville Farmers’ Market, Saturday, September 28, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – corner of Main Street and Hawthorne. This is the last market of the season.

Decatur Township Farmers’ Market is closed for the season.

We also sell all of our products at the farm.

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A couple of weeks ago, we attended Farmer Betsy’s family reunion.  This reunion has been held for more than 60 years on her great-grandparent’s homestead.  Earlier in the year, the current resident of the homestead had applied for the Centennial Hoosier Homestead Award.  The application was initially denied because the farm was not at least 20 acres and did not earn at least $1,000.

The family bought 70 acres in 1913.  Those 70 acres were owned and farmed for 99½ years until the family matriarch passed.  The settlement of her estate reduced the homestead to 8 acres that was not farmed for profit.  Thankfully, a well written letter to the Indiana State Department of Agriculture detailing the history and tradition of the homestead as well as the income that could be made were the land farmed for profit, finally garnered the cherished award for the family homestead.

Is that what we have been reduced to that even our farms must be large and business-like?  What about those cultures where subsistence farmers truly make a “living” on much less land with much fewer resources?  What about the new urban “farms” that raise animals and grow produce for city dwellers using much fewer than 20 acres?  By those standards, Full Circle Farm, (currently with 31 sheep, 6 cows, 2 goats, 9 turkeys, and more than 200 chickens) doesn’t qualify as a farm.  While our earnings have improved thanks to your support, we operate on only 19 acres.  I suppose we will have to change our name to just “Full Circle”.

We still have grass-fed beef available.  Eggs are running in short supply as the daylight begins to dwindle.  We are currently sold out of chicken and lamb.  We plan to have more chicken by October but more lamb will not be available until at least January.  We also plan to offer a limited supply of pork beginning in October.

We will also be selling gluten-free treats from Betsy’s Kitchen, including the newly popular apple cider donuts.  To celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week, we will be offering special deals on the treats.

We will be at three markets this week.

Friday, August 9, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms (79th and Marsh Road) (Our grass-fed beef will be part of the feature picnic this week.)

Saturday, August 10, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Zionsville Farmers’ Market (Main Street and Hawthorne)

Tuesday, August 13, 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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Full Circle Farm is located at the intersection of two roads.  The road at the south end of the farm is a nicely paved road.  The road at the east side of the farm is a dusty gravel road.  The gravel road leads north to another gravel road.  The residents of that road have been trying for some time to get their road paved.  Due to the recent closure of a nearby highway, the traffic along all of our roads has increased quite a bit.  Now they are trying even harder to get the road paved as the dust has increased substantially.  I’m not sure that is the best idea.

Our paved road has people driving too fast, recreational bicyclists yelling in conversation at each other in the early hours of the morning, and a markedly higher traffic rate.  The gravel road is less traveled.  While some still drive too fast, if they are using the road, you know they belong in the neighborhood.  Gravel roads also give a certain ambiance to the farm and deter the development that will eventually come to the area.  Like Robert Frost, I’d rather take the road less traveled and keep my gravel road.

We will be at three markets this week.

Friday, July 26, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Farm to Fork Market at Normandy Farms (79th and Marsh Road)

Saturday, July 27, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Zionsville Farmers’ Market (Main Street and Hawthorne)

Tuesday, July 30, 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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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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