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The True Cost of Real Food

Welcome to our farm
Welcome to our farm

Every morsel of food you eat, every bite of food you feed to your family was at it’s point of origin, grown, raised, caught or harvested by someone. Most likely this person was a farmer. Farmers are the essential ingredient to our ability to eat. Farms from enormous to micro-sized all play a part in our food system. The vast majority of farmers are extremely hard working, intelligent, dedicated professionals of their trade. Since a vast majority of citizens aren’t able to grow their own food a farmer is pretty essential… well… to life. So it seems farms, farming, farmers are pretty darn important!

When you are purchasing food, say an apple, a head of broccoli, a carton of milk, a steak, or a dozen eggs you are supporting a farmers work. You are not just purchasing something to put into your stomach, you are purchasing nutrients to fuel your body. Preferably not just any nutrients but ones that will fuel your body well. Food filled with quality nutrients has the capacity to bring you good health, well being, greater productivity & a high quality of life. WOW!!!

If this is true, which it is, why is the pervasive reason to choose a certain food item often based on whether it is “cheap” or not. In other products we purchase most of us know that cheap isn’t always, or rarely is, the best value. Value is every bit as much about quality as it is about price.

Often times, not always, a cheap price can be an indicator of quality, or the lack of it. Ask yourself why is the product cheap? Is it old? Does it contain an inferior quality of ingredients; or possibly ingredients from a lab not a farm at all? Are the farms/farmers growing it concerned with the quality of the soil and growing nutrient dense food? How do their farming practices impact the soil, water & air quality? Are the farms that are providing animals or animal products providing a quality habitat/life for those animals? Were the workers on those farms treated well and receive fair wages so they too can take care of their families? There are a lot of important hidden issues involved in price.

Returning to a food system of local farms producing high quality fresh food items for their communities seems essential. Farmers Markets, Food Co-ops, CSA’s and other Direct from Farm programs are growing in popularity. In a system where the farmer can receive a fair price/living wage for their work and the consumer has access to gorgeous, flavorful, high quality nutritious food, everyone wins. Suddenly low price is not the deciding factor, it is quality. Quality of food. Quality of health. Quality of community. Quality of life for all, producer & customer alike.

If you haven’t yet joined the local food movement make this the year you start. Find a market that sources from local farmers, a Farmer’s Market, a CSA or other Farm Program, or buy Direct from a local Farm. Be willing to spend that extra 50 cents on a head of lettuce or extra $1 for a dozen eggs. You will be awakened to the incredible flavor of truly fresh well raised food. If you have already begun to spend your food dollars more locally add something new this year. Try to source some meat or dairy from a local farm, fruit from a local orchard, local flowers too! The extra effort you put into sourcing local food is so worth it!

-Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food-

Unfortunately not everyone has access to good quality food. It is also quite difficult to stretch a thin budget. Both of these are difficult issues with no clear answers. But it does seem to me that access to quality nutritious food should be a priority in our society. What are your thoughts?

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And Then There Were More…

The new flock of hennies is laying prolifically.  The girls are producing more eggs than our family and returning customers can handle.  What a problem to have… an excess of gorgeous Fresh Organic Eggs!

The dilemma is finding a way to handle the excess eggs until a network of new customers come onboard.  The solution, I hope, is to freeze the eggs for later use when production drops off later in the year.  I did a WEB search and found this link @ the National Center for Home Food Preservation,  http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/freeze/eggs.html   and thought I would give it a try.

I decided the best use for frozen eggs at our house would be in baking so I followed that set of instructions.  Very straightforward, a little messy, & quick.

A Tutorial:  How to Freeze Fabulous, Farm Fresh Organic Eggs!!!

1. Select 1 dozen fresh eggs.

2. Break eggs into a clean container.

3. Break yolks with a fork and add to 2 cups of eggs either-

     3 Tablespoons OG sugar- if using for Baking  -OR-

     1 teaspoon OG salt- if using for Cooking.

  Mix whites, yolks & either the sugar or salt lightly together. Do Not Whip.

4. Pour into an ice cube tray & freeze until solid.

5. Remove the egg cubes from the ice cube trays.

6. Place egg cubes in a marked Zip-Loc bag & freeze for later use.

Hints:

I found that 1 dozen Medium/Large eggs = 2 cups of mixed eggs = 1 ice cube tray.

2 egg cubes = 1 large/extra large egg.

So…  the time is here, Spring is near, the hens are laying fabulous farm fresh eggs just for you!  Support your local farmers and purchase some today and enjoy the wonders of a truly fresh egg.

Thank You for supporting your local farmers.

Farm Fresh Organic Eggs for Sale.

Farm Fresh Eggs
Farm Fresh Eggs

We have had a very long dry spell here where our farm fresh eggs have been missing from our and our customer’s tables. To hear the whole story read my blog post titled SURPRISE!  from earlier this year, that explains how we got into this horrible predicament.

 My new batch of hennies, who have been giving us perfect beautiful little jewels for several months now, suddenly believe that Spring is close enough to ramp up their egg production, a lot!  I love this because it means that Spring is nearer, days are longer and warmer, and we once again have eggs for sale!

 An introduction is in order.  We raise a small flock, 17 hens to be exact, on our small farm. They are a mix of breeds, which include, New Hampshire Reds, Black Australorps, Ameraucanas, Black Star, Delaware and Cuckoo Marans. Some breeds are old favorites some are new to us this year. They lay eggs of all shades of brown as well as blue, green and olive.  As of now most of the eggs are medium in size with a few larges thrown in.  As the hens mature the egg size will increase to Large and Extra Large and even some Jumbos. Each hen has a name; Dot, Polly, Dolly, Addie, Agnes, Betty, Ruby, Fran, and Fancy just to name a few. They are a loud raucous bunch, cackle, cackle, cackle!

 The hens have a clean house where they safely spend the night, with feed and water, bedding, roosts, and nests to lay their eggs. The have a fenced outdoor pen that protects them from predators during the day. Each day they are turned out to graze in either the garden or the yard, a place where they can gobble up greens and bugs and worms, scratch and dust to their hearts content. We feed an Organic Layer feed made by a mill in Southern Oregon from Organic grain sourced in Oregon. A little Organic scratch grain is also fed as a treat. The hens also receive daily goodies from the garden, orchard, barn and kitchen.

 There are so many labels on egg cartons these days it makes your head spin, especially when the reality of those label claims may not exactly be the picture that pops into your head when you read the label.  Our hens are Cage-Free, no cages anywhere. They are Free-Range, they roam outside in the sun, chase bugs, and scratch in the dirt. They are Pasture Raised, have access to fresh greens any day that is nice enough to go outside. Their eggs are Organic, having been fed only Organic feeds from day one, which also means No Antibiotics, Hormones or GMO’s. They are also Local, Farm Fresh, Humanely Treated and Hand Gathered. There are a copious amount of claims made on egg carton labels but with our eggs they are true and as for that idyllic picture that pops into your head, it is accurate. The only label that I cannot claim is Vegetarian Fed. Our hens are Omnivores and do eat bugs, and worms and other protein rich chicken yummies.

 So that is the story in an egg shell.  High quality, tasty and nutritious, Farm Fresh Organic Eggs.  $6.00 a dozen both now and when they reach the Extra Large/Jumbo stage.

 I have several openings available for regular weekly egg customers.

Please contact Cathy @  fullcirclefarmstead@frontier.com

Thank You from the Hen House!