Great Skies

This week has featured fantastic sunsets with all the rainy afternoons followed by evening sun. We were out doing the poultry chores when we saw a four banded rainbow Wednesday just before sunset. Three of the rainbows were bunched together with a fourth and fainter bow some distance away. I’m not sure if that would count as a quadruple rainbow or two doubles, but it was something none of us had previously seen. Sorry, no photos, we were too busy looking… I did take pictures of the turkeys moments later. The light… Read More

Monarch Caterpillars

The pastures are full of monarch caterpillars, chowing down on the milkweed leaves. One of the many virtues of pasture-based agriculture is that with proper grazing management, there is plenty of food for the livestock (in this field, cattle and turkeys) and for all the insects. We aren’t fighting a war against bugs, we’re just living alongside them. And because of that inclusiveness, the pastures continue to become more diverse and more productive.

Pigodiles

Harry coined the word “pigodiles”. We think it aptly describe the pigs as they lie half submerged in their mud wallow during the recent spell of hot weather.

Licensed

I was glad to receive a letter from the NY State Office of Agriculture and Markets today granting us our 20C license to Process Food.  The laws governing how foods can and cannot be processed by the producers are complicated.  We work with a great team of butchers who process our poultry, and under state laws they can package them whole or cut up into parts, but they can’t grind, smoke, make sausage, or do any other further processing.  However, now that we have the 20C license we can legally do all… Read More