Monday, December 12, 2016

Farm News, Buying Club this week and CSA Registration

 Greetings from a festive Dancing Hen Farm!  Our tree is up and decorated, the lights are hung outside and the wreath has been hung on the side of the barn.  Thanks to Jason, for once again helping us with "the hanging of the wreath".

The buying club will again be open for deliveries this coming weekend.  This will be our last buying club of 2016 and possibly our last until early spring 2017.  Overnight temperatures in the single digits by the end of the week will most likely end any outdoor greens harvest for this season.  Remember, ordering opens on Tuesday morning at 5 am and closes Thursday morning at 5 am.  If you have questions concerning ordering, delivery or pick up times, please contact us at the farm.  This week, we will continue to have apple orchard pork, eggs, as well as a limited supply of storage vegetables and greens.

Thinking about joining our CSA for 2017?  Please consider signing up this month.  Not only will you receive some early bird discount (up to $75 plus a free egg share or buying club credit), but these early funds received allow the farm to save hundreds of dollars on supplies that we can buy at a substantial discount before January 1. 

We are making a few changes to our CSA for 2017.  We will continue to be a full choice CSA, meaning all our members will have the opportunity to chose the exact items they receive in their boxes each week.  We are, however, making changes to our summer, main season, CSA and we are adding a Fall CSA.  Our summer CSA will now run for 18 weeks and our Fall CSA will run for 8 weeks.  If you sign up for both the summer and the fall season you will get 26 weeks of organically produced farm fresh vegetables starting June 9.  We will continue to offer add on egg shares for both the summer and fall season.  We will offer an add on chicken share during the summer season only.

As always, if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

It seems winter has arrived at Dancing Hen Farm.  Snow is on the ground and temperatures are predicted to really plummet over the next few days.   The season changes are good for our souls and the snow is beautiful!  Of course, Farmer Don may disagree, as he just got done digging us out!  And it seems Shady, our older dog, also disagrees.  I just watched her look longingly at the barn as she contemplated leaving the shoveled walk way to make her way to the barn.  Her desire is to get to the barn so she can have her "second breakfast", as we call it.  She knows where some of the chickens secretly hide their eggs and much to the farmers dismay, she looks forward to getting to these eggs before him and feasting on them daily! Rosie, our border collie, on the other hand, loves the snow.  She races and jumps and rolls and harasses the farmer as he tries to shovel or sweep!  She also likes hidden eggs, but playing in the snow is way more fun than hunting for eggs any day.

In the kitchen, we still have not gotten our large batch sauerkraut made!  Hopefully today or tomorrow that project will be complete.  We will slice the cabbage, most likely with our food processor, salt it and pound it to release the juices.  Once sufficient juice has been released from the chopped cabbage we will pack the cabbage into our fermentation crock and wait for the beneficial bacteria to do their work.  We make a very basic cabbage kraut, preferring not to add carrots or caraway seed.  Well, I guess I should say I prefer a cabbage only kraut.  Farmer Don often convinces me to add some carrots, but has yet to sway me over to adding caraway seeds.  I had hoped to have this new batch of kraut ready for our traditional New Year's Day feast, but I am thinking it will not quite be sour enough by then. I will keep you posted.

Time to end this note and move on to the next task at hand (baking some breakfast bars!)

Thanks to each of you for your continued support!

Glad Tidings to All!

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