Greetings from Dancing Hen Farm!
Yes, you can still get Dancing Hen Farm items for your Christmas Dinner! Farmer Don will be doing deliveries this weekend. Ordering is open and will close tomorrow, Thursday 12/20, at 5 am. Deliveries will be Friday or Saturday, depending on your pick up site. We continue to have storage crops available, pastured chicken, apple orchard pork and a limited supply of eggs available.
Speaking of eggs, we are trying our best to get eggs to people on a first come, first serve basis. Unfortunately, the cooler temperatures and shorter days mean our chickens are laying fewer eggs and our eggs supply is limited. Some farmers will put a light in their chicken coop to keep their chickens laying eggs by making birds believe the days are longer. We do not do this, preferring to allow our chickens to stay in sync with Mother Nature. This means fewer eggs during the winter months, so fewer eggs this time of year for everyone's holiday baking needs.
The farm is in holiday mode! We are decorated. The wreath has been hung on the barn (Thanks Jason!) The Christmas tree is up, as are our other decorations and outside lights. Farmer Don is in cookie mode. Farmer Don's favorite snack is chocolate chip cookies and a milkshake. This time of year he gets out the stand mixer and makes cookies. As I mentioned previously he likes to use the recipe from Cook's Illustrated, but he also has a recipe for Chocolate Chip Kale cookies. The kale cookies are not nearly as complicated to make as the Cook's Illustrated ones and we get to pretend they are healthy because they have kale and oats in them. I think Farmer Don would prefer not to have kale or oats in his cookies, but I think I actually prefer the flavor of the kale cookies.
I don't even want to talk about the weather. It is winter, so it is cold and cloudy! Friday is the first day of winter, but the first day of winter is also the Winter Solstice. The Winter Solstice is also the shortest day of the year, with days getting gradually longer after Friday. Another interesting fact is that the full cold moon is on the 22nd this December, very close to Friday, the 21st. A full moon coinciding with the solstice is a rare event, so it is exciting to have a full moon so close to the shortest day. It may be hard to enjoy the full moon, as the skies are to be cloudy, but we will turn our eyes to the night sky nonetheless.
As I mentioned last week, we are busy making plans for next year. Please watch your email for some new and exciting changes coming your way.
And, as always, a huge thank you to each of you for your support of our farm. Without our farm friends and members, we would not be able to sustainable produce on the rocky hillside we call Dancing Hen Farm.
We at Dancing Hen Farm want to wish everyone a Festive and Happy Holiday Season. Take some time to enjoy the magic of this season and as always, don't forget to count your blessings.