Greetings from Dancing Hen Farm!
Yes, we will be delivering for buying club this weekend. Ordering is now open and will close early Thursday morning. Deliveries will be Friday (12/7) and Saturday (12/8) depending on your pick up location. Look for a good supply of Dancing Hen Farm Apple Orchard pork, pastured chicken, eggs and storage crops (potatoes, beets, carrots, etc). We also have a very limited supply of salad greens and baby salad turnips. More information about our winter buying club can be found on our website (www.dancinghenfarm.com) or by contacting us at the farm.
The farm has most definitely made the transition into winter. The snow and very cold temperatures a few weeks brought an end to most of our crops. Even the plantings in our unheated greenhouse did not respond well to the cold temperatures. But, as a fellow farmer once told Farmer Don: "we aren't supposed to grow vegetables in the winter in Pennsylvania".
Speaking of snow -- the heavy wet snow several weeks ago, almost also brought an end to our chickens. During the storm one of our coops collapsed. Farmer Don was out at 2 am trying to rescue chickens and salvage the structure. This was our "summer" chicken house, so it really was never built to withstand snow. Generally we move all the chickens into a more sturdy coop for winter and the summer coop is partially dismantled prior to the first major snow. We are lucky to have not lost any chickens. Farmer Don was happy to report that most of the birds had already moved into the other coop by the time he realized there was a problem went to their rescue.
Farmer Don has been very busy in the kitchen lately. He has been pouring over past issues of Cooks Illustrated to make everything from the perfect turkey to the perfect chocolate chip cookie. And to think for years turkeys have been roasted at 325 until done and chocolate chip cookies were made following the recipe on the back of the bag! But, no, Farmer Don's turkey was brined and rested and even flipped during the roasting time! And his cookies involved browning the butter, rather than simply creaming it and as with the turkey there were several times when the cookie batter rested. But, I have to admit, the turkey was delicious, very juicy, tender and flavorful. And as the recipe promised, the cookies were tasty and have remained soft and chewy. So the next time I make cookies, will you find me browning butter and resting batter? No, you will probably find me smoothing the wrinkles out of the bag, so I can read the recipe better! But, I have no problem eating all the food which flows from the kitchen when Farmer Don wears the chef hat!
Ok, it is getting late, the dogs need a walk and I need to get ready for bed. I will bid you all good night!
May this holiday season find each of your safe, healthy and happy.
Thanks again to each of you for your continued support of our small family farm.