Happy New Year! 2022 is here, and it promises to be another great season on the farm. We are very excited to get the chicks started and ready for a new season of eating. We are adding several new breeds to this years line up. We will be offering 3 different breeds of meat chickens, as well as, Cornish Game Hens. We are adding 2 new breeds of turkeys. Along with our Standard Bronze Turkey, we will be adding the Artisan Gold Turkey for Thanksgiving. As an early available Turkey, we will be raising the Broad Breasted White Turkey. In addition look for the Orlop Turkey, to be a mid season offering, as well as, a frozen holiday bird option. We intend to be regulars at the Roscoe Farmers Market on Sundays throughout the summer. We look forward to seeing you, whether at the farm or at the market.
We are making a few changes this year at the farm. In the past we , did allow visitors to tour the farm on Saturdays, even though we were closed for business. This year Saturdays, are reserved for the family, as such we will not be available to have tours that day. If arriving at the farm to visit the animals we ask that you please call in advance. We would like to ensure that we do not have too big of a crowd at the same time. If you intend to have a group tour, those can be scheduled by making reservations in advance. We love showing the animals, as well as the animals love the attention. We are attempting to create a safe experience for all.
The New Year is here, and we cannot wait to share our farm experience with our customers, friends and family. We are looking ahead to a very fun season. We will keep you posted as the season progresses and we get closer to having fresh poultry available to purchase. Thank you all again.
Do you have cabin fever yet? We do. We cannot wait to get our chicks started. In the meantime we are busily preparing our nursery to be ready to accept the new arrivals in march. We are building more tractors and trying new ideas for a more efficient watering system.
The Sheep and Goats seem to be enjoying the cold weather. They have been laying out in the snow catching the snow flakes on their tongues. They are growing tired of eating dry hay. We can see that they cannot wait for springtime, so that they can leave the pen and find fresh greens to eat. Fortunately, we have a lot of yard work to manicure the grounds. They have benefitted from all of the fresh pine browse created by the clippings.
Our hens have been safely cooped up during this extreme cold and snow. They do not seem eager to leave the safety and warmth of the coop. Unfortunately, we did loose two hens to a fox, before the coop was closed for the night, when the weather was better.
Please take notice of our Buy page. Our prices have changed from last year to meet the growing cost to raise the birds this year. We look forward to the spring, and being outside enjoying our farm with the animals, as well as our customers.
Leah had a little lamb. This cutie was born on March 3rd. We waited to make the update in the event we would see more. So far, nothing else. We are expecting approximately 10 more new lambs this year. We are very excited.
This month is extremely busy. This week we are expecting our first batch of egg laying chicks. These hens will eventually replace our oldest hens in the coop. We were expecting our first batch of white turkeys next week, but the hatchery reported that their turkeys didn't hatch. The next batch of white Turkey is expected to hatch in April. That throws off our plans, but I am sure we can adjust. The following weeks will include shipments of Freedom Ranger and Kosher King Chicks. This month also includes our first of 3 batches of ducks.
It has been a tough winter , but it sure seems like spring will be here early. New life on the farm always brings the anticipation of another fun season. We have not decided on our spring and summer hours yet, so please check the website often. We hope to see you soon.
Spring started, and we are in full production mode. We have received Freedom Ranger, Kosher King, Broad Breasted White Turkey Chicks, and Ducklings. Next Week we should be receiving Cornish Rock Chicks. The following week we will be receiving our pride and joy birds, the Standard Bronze Turkeys. They will be ready for Thanksgiving in approximately 36 weeks. The early chicks should be ready by memorial day weekend. Our first sales will be at the Rosco Farmer's Market. After that we can sell on the farm. We have not decided on the open hours yet as our personal schedules are changing. We will post the summer hours at a later update.
So far we have got 7 new lambs. What a joy it is to watch the young sheep playing around the yard. I am sure they cannot wait for visitors as well. They like to be pet and hand fed.
We are looking forward to seeing all of our customers and visitors again.
The Standard Bronze Turkeys are in. Order as soon as you can to reserve this special bird for Thanksgiving. Last year we sold out very early. New for this season is the Artisan Gold Turkey, which will also be available for this Thanksgiving. If you have ordered the Standard Bronze last year, without hesitation give the Artisan Gold a taste. Once you compare the two, you will be pleasantly surprised at the unique flavor qualities between the two types of birds.
This month is exciting and hectic. Most of our birds are currently on pasture, and getting ready for the market. So far, the Freedom Rangers and Kosher Kings seem to be on track for our first Roscoe Farmers Market, scheduled for the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend. We are also hoping to have our first batch of Cornish Game Hens available for that day also.
In total we have received 9 new lambs on the farm. Most of them have been weened already and are eating regular pasture and grains like the big sheep. We are interested in selling a few. They would make a great addition to any homestead. Most are bred from Shetland Sheep and will remain quite small. They are very mild mannered and easy to keep.
We look forward to seeing everyone again.
June is here. Our first Farmer’s Market in Roscoe was very successful. We were very happy to meet returning, as well as new customers. As this month progresses, we expect to have a variety of poultry available at the market and on the farm. This month we will be getting a second shipment of ducklings, that should be ready for market mid-summer. We are expecting our Cornish Rock Chickens, Kosher Kings, and Freedom Ranger Chickens to be ready for market this month. Ducks will also be available mid-June. Most of the birds will be available whole, and in parts. Special orders can be requested earlier and then picked up at the Farmer’s Market. This year we will have two types of Turkeys available for the Thanksgiving holiday. Our farm favorite, the Standard Bronze Turkey, and the Artisan Gold Turkey are slowly growing. They are developing that deep juicy, turkey flavor, and are guaranteed to be the highlight of your holiday meal. To make a specific order, please email, or call us with any questions or requests. Remember to place your order for your Thanksgiving Turkey early, as those birds always sell out. You can email us, as well as order directly from us at the Farmer’s Market.
The summer hours on the farm will be, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will be closed on Saturdays. Sundays we will be at the Farmer’s Market. We will be closed on Saturdays. In the past we did allow visitors to walk the Farm on Saturday, even though we did not conduct business. This year we will not have visitors on Saturdays.
Happy Independence Day! July is here and another wonderful holiday weekend is upon us. We are preparing to be fully stocked for the upcoming Farmer’s Market the first Sunday before the July 4th Holiday. Now is the best time to place an order for your Holiday B.B.Q. supplies. We cannot state enough of the grilling quality, texture, and flavor of the Freedom Ranger Chicken. That bird was almost certainly bred to be grilled on this holiday. We will also have Kosher King Chickens, and Cornish Rock Chickens, available whole or in parts.
Also, we will attempt the third annual 4th of July, running of the sheep and goats up and down Claryville Road. The event commemorates our first 4th of July with theses animals, when a bear knocked down the fence sending our animals running. Then the fireworks started further frightening the sheep and goats causing them to run up and down Claryville Road. Tourists and residents alike teamed up to try and recover the animals for us. It was quite the night.
New this week, August 18th we will now be attending the Monticello Farmers Market. The Monticello Market is located at 10 Jefferson St, across from the Government Center, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. This week Ducks will be available at all our markets. We look forward to seeing everyone at our new market as well as , our previous markets.