Yes, this blog is going to be about new items we are or will be offering. It is total marketing, so if you hate commercials feel free not to read this one.
We are excited that things have become routine enough on the farm that we can start making changes. We have been able to streamline our processing, packing area and our feeding and watering routines. Now we are looking at what else we can offer our customers, so you have more variety from which to choose.
Some of you may know that we have added Organic Chicken Sausage to our list of products we sell at the farmers’ markets. We have four flavors:
Sage & Garlic Maple Sweet Italian Hot Italian
We are planning on having samples of these sausages for you at the Ballard Farmers Market this Sunday (Jan 17th).
Even more exciting news is that we have gotten permission from the health department to bring our chicken fresh to 2 of the markets: U District on Saturday and Ballard on Sunday. If all goes well, we will have some fresh chicken at both those markets this weekend, as well.
But that’s not all! We have ducklings! They are 2 weeks old, and by our calculations, they will be ready for harvest around the beginning of March. Keep in mind though that this is the first time we have raised these kind of ducks – Peking. Our current idea is to have duck available once a month.
Of course, we still bring beef when we have it, but we are really looking forward to pork! Jerry is meticulously reviewing every add in Craig’s List and The Capital Press to find the perfect pigs from farmers who care for them as we would. We prefer organic, but at minimum they must be allowed on the earth with natural surroundings. Once we get them, they will receive only organic feed and have a good amount of wooded area in which to root around. We are looking into a couple of different breeds, but availability and conformation of the individual pig will be the deciding factors.
Oh ya, rabbits! Jerry is still determined to make rabbits happen this year as well. Notice, I said year. Given all the changes we are making, it is difficult to determine when this will happen, but know that we are still planning on going forward with this project. I even heard Jerry talking about rabbit pens the other day, so I know it is getting closer!
To sum up: we still have chicken, beef, and eggs, and we have added chicken sausage, and fresh chicken. We are still planning on adding duck, pork and rabbit this year. How exciting this year is becoming here on our small farm! Can’t even imagine what next year will be like!