With the warmth, then cold, then snow, our land had developed a crust of snow which makes it possible to float above the 2 feet or so out there. Finally we were able to trudge out further than the hoophouse, and observe the beauty of this land we call LTD Farm. “Living the Dream”….that’s what we are doing out here, and gearing up for, planning and doing, not just dreaming. Andrew and I have spent hours pouring over our lists of what seeds we have, when to plant each one, whether to direct seed it in the soil, or when we start it in the grow room.
March will be a crazy month, and April even more so. We have to prepare our garden space from raw land, covered with 20 years of unadulterated natural growth- brambles, young aspens, weeds of all kinds. This alone is rather daunting, as we sit huddled next to the woodstove. But we’ll do it, and we will have the vegetables, some started indoors months before, ready to stick in the fertile soil.
Today, wandering out onto our land, it is hard to describe the feeling of responsibilty and possibility. The sun was bright on my face, the wind subzero, the dogs following in my footsteps and racing around like it is May already. I had triple mittens on, so my hands were warm- this seems to be the best way to defeat cold- have warm hands, and a warm heart. Thank you to those who have signed up for a CSA share from our farm already! Your vote of confidence and support means the world to us as we begin the season ahead. Thank you!
Our summer Chicken Shares are sold out, and we are beginning to fill orders for the fall batch. It is with much gratitude we acknowledge all the customers who are taking part of harvesting the meat they eat, meat which had a beautiful life and peaceful end here at LTD.
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this is probably the most amazing event going on to kick off spring. We seriously have great folks around here!!
Last spring at the old LTD Farm location in osceola, I raised a handful of turkeys for summer eatin’. Even though many people eat sliced turkey breast on sandwiches year round, most don’t ever think of roasting a whole bird, except for Thanksgiving. We think you should!
oh summer turkeys!
Andrew and I love raising turkeys. They are calm, inquisitive, beautiful, majestic and entertaining. They thrive free-ranging on pasture, and are easy to make happy. Turkeys provide an incredible bounty of delicious, tender, lean meat, as well as amazingly tasty bones to make nutrient dense broth from. Summer turkeys are very lean, as they don’t pack on the fat like Thanksgiving birds, since they aren’t exposed to cool fall weather. These birds graze and forage during the height of the growing season….weeds, grass, vegetables, fruits, bugs are all part of their diet.
mini turkeys, called poults. Tiny as baby chicks when they hatch, but they reach 20 lbs in four months
So, we have our order of turkey poults coming next month, to be raised this spring and summer, and then harvested in July. Many are reserved already, but for the rest of the birds are available first come first serve. See our “Farm Products” info tab (above) for details.
come learn about the meat you eat when we harvest turkeys this July.
Winter is slowly giving way to spring. One step forward, two steps back. A few days ago the temperature was in the high 40s, and the snow began to melt and form icy trickles everywhere. The ducks were happy to snarfle in the water, while we slipped and slid over the newly unfrozen mud. We piled up a large mound of thoroughly manure-inundated bedding hay in the hoophouse and left it to compost, and it heated up very quickly. So much so that it was steaming hugely and we had to disperse it because it was emitting too much ammonia…perhaps we will have to try that again when the ducks and pigs aren’t living there 24 hours a day. Either that or move it outside.
The winter cold has taken over again and everything is frozen, only now the paths are pure ice and we take care not to fall and break our skulls as we do chores morning and night. The full moon last night cast a majestic glow over the white farmland, and this morning we enjoyed a delicious breakfast of hashbrowns and duck eggs fried in Roxy lard with toasted bagels and homemade butter.
Cabin fever is slightly dissipated as our farm business slowly wakes up from its winter hibernation. Seedlings are being planted in our grow room, and hand tools are being dusted off to begin their active life here on the farm. We have some work to do mapping out our first permaculture plantings, and chicken tractors are being assembled.We’re trying to find our taps so when the maple trees start to run we’ll be ready.
Here’s hoping for a mild and sunny March!