Monthly archives "March 2015"

Pastured Pork Pack! Straight to your door!

(UPDATE at the end of 2015- I no longer raise pork on the farm for sale. Please get in touch with Whetstone Farm for all organically fed pork from pigs raised on pasture!)

It is a beautiful and sunny day here on the farm. Our ducks are happy and laying their wonderful eggs in the hay-filled duck barn. Meanwhile our older pigs are getting to that age where they are ready to be turned into the most delicious pork products ever! We have decided to offer for a limited time our incredible Pork Package, where for just $200 you receive 20 pounds of assorted cuts of the best pork you have ever tasted, such as bacon, chops, ham, and roasts! Not only that but we will deliver right to your door (within the Twin Cities metro area)! This is a great way to sample our pork products and become addicted to the incredible flavor of pastured pork raised on organic grains and a lot of love!

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Try the Best Pastured Pork on the Planet! Send in your payment along with this form: http://ltdfarm.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/2015-CSAform-new-1.pdf

Cross out Pig Share and write in Pig Package and we will email you a confirmation when we receive your payment – then we will be delivering the Pork Packages the last half of the month in April on a Sunday or Monday!

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DUCK EGGS are back in season!

Hooray! The lady ducks of LTD Farm have declared the end of their winter vacation and have begun laying their delectable eggs for 2015. They are out on pasture during the day, currently foraging through last years’ garden space, helping us prep the garden by eating all the leftover plant materials, as well as leaving lovely fertility deposits at the same time. You can barely see them, but there they are!10986658_10152638751462751_4355233579003939913_n 11081499_10152632544142751_2299372496179372246_n

Their happy quacking rings through the valley, and when we come around the bend after taking a walk down the road, it is hilarious to hear all their sassy quacking sounding like rolling laughter! We’ll begin deliveries to a few of the Twin City co-ops tomorrow (Seward, Wedge and Lakewinds Richfield), and then will deliver eggs to the rest of the co-ops the following week. We’re also excited to announce our Duck Eggs will be on the menu at Le Town Talk Diner in Minneapolis very soon!  We thank you for enjoying our duck eggs, and also for supporting our farm and the good work we do here.

Following our Hearts

Last fall we had a group of our ducks reach the end of their 3rd laying season, and we’d planned to cull them as is the usual practice with egg laying poultry. But we just couldn’t do it. While 4 year old ducks aren’t going to be laying many eggs, we feel that our ducks give us such a bounty through their lives, and all they ask is to be well kept; content and happy. So, as of last fall, we’ve officially become a NO-KILL Egg Farm, which is practically unheard of. Most commercial egg producers cull their layers at the end of their first or second year. Even keeping our lady ducks into their 3rd season was pretty crazy, but we have the numbers to prove it makes sense for us, as well as having the emotional burden off our shoulders of culling birds who have given us so much, just because they won’t be laying as many eggs as they get older. Older birds also help teach the younger ones the ropes, and unlike chickens, ducks don’t have a pecking order. They are very sociable and group minded, more like a school of fish or a swarm of bees.

While we do raise animals for meat, there is a differentiation with our ducks. It may not make sense to have this line drawn, but it feels right for us, so we will follow our hearts. We really love our ducks and thank them everyday for all the goodness they bring to this part of the world. Enjoy your duck eggs!

 

March thaw

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March is here and everything is thawing out like crazy! The pigs are really happy to be able to get their snouts into the earth and grub around for any treats left after the frozen winter.  They are growing steadily and soon they will be out on pasture helping us regenerate our landscape while transforming into incredibly delicious pork. Meanwhile they are snarfing down our own organic hay with much appetite. It’s an exiting time of rebirth and growth – We’re gearing up for our next season of raising the best possible pastured ethical meat that we can, and we need your support! Sign up for any of our CSA offerings and you will partake of the best possible meats in the land this year! Go here for more information: LTD Farm CSA!

 

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Our lady ducks are gearing up to start laying as the warmer days and nights visit us regularly – the sun warms our hearts and bodies and we all feel more productive and ready for action. They are loving the ephemeral streams that meander all through the property as the whole world warms and snow disappears down gullies. Sap is flowing in the maples and birches and birds are flitting about searching for snacks after the long lean winter months. Seedlings are growing indoors under lights and we’re getting excited about rich green nettles popping out of the soil!

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