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blow-drying baby geese

Boy oh boy, it’s been quite the time out here. The lady ducks are laying like bonkers and I had all my spring baby birds arrive within two weeks of each other. Broiler Chicks, Turkeys, Ducklings and Goslings! I have had my hands full, to say the least. Meanwhile, you can find my Duck Eggs on special right now at several of the Co-ops in the Twin Cities area, including The Wedge, Mississippi Market’s 3 locations, River Market in Stillwater, and Linden Hills Co-op. 13047900_10153619113551448_6917617099106820175_oWhen the duck ladies lay eggs like crazy, I lower the price as a thank you and to share the richness of the bounty, so go buy em up! Duck Eggs are a magnificent pairing with many of the spring treats arriving in fields and forests- like stinging nettles, green garlic, asparagus, ramps, and wild mushrooms.13086818_10153626683126448_2741124613188181096_o

Never a dull day around here, this morning I was blow-drying my goslings. I let them out this morning even though rain was in the forecast, because they want to be out grazing and I figured they could handle a bit of rain even though they are still down-covered and don’t have their adult (waterproof) feathers in. The broilers and turkeys they share a brooder room with also rambunctiously ran out as soon as I opened up the door. I did my other chores and collected eggs, then it began sprinkling. As I walked to the house, arms laden with heavy buckets of duck eggs, I saw that the broilers were wisely heading back to the brooder, but the goslings and little turkeys were grazing voraciously down the path. Geese, even baby geese, just attack grass, it is quite the sight to see!

I came back outside when I could hear the rain had picked up twenty minutes later. And I am sure glad I did. The goslings were over by the brooder door, but instead of going IN, they were standing out there, in the rain, looking up, soaking wet and making the most pathetic calls. Geese are in my experience very smart, so why didn’t they go back in then? The broilers all had, and most of the turkeys too. So in the pouring freezing rain, I used my arms to guide them in, all 55 of them. They were chilled and wet and a few were almost comatose and barely able to walk. This was not good, hypothermia was a real and sudden threat, so I grabbed the hair dryer and a wool blanket and began to focus the hot air on the most stiff and smallest goslings. If I had been thinking ahead, I would have actually gotten a bucket of almost hot water to submerge their bodies in, this warms up the core of a little animal much more quickly. Of course then they would have been extremely soaking wet, and I didn’t want to stop the process I had begun. The ones who were less wet I grouped in a corner so they could warm each other with their thermal mass, and along with the dry broiler chicks (who make a lot of body heat!) they all rebounded quickly. There were two goslings who were in really bad shape, and I wrapped them in the blanket and kept moving their legs and rubbing under their tummies to encourage circulation as I blow dried them. An hour later, those two were calling to me, back to normal. The other goslings had been enjoying chewing on my boots and leggings as I had sat coddling the two tenderest ones the whole time!

I share stories and pictures from my farming life to show my wholehearted love and dedication to my animals. They are my life! I hope my plan works and I can be one of your farmers, whether it is you purchasing my Duck Eggs at your local co-op, or signing up for some of my Meat CSA shares ( I have Pastured Broiler, Turkey and Goose shares available still.) Just let me know if you’d like the reservation form, shoot me an email farmerkhaiti (at) gmail.com     THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!12931134_10153594946816448_5251871588328481168_n 12496165_10153555311566448_1880718720836337452_o12961367_10153604005811448_7237508116951345717_o

The following photo was taken at Mississippi Market, I cannot guarantee this is the price at any other co-op!12998375_10153623328516448_7123741808120456452_o

Pastured Meat CSA Shares!!!

PLEASE CONTACT ME ABOUT AVAILABILITY PRIOR TO SIGNING UP AS OF JUNE 2016

LTD Farm 2016 Pastured Meat CSA Offerings!

Thank you for your interest in my delicious and sustainably-raised Pastured Meats! It is my pleasure and honor to grow amazing food for you and yours, with love and compassion in my heart each day as I tend to these wonderful animals. I’ve made a few changes this year, asking for a bit more up-front to help fund my farm when I need the cash flow. Spring is when the majority of the expenses come for me, so your payments are essential for me to offer these products.

Take a look at what I will be raising and the various times of the season they are available, and let me know if you have any questions. Also, if you have financial hardships that prevent you from thinking about signing up, please let me know. I am a real person who understands times can get tight, boy howdy, do I! Thank you so very much for allowing me to be your farmer!

-Khaiti, farmer and owner of LTD Farm

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ANY questions, please email me @ farmerkhaiti (at) gmail.com

 

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Thanksgiving Birds and Summer Turkeys

Do you think of turkey meat as boring, dry and bland? Well, then you simply MUST try one of my beautiful birds! My turkeys are ridiculously delicious because they all live the good life here on my farm. My turkeys are raised on pasture, where they get exercise, sun and plenty of succulent forage. They love to eat their greens and explore far and wide around the farm.

Returning again are Summer Turkeys, available fresh on the farm on 8/20 for grilling on the BBQ or cooking up an early “Thanksgiving” -why not!? It is the most delicious meal of the year! They are $4.50/lb and require a $50 deposit, which is deducted from the total price of your bird. I have a fun Farm Day planned on August 20th, so plan to bring a picnic and enjoy a day in the country on my farm!

Please note, for Thanksgiving birds, because the weather is so variable in late November it can make harvesting days difficult for me, so if you want a fresh-NEVER-frozen turkey for your Holiday meal, I will offer a limited number the Sunday/Monday before Thanksgiving at $6/lb. Otherwise freshly-frozen Thanksgiving turkeys are $4.50/lb. Turkeys average 16 lbs. Please circle which date options you’d like to come get your beautiful bird(s).

Summer Turkey $4.50/lb ______x $50 deposit each =_______ (pickup date is 8/20)

Thanksgiving Turkey (frozen) $4.50/lb_____x $50 deposit each = ______(pickup10/22 or 11/20)

Thanksgiving Turkey FRESH $6/lb _____x $50 deposit each =_______(pickup is 11/20 or 11/21)

Any special notes:

 

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I am on a mission to bring goose to your dinner table! Goose is one of the most unknown meats for most of us, which is a cryin’ shame, it has a texture and taste like rich beefy poultry. Absolutely ridiculous! Geese are also known for their amazing and healthy fat, which they put on as they finish on pasture. Golden, glorious goose fat renders as you roast your goose and then you can jar it up for roasting potatoes later. YUMM. Geese are a delight to raise and they are incredible grazers. The only downside is that they take a lot of work to process, so the price reflects that, as well as their certified organic feed. Each goose will be around 10-12lbs dressed, and I will have them available fresh on September 24, and frozen after that. They are $8/lb, with a $50 deposit required to reserve. The balance will be due based on the actual weight. I harvest my geese here on the farm myself, so on-farm pickup is required. As with the Broilers and Turkeys, I will have a fun Farm Day planned when you come out!

100% Organically-fed Pastured Goose ____x $50 deposit each = _________

Circle one please- fresh on 9/24, or frozen on 10/22 or 11/20

 

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Total Payments enclosed/any notes:_____________________________________________________

If you have any questions, please email me at farmerkhaiti@gmail.com or call 715.417.0070 (email works best though, my phone reception out here in the rolling hills is not so great)

Please mail payment and form to: LTD Farm 454 4 ½ Ave Clayton, WI 54004

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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Permaculture Consultation Time!

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You want to kick start your backyard and grow fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, eggs, and meat! You want your landscape to be a beautiful, abundant, and resilient sanctuary!

We can help with that – From October 10 to November 10 we are offering a discounted Permaculture Consultation rate of $45 for a one hour on-site in depth consultation. Andrew is a certified permaculture designer who has been designing landscapes since 2007. A Permaculture Consultation will help you bring together all those great ideas you have into one plan of action. If you read our blog, you know what we do and how we do it- we can help you bring your vision of your landscape to life! Now is the best time to start Living the Dream!

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Urban to Suburban to Rural, offer limited to the Metro area.
Email us now  at
farmers@ltdfarm.com to schedule a Consultation!

For more information check out this page: Permaculture Design & Consultation

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holiday birds- it’s RSVP time!

The famous LTD Farm Thanksgiving Turkeys and soon to be famous Holiday Geese are here and growing up! We’re preparing for Thanksgiving by raising our organic and pastured birds for you.

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I don’t think there is any farm that loves raising turkeys as much as we do! They are noble and dear birds who thrive on pasture, and feed us such bountiful nourishment. You can have an extra amazing Thanksgiving Dinner with one of our special turkeys, a delicious centerpiece that has a beautiful story behind it. If you’ve never tried a fresh, organic & pastured turkey before- you, the family and friends are in for a real Thanksgiving treat!

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Our turkeys are fed 100% organic feed, as well as an “all you can eat salad bar” pasture. We raise them much longer than is typical, so they develop extra incredibly delicious flavor and grow into plump beasts. The weekend before Thanksgiving, we harvest them by hand, with respect and care, and then our customers come to pick up their fresh turkey and have a farm visit!  It’s become a yearly tradition, which is very special to us and our customers. Come join us, we take turkey reservations with your deposit. Just email us for the sign up form. Last year we sold out early-These turkeys are really that much better! They are $3.50/lb average weight 20 lbs. We will also have a VERY limited number of organically fed and pastured heritage breed turkeys available as well for $8/lb,  average weight 10-16lbs.P1050407

Holiday Goose

P1070805Our 20 goslings are growing by leaps and bounds, and we just adore their personalities! They are all outdoors now, being moved inside playpens to fresh grass several times a day. Soon they will be living with the young turkeys out in the big pasture in our hayfield, surrounded by electronet, keeping an eye on things and grazing their hearts out. While geese really prefer to fill up on grass, they are also given a 100% organic grain feed. Let us know if you want to reserve a plump, pastured & organically fed young Holiday goose- we are probably the only farm where you can find this unique combination of goodness! They will be harvested by hand on the farm by us, with gentleness and gratitude. $8/lb, average weigh 10 lbs

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Happy Pigs & the Silent Auction

P1070233Awww Summer is here! Finally!!! The garden is growing very well and the bounty coming out of it is starting to get seriously huge. It feels great to pack our CSA boxes with copious amounts of spring greens, herbs, baby lettuce, radishes, wild greens braising mix, kale, chard….even if it’s all a month behind schedule, it’s looking good and tasting even better. We’re looking forward to the next flushes of summer goodness – the sugar snap peas, sweet peppers, zucchinis, cucumbers, tomatoes, tomatillos, eggplants, green beans, cabbage, broccoli, jalapenos, carrots, beets, garlic scapes, garlic bulbs, apples (it’s been a great year for our apple trees! lots of baby fruits are plumping on all our trees-fingers crossed for a successfully maturity period.)

P1070235We have have exciting news- we’ve added three pigs to the farm this year- They are a lovely trio who are part Duroc, a breed reknowed for deep red pork with exceptional flavor and texture. Chopper, Tulip and Lecker are living the dream, like all pigs should! Here’s a little video from when we just brought them home:

They love the grasses and shrubs in their expansive pasture, love to dig into the earth and eat grubs and roots. We also feed them an 100% organic grain ration, as well as cull vegetables from the garden and DUCK EGGS, which they love the best. They have the shade of our 1 acre spruce forest when the sun finally starts to shine.

We believe this is the best organic pastured pork you will ever taste. The silent auction we’re holding for this amazing pork closes on 7/15/13. Bid by emailing us, you can submit a bid for a half or whole. A half will be between 80-100 lbs – including bacon, chops, roasts, ham, lard, YUM! Check out the “better pork” prices in the store, and know this pork will be even better because of their diverse and all organic diet, the space, freedom, exercise and TLC they’ll be getting. If we accept your bid you will put down 50% of your bid and the remaining 50% will be due when you receive your pork in December/January.P1070241