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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

Thanksgiving Gobble Gobble & Honk Honk!

tumblr_inline_mq5ms8uQ8R1qz4rgpThanksgiving is coming up, the snow is flying already. We’re wrapping up the fall garden and delivering very delicious CSA boxes full of the bounty. DSC01164It’s been a whirlwind of a season, and now we prepare for the final harvest days of the year. We are taking reservations for our Turkeys and Geese, both all organically fed and raised on pasture. Let us know ASAP if you’d like to reserve one or both. The turkeys will be 12-15 lbs and the geese around 10 lbs. We harvest them ourselves, on the farm they know and are comfortable on, and they will be available for pickup the weekend before Thanksgiving. Present a masterpiece of a bird for your holiday dinner, one you can tell the story of! tumblr_inline_mq5m345pwe1qz4rgpNot many birds served for the Holiday Dinner grew up living a life on pasture in the sun and grass, and you will not find an organic holiday goose anywhere! P1070646

We pastured birds out in our hayfield this year. It had it’s pluses and it’s minuses. They had tons of room, and fresh pasture each week, but we had issues with them being so far from our farm-base. We literally ended up camping out there with them each night for 3 months straight to ward off nighttime predators. What farmers do that?! We do!P1080607Now that the cold has really come, we’ve moved the turkeys into the hoophouse to help clear out the summer’s plant growth in there, and for them to focus on fattening up. On pasture, the turkeys were constantly running around so much they weren’t gaining much weight! Our young geese are now full grown and are living on a portion of our garden, honking across the valley and flapping their wings wildly all day long, adding fertility with the help of our morsel seeking and dirt scratching flock of heritage roosters. We believe it is very important to enrich and expand the bio-diversity of our soil, while letting our birds live happy and natural lives outdoors, doing what they love to do best.1375877_10151729814946448_1258595371_nP1070649

Soon we’ll be opening up our 2014 Season CSA for memberships. We’ve gotten SO MUCH GOOD FEEDBACK on our share boxes, it’s just wonderful to know our members are so happy with what they receive from our farm. We make our CSA boxes full and beautiful, as they reflect our farm and our attitudes about life. Our specialty is a “Once-A-Month Box” featuring our Duck Eggs, all kinds of seasonal chemical free produce, apples, wildcrafted bouquets, fresh herbs, and handmade goatmilk soaps. Details will be posted soon!

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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