Farmers Market Season

The Twin Falls Farmers Market begins in two weeks  on May 9th. We will be there with seasonally available items. Check this page as we will post products that we will have available each week. If you are going to be late, you can pre order by emailing us by Friday at 5.

We are also offering a CSA beginning at the end of May that will bring you a selection of our seasonal produce each week for 18 weeks. The cost is $300.

We still have a few pre order broilers available. These will be 3 pound broiler chickens.

We are also taking pre orders for late summer and fall Bucher pigs. Sorry, we are out of spring pigs.

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Summer CSA

CSA

It is time to sign up for this summers CSA. We will only be offering the half bushel size this year for $300. Through our feedback, we have listened and found that a full bushel of produce is just too much. The CSA will start delivering the first week of June and run for 18 weeks. If you are looking for something special in your basket this year, be sure to let us know. We can also send you a list of veggies that we are planting this year.

Broilers and Eggs

It is also time to sign up for broiler chickens and eggs for the summer. Broiler chickens will be $3.75 per pound and eggs are $4 per dozen if pre-ordered. These prices are discounted for pre-ordered items.

Preparing for a New Year

It has been a mild winter so far. Ink farrowed just before Christmas with 60 degree daytime temperatures, but hold on. Our high today was 28 and tomorrow 18. We have been working on fencing and a few small winter projects.  The hens are holding their own and next year is on our minds. New chicks, farrowing, planting, and planning. As we make plans budgeting is a major focus. We are always looking make improvements and they always cost. To improve soil we are planning some major cover crops that can be lightly grazed and left to regenerate and build soil. The long term benifit should be amazing. We also have to budget our seed, packaging, and production expenses.

We wish you all a happy and prosperous new year.

Pig Harvesters

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It has been unusually warm this Thanksgiving week. We were in the 20s for highs and this week in the 60s. I was doing some work in the nice weather and had a gate open. A few of the grower pigs took advantage and went to see what was left in the garden. I noticed that they were eating corn, chard and grass among other things.

We are looking at colder temperatures next week, so it is time to make sure that farrowing facilities are ready before everything freezes down again.

Fall 2014

We have finally frosted about a month later than normal. The tomato plants are now dead. They died from old age and not frost. There were no green tomatoes left to ripen due to the long fall. I have never seen this before.

We have had a nice fall thus far with mild weather. Our garlic came up strong and the pasture has been wonderful for the chickens and pigs. We are putting everything to bed for winter including our farm and garden tools and preparing for spring time planning. Now is the time we plan for chicks, farrowing pigs, and ordering seed for next year. Planning is a very important part of our farm success.

Mid Summer 2014

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It is defininately mid summer. All of the gilts and Inks have farrowed. The litters were smaller than in the past, but gilts will do that. Inks only had nine instead of her usual 12. The garden is in full production now, with tomatoes, zucchinin, yellow crookneck, chard, kale, and so much more. I look at green beans for next week. I have to mention that we have a bumper crop of weeds on the new place as well. These are fed to the pigs as they are pulled. The small reds in the field 1 and 2 are looking better after being over watered the first time. I have learned a lot about this new farm and is has not been a cheap education.

Pasture Farrowing

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This is an early morning picture of a gilt (Cupcake) that started farrowing at 10:00 pm. This was our first time farrowing out in the field without a shed or pen. Now I had a shed all ready to go, but I could not get this gilt to it when I needed to. She had built her nest and that was that in her mind. I placed straw near her nest for her to use later. I stayed up until 2:00 am watching her and was amazed at her mothering instinct. She farrowed on Tuesday night/Wednesday Morning. This is a picture of her and her little ones on Wednesday.

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On Thursday morning we discovered that Starr had also farrowed on her own. She did fine with no supervision and farrowed a week before I though she was suppose to. These girls have very good mothering instincts as they are very careful not to lay on their babies. A week later none of the piglets have been smashed by ma.  

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