Beef is coming and pork is on sale

After last month’s sale on beef was such a success, I decided we should do a sale this month on pork. So we are repeating our sale of 15% off all pork products (except bacon). We are well stocked on pork, with more being picked up tomorrow and even more the next few weeks so we should have everything you need to fill your freezer.

Our pork is like none you’ve ever had. No grain, no corn, no commercial feed ever. If you haven’t tried it, you simply are missing out. It is unlike any pork you’ve ever had, I promise.

Also I’m taking a cow this Friday to the processor so we’ll be restocked on all beef cuts in about a week. Plan on getting your steaks and hamburger while you are in.

We are open Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 2pm-6pm and Saturdays from 9am-5pm. And don’t forget, we give free tours on Saturdays. Just sign up for a tour online.

The beef sale is being continued through July. 15% off beef!

I did a quick sale last week on hamburger. 15% off all hamburger in the store. It was a last minute thing and I didn’t get it out as early as I should have. So to make amends, I’m going to expand the sale to all beef products (except premium steaks) and extend it to the end of July. So.

All beef in the store (except premium steaks) is on sale, 15% off from now till the end of July!

Don’t forget we have piglets here as well and tours are free on Saturdays. Book yours now. 

Flash sale, and we are closed July 4th

I’m dropping a flash sale on everyone for the rest of the day. Since the 4th of July means hamburgers, I’m making hamburger 15% off for the rest of the day. We are open till 5pm so swing by and stock up for your cookout next week.

Also, we will be closed on the 4th so that we can all celebrate with our families. I hope that you all have a wonderful 4th of July. 

Come save me from the crazy women

It has been steady this morning with customers, but not busy. With entire minutes between customers the girls have decided to entertain themselves.

Some sort of dress I guess
Some sort of dress I guess

Yes that is a bubble wrap outfit. We’ve already cut open a watermelon which just gave them sugar. And of course they made cookies today. But three different kinds that are for sale. Coconut, chocolate chip, and oatmeal raison.

We are fully stocked on goodies and the girls need some customers to keep them sane.

Plus Spork and I are pulling the plane outside to do some wing work so there is that to see shortly.

Lots of beef coming to the store, plus pork and chicken to boot

Sorry to tease you on the steaks
Steaks and burgers, ready for the fire.

Friday morning I’ll be heading to the processor to pick up not one, but TWO COWS worth of beef. Normally we get one cow per month, but with the fourth of July coming up, we elected to get two cows. That means we will have twice the ribeyes, twice the filets, and even twice the hamburger. So if you stop by Friday between 2-6pm, or Saturday 9am-5pm, whatever you want should be in stock.

I’m also going Thursday to pick up pork, chicken, and dairy, so we will be freshly stocked on other products as well. Stop by this weekend and pick up your goodies for the fourth of July. We’ll look forward to seeing you.

Open Barn Day was a success

Last year, we had the kind of success that you want to have, until you have it. Over 2000 people visited the farm! It was crazy, and too much!

The mantra for barn day this year was “keep it under control.” We did a small ad on Facebook, and I really didn’t talk about it on the blog at all. We didn’t approach any of the local media outlets nor advertise at Angie’s. Basically we kept it quiet hoping for a more relaxed and in control event.

Prior to opening, we had about 360 people on Facebook who said they were coming to our event. Traditionally, I heavily discount whatever Facebook says but since it was the only place we had any kind of a count going, it was our best guess.

At 10am, cars started arriving but unlike last time, it was never overwhelming. We had plenty of parking staff and plenty of capacity. In fact is was a little slow, but that was a good thing. This open barn day was exactly what we wanted, a nice steady flow of people and an opportunity for new people to find out about us. 

Our plan was the same as last time. Invite some of our partner farms, show off the farm with our normal tour conducted every 1/2 hour, and get a chance to visit with customers one on one as much as possible. We also added in $5 for parking, which was one of our control measures. Some people simply won’t pay for parking. Good, we didn’t want to get overwhelmed.

Jason and Ru handing out samples
Jason and Ru handing out samples

We also had samples again, once again manned by Jason and Ru who live here on the farm. This time it was our delicious pork BBQ.

Spork giving a tour
Spork giving a tour

Spork , The Princess, and I took turns giving tours. We averaged between 10 and 40 people per tour so the group sizes were such that everyone could hear. Much better sizes than last time.

Samples from KW Collards
Samples from KW Collards

We had our vendors here as well, setup under the shade trees in the front yard. People were able to sample their wares and purchase the product in the store or if it was something we didn’t currently carry, right there at the booth. It was great for us as well, as we could bring in some new products we hadn’t tried. 

It was also an opportunity to do a little business with our partner farms. I think I wrote a check to just about everyone present either for something they delivered as part of visiting or something that was already owed and we’d just settle up when they were here. It sure saved a lot of stamps, and more importantly, it was great to visit with our farmers and catch up.

I promise we’ll post a better picture, Jennifer.

I’m trying to get this post out this morning before everything kicks off. SWMBO will get me a better picture of our good friend Jennifer from Buck Naked Farm. Sorry your eyes are closed!

Jennifer, as always, did a fantastic job with her booth and with educating people about what she does.

Aaron from Buck Naked Farm doing a lathe demonstration
Aaron from Buck Naked Farm doing a lathe demonstration

A surprise last minute add was Aaron from Buck Naked Farm. He has been teaching himself lathe turning since last year. Jennifer asked if we’d mind if he brought his lathe and did a demonstration? Of course he can! The wood lathe is my favorite tool. I love doing lathe work and grew up doing it from a very early age. I was excited to see what Aaron was doing. He did not disappoint!

All in all we had an excellent day. The weather was forecast to get bad in the afternoon but all the storms missed us. We had benign weather and good turnout. We counted cars, and then estimated people based on the cars. We had about 180 people visit the farm for Open Barn Day 2018, a number we were happy with. It was actually a little slow, but we really tried to limit our numbers after last year. We undershot, and that was on purpose. Now we know that for 2019 we can put a little more effort into getting the word out and maybe have that 300-400 number that keeps us hopping but under control.

This event is just the warm up though. We have two mud race events scheduled for this fall, one in September, one in October. One is expecting about 350 people, and one is expecting about 2000!! However we will be prepared for these numbers this time. Plus we won’t have vendors here, just the event, so there is a bit less for us to manage. 

But for this event being in the books, we are all smiles.

Update to pet milk availability

The problem with getting info out as fast as possible is that it changes.

We will have milk till Friday of next week. Erin has agreed to do some extra milking to get through till then. We will still be limiting milk to one gallon per family from now till we run out.

Raw milk will be temporarily out of stock starting Saturday

No sugar coating today.

Raw milk, with NC required warnings
Raw milk, and all its warnings

We are going to be without raw milk for about 2-3 months starting this weekend. We had an unexpected personnel change, which has prompted some overall changes here on the farm. Our entire milking operation is moving to our leased farm and that is going to take a couple of months to happen and be back into any sort of production. Once we are back in production at the other farm, milk will arrive once per week, not the every day delivery that we receive now.

Milk will be on allocation until we run out. That means one gallon per family.

We are still working on the details of all this as it is a work in process but for now this is the plan. We will be stocking up on Simply Natural Dairy milk for our own family as well as our customers who still want to get good milk from a small farm. For those who have to have raw, please come back and see us once we get resettled in August/September.

Fall CSA is open (and almost full!)

This is my fault, not Jenn’s. She texted me the first of this week about her fall CSA. By the time I got to it today, she is down to five spots left. We had about 20 spots for the Spring CSA so things obviously went very well for Chickadee this year.

I’ve stopped in the store and spoken with customers picking up their CSA boxes. The people here have been very pleased with the quality of the produce they’ve received and I’ve heard nothing but good things.

To sign up for Chickadees fall CSA, follow the link for information.

As before, we don’t take a cut of the CSA business. We offer it as a convenience for our customers and as a way to help another small farmer  succeed.

I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t bring in another CSA as well so if you try to get in on this one and it is full, let me know and I’ll put you on the wait list.

We have all cuts of beef in stock

I just picked up our latest cow at the processor this week, just in time for the holiday weekend. We have steaks, roasts, hamburger, everything you need in the freezer.

We also have normal stock of pork, chicken, rabbit, etc.

Ribeye steaks, ready for sale
Ribeye steaks, ready for sale

We are open today from 2-6pm, and tomorrow from 9-5pm. We will be open on Monday from 2-6pm as well.