Turkeys Make Their Way to Market

This weekend was the annual turkey harvest and the fresh turkeys are now ready for pickup at the Market. If you forgot to order, we have a limited number of fresh birds for pickup starting today through Wednesday. It will be first-come-first-served! It was a great weekend of teamwork. Below are Willson and Tom Gates cleaning the birds in a very steamy cleaning room.

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And neighbor John Comp was on hand to peel and clean gizzards.

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He does quality work. Gravy lovers everywhere will be thanking him!

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It was a cold weekend – especially when you needed to fish the chilled birds out of the ice water! Brrrr.

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But Lindsay and Courtney did it with a smile.

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At the end of the two day effort, we were left with a pile of feathers and innards for composting and approximately 500 beautiful, heritage birds for the market. Plus a team of very tired farm hands and volunteers. A big thank you to everyone who helped out!

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Settling into Fall

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Photo courtesy of JK

There are so many things that seem to slow down immediately in the cooler weather. The animals nap a little more and seem to nestle and roost more frequently. Everything is less rushed – even breathing!

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Thank goodness for the dogs protecting our sheep and chickens as the coyotes are also getting ready for winter and looking to fatten up. They have been spotted all around our parcels of land and at St. Michaels.

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It’s also a time to repair fences, equipment, facilities and to start planning for the new year. Taking time, of course, to celebrate the holidays, and ask the tough questions: Do we, or do we not fry a turkey this year? ORDER YOUR TURKEY AT THE MARKET (609) 466-6500!

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It is one of the best times of year for vegetables because the plants react to the cold by producing sugars. The glucose and fructose produced guards against the cold and protects the plant from freezing during a frost.  The result? Sweet, crisp radishes, beets, brussels sprouts, carrots and more!

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Stews, roasts and hearty, warming soups are on the menu at the farm!

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Here Comes Trouble! And Thanksgiving Turkey Ordering…

We decided it would be a super idea to get another dog.  A herding dog this time – and a companion that could live in the house when not ‘at work’.  Oh, and we’ll get her as a puppy and train her ourselves to establish the proper bond, just like the puppy training book says. Best laid plans and all…

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So we got a brand new puppy border collie last Friday from George Lake of Thistle Creek Farms. Welcome Blue (short for Blueberry)!

And what usually happens in this situation is that you forget, and I mean completely forget, to realize what puppy-proofing your house means. I know you will understand the second you see the picture below what I’m talking about.

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There are no more shoes in the foyer, no exposed toes, no backpacks on the floor and certainly no socks, keys, small rugs, underwear, string, homework, ajar doors, ping pong balls, pencils or anything else of that nature within range when Blue is on the loose. And when she is loose, she is non-stop.

Frankly, the past 4 days have been a blur of chasing, being chased and taking things out of Blue’s mouth with razor-sharp puppy teeth.

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And we are all a little exhausted…but happy!

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In  other farm news, the turkeys are ranging about and we are taking orders for Thanksgiving turkeys, hams and all manner of sides and sweets for the feast of feasts!

Check out the THANKSGIVING MENU HERE.

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Fresh turkeys, sides (made in the market), cheese trays and anything else you need can be ordered for Nov 26 pickup.

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And don’t forget about the Bake Shop! We have a new pastry chef, Michael Finehirsh, who is making all your favorite pies, biscuits, rolls, cookies, quiches and more. Your family (and house guests!) will love you.

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To learn more, visit the market website at http://www.brickfarmmarket.com

 

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