Turkeys on Pasture!

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This time of year is very exciting on the farm. The turkeys, finally big enough to forage on their own and fend off a possible fox, are let out onto pasture. They are always tentative at first…

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But then they get into the spirit of the thing.

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By they end of the first week, there will be turkeys everywhere: all over fences and gates, in yards and among the tall weeds. But most notoriously, they will be on farm equipment. And making a mess. We still haven’t figured out a solution to keep them off!

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But we are happy to have them on pasture, picking through grasses and bugs and enhancing flavor.

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As was true last year, our turkeys come from the turkey breeder, Frank Reese, Jr. of Good Shepherd Turkey Ranch in Kansas. Yes, Jon drove once again in the sprinter van to collect the turkey poults back in May – in what can only be described as a one-of-a-kind road trip experience.

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Frank raises all heritage breeds in way that we have found to be superior. The birds are larger and healthier than any we have found and they are great foragers – taking to the grass like a fish to water.  Jon even spotted a wild turkey in with our birds yesterday!

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Event though Thanksgiving is little less than 3 months away, you can call the Brick Farm Market at 609-466-6500 and place your order with the butcher shop at any time!

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In the meantime, these guys are out every day (and in the barn at night) enjoying the pastures and fattening up.

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New Rams on the Farm…New ‘Animals’ in Town

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We just took delivery of two Suffolk rams who will help shoulder the ‘burden’ of our other 2 Katahdin rams. It’s hard work, but it has to be done!

They seemed to take to the fields and the grass very well and are luxuriating under the water wagon at present.

Another ‘animal’ appearance in town are the oxen of the Hopewell Valley Stampede, courtesy of the Hopewell Valley Arts Council. Each are done by different artists with a unique interpretation. For more information, and to see the other 68 oxen in the stampede, check out the Hopewell Valley Arts Council website:http://www.hvstampede.org/.

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Above is our ox at the Brick Farm Market, ‘Agricolox’, painted by our market neighbor, Nancy Stark.

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She has depicted some amazing details of wildlife (flora and fauna) in New Jersey…

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Look for oxen all over the Hopewell Valley at businesses, in hospitals, in front of libraries, on sidewalks, in fields, etc etc etc…

 

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Hazy Humid Days

The animals are in various locations looking to stay cool. At least fall is right around the corner, which means sweet grasses and dry, temperate days ahead.

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Kasey is in and out of the shade under the chicken wagon…

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And the lambs roam among the trees.

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The pigs are happy as can be in the woods, with wallows all over – like so many hot springs.

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In the meantime, the veggies crisp up to perfection:

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