Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What are we talking about!

I decided to put together a word cloud, as a visual representation of what we are talking about on the blog. I think they are clever tools, and in my day job, I spend a lot of time making data tell stories, so that action can be taken based on that data. Looking at lines on  a spreadsheet doesn't always mean much. But making information more visual can be pretty fun.

So these are the words we are talking about....

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Processing August 26

We are processing our chickens on August 26. This will mostly be meat chickens, and likely a few stew birds and we may try to get a couple of ducks as well.  If you want fresh chicken, come on over!   If you have a few birds of your own to process, this is a great day to bring them by, give us a call and let us know!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

We try very hard to reduce our impact on the environment. We try not to eat food out of boxes (aside from the chemicals and junk in it) we don't have to throw out a box! (Larry's a pretty good cook, too!).  We compost our food scraps, or feed them to the chickens (or the chickens raid the compost bins!). We feed our dogs some of the extra meat bits that we don't eat, like hearts and livers and bones.  That's the reduce part, I guess.

We also reuse egg cartons, and we hope our customers don't mind that our eggs come in clean, but reused containers. Most of our customers bring us egg cartons, and many non-customers bring us their egg cartons. I keep an eye on them for sturdiness and cleanliness, and when they aren't fit for use, we recycle them, or use them for fire starters in our fireplace in winter. It's another nice way to reduce our impact on the environment and keep the cost of our eggs down (egg cartons are not cheap!).

There's another re-usable product that no one does ever bring back to us. These last a lot longer than an egg carton, and if they get damaged, are also recyclable.  Jars from our canned products! These, too, are not cheap, though I do seek them out in thrift shops to reuse, instead of buying new.  But I'd love it if customers brought them back to me. So we are offering to give back $0.25 per pint jar, and $0.50 per quart jar that anyone brings back, with a purchase.  I am hoping this encourages folks to bring us jars back. I know to buy them new, they cost much more than that, but I can often find them at thrift stores and garage sales. I do, however, use them up faster than I buy them. It also upsets me to think that when I sell a canned item, that the jar ends up in a recycling bin - when it's perfectly good to use again!  Empty jars make me think of creative ways to fill them, so I'd love for those (and the metal rings) to come back to me to be filled up with yumminess again!  Think about it!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

For the Love of Ice Cream

I love ice cream. It's scary to watch me order at Coldstone.  But what I like even better is fresh ice cream, home made, no preservatives or fake flavors.  I learned to make my own. And I love it!

We have lots of flavors, and I really mean it when I ask you what you want. I'll make it.  This week, I made Basil Ice Cream, at the request of a customer. Of course, it's made from basil from our garden.

I've also made a few flavors with goat's milk, perfect for anyone that is lactose intolerant. One is vanilla, the other is made with wildflower honey from a local vendor.

We also have fresh Peach, Mint Chocolate Chip and Strawberry. I'll be making some more mint from the mint in our garden, soon. I am trying to let my mint plant go crazy, to ensure it comes back next year, but I think I can spare some for some more ice cream.

So what's your favorite flavor? What can I make for you?