Feb 162013


brown eggsDid you know a hen’s natural cycle of egg laying is related to the number of hours of daylight? As the days become longer, the hens lay more eggs. 🙂 Our hens and pullets (young hens) are giving us more eggs every day and we have a few dozen to put in the cooler each day now. If you plan to come out and would like us to hold some for you let us know!

Not all “farm” eggs are alike. We’ve had several customers comment on the flavor of our eggs being better than some other farm eggs they’ve purchased. While we always think any egg purchased from a small farmer is better than a commercial egg, the difference in our eggs is in the hen’s housing. We move our hen’s house regularly – even in the wintertime – to give the hens a fresh paddock. If hens stay in the same spot all the time they will eat all the vegetation and all that is left is bare dirt. When the hens are moved, the grass is allowed to continue growing and the hens have fresh vegetation and insects in their diet which allows them to have eggs with a fuller flavor and theoretically these eggs are also healthier than any alternative egg.

When purchasing farm eggs you will notice that they often are not uniform in size, shape and color. This is because you are getting the eggs the hens lay as they lay them – not the perfectly sorted and culled eggs that you’ll get from  commercial factory farm. Farm eggs may also occasionally be imperfect on the inside as well. The Prairie Homestead has posted an excellent article on farm eggs explaining why you may sometimes find spots in farm fresh eggs. You may also enjoy reading the other articles there on farm eggs.

Enjoy the beautiful weather – spring is on the way! 🙂

Feb 072013

It has been quite an extended period of time since I last wrote a full update and will do my best to summarize, condense and compress the diverse experiences and events that have taken place in the past year. Looking back I believe the last time I really wrote a farm update was prior to my leaving for my internship at Growing Power in April 2012.

Lord willing I will do better at keeping everyone informed of all the changes and happenings here around the farm throughout this coming growing season!

Mom and I left the farm a few days before my Growing Power internship was due to begin so we could swing by my Great Aunt and Uncles house in Minnesota for a couple days. While there Mom was also able to spend some time with a high school friend she hadn’t seen in many years. Traveling on to Wisconsin we arrived at the apartment I would be spending the next three months in. Mom was able to meet one of my fellow interns “Josh C.” while she was there. A small side note is that while I was there at least four guys named Josh were working at the Milwaukee Growing Power facility! After dropping me off Mom stayed in a hotel overnight before making the long journey back home the following day.

oyster mushrooms

Joshua C.with some Pink Oyster mushrooms!

Life at Growing Power started off at a good pace with my first day to work being the day after I arrived. Josh C. was very kind and taught me most of the ropes of how chores needed to be done and how to get around the farm which seemed like a maze for a week or two! Each farmer has their own unique way of caring for their farm so you have to learn what methods need to be used at the farm you’re working on…makes for a lot of adjusting and cram learning on the fly! Continue reading »