Now Taking Orders for Pastured Pork and Turkeys

We are now accepting orders for our pasture-raised pork and whole turkeys.  See order form HERE.  Orders are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Read on for details! Our Livestock I will be the first to admit that I am not a livestock farmer.  My background is in vegetable farming and my skills and expertise largely focus in that area.  However, I love having animals on the farm for a number of reasons.  First, we are not vegetarians, and I enjoy raising some of the meat that we eat--and exposing Cyrus to the process from start to finish. What we don't raise we barter for or purchase from people we know: Highland Springs Farm , for instance, raises Scottish Highland Beef on the land where Blue Moon started, across the township on Lalor Road!  More info coming to on-farm CSA members about a pop-up market stand at our CSA pick-up so you can check out their products, purchase cuts, or order in bulk for the winter. On our farm, we raise pigs and turkeys for reasons other than eating them though :).  Each year the animals graze a different part of the farm, moving in rotation with our vegetable crops.  What they are grazing is a "cover crop" that we've planted as we rest the soil from vegetable production, and as the animals graze they leave behind rich fertilizer for the soil and future crops.  The turkeys eat insects and larvae, and the pigs root for grubs, pulling perennial weed rhizomes from the soil (added bonus!).  The pigs also receive a healthy helping of organic vegetable waste each day as well--they are tasty recyclers of farm nutrients! Finally, we raise animals because I'm not the only one who enjoys their company--we know the many CSA members who visit the farm each week like saying hello and connecting with them as well! Our Turkeys We raise a breed called the American Bronze.  They are beautiful, graceful birds with sweet sounds and gentle manners.   The turkeys arrive on the farm as day-old chicks in late May and are processed at a small facility in Beloit in early November.  The whole, frozen turkeys range in size from 12-20 pounds. 20160910_162942 Our Pork Each year we raise just 5 pigs on pasture.  They arrived as 8-week-old "feeder pigs" and will spend about 6 months on our pasture.   They are a mixed breed, very docile and easy-going.  While they are offered a ration of organic grain along with their pasture, they quickly learn that the good stuff comes from the blue pack shed tubs--veggies that didn't make the cut, or didn't hold up well in the cooler get tossed into their pen regularly, and every time its enough excitement to rouse even the sleepiest pig from under the tree.  They will be processed in early October at Lodi Sausage in Lodi, WI, and the cuts will be available in late October.  This is a new processor for us, and we welcome your feedback! 20160913_114858

Lots of spoilage in our squash this year, but the pigs LOVE it...

Order form HERE, preorders are first come first serve.

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