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Lately on the Farm: Sprouts Growing Up

Since last week, the amount of growth we´ve seen on the farm is astounding! Sprouts are turning into small plants and harvest time seems closer. Here's a sneak preview of what you'll see at the farm stand and in your CSA boxes in a couple of months:

The Green beans are getting taller day by day!

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Remember those tiny lettuce sprouts that looked like they could be just about anything? Well, they´ve grown up some and are now actually starting to look like lettuce!

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Watermelon! We are growing 4 varieties, including an heirloom from Iraq!

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The twins on a mission! Our kids can’t get enough of the farm. They play, chase butterflies and apparently lose their pants in the process…

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On the lookout!

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Ok, this is pretty gross and doesn’t smell fantastic, but it´s great for the environment and works like a charm: homemade fertilizer from fermented fish waste, earthworm casting juice and compost tea. Here you can see us sending it through the irrigation system to the field.

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The kids are oblivious to the stink!

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No one ever said farming is easy, but it sure is rewarding. More photos coming next week!

3 Razones para Comer Pollos de Pastoreo / Top 3 Reasons to Eat Pastured Poultry

  1. Saben mejor. / They taste better.

Los pollos que se alimentan de pasto y bichos saben a una carne natural de campo, por lo tanto, mucho más deliciosa.  El sabor es difícil de distinguir, pero te aseguro que: ¡Notarás una diferencia agradable cuando lo pruebes!

Chickens that eat grass and bugs taste more like, well, chicken.  Taste is rather subjective, but I can assure you that you will notice a pleasant difference!

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2. Viven mejor. /  They live better.

Todos hemos vistos los videos de terribles operaciones concentradas de alimentación para animales con miles de criaturas metidas a fuerza en una granja obscura y sucia,  cada pollo está en solo 30 cm de espacio.  Al comer pollos de pastoreo, tú presentas una resistencia en contra de ese maltrato.

Los pollos de pastoreo viven un vida real, de calidad, llena de las actividades naturales de pollos: cazar bichos, tomar el sol, arañar la tierra, y pasear.

We all have seen terrible videos of CAFOs, with thousands of animals in a dark, grimy barn, each with about a foot of space.  By eating pastured chickens, you're taking a personal stand against this mistreatment.

On pasture, they live a full life, full of chicken activities: hunting, dust-bathing, sun-bathing, pecking, scratching, and walking.

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3.  Te nutren a ti mejor.  / They're better for you.

Los pollos están hechos para comer pasto y bichos, por eso, cuando lo hacen  están mejor nutridos y pueden pasar esos nutrientes a ti.  Los pollos de pastoreo tienen más vitaminas (A, E, beta-caroteno, folato, y Omega-3) que los pollos criados en una manera convencional.

Chickens were made to eat grass and bugs, which means that by doing so, they are well-nourished and can pass this on to you.  Pastured poultry has more vitamin A, E, beta-carotene, folate, and Omega-3s than conventionally raised poultry!

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Éstas son solo algunas de las muchas razones para comer pollo de pastoreo. Estamos seguros que este método es el más sano y por supuesto ¡No daría de comer a mi familia otra cosa!... Prepárate porque pronto en la huerta estaremos ofreciendo pollo de pastoreo libre de antibióticos.

This is just the tip of the iceberg; there are many more reasons to eat pasture chicken.  I believe this method is the healthiest and wouldn’t feed my family anything else! Soon on the farm we will be offering antibiotic-free pasture raised poultry. I’ll keep you posted!