Friday, September 27, 2013

A Freezer Full of Grass-Fed Beef

Every year we purchase a beef from local farmers, Charlene and Jimmy.  They live  about 25 miles down the road.  I've sipped tea in their kitchen and toured their farm.  When Charlene and I chat on the phone, the conversations are lengthy.   I know her and I know how she feeds and cares for her stock. 

These calves are raised naturally alongside their mothers.  They consume nothing but milk, fresh grass, and, in the winter, hay. Unlike the beeves raised in big, agribusiness feedlots, they are fed no grain, receive no growth hormone implants, and are not given antibiotics.  When the time is right, they are butchered and dressed by a local farmer.

Most importantly, to me, they never ever have to endure the fetid, cruel conditions so prevalent in todays big agribusiness beef operations.

So as of Tuesday morning, our freezer is full of local, highly nutritious, clean, humanely-raised, grass-fed beef  that is so amazingly flavorful it defies description.  Thank you Charlene and Jimmy.

P.S.  If you live in Maryland and have been looking for beef like this, you can reach Charlene and Jimmy at (301) 994-1192.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

There's Gold in Them There Hills!

Gold Raspberries that is.  It is hard to believe that the tiny twigs we planted in the spring are actually bearing delicious, golden raspberries - about 4 ounces every three days.  If all goes well, we will get double the amount of berries next fall!

Friday, September 13, 2013

A Very Eggciting Day - Quail Are Hatching!

Just Hatched
Wet, Tired and Oh So Tiny!
Remember the quail eggs we put in the incubator two weeks ago?  Well, they are hatching!  The first one broke free around 5:45 a.m. 

"We are here, we are here,
we are here, we are here!"
Now, at 11:00 a.m., we have a total of five darling hatchlings.  Fifteen eggs were set in the incubator, so I'll keep you posted on their progress.