Time to order your turkey! This year we have several Heritage types and the larger Broad Breasted turkeys available for purchase. Broad Breasted Turkeys ($6/lb), are a large breed and what you would see typically in the supermarket–lots of white meat…that quintessential Thanksgiving bird many of us know and love. They will weigh in between 16 and 21 pounds. The Heritage birds ($10/lb) are a little smaller, have more dark meat and will dress between 7 and 13 pounds. A $40 deposit is required to hold your turkey. To reserve a turkey, please contact Stephanie at email@example.com.
This year, we are fortunate to have a bountiful crop of sweet potatoes. To date, we have harvested over 6,000 pounds! Sweet potatoes actually need to cure before they are donated so their starches can turn into sugars and we have been putting our greenhouse to work, turning up the heat every night to help them cure. Sweet potatoes are full of antioxidants, known to boost brain function and enhance immunity, not to mention they are delicious–we love to send them to our client soup kitchens and pantries!
Last Saturday, members from United Way of Bucks County, along with our friends at Rolling Harvest spent the morning with us, popping garlic and weeding beets. We are so thankful that they came; even with the chillier weather, our fields are still flourishing and we always could use extra hands to get the job done!
By Kyle Runkle
The last month has been filled with challenges for our hay and field crops crew at the farm, the biggest problem by far being the practically nonstop clouds and rain. With a lack of consistent dry weather for hay making, our focus shifted to seeding. We are working towards converting fields at the farm to perennial/permanent pasture, and the remaining fields are being planted to a cool season cover crop mix.
This fall we converted two fields to permanent pasture. Some of the species included in these mixes are orchard grass, rye grass, various clovers, chicory, endophyte free tall fescue, sanfoin, birdsfoot trefoil, and alfalfa just to name a few. We also used oats and deep till radishes to help get some quick fall growth to suppress the weeds and give the perennial plants a chance to get going.
For the cover crop mixture, we used oats, annual rye, winter peas, and deep tillage radish, and we have some vetch regrowing from previous years of cover cropping. The fields we got seeded earlier in September are going to be grazed this fall, and the fields that just got seeded this week will help keep living roots in the soil as long as possible since these crops like the cooler weather, the roots and plant cover will help protect the soil from wind and water erosion. When the temperatures begin to warm up in the spring these plants will already have a head start, and will be the first fields we graze in the spring. The oats provide quick growth this fall but they typically winter kill, the winter pea fixes nitrogen, the annual rye is quick growing, winter hardy and will provide good forage for the cattle. This fall we used more tillage radish in the mix than we have in the past, the radish has a deep tap root that can break through hard compacted soil layers, they also act like a sponge for residual nutrients, which it will slowly release when the plant dies. We are also hoping this works well with our grazing system of cattle followed by chickens, that cattle can eat the leafy tops, then the chickens like to peck at the tops of the radishes.
Unfortunately due to the weather, the CFF Farm Stand will not be open Saturday October 27th, but we will back every other Saturday from November 3rd until Thanksgiving from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. outside Max Hansen’s Carversville Grocery, to sell our nutrient-dense Organic produce, swag, and more! Come see us, say hi and feel good knowing that your purchase will both Feed Your Neighbor AND Feed Your Soul!
When: Every Saturday until Thanksgiving
Time: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Outside Max Hansen’s Carversville Grocery
|Bacon Ends||9 pounds|
|Beef Bones||150 pounds|
|Bok Choy||1 pound|
|Celery Root||420 pounds|
|Collard Greens||909 pounds|
|Cottage Bacon||17 pounds|
|Ground Beef||1,341 pounds|
|Ground Lamb||739 pounds|
|Ham Steaks||24 pounds|
|Ham Hocks||19 pounds|
|Heirloom Tomatoes||8 pounds|
|Hog Trim||50 pounds|
|Hot Peppers||16 pounds|
|Lamb Shank||135 pounds|
|Loin Chops||152 pounds|
|Osso Bucco||13 pounds|
|Red Tomatoes||54 pounds|
|Salad Mix||13 pounds|
|Shoulder Roast||15 pounds|
|Sirloin Tip Roast||14 pounds|
|Soup Beef Bones||32 pounds|
|Stewing Hens||29 pounds|
|Sweet Potatoes||4,647 pounds|
|Swiss Chard||7 pounds|
|Winter Squash||6,254 pounds|
|Grand Total||20,679 pounds|
All good things must come to end and so we say goodbye to our Livestock Apprentice, Ian. During his time here, Ian was a huge help to our crew, always ready for a challenge. Whether it was moving animals, setting up fencing or building our turkey houses, Ian had a smile on his face. We wish him luck as he starts his next journey in Vermont.
For the upcoming season, we are looking for two seasonal full time employees – one in livestock and one in vegetables, as well as three apprentices; one for livestock, one for field crops/ hay and one for vegetables. If you or anyone you know is interested, please visit our website at www.carversvillefarm.org/#careers to learn more.
Carversville Farm Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
We will still have volunteer opportunities from now until November and REALLY need extra hands! Please join us every Wednesday and Saturday!
When: Every Wednesday and Saturday morning in season
Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: 6127 Mechanicsville Road, Mechanicsville, PA 18934
Please wear comfortable clothes and appropriate footwear. Be prepared to get a little dirty! We provide tools, gloves, and beverages. Please Note: Minors 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Do you have your CFF Sweatshirt yet? Sizes range from Small to X-Large. Sweatshirts are $35.00 and we accept cash, check, or credit card. Merchandise can be purchased directly from the farm by contacting Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, 100% of the proceeds go to feed the needy in our own backyards.
By partnering with several Bucks County food pantries, Broad Street Ministry, Coalition Against Hunger, Cathedral Kitchen and Face to Face, people throughout the Philadelphia area are benefiting from our nutritious harvest.