The Middle

As you know, we had chickens butchered a few weeks ago, and we will be getting new chicks tomorrow. As far as I can tell, we have told you the beginning and the end of the chicken cycle, but I have left out the middle.

Eric keeps the broiler chicks in the brooder room for about 4-5 weeks. This is done to help the chicks get big enough so they can’t slip the fence, and can reach the waterers. Once they are big enough, they are then moved to the field. Eric and Seth wait until dark and then gather all the birds up into the coops. The birds are moved over to the field where the chicken tractors are housed, and put into the two tractors. The next morning Eric goes over and opens the door. The birds reluctantly move out into their new surroundings. After a few hours the birds are running around the field.  The broilers live in these fields and tractors for the next 7 weeks. Your regular store bought bird has a life span of 49 days, and most of these birds are not raised on pasture.

This week at the Saturday Market we will have chicken, eggs, green and yellow beans, squash, eggplant, okra, LOTS of tomatoes, basil, kale, potatoes, onions, chard, fennel and garlic.

We have had a number of people ask what you can do with fennel. I will have Eric write up a post. For those of you who don’t know, I don’t cook. At all. Ever. I bake, sometimes. The thought of cooking for Eric makes me anxious.

Happy Wednesday!

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A small organic farm in Iowa that raises Standard Breed laying hens and hybrid broiler chickens suited for a pasture-based system, as well as varieties of vegetables and fruit suitable to our Eastern Iowa climate. We grow food, we eat food, we sell food!
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4 Responses to The Middle

  1. Greta says:

    Fennel is great with mussels. Also good sliced paper thin with, celery, red onion and salmon carpaccio. You can even toss it in oil and grill it whole, plus all those fronds – delicious addition to a salad (texture and flavor). Buy it!!

  2. saltforkfarms says:

    That all sounds yummy, Greta! Thanks for the delicious suggestions!

  3. Melissa says:

    Fennel risotto.

  4. saltforkfarms says:

    Melissa, what is your favorite way to prepare fennel?

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