Winter market, take two: It’s still very much fall, by the way. Snow not withstanding.

Hi everyone,

This is our first blog/winter market announcement.  The week has been full of activities.  We brought in our old hens for processing on Monday.  Seth, Carolyn and I caught birds in the moonlight on Sunday, and then Jeff Croix and I drove the birds up to Greene, IA for butchering.  We left at 2:45 am, arrived at 5:12 am, and unloaded birds from 5:25 to 6:30 am.  We were relieved to have that done.  The next day, I had to drive up to Greene again to pick up the birds.  Thankfully, Eve and Milo decided to join me!  Family trip to Martzahn’s Poultry Farm!  Again, very thankful and relieved to complete the raising of our chickens.  Every day is filled with worry about the lives of these birds.  When raising chickens outside, something is bound to happen to some of them, and it does, so we are grateful to reach some form of completion when it comes.

After returning from the trip, I readied the farm for the big storm approaching.  Baton down the hatches.  Rain and snow coming…  While prepping the chicken area for the weather, I noticed that an animal had gotten caught up in the chicken netting that we had rolled up from the night before when we had finished with the old hens’ area.  Upon closer inspection, I realized the animal was still alive.  It was a Great Horned Owl!  More on the owl in a future blog.  Suffice it to say that the owl was alive and is now at the raptor center.  Just another day on the farm.  Everything loves to kill chickens.

The snow came and went and now the wind and the cold are settling in.  The garden is covered and we are hoping for a harvest of the following items:

celery, chard, radishes, carrots, beets, arugula, mustards, komatsuna, and leeks.  we should also have garlic and onions.  not to mention boilers, stew hens, feet, and eggs!

We look forward to seeing you at Deluxe on Saturday!  9-12

Take care,




About saltforkfarms

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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