Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are all enjoying a great meal of local, organic foods with your beloved family and friends. This year, I am especially thankful for the new insulation in our home, as it has been exceptionally cold and windy. Six years ago, we bought a house badly in need of renovations, and as of this fall, we have 2/3 of it repaired and insulated. I am hoping that this time next year, I'll be thankful for finishing the final third.
We had an exceptional chicken-raising season, with an average dressed weight of 6.5 pounds. The birds were great foragers, enjoying loads of lush grass and insects. Crickets and grasshoppers were very abundant, adding protein to their diet. Due to some happy summer events out of state (our friend's wedding, and my parent's 50th wedding anniversary party), we started our birds very late, knowing we would be slaughtering around Halloween. Cold weather for tough, wet work, but we were blessed with some cheerful, good-hearted helpers who (almost) made us forget the chill. Thank you Brenda, Logan, Eamonn, and especially Joanne!
I would like to thank our amazing customers, who are willing to go out of their way to obtain clean, humanely raised meat. It is easy and cheap to buy conventional chicken at the supermarket. It takes effort to locate a local farmer, and more money to purchase well-raised meat. Thank you for your patronage this season, and for putting your values (local, organic, humane, free range, and all the rest) into practice. We hope that you love every bite of this season's chickens.