Twin Creeks Farms- Wesley Stephens and Bethany Stephens

  (Council, North Carolina)
Providing layers, natural beef, pork, & fresh chicken
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New happenings

It has been much too long since we posted anything on the blog, and things have steadily progressed here. We have been working to expand our beef and pork production, and have been selling products on an online local farmers market called Down East Connect for over a year now. It is a successful venture for all of the farmers involved, and we are happy to be a part of it. We also sell to customers directly off the farm as we always have. We currently have sows farrowing with one litter of pigs born and several more on the way. We will soon be getting in chicks for layer pullets and spring is just around the corner, so we will continue to be busy.
 
 

Broiler Chicks Arrive Friday

We will be getting 125 broiler chicks in this Friday. A lot of folks are hesitant to start chicks this time of year, but we have had good success with them in cold weather, though it does require close attention to brooding temperature. We will brood the chicks inside on pine shavings until they are cold-tolerant and then we will put them on pasture in portable pens. We will have them processed when they reach 6-7 pounds live weight and they will be inspected and vacuum packed at a USDA approved facility. We are debating whether we will have them cut up or packaged as whole chickens, so we will probably have some done both ways. 
 
 

Sausage is ready and there is more than we thought

The hogs we had processed were much heavier than conventional wisdom would dictate, so we are thankful that we wound up with more sausage than we had hoped for. Our county is large geographically- over 800 square miles- but has a small population- about 32,000. A local online news outlet (www.bladenonline.com) does an excellent job of covering the local area, and has been very successful. As a matter of fact, Bethany writes an article for them once a month. Their number of daily hits is over twice the population of the county.  We are starting to advertise on that site so that we can hopefully sell more of our products close to home. There are several cities within 50-100 miles and many of our customers come from those areas, but we would like to add to that customer base with local folks. People in rural areas like ours have a great appreciation for quality meat and poultry, but it can be hard to come across in this area unless your family or friends produce it. 
 
 
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