Anonymous Farm

  (Sterling, Illinois)
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What's available for 2010?

Thank you for your interest in our farm and in CSAs. Anonymous farm is a true small scale family farm. Freezer meat orders are still being taken for 2010. The CSA shares for eggs, produce and honey are sold for the 2010 season. If you cannot find a local farm offerring CSA shares I encourage you to visit local farmers markets for fresh local produce.
Meat shares are not done in weekly portions. At processing time animals are sold in freezer camp quantities: 1/4 steer beef late spring, 1/2 pork in fall, 1/4 chevon (goat) in fall or spring, whole poultry (chicken, turkey, duck or goose), etc. And like the produce, speciaty meats can be raised to order if requested. Currently the guineas are for pest control and predator warnings... but we could increase the flock of these or other animals to allow for purchases if requested. We are considering adding lamb back to our farm if there is a demand.
Produce, egg and honey production are limited this year due to family changes and a lack of customer response when planning the garden. The produce section of the CSA is flexable. Standards include tomatoes, sweet corn, asparigus, strwberries, mulberries, apples and those vegitables requested by customers and family. "Weekly" harvest volumes and timing depend on factors such as the weather and wildlife tolls. 2011 CSA share costs are TBA. If you are local and want to pay in labor (and get some productive exercise), you get more choice in what is grown, how it is cared for and how much you get in return for how many hours you can spend contributing to the garden labor. The 2010 shares are sold out for the garden that will need family labor on the farm.

Hope you and your family eat healthy and grow strong.
-Risha (one of the family of anonymous farmers)

piglet sausage available soon

Four of our eight little piggies were taken to the processor this week. Hana and her friend Skylar are saying goodbye along with our reverse herd dog Aggie. When the piglets escaped last month Aggie wasn't the best herding dog, she kept scattering them when we wanted her to round them up. So Alan sent her to them and had her lay down, then when he called for her the piggies followed her home.

We are processing these little piggies in the fall to maximize the flavor. being young, they should be tender. Being fall, they have recently enjoyed the harvest leavings and the fresh pasture and forage of the farm. Winters are cold and stored feeds may not leave meat tasting as fresh as when harvested at the peak of the season. Soon we'll be able to test that concept. 

Skylar's daddy shared some wonderful fresh venison with us that he harvested with an arrow and processed himself. Thanks to Joe! Not us, we'll leave the processing to the professionals and enjoy giving them a good life while the domesticated livestock share our farm with us. We like to invite Joe to visit when the wildlife are plentiful.

The week before Thanksgiving and the turkeys are all gone. Since we sold out early (with the help of Aggie thinning out our pastured turkeys we think), Paul Muller will be trading us pork for turkey this year so we won't have to go without. Thanks to Paul!

We will be taking orders for 2010 if anyone has any special requests for custom animals or produce. We have had one request recently for a large order of chickens for shipping that we are considering... but we prefer selling locally to people who know the care that goes into our farm. 


Small scale: Baby beef bought and bottlefed, Daring ducklings, piglets & more...

The farm is diversifying and evolving. Got freezer beef? We sold out our pastured chickens in no time at all and will encourage repeat customers and new customers to pre-order so we know how many to raise. 2 young goats were processed and have been tried with great success. We only bought a few Turkeys (less than 10) and have most of them spoken for.

Many of our customers are mourning the loss of our fresh eggs... but there is only one Alan and I made him decide between eggs and beef. So we now have 6 baby beef in our barn being bottlefed as we speak. Next year we think we will buy a dairy cow to act as momma to the baby beef we buy to cut out the middle-man of bottlefeeding... but for now we are out there caring for the calves and baling hay for the winter. I should really say Alan and Trevor are doing these things right now, as I am writing and enjoying a minute of rest.

On the egg front, we let the birds hatch out their young this spring and had several suprises. The first crop of ducklings dissappeared free ranging in less than a week. The one Pekin duck has adopted all the other ducklings.  She was confined for a week in the otherwise vacant hen house with a weed filled run attached. Now she has 16 fuzzy followers ranging around the farm. One buff hen hatched 5 chicks, 2 of which Alan found in a plumbing access in the barn. These were rescued and temporarily housed with a bunny that the boys bought. They escaped and seem to have become someone's dinner. 3 other chicks were following their momma hen last time I saw them. The real suprise came when those silly geese insisted on sitting and we gave up fighting them. We were sure they were all girls and being obstinant in their defence of the sterile eggs. Were we suprised when 3 hatched!

 The sow had piglets 8 of which we expect to survive. They were born on my son's 10th birthday! One seems to have been stepped on in the throws of labor and has pretty bad wounds on it's sides... but may survivie yet.



Eggs, Poultry and Thanksgiving

Ducks, Geese, Guineas and chickens fill the farm with poultry life...  [Read More]
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