Westminster Farmers' Market

  (Westminster, Massachusetts)
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Posts tagged [chickens]

Who would want to 'dis backyard chickens?


  This commentary in "Poultry USA" caught my eye. Editor Gary Thornton states, "Backyard poultry keeping will influence consumer views and possibly, at some point, buying behavior for retail poultry products."


  I think he makes some excellent points. At the Westminster Farmers' Market we can clearly see a consumer preference for local eggs.

I am a person with a foot in each camp. I was a commercial egg producer for over 25 years. Our family is now involved in backyard egg production. There is a joke that made the rounds a while ago that a chicken is involved in breakfast (the eggs), but the pig is committed (the bacon). OK, so maybe we are committed to chickens.

  In my opinion, the backyard chicken movement isn't anywhere near peaking. Every month I hear about more friends and acquaintances starting a flock of backyard birds for the first time. There is an interest in local food, but it's more than that. People seem to want to take some personal responsibility for putting food on their table. I see the same interest growing in backyard gardening. It is a real DIY revolution.




The Great New England Hurricane of 1938

 Seventy-one years ago today, The Great Hurricane of 1938 struck New England without warning.


 My grandparents Hjalmer and Lizzie Johnson lost one henhouse, and the roof was blown off the other. The forest across the road from the farm was devastated. Hjalmer bought the land. He set up a portable saw mill with the help of my dad, Walter, and uncle, Harold he cut enough lumber to repair these two buildings, and build three more. One of the new henhouses was the largest in New England at that time.

  Here is a photo of some of the damage.


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Westminster Farmers' Market Report for 09-18-09

Westminster Farmers’ Market Report from Maple Heights Farm


Rain does not dampen the spirits of our local eaters!



Although we had rain, we had plenty of vendors and customers last week!  We are looking forward to better weather tomorrow though!  Meghan was unable to make her donuts last week and there was a minor outcry over it.  She will make a double batch for tomorrow!  So stop by Meghan’s “Meetinghouse Café” and try one! 



We should start to see plenty of late summer and fall vegetables and fruits at the market.  Pumpkins, peaches, apples, winter squash…  Have you ever served peach cobbler for dinner?  It’s practically a pancake and fruit but really delicious!  How about pumpkin soup made with a real pumpkin?  Just cut the pumpkin in half and roast it in your oven.  Then substitute for the canned pumpkin in your recipes.  Easy, nutritious and delicious.



As some of you know I have

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I thought Indiana is a Farm State

   I thought Indiana was a farm state. Check this news story out from IndyStar.com. Urban chicken movement? Chicken underground?
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