Brambly Farms

  (Norfolk, Massachusetts)
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Brambly Farms in Cochon 555 Boston Event

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to let you know that we got word last night that one of our farm's pure bred Large Blacks has been chosen to take part in the approaching Cochon 555 event.

This is a national event which is held in ten cities around the USA and then has a grand finale in the Summer.

There is a website detailing all information and it gives a great decription of the competition's goals.  As a small farm it will give us a chance to shine on  a 'big stage' at least for one night.

More importantly it will give our farm some credibility and name recognition with the many gifted Chef's out there who want to use local quality ingredients but  who are cautious about leaving the huge supply companies with their factory farmed vacumed boxed meats.  

Our pig's Chef is Mary Dumont from 'Harvest' in Boston. And we are thrilled that she is cooking and prepping our pig.  Hi Mary --Your pig is looking fantastic and for the last three weeks it has been getting winter squash ( that got frozen ) from Tangerinis farm in Millis ( thanks laura)

We also have been asked if we can supply blood and a whole pig's head to Lydia Shire from "Ober" for the competition and have said that we will. So it seems that  pigs or parts from two of Brambly Farms pigs are going to represent our family farm.

The only thing which would make this better for our farm is if Matt and George from "Tastings" were our competition Chef's. These guys are great and are our biggest and most loyal customers.  They work magic every week with our farms produce :)


We are taking orders now for whole and half pigs. We have two batchs booked into be processed in early Feb and Mid March.

Call or email for details

Thank you for your support and help as we try to get established  we are  very grateful.

All the best

Ted & Sandra

Brambly Farms

 
 

Surviving the great turkey event -- a farmers view -- not the turkey's

Hi All,

We survived the turkeys and most of our customers seem very happy with their choices. We received 31 positive responses and two unhappy ones. I guess if this was an exam in school Brambly Farms would have gotten an A or maybe its  an A minus.  All in all a good season. It did take a toll on the farmers -- there were several days when we forgot to eat and sleep. Catching  the birds for processing began at 3.45 am on the Sunday before the holidays  ( 3 Days of that ) and each day ended around 11.30 pm or later.  I  did one processor run (for a pick up ) at 11pm and there were still 3 staff there working at that time.  So I guess it was just as hectic for them too.

We did make a few mistakes. We believed the processor when he told us his very optimistic plans several weeks before he began his 'Epic week'.  We did not allow for a few birds which got damaged at the processor and two Royal Plams which escaped as we unloaded them. I imagine those two are still flying somewhere over  Cape Cod now. We also "lost" a few birds the last week or two due to cardiac arrest / stress etc. The fact that farmers were trying to catch them from a dark field at 4am on a star lit night would cause any animal to get stressed.

The funny or maybe its sad thing which surprised me on the day after thanksgiving was -----  I missed the turkeys. -- Erin and Tara who were more than fantastic, when some of our 280 customers arrived for their birds, "requested" their pay for working -- $20 each -- and then they started planning for next seasons turkeys. They were already making lists of which breeds we should get and who will collect deposits and who would have to fill bags of giblets.

I think I should have paid them only $10 each and they would not have been so keen to go again next year.   

Again thank you to all our customers and we were delighted to get the positive feed back. And we will try to have zero unhappy customers next year :)

All the best

Ted

 

 
 

Turkey pick ups and many thanks

The Turkey Pick- Up Schedule
 
We are having turkey pick ups at Brambly farms on
Monday ......... 4-7pm
Tuesday..........4-7pm
Wed ...............10- 4pm
 
We are lucky enough to have partnered with several fantastic local Farmers &  Chefs who are helping us
with our turkey sales. They have been gracious enough to email their customers to inform them about
us and our birds and they have even encouraged us to have turkey distributions at their farms and are serving our meat in their businesses.
 
To all of these farmers   &  some fantastic Chef's --Sandra and I would like to thank you for your help --
Thank you  very much,
Laura @ Tangerini's
Meryl @ Powisset
Judy  @ Brookwood
Christine @ Moosehill
Jessie @ Silverwood
Greg @ Drumlin
Joshua @ The Dover Farm
Alida @ Langwater
Terry @ Oake Knoll
&  Especially   Chris and Christy @ White Barn 
 
And the following  fantastic chefs
 
Diane at The Journeyman
Nemo at Cook and Brown
Matt & Ben at Farmstead
Dave at local 121
Jake at Tallulah's on Thames
& Especially Matt & George at Tastings
 
And  thank you to all the Chef's Collaborative  Boston Staff --
we are very grateful for everything you have done to help us out  and keep us afloat  :)
 
We have also discovered that there not enough hours in the day and we are only able to hold several other
Turkey pick ups during this hectic holiday time and these are listed below.
 
Moosehill CSA members.... Sunday 4.30 -- 6.30 pm
Silverwood CSA Members Monday  starts at 12.30
Tangerinis CSA Members Tuesday  2.30 -- 4.30 pm
Drumlin CSA members    Tuesday  4.30 -  6.30 pm
Brookwood  CSA members  Tuesday 4.30 -- 6.30 pm
Langwater CSA members  Wednesday 10.30 - 12 pm
White Barn  CSA Members Wednesday  starts at 2pm
 
If possible please let us know a day or two in advance --- by phone or email which time or location will work best for your turkey pick up and we will have your birds ready for you. 
 And lastly we would like to thank you -- .our many fantastic customers for supporting us and our farm. Thank you and enjoy your Thanksgiving dinners and a safe holiday.
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Mission Impossible

'It must be harvest time ...... It has to be harvest time Dad ? Both of my two youngest daughters asked tonight as we all waded through the muddy field which our ravenous market  pigs had busily turned over for us during today's rain. They were fed up with the work and the noise and the mud. The fact that they were promised a sleep over with buddies might have had some influence in their haste to skip the 'evening feeding'. Its quite amazing the way work that normally takes one and a half hours can be wrapped up in 40 minutes or less if there are better things scheduled later on.  Last night when they had loads of school homework to be finished before bed both 'ladies' decided that they wanted to help me feed the baby pigs. So while they watched me feeding the pen which houses "Becky and Grumpy" (2 of our recently farrowed Berkshire sows ) and their sixteen 3 week old Berkshire piglets. Erin and Tara decided  to climb over the fence to try and count the teats on any of the young gilts which stood still long enough for them to complete the task.

My two farm assistants had decided to pressure me to keep all the 14 teated or 16 teated gilts as future Brambly Farms breeding sows. A much happier and longer life as a breeder here on our little green jewel. Ideally if we had enough room we would keep more but .............. If anyone reading this familiar with baby pigs already knows ....... that it is an impossible task to count a pen of pigs never mind the nipples on a baby piglets belly.  And as soon the piglets started to run and  the two ladies who were counting decided to run after the piglets well, pure chaos. There was a small carpet of black and white tails and heads sprinting in circles around the pen chased by a laughing 9 and 10 year old ladies.

  "Farm work"  was more fun than everything else last night !!! 

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