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
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16 Jan · Sun 2011
Posted by Ted @ 12:07 PM EST
17 Sep · Fri 2010
'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 !!!
Posted by Ted @ 10:23 PM EDT