Moonstruck Farms

  (Phelan, California)
Moonstruck Farms CSA
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I earned my cowgirl stripes today!

I earned my cowgirl stripes today.

The day started as usual and as I strolled down to feed with Molly nipping at my heels (she thinks I need to be herded to get the job done) I heard Aurora's usual mooing, but it was exceptionally clear this morning.  As I hit the top of the hill at the chicken coop I was greeted by Aurora who luckily was not brave enough to go any further.  I quickly took a survey of the scenery down below mainly to ascertain where the BULL WAS!!  He was out of the corral but happily munching on the mulch pile.  Aurora was simple enough to get back in since she is what my husband calls a "grain addict" and will do anything for a handful of it.  The gate was broken in the small corral so I put her into the large corral leaving the small corral open and thus began the tricky part.  Now, my bull is a mellow bull, but he is still a BULL.  With a few "Yaws!" I got him moving and thus the games began.  With a full gallop he began his journey across my property, but fortunately a "Yaw!!" in his direction brought him racing back towards the corral and ME!!  I knew the only way I had of getting him back in was to stand my ground so I did and prepared to dive since he was not stopping.  When he was within about 8 feet from me he halted and changed direction and headed around the other side of the corral where he stood next to where Aurora was.  He obviously decided I was no fun and he wanted back in with her so with a few more "Yaws" and me chasing HIM this time he was back in the corral happily eating his Bermuda that was waiting for him. 

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Rowena McDermott
Moonstruck Farms

P.S. We harvested the first Moonstruck Salad Mix and it will be at market each week until further notice :).

 

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We're back!!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

We're back!!

The last year or so is kind of a blur??  To say the least life got a little "out of control" with ailing neighbors in need of great help, a chicken and turkey season that took over our lives, computer after computer crash and so much more, but now onto the positive!!  Here at Moonstruck we are enjoying turning things upside down, but we are not doing a lot of it on our own anymore.  Thanks to my "Moonstruck Angel" things are looking amazing around here!!  Yes, I have an employee, but I hate calling him that because he is so much more than that!  So from hereon he will be referred to as the Moonstruck Angel.   Both greenhouses are cleared, planted and ready to go.  The 20x100 is full of salad mix and spinach and more and the 20 x40 is at about 90% completion of being converted to a "berry house".  We have strawberries and blueberries in there.  We had a lot of time thanks to my Moonstruck Angel to sit back and observe and absorb all the lessons I have learned over the last five years, and even though our summers hit the 100s we are still a very cold season microclimate here at Moonstruck, and the great news is so far the BERRIES love it!!  So between the 300 fruit trees we put in and the expansion of berries we are doing this year you will be seeing a lot more fruit come from Moonstruck.  We have a 20 x 100 field that gets hit horribly with the wind in the Spring and Summer and has never done very well so we are going to run a test on it this year with a small row cover of raspberries and if the results are stupendous we will convert the entire field to raspberries!!  As always thank you all for your support through the years.  Moonstruck signing off....but just for a little while.
 
 

One more turkey harvest to go.

Turkeys in the freezer sold out today with 11 harvested today to be bagged and weighed tomorrow.  14 are left in the pen of which 8 are sold with the remaining being "pending sales" taken from a waiting list.  Don't want to guarantee those last few due to the potential of a plucker error, but if they all come out pretty they will be sold to the waiting list around the 22nd of this month (waiting to hear hubby's schedule to schedule the last harvest).  Let me know if you are interested in one of the turkeys being weighed tomorrow or if you would like to be on the waiting list.  Gobble, gobble.  BTW:  Only one more batch of chicken and we shut down for the season :)
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FARM FRESH Meat...the real thing versus the van in the driveway!

I was processing chicken in the driveway the other day and a van pulled up with "FARM FRESH MEAT" on the side. A young man jumped out and said would you like to buy some farm fresh meat. As I stood there surrounded by chicken feathers I asked him "do you know what I am doing?". He said "No". "I said I am harvesting farm fresh chicken". He said "We have steaks for $3.00 the size of your head!". I said "I HAVE COWS!". He finally gave up and left, but I don't think he ever really got it??? LOL!!! To say the least we have been busy harvesting chicken or turkey almost every other day!! We have whole turkey and chickens available for the next few weeks. We have been taking the "oopsies" from our farm fresh operations (torn skin in the plucker) and cutting and grinding so we have the following available. Just drop us a line at moonstruckfarms2@verizon.net for more information. I will be here harvesting and still smiling thinking about my "Farm Fresh" encounter.

 

Organic Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts $5.50/lb.

Organic Chicken Thighs (4/pack) $4.00/lb.

Organic Chicken Legs (4/pack) $4.00/lb.

Organic Chicken Wings (12/pack) $4.00/lb.

Organic Whole Chicken $3.50/lb.

Organic Turkey (15-17 lb.) $3.50/lb.

Organic Half Turkey (6-7 lb) $3.50/lb.

Organic Turkey Thigh/Leg Combo $4.50/lb.

Organic Turkey Boneless/Skinless Breasts $5.50/lb.

Organic Turkey Boneless Breast $5.50/lb.

Organic Turkey Wings $4.50/lb. (2 pkg)

Organic Ground Turkey $6.00/lb. (White Meat, can do dark on request)

 
 

Turkeys getting big fast!!!

Ut oh!!!  Those turkeys are getting big fast and have to be butchered, but one problem, only limited freezer space!!  All that will be left outside after this next week or so will be the BIGGIES....25 lb. - 30 lb. turkeys people ordered and I think even those will be ready in two weeks!!  I am leaving the last of the Toms for those who ordered that big, but even most of the hens are at the perfect holiday size of 16-22 lb. so they need to be harvested and if I run out of freezer room I will start grinding so let me know if you want a turkey ASAP!!    The last of the chickens will be ready in three weeks also, we had two cords of wood delivered today and once all the wood is stacked, the chickens and turkeys all harvested Old Man Winter can bring it on!!  I am ready for peaceful nights by the fire with chicken and beef broth brewing on the wood stove.  Moonstruck signing off!!

Turkeys getting big fast!!!

Ut oh!!!  Those turkeys are getting big fast and have to be butchered, but one problem, only limited freezer space!!  All that will be left outside after this next week or so will be the BIGGIES....25 lb. - 30 lb. turkeys people ordered and I think even those will be ready in two weeks!!  I am leaving the last of the Toms for those who ordered that big, but even most of the hens are at the perfect holiday size of 16-22 lb. so they need to be harvested and if I run out of freezer room I will start grinding so let me know if you want a turkey ASAP!!    The last of the chickens will be ready in three weeks also, we had two cords of wood delivered today and once all the wood is stacked, the chickens and turkeys all harvested Old Man Winter can bring it on!!  I am ready for peaceful nights by the fire with chicken and beef broth brewing on the wood stove.  Moonstruck signing off!!
 
 

Organic Turkeys and Chicken - near end of season

It is a really good thing I love my farm fresh chicken and turkey because they are giving me a run for my money!!!  The other day I accidentally moved a feed bag too fast and every last turkey freaked out and the end result was a few bruises for me!!  Yes, their wing span has to be over 3 feet and I am only 5' 6" so it does not take much for them to take me out!!  I love the turkeys because 99% of the time they are extremely cool and docile...imagine a turkey saying "hey man, what's up" and kind of just gliding by peacefully, but if you upset them watch out!!  They are bronze turkeys so you may see some quill marks on the skin, but you won't care after you taste them!!  We made one the other day for my daughter's birthday and it was during the week so I threw it in the oven coated with oil, stuffed with an apple, an onion and a bunch of dried thyme and rosemary, and seared at 500 for 15 minutes and cooked for another 2 hours at 300 degrees...yes, 2 hours and 15 minutes for an almost 14 lb. turkey...they cook fast!  They are nice and fresh and lean and boy was it delicious and so easy for a weekday meal and we enjoyed it for a day or two...my family loves turkey!!    So if you need a turkey or some chicken to get through the winter (we shut down in about 4 weeks for the season) just email me at moonstruckfarms2@verizon.net.   Moonstruck signing out.
 
 

Turkey time!!

As you may know we have not blogged for a while...boy are we busy!!  And as we scramble to catch up we realized that we are in the final stretch for the poultry season!! Our organic 15-17 lb. turkeys are being harvested this week and next with the next size ranges following shortly after.  We will be harvesting in the 15-17 lb. range, 18-20, 20-22, 22-24 and the "Oh my Gosh I'm not sure it will fit in the oven" size the beginning of November (we keep three of these for our family gatherings and we love leftovers, especially "me" the cook who does not have to cook for three to four days!!).   We are also about to complete our organic chicken season with only two more harvests left before we shut down for the winter...sorry, way too hard to keep those little chicks warm during the winter so we just fill up our freezer and call it quits for six months!!  Nothing like the beautiful view of a freezer full of farm fresh meats and even better the thought of not having to go to the grocery store!!!  Can you tell I love to stay on the farm!!   We are also making a run out to M&M Ranch for their organic peaches (we use these for our preserves until our trees start producing, hopefully next year!!) this week and they are $1.25/lb. so if you want me to pick you up some for your canning please just let me know and if you are looking for organic chicken or turkey just email us at moonstruckfarms2@verizon.net and we will drop you all the details! 
 
 

Turkey Time!

Well the turkeys are right around 10 lbs, which means we will be harvesting the turkeys for those of you who ordered a "Summer" turkey meaning 10-12 lbs. here soon.  If you would like a small or a large turkey let me know.  $10 deposit holds the turkey and you can specify a size range.  We will most likely be harvesting at least every other week from now until 1st of November, and there are only 40 left unreserved.  All fed wonderful Modesto Mills Organic feed with fresh water and sunshine...simple formula.  Just email us at moonstruckfarms2@verizon.net for more information.  We also have one side of beef available for the next year and one quarter-share of farm fresh pork.  Hope everyone is keeping cool.  I know I am looking forward to our beautiful Fall weather and a few thunderstorms would be nice for the pumpkin patch!!
 
 

Beef anyone...last call.

At Moonstruck we only start our beef once a year, and have been sold out, but we had a couple last minute cancellations but I already ordered the calves and Tony already went to auction so I don't want to short my order and short him.  The calves are Angus/Brahma and come from the hills of Cherry Valley California and we raise them out here on #1 alfalfa for a year or so until 1,000 pounds and then off to the butcher to be custom cut to your preferences.  No hormones.  No meat enhancers.  No steroids (they just call them meat enhancers now).  Just great food and water and a comfortable place to spend their days mooing at me for more food every time they see me...especially if they see me clearing the fields and then they get very impatient and the mooing goes up a few notches telling me to "hurry up, we know you are bringing something good!!".  Just drop me an email at our new address moonstruckfarms2@verizon.net if interested and I will send you the details.  Cash deposit is due this Saturday...sorry for the short notice.  Back to the farm to spray the pigs down...it is hot!!!!
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Holiday turkeys and last call for beef.

Beef deposits for the 2013-2014 year are due June 15th...last call, and at this point I need both sides to sell to confirm the order for the year.  The calves are coming from Cherry Valley on June 22nd and will be ready next Summer 2014.  Grass fed with a little organic non-gmo corn for the last two months (industry standard for grass fed beef).  We are taking reservations for holiday turkeys.  These turkeys are organically fed and will be harvested in October/November and delivered over that time period to be in your freezer ready for the holidays.  Stretching it over a month or so will enable us to do more without breaking our backs literally!!  Turkey is my favorite and I can't wait to have some.  We still have a few reservations left for the summer batch ready in about 8 weeks that will be brought to 10-12 pounds so if you are looking for a small turkey for the holidays you need to purchase from this batch.  The holiday turkeys will be 20-25 pounds.  We had two new arrivals this last week.  Moonshine, our new Nigerian dwarf buck, was born a week ago today and he is a beautiful chocolate brown with blue eyes like his Daddy.  We also welcomed Aurora, our new (hopefully) Dairy cow.  She is from a twin birth with a male so it is possible his hormones passed through the cord and sterilized her, but there is less chance of it in the mother's first birth and this was her first so we are saying our prayers.  Hope you are weathering the heat alright...I feel like a wilted squash plant!!  Looking forward to June gloom!!
 
 

Chicken and Turkey Season in Full Motion

Our organic chicken and turkey season is in full motion now at Moonstruck Farms with chicken available in just a few short weeks again and Summer turkeys in July (10-12 pounds) and holiday turkey waiting list soon to begin (20-28 lbs).  We will be ending our season in November this year, and starting back up in the Spring.  The cold weather was just too much for the chicks this year and so we are going to avoid the high losses by cutting the season.  We also were having great difficulty in obtaining our organic feed costing us hours of running around to try and find it each week so we are now ordering direct from Modesto Mills.  If you would like to order your Modesto Mills Premium organic feed with us just drop us an email at moonstruckfarms@verizon.net.   Now that we have been up and running for a year it is time to streamline some things and solving the feed issue is a huge help!!!  We have had some great help come on board also, and that has been a tremendous help leaving more time for me to cut chickens to order.  We have even added butterflying whole chickens to your choices which include boneless breasts, breasts on the bone, half chickens, legs, thighs, leg and thigh combinations and ground chicken.  Tomorrow is "onion" day with 1,500 onions going in...good night.
 
 

Easter Lamb

The Sieberts have lamb available for Easter now.  This will be the only lamb available for Easter with the next availability being this summer.  They are lambing now and the 4H kids always get first pick and then it will be available for sale to the general public.  Let us know by Friday if you are interested.  Just drop a line moonstruckfarms@verizon.net.  Here at Moonstruck the trees and grapes are all in the ground finally.  I do have to finish mulching and painting the trunks and pruning and hopefully it will be on a warmer day than today.  That North wind was so cold today...thank the Lord for flannel lined jeans and three layers and a flannel work jacket!! 

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Easter Lamb

The Sieberts have lamb available for Easter now.  This will be the only lamb available for Easter with the next availability being this summer.  They are lambing now and the 4H kids always get first pick and then it will be available for sale to the general public.  Let us know by Friday if you are interested.  Just drop a line moonstruckfarms@verizon.net.  Here at Moonstruck the trees and grapes are all in the ground finally.  I do have to finish mulching and painting the trunks and pruning and hopefully it will be on a warmer day than today.  That North wind was so cold today...thank the Lord for flannel lined jeans and three layers and a flannel work jacket!! 

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Summer Turkeys

Summer turkey season is upon us.  The hatchery called to let me know there was a problem with some of the turkey egg orders so I could not get the white broad breasted and the bronze in an order so I switched it to all Bronze Broad Breasted, which I actually prefer. They seem to be sturdier.  I guess it is because they are closer to the original Heirloom Standard Bronze breed.  The white broad breasted is preferred in the commercial industry not only because of the breast meat, but also because of the white feathers there is no worry of quill marks.  You will only see the quill marks after butcher if the quill busts in the skin.  Most of the turkeys I have processed do not have the marks, but you do get some and it appears like tiny black dots.  They do not affect the taste of the turkey at all, just look a little funny compared to your "store bought" or white broad breasted.   I do get the additional pleasure of watching beautiful bronze turkeys raised here and so can you just come and visit any Saturday (after they arrive) from 9-12.  If you would like to reserve a Summer turkey (10-14 pounds) for July 2013 just drop me an email at moonstruckfarms@verizon.net.  Moonstruck signing out!!

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