Moonstruck Farms

  (Phelan, California)
Moonstruck Farms CSA
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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! 
 
 

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.
 
 

Quiet is coming.

As I was filling orders I felt the sense of peace that I love so much about my farm life...not that it always feels that way, but I cherish it when it happens.  I had just come in from feeding and collecting squash, which is now producing since the weather has been a little more even in temperature, but they are still very small.  I had filled all the little Cornish chicks watererers and feeders and they are so cute at this stage to say the least, and while I was doing that the turkeys in the pen adjacent were walking up and eating all the bugs off of the waterers...turkeys are very social and love to peck at bugs that are invisible to the naked eye.  I then filled the feeders for the larger Cornish (who are running like I have a blow torch in my hand from me...not social) who will be ready for harvest in four weeks and I marveled at their growth.  Molly during all this is throwing her body against the pens reminding everyone who is boss!! (Yes, this is our morning routine).  We then went down and gave the pigs the scrap bowl and checked on them.  Two are about ready, but two are quite small so it will be a while yet.  During this Molly is running around barking at the heels of all the cows to remind them who boss is once again!  (Sorry, she loves the pigs, if she has time she just comes over and gives them kisses....and then I give her a bath!!).  Then over to feed the cows who race me to the feeder and make it almost impossible to put the leaves in as they are trying to eat as I push it into the corrrals.  I then make a second trip where "girl" comes over to eat by herself.  She is the smallest and we have developed a routine where she saunters over (I might have told you already) to eat by herself, but the last week or so "Spot" has been joining her....romance in bloom maybe??  I think part of my sense of peace comes from the break from the heat yesterday and the feeling of Fall in the air and winter soon.  I am a Fall and Winter person...they are my favorite seasons!  I can't wait to have my first fire, put some chicken carcasses on the wood stove and make heartwarming chicken soup!  My kids actually ate some canned soup this week and said it was horrible....hopefully they will appreciate Mom a little bit more, but I doubt it, they are teenagers after all!!  See ya all soon!

 
 

Bees!! Yahoo!!

As most of you know things have not been going smoothly around here, pool collapses pouring 50,000 gallons of water into greenhouse and across property (the pigs loved it!), the beds out front are now succumbing to the beginning of the critters building their stores for winter, and yields have been down due to my learning curves and the weather and taking on too much, but what do most farmers do…we bounce!  So we are bouncing and not only are we about to dive into hydroponics to solve part of the issue, but we are getting some help around here in the yield category…yes the real workers are coming…two bee hives arrive on Saturday!!  What a tremendous blessing they will be increasing yields hopefully beyond any tinkering with the soil that I could do would accomplish.  We also are investing in more equipment to make the animal end of the farm run more efficiently with more automatic water fountains and more feeders.  Even the cows are going to get a new automatic water fountain so that I don’t have to clean out their trough and they get nice fresh water with each sip.  To bring my spirits up around here I walk the fields (that are doing well) like the corn, the green beans coming up and all the winter squash including sweet dumplings, butternut and carnival and the huge first two plants of rhubarb!  I also tinker in the kitchen and tonight there is goats milk yogurt warming in the oven (i have a bread proofing setting of 100 degrees) and with some luck I will have luscious warm yogurt to add to my granola in the morning along with some fresh canned peaches (we did 30 quarts).  Yes I know it sounds crazy after all that hard work, but it puts a smile on my face and a warm feeling in my belly!!

 

See ya all soon!

 
 

Laying hens anyone?

Approximately every two years we start over with our laying hens.  In order to meet the customers needs we have to have them laying at about 90%.  So at this time the 65 new layers are getting pretty big and starting to crowd my hard working ladies so it is time to thin the flock.  The 2.5 years old laying hens are for sale for $10.00.  They are still laying and will for years to come.  Just so you know a new chick is $1.75 at our local hatchery, which is half the going rate, and then it totals out at about $15.00 for me to bring them to four months of age so yes this is a deal especially if you are not set up to take care of chicks.  Let me know if you are interested.  I am only letting a limited amount go at this time; the rest will go in another 6-8 weeks.
 
 

Whistling Turkeys

It was so nice this week to be able to leave the windows open and sit at my lap top listening to the turkeys whistle!! They are such neat animals.  Michael built them a great new coop and after going into it they did not stop talking about it for hours.  Our first batch of Cornish chickens will be ready soon and the summer turkeys soon after that so I guess we are in full swing.  We did do 10 for ourselves a few weeks back to check the numbers again on using the organic feed and test flavor of course....our favorite duty around here, and it was fabulous!!  No mushy chicken for us.  Free of worries; I know exactly what is going in them, and it is so delicious!! The coop is so nice that Mike built I think we will be able to extend the season a little more than I thought providing more poultry for our freezer and yours!  Remember this year we are only doing batches through the Fall and we only have a limited amount of Thanksgiving turkeys available this year...we needed to get our feet wet and start slow.  Any questions just drop us a line at moonstruckfarms@verizon.net.  Moonstruck signing out!!
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Farm is progressing!

While my head is not spinning I thought I would take a moment to sit down and update you to some changes.  Sales are climbing so we are only growing for the CSA at this time, and what a relief that is.  It was hard growing for the larger basket requirements for the co-ops and keeping up with a wide variety of plantings for the CSA.  It also allows us to make some changes that were needed.  When we started root crops in August last year outside they did not succeed.  It was not early enough so this year we are reserving a few rows outside to plant in the next couple of weeks of carrots and other root crops.  This way we will have a supply outside and inside the greenhouses hopefully fixing a long awaited problem of enough carrots for the year.  With sales up it looks like the large onion order I made is not going to be enough so we will have to rely on green onions through the winter though I am hoping the red onions will last until December.  I am also going to try Crystal Wax onions from seed in the greenhouses that are a small bulb like onion.  We will be taking the new greenhouse out of production in August clearing it for an September planting of greens, radishes, etc. thus allowing the old greenhouse to continue production of the summer crops until they die out in November/December.  We will then clear and reamend planting as soon as the day length starts to return towards the end of January leaving January for onion/garlic planting again for the next year.  In the meantime the poultry operation is well underway with Cornish growing like crazy and little tiny turkeys who are already spreading their wings and strutting their stuff saying "Yes, I am the man"....someone needs to tell them they are not even the size of a softball yet!!  Moonstruck signing off!
 
 

Some of My Favorite Things

Some of my favorite things....roses, fresh green beans, the first tomato of the season and Molly!!  She has truly been a blessing lately with babies everywhere and new pens going in and moving animals this way and that!!  Yes, if you don't close the door all the way those laying hen babies will squeeze through and run out!!! They are fast too!  Molly catches them, and waits for me to come and get them!!  It is awesome!  One she caught and it freaked her out by playing dead so she walked away, and I thought oh know she was too rough! I picked it up and put it in the coop and it ran away!!  The piglets she corraled with a few nips on the heels and back in the pen they went!  Now, when I go into the coop to feed the laying hen babies Molly stands guard at the door to make sure none get out.  The cows are pretty docile, but if they show any agitation at all a few quick barks and they are back in line.  She is by far one of the best additions to the farm in the last few years.  Of course, she is my constant companion also, and whines terribly if I waste anytime going outside once the overalls are on....as she is right now.  Have a good day everyone!! 

P.S.

We made fresh squeezed orange juice today and received 5 cups of juice from about 3 - 3.5 lb. oranges from Glen Cairn, and it was sooooooo good!!

 
 

Eggs anyone!!

The girls took a nice long rest and boy did they come back strong!!  They are laying at 98%!!  We are making angel food cake, scrambles, omelettes, frittatas, cookies, Texas sheet cake and lots more!!  Meyers lemons have been a terrific price from Glen Cairn so we made lemon curd, drizzled it on the angel food cake and added a dollop of whipped cream!!  See why I have to work so hard in the fields...I like to eat good food!!  We will have our first Moonstruck beef soon and I cannot wait!!  Believe it or not it is the hamburger I am looking forward to the most.  I could not believe how good hamburger could taste after I tried the Bashaws!!  Tonight we are enjoying a Italian Sausage Soup with just harvested spinach...yes we have lots and lots of spinach!!  The radishes are huge too!!  Finally all the hard work is starting to show.  We have been taking the time to monitor the greenhouse temperatures and humidity and soil testing every row and all the observations are starting to pay off!  I was opening the greenhouses too early and losing precious humidity.  The West field is planted with sugar snap, snow peas, fava beans and shelling peas....we lost one row to a rabbit break in, but I think I have locked them out again!!  Plain Jane salad mix (speckled bibb, romaine, buttercrunch and spinach) has been a big hit right along with Moonstruck salad mix.  The tomatoes are about 18 inches and I can't wait to see how early we can have this year, but I know now from my monitoring that I can push it one month earlier next year.  Moonstruck signing out...see ya all soon!!

 
 

Pork is on schedule now!!

Okay, the pork scheduling has been a little crazy due to demand and getting set up with a steady piglet supplier and it is done....yeah!!  Moonstruck Farms will be offering pork sides for September/October 2012 and roasting pigs (for those big summer parties) for Summer 2012.  The deadline for these pork orders is April 6, 2012.  for more details please email me.  Next batch of pork will be February 2013. 

Tony talked me into one more head of beef and so I have two sides available and they are grass/grain fed at this time, but if both sides sell for grass fed only I will convert it to grass only.  Beef will be an approximately one to one and half year cycle depending on their weight gain.  If they are ready by next Spring than another batch will come in, but if they are not then I will have to wait for Fall calves....circle of life on the range :) Now I just need to get my hands on the ultrasound equipment they are using for grading the beef....this is how they confirm grass fed beef is at choice grade, but then again I have Eddie and I think he is better than the ultrasound after 40+ years in the business...he has never steered me wrong and my husband has the pig measuring down and he has been within 5 lbs. every time!!

On the lamb front...one share left and no more until August 2012.

The first batch of chicken is sold out for July 2012, but we will do 50 each in August, September and October; 20 Summer turkeys and 50 Thanksgiving turkeys...sorry have to start out slow :)  By the way if anyone has a deal on cargo containers I need a few, but the budget is tight so it has to be a great deal!! My husband is kicking me out of the garage he says I am taking it over!! Hehehhe....he's right!!  Moonstruck signing out...alias the "garage taker"!!

 
 

Moonstruck Shopping List

MOONSTRUCK FARMS

CSA

SHOPPING LIST

10/05-10/08/2011

Moonstruck Farms

 

 

Carnival winter squash $1.50/pound (beautiful green and yellow speckled Cinderella style. Picture on facebook)

 

Arugula $1.00/small bag.

 

Cherry belle radishes $0.50 (six)

 

Beets $1.00 (3 small)

 

Moonstruck Salad Mix $2.00  (almost there) (Triple Washed mix of baby lettuces, Swiss chard, beet greens, spinach, Arugula and whatever is in season …now nasturium flowers). 

 

Rainbow Swiss chard $1.50

 

Braising Greens $1.50

(Mixture of cooking greens including mustards, kales, Swiss Chard, Collards, Beet Greens)

 

Red Russian kale $1.50

 

Raveena eggplant (white elongated) $1.00 each

 

Heirloom Slicing tomatoes $2.00/pound

 

Cherry tomatoes $1.50/sandwich bag

 

Cooking Celery  $1.00 (i almost have to pb size!)

 

Jalapenos 5/$1.00

 

Carrots $1.00

 

patty squash 50 cents each

 

Red cipollini onion bags $0.75 (1/2 pound of small onions)

 

Shallots (4-5 cloves) $1.00

 

Basil $0.50 (approx. 3 stems)

 

Rosemary $0.50

 

Mint or chocolate mint $0.50

 

Chives  $0.50


Herb bundle of sage, oregano, thyme and rosemary $1.00

 

Lavender sachet $1.00

 

Farm fresh eggs $3.75

 

Bashaws

 

Pork Shares Available…approx. 10 pound packages…please ask for details.  Bacon, sausage, pork chops, lunchmeat, ham slice etc.  Package E is now sold out.

 

Summer Preorder Turkeys (13-18 pounds) $2.50/pound…they are in the freezer and ready for delivery.  If you need a small turkey for thanksgiving grab one of these before they are gone.

 

Whole turkey pricing

$2.50/pound Fresh, whole.

$4.50/pound Smoked, whole, cut in half or quartered.

 

Cut portion only pricing

$3.00/pound fresh, leg/thigh

 

Thanksgiving Turkey Preorder List I have a couple fresh pick up at the farm thanksgiving turkeys available…had a few cancellations. $2.50/pound….two days before thanksgiving. (Fresh are the biggest 20-28 pounds)

 

There are plenty of turkeys that will be harvested in the month of November and frozen and/or sent to smoker.  $2.50/pound. (approx. 15-20 pounds)

 

Thanksgiving smoked turkey $4.50/pound. Must be ordered by November 1st.

 

Chicken: 

Whole by the pound in the 4-5.5 pound range

$2.50/lb.

 

Following Cuts: $3.00/lb.

 

Chicken Thighs (4 pack)

Glencairn Farm

Glencairn is no spray, no chemical fertilizers…noncertified organic.

 

Valencia navel oranges (small juice) $0.65/pound

red grapefruit (glencairn grapefruit is very sweet) $0.75 each.

Hass or pinkerton avocados $1.50 each.

 

More to come…find them at www.glencairnfarm.org

 

Valle View Ranch

Steve grows a few vegetables each year.  This year he has the acorn squash and look for his beautiful Cinderella pumpkins soon.

 

Acorn squash $1.75/pound

yellow peaches $2.00/pound.

Yellow nectarines $2.00/pound

 

 

Brian Ranch Orchard

 

Congratulations to brian ranch for the following awards at the antelope valley fair.  Three first prizes for golden supreme, royal gala and shinko asian pears.  Two second prizes for rosi red bartletts and 20th century asian pears.

 

 

Kikusi asian pears           $1.50/pound

 

Rosi red bartlett pears      $1.50/pound

 

Bartlett pears              $1.50/pound

 

Bronze beauty bosc          $1.50/pound (good cooking/canning pear)

 

Braeburn Apples             $1.50/pound

 

Golden supreme apples       $1.50/pound

 

To enjoy what is going on with the fruit at Brian Ranch before it arrives please visit their blog at or go U Pick on the weekend. 

 

http://brianranchorchard.blogspot.com/

 

 

Dirt Creek Soaps

 

Goats Milk Soaps – All Natural Ingredients $3.50

Lavender Rose, Lavender Vanilla, Spearmint Patchouli, Lemongrass/Clary Sage, Green Meadows (basil and citrus oils, it smells very fresh), Summer Spice (Clove, Peppermint and Rose), Citrus, Spring Flowers (floral blend with rose, yiang yiang, palmarosa and lemon), Clean Cut (orange, lemon and geranium), Brianna’s Bouquet (a blend that Brianna put together of rose, bergamot, lavender, juniper berry, amyris and patchouli).

 

New Scents:

Winter Mint

Warm Woods

Peppermint

Chamomile tea

 

Valhalla Soaps/Goat Milk

Goat Milk Soaps $4.50

Lavender Rose, Lemon, Cinnamon, Herbs N Egg Shells, Irish Oats N Honey, Lavender Eggshell.

 

TONERS

 

Toners are designed to use on you face as a ph corrector but they double as a non-toxic hand sanitizer.  I keep one in each car and use it after a dusty day working in the yard on my face with a cotton pad.  Some are moisturizing with glycerin added.  The scent comes from infusing with the flowers.

 

Lavender rose:  witch hazel, alcohol, roses, lavender flowers, glycerin, hisbiscus

Chamomille:  witch hazel, alcohol, chamomile flowers

Four oz spray bottles $6

 

Buzz-off spray $6.00

To fight those nasty insects:  witch hazel, alcohol, glycerin, plus essential oils.  I use this on my horse and my husband!

Dream Pillows

Little pillows that are pleasantly scented with herbs from my garden, essential oils, and seeds packaged in a silky cloth bag so you can keep them near and breath in the scents as you drift off to sleep.  Mint, Lemon Balm, Lavender and Geranium essential oils

Approx 2 x 8 in  $15

Lip balm

Sunflower, shea, coconut, coco butter, beeswax, vanilla bean, rosehip oil, vit C, E

In a twist off tub, $4.00

 

Montana Liniment

Rub into sore joints and muscles as needed, moisturizing also, Good for elbows and feet.

2 oz tub, $6.00

Coconut, shea, beeswax, arnica, eucalyptus, clove, lavender, rosemary essential oils

 

HangTen Skin ointment 

.5 oz tins $4.00

Massage into wounds, sore skin, hangnails, etc for soothing healing.

Balm of Gilead, olive, beeswax, juniper, grapefruit oils

 

 

 

 
 
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