Moonstruck Farms CSA[ Member listing ]
25 Nov · Sun 2012
Thanks to Dirt Creek starting up their breeding program again of Berkshire pork we are proud to announce that we will be able to offer this chef sought after pork here at Moonstruck Farms. I love any farm fresh pork, but I must admit I can see what the chefs are talking about. It is a richer deeper flavor. Unfortunately the piglets are a little more and they take a little longer to feed out so they are a premium item, but we personally have decided that it is worth it, and it enables us to do our part in supporting a heritage breed pig and a wonderful family farm...Dirt Creek owned by Brian and Stephanie Winn. In the meantime we completed our first poultry season and though not perfect we are very happy with our accomplishment of 200 chickens and 50 turkeys, and looking forward to doing more of both next year. We are starting a winter batch of chicken starting in December that will be available in February, but only 50 because I want to make sure they can all fit in the coop if the weather goes bad. Michael is going to finish off the other run with an enclosed area for more chicken protection, but that will have to wait until after all the ground and holes are prepped for the 250 trees to arrive the first week of February. They include figs, canning peaches, cider/baking apples including Winesap and Spitzenberg, and wonderful eating apples like Empire, Honeycrisp and Gala. We threw in a few plums and pluots but concentrated on the "canning" U pick division of peaches and apples. We are starting tomatoes and peppers inside this week for a January start in the larger greenhouse and keeping lettuces in the old. We are very far behind and appreciate everyone's patience as we go through these major growing pains, but thanks to you all the expansions will be complete with the trees and the new fence line though one day we will need to add a large garage/barn for Mike to work in, but that will come in due time. Moonstruck signing out.
Posted by Rowena @ 12:34 PM PST
12 Sep · Wed 2012
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!
Posted by Rowena @ 09:37 AM PDT
14 Jun · Thu 2012
Planning 6 months to a year ahead has become our natural course around here. With the pork operation growing I am developing a waiting list for the batch to begin October 2012 and be harvested February 2013. The $50.00 deposit will not be collected until September 2012. I am developing the list so that I can reserve the proper amount of piglets and build more pens if necessary. So drop me a line at email@example.com if you would like to reserve or side or just need full details. Moonstruck signing off!!
Posted by Rowena @ 09:21 AM PDT
02 Jun · Sat 2012
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!!
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!!
Posted by Rowena @ 10:34 AM PDT
11 Apr · Wed 2012
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!!
Posted by Rowena @ 07:19 PM PDT
30 Mar · Fri 2012
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"!!
Posted by Rowena @ 09:15 AM PDT
29 Mar · Thu 2012
I was out this morning taking “little lady” our Berkshire pig a nice bowl of morning goodies…cracked eggs, leftover cabbage, green beans and the harvest scraps from yesterday for her and she was spinning her 360s in excitement but she had to wait! She has been happily tilling her pen (and eating some dirt and getting her vitamins and minerals at the same time)and had built all the dirt up right outside the gate and I could not open it!! so there I was digging her out. She had basically tried to dig to china like all the pigs do. the last batch were harvested just in time….all four walls had been undermined and were ready to go down and we were doing temporary fixes until they were harvested. This weekend Michael will take the whole pen down, tractor away all the tilled dirt and fill it back in and rebuild the pen for the next guys to hopefully not succeed in making it to china!! The good news is Michael will tractor all that beautifully tilled dirt and all the manure from filet’s corral (she has done some tilling herself with her “bull” action) and build the next tiered bed out front. I could get used to this tractor idea!! too bad it does not fit in the greenhouses! We are going to review our tree order for this next year this weekend too since it is not going into next year (but is due this week) and we want to maximize it. the cherries will take up to five years to produce on the rootstock we are choosing for soil and the apples almost as long. Sweet cherries and gravenstein, empire, spitzenburg and winesap apples are definitely on the list!! I am dreaming of a u pick addition in five years!! we are also adding a "roasting pig" choice for your special gatherings this summer but i definitely need to know as soon as possible if you are interested. just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you again for all your support!
Posted by Rowena @ 08:20 PM PDT
07 Feb · Tue 2012
Moonstruck Farms CSA would like to welcome the Siebert Lamb Farm to our multi-farm CSA. The Sieberts have been in the lamb business for over 30 years, and raise Heritage Southdown and Hampshire/Suffolk crosses. They are grass and grain fed, but only say the word and they will put one aside for grass fed only if that is what you prefer. There is lamb available now so just drop an email if you would like more information. Beef sides are almost sold out; I have one "grass fed" only side left for the season. Sorry this will be it for the year; have to start out slow and five head are plenty for us to start with!! We have one pork side left that will be sent to butcher in late May, and then we will take a break for a few months with pork available again in the late Fall. We are taking a few months off so we can keep ourselves busy stocking up on chicken and turkey for the summer and early Fall. Just a note to keep you updated; now that meat is taken care of time to go plant the new greenhouse with the beginning of the summer crops!!
Posted by Rowena @ 07:00 PM PST
12 Dec · Mon 2011
Turkey and beef stock simmering on the wood stove. Some of my favorite things to do...turn off the outdoor irrigation and use the wood stove to do double duty...heat my home and simmer stock, and boy does it smell good in here!! Fresh bread cooking in the bread maker. Meghan is taking the time to make a Pralines and Cream Pecan Carmel muffin recipe she has been wanting to make since to say the least she is not running today and she was able to bake since we received 3 more eggs today than usual making it a total of 6!! The good news is that it looks like some of them are coming out of moult and between that and the days lengthening after the 22nd we will have eggs for you again....sorry my family goes through 3-4 dozen a week themselves so we have not even had what we need and have been on egg rationing. I checked on the pigs and they were tucked in under a pile of straw with only a stripe of pink or two showing. Filet was outside in the rain and snow all day...she usually is in her shelter...she must love the moisture!! Molly as tiny as she is did not show the slightest hesitation at the cold galloping happily everywhere! One of my favorite things about snow days is the peaceful silence. Most neighbors stay home and so all the noise we are conditioned to disappears and it feels as though the whole world has stopped or at least slowed down. It was not completely silent since as soon as the goats saw me they started bellowing and I could almost understand "make it go away!!!". They don't "do wet". The chickens were running around happy to have the ground wet so they could peck away for bugs....maybe that is why we received a few extra eggs...extra protein!! Back to soup making and turkey cutting. Merry Christmas everyone!!
Posted by Rowena @ 03:07 PM PST
06 Dec · Tue 2011
Today started with the unfreezing of water lines and water bowls for the animals. I went to pour a tea kettle of boiling water on the metal pipe for the pig's nipple and within 2 seconds one of them figured out what I was trying to do and started sucking as hard as he could on it....the teamwork succeeded and within 30 seconds water was flowing!! I love pigs; they are such awesome animals. Later on I was nervously harvesting as I always am at this time of year due to everything's slow growth pattern I realized that at about 2:30 pm the sun went behind the mountain enough to shadow the entire new greenhouse, and I asked myself why do I stress...there is nothing I can about the length of day at this time of year!! I tell myself each year I should close the whole month of December, but then the weather was so beautiful right up to mid November that I just could not do it. I even put zucchini on the shopping list this week. Of course I am going to have to short some orders because the 28 degree clear night we had last night finally took the zucchini, peppers, tomatoes and nasturtiums out in the greenhouses! Sorry no nasturtiums in this week's Moonstruck Salad Mix, but I did manage to throw in some pretty yellow broccoli flowers. I am still spinning here from being so behind, and quitting the market as heart breaking as it was to do it was a wise decision and to be honest I should have done it four months before I did. I just keep making note of the goals that we have reached and the fact that I have the "infrastructure" now to grow all that we need and more. We may even have a chance to grow at an alternative site that will become a community garden, but all that produce will be dedicated to the St. Vincent De Paul's Food Pantry. Another exciting project coming up for 2012. In the meantime we will be taking a little vacation from December 16 to December 30th...a little rest and a little work. In case I don't have a chance to write again....Merry Christmas everyone!!
Posted by Rowena @ 07:28 PM PST
27 Nov · Sun 2011
Fortunately and unfortunately the Bashaws had quite a few last minute cancellations. The good news is that there are Christmas turkeys available, but only for a limited time. In about a week I am going to start making turkey sausage!! If you want a Christmas turkey please let me know and we will get you taken care of. The first batch of Moonstruck pork goes to butcher early tomorrow morning, and I know I can't wait to get my honey cured bacon back! The next batch goes to butcher in March 2012, and we will have Pork CSA shares available at that time.
It has been so beautiful the green onions, radishes and even lettuce are doing beautifully outside. Moonstruck Salad Mix is available this week, and Asian Greens are next on the list. Savoy cabbages are doing beautifully in the new greenhouse, and the summer vegies are alive!! It takes about 3 weeks to grow a single zucchini so extending the season does not work due to the late days, but it proves that starting early will not be a problem at all especially since I know I was germinating last year during freezing temps!
Phelan may have an opportunity to have a community garden!! If you are interested please let me know so we can keep track of who in the community would like to take advantage of this. Have a great week everyone!! Moonstruck signing out.
Posted by Rowena @ 08:07 PM PST
04 Oct · Tue 2011
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)
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!)
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)
Mint or chocolate mint $0.50
Lavender sachet $1.00
Farm fresh eggs $3.75
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.
Whole by the pound in the 4-5.5 pound range
Following Cuts: $3.00/lb.
Chicken Thighs (4 pack)
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.
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).
Valhalla Soaps/Goat Milk
Goat Milk Soaps $4.50
Lavender Rose, Lemon, Cinnamon, Herbs N Egg Shells, Irish Oats N Honey, Lavender Eggshell.
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!
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
Sunflower, shea, coconut, coco butter, beeswax, vanilla bean, rosehip oil, vit C, E
In a twist off tub, $4.00
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
Posted by Rowena @ 07:56 PM PDT
29 Sep · Thu 2011
Wow it is hard to believe we are cruising so quickly towards Thanksgiving, but here at the CSA farms we are always having to think many months ahead to keep up. The summer turkeys are almost gone. There are just a couple between 11-13 pounds; buying these is the only way to get a nice small turkey for those who have small ovens or are having a candlelight dinner for two on Thanksgiving.
Starting the first week of November the first batches of turkeys will be harvested. Some of these will go to the smoker to be ready in time for Thanksgiving for those of you wishing for a ready to go delicious turkey that just needs a llittle reheating.
We took the last smoked turkey leg/thigh we had the other day and combined it with the bean/lentil/pea mix you buy at Costco, added a few Moonstruck carrots, celery and onion in a crock pot and it made an easy and fantastic tasting meal.
The first of November batches of turkeys will be between 16-25 pounds harvested, and frozen to be picked up at the farm or delivered to a CSA delivery point.
Now for those who enjoy going to the farm and picking up a fresh turkey a day or two before Thanksgiving there are two slots left. You will show up when called and take your fresh turkey home...the freshest of all, but of course this is a small farm so only 50 are harvested two days before Thanksgiving. Remember these turkeys are also for those of us (like me) that need a 25-30 pound turkey for a big Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. They will range from 20-30 pounds and I feel 100% confident saying it will be the most delicious turkey you have ever tried, but don't forget these are farm fresh lean turkeys....they cook fast. I brined one one year and our 28 pound turkey cooked in two and half hours!! Just drop us a line at email@example.com with any questions.
Posted by Rowena @ 10:21 PM PDT
24 May · Tue 2011
Small Beef share are available….10-15 pounds each…Just email for more information.
New Pork Shares Available or small approximately 8 pound CSA shares available…email for details.
Summer Preorder Turkeys (10-12 pounds) …August, September, October, November 1st Still Available.
$2.50/pound Fresh, whole, cut in half, or quartered.
$4.50/pound Smoker, whole, cut in half or quartered.
Thanksgiving Turkey Preorder List filling up already…only doing 200 this year…$2.50/pound and picked up FRESH at the farm two days before Thanksgiving. If you want smoked please specify or if you want a frozen turkey delivered prior to Thanksgiving for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas just let me know. We will process those approximately 3-4 weeks prior to Thanksgiving.
Whole Chickens by the pound in the 3-5 pound range
$2.25/lb. Phelan/Co-Op Delivery
$2.50/lb. Wrightwood Market Delivery
Half Chickens – SOLD OUT
Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts
$3.50/pound Phelan/WW Co-op and $3.75/pound WW Mkt
Chicken Wings $2.50/lb. Phelan and WW. (Approx. 4-5 lb bags)
White Meat Portion (Breast/Wing on Bone)
Chicken Breasts on the Bone (2 pack) SOLD OUT
Chicken Leg/Thigh Combos (2 pack)
Chicken Thighs (4 pack)
Chicken Legs(4 pack)
All Above Cuts: $2.75/lb. Phelan/WW Co-Op
$3.00/pound WW Market
Posted by Rowena @ 07:31 AM PDT
17 May · Tue 2011
Wow!! Wow!! Wow!! Three employees coming and going and by next Wednesday I should be all caught up!! What a difference...I should have done this the day the greenhouse was completed!! I could really get used to this. I can think so much clearer now that the the growing area is clear!! Michael rebuilt the back wall of the greenhouse...need a strong window that is easy to open and close, but so much better!! The old greenhouse is going to be constructed the same in the Fall. Our Spring weather has been so violatile that I told Michael that I really needed something easy to open and close on a minute's notice. The remainder of the greenhouse is about 90% clear (old fields from last year still there). I did one tomato in a grow bag experiment and it grew 8 inches in about 10 days...I like it!! Spring Onions are looking beautiful, and green beans inside the new greenhouse look promising for two weeks from now!!! Wow, the possibilities for next year are stupendous. Paul, our fantastic helper, is slated to help Michael build the cross fencing for the property and we are picking out our first beef calf this weekend, and hopefully will be stocked back up on pigs by July 1st. Sheep are definitely in the future, but have to get the cross fencing done, and I have definitely decided the next greenhouse is a "Berry House". The herb garden is coming in beautiful, and I have ordered Broccoli and Alfalfa sprout seeds to start up again (house was too cold to grow sprouts for a while). I love having the employees..I am dreaming of homemade bread and sausage making for me to do!! Moonstruck Signing Out!!
Posted by Rowena @ 09:15 PM PDT