Tastes From Our Country Home
Eggs – $6/dozen
We keep a flock of laying hens that supply us with a bounty of colourful eggs. Why settle for brown or white eggs when you can also have pink, blue, green, or chocolate brown? We want our chickens to behave the way chickens were meant to behave. That means our birds live on pasture in mobile fencing and housing. We move them weekly to a fresh area of vegetation where they spend their days doing what they do best – scratching around and snapping up any small critters they can find. As a result, our hens lay nutritionally dense eggs, well above industry standards.
Soup Birds – $5 (live hen) or $10 (live rooster)
Since we grow our flock naturally, we have a surplus of roosters on hand. We also have some older hens of dual purpose breeds that will make a great chicken stock. If you’ve a taste for rooster meat or wish to make your own chicken stock, let us know.
Seasonal Roadside Stand – Variable prices
When the weather is fair our roadside stand is open. We stock it daily with dozens of eggs (kept cool when the temperature starts to rise). Asparagus and rhubarb are the first produce of the year and appear in June. As the summer unfolds the produce on the stand progresses through greens, peas, garlic, summer squash, tomatoes, onions, carrots, and winter squash, among other items.
We also have available some items that won’t do well sitting by the roadside all day, buy that we can supply you with, if desired. These include herbs (chives, sage, basil, parsley, hyssop, and dill), as well as cut flowers, and raspberries (two crops, one in late July and a second from late August until the first frost).
We are raising slow-growing meat birds out on pasture in mobile housing this summer. More info to come soon…
We took the plunge and got 2 breeding pairs of Kunekune’s. We are excited to get them out on grass as they enjoy eating 80% of their diet on grazing grass. We look forward to some piglets in early summer. After a year of growth, they will be ready for harvest.
In the spring of 2017 we planted several trees each of apples, cherries, pears, peaches and plums, as well as raspberries, sea buckthorns, haskaps, currants, and elderberries. Already we have enjoyed raspberries, apples, pears, currants and a few plums and peaches. We’ve since added aronia berries, hardy kiwis and pawpaws.
Beekeeping is something we are starting to get into. Having an orchard and multiple vegetable and flower gardens, bees are appreciated for their pollination services. Any honey we could get would from them is an added bonus!