Thanks, market pricing, pigs moving, poultry meat

Good morning all–

First off thank you to everyone for your comments and emojis re: Genevieve and mines split.  It is not easy–no matter how right it is.  It is not something one thinks too much about, let alone plans for, when hooking up with another.  We each have work to do and an interesting road ahead.  Thank you again for your love, support, confidence, and empathy.  It absolutely helps.

This week at the Sara Hardy Farmers Market several pricing changes have occurred for Morganic Farm:

  • Duck eggs are now back at $6/dozen
  • Bacon and brats resume their regular pricing of $8/pound
  • All other pork cuts remain on sale as do chicken eggs
  • Quail eggs will be free for sampling until they are gone.  If you have never tried quail eggs before now is your chance.  I will assess the popularity of the product (ideally moving it beyond the multitude of comments and into actual purchases) between now and October and then decide if I will offer them again.  Quail eggs are convenient to prepare and use and very healthy.  An unfortunate aspect to them is that one who does not incubate and hatch them themselves must purchase minimums of 100 (of which they are always 50/50 females/males) and hope to move the 30-45 eggs/day you will get from those little hens.  Unfortunately, they are not moving.  I process the males and feel bad processing productive females.  So for tomorrow and maybe next Wednesday quail eggs will be free.  If you like them come back and buy them.  If you do not–and that’s fine–I’ll know it is an enterprise that should end.

I am taking pigs to RRR for processing Thursday, August 10.  If you are interested in getting a half or whole now is a great time.  My adult pigs are currently at 230 to 275 live weight.  This means that for a whole pig–if you take all the bones, fat and organs that you can get and use from your pig you could end up with just under 200 pounds (max./high end) of product to enjoy.  Please send me an email if you are interested.  $100 either mailed, Paypaled (call me with your cc number) or cash or check handed to me at tomorrow’s or next Wednesday’s market secure your whole or half pig.

Preparations and planning are under way for whole ducks and more whole quail.  Stewing hens are currently available for $3/pound and are weighing in at 3 to 4.5 pounds per bird.  These birds are great at providing meat for soups, stir fry and any other meal calling for chicken.  The meat, little fat and bones also make an awesome broth for later use.  These birds are older (2-3 years) and more muscular than your 8 to 12 week old broiler and thus need to be cooked in water and for a longer period of time (min. 4 hours).  Stewing hens will be available from now until they are gone or are handed out in next spring’s CSA shares.

That’s all for now.  Have a great day out there, enjoy the cooler nights for sleeping and hope to see you at the market tomorrow or the farm this weekend. 🙂

Stuart