Turkey Potpie from leftovers

Turkey Potpie
Here is an easy way to turn those Turkey dinner leftovers into an exciting new meal.
Ingredients
1 cup cooked, diced turkey
1/2 cup diced carrots
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup frozen peas
2 cups turkey gravy (can be thinned with turkey stock)
2 cups mashed potatoes
4 oven proof single serving bowls lined with a pie crust (or more mashed potatoes)
Salt, oregano and herbs to taste

Pie Crust Recipe
2 cups flour
3/4 cup lard and butter
1 tsp salt
Enough cold water or vodka to stick it together-added gradually and stirred in with fork 4-6 Tablespoons (hard liquor evaporates better than water resulting in a better crust)

First make the pie crust. Cut butter and lard into the salted flour until mixture is the size of small peas. Add your water, making sure you add enough to get all the dough to stick together. Devide into four equal sizes. You can roll the crusts out seperately, or if the dough is wet, simply press it into each oven proof bowl scalloping the edges a little.
Alternatively, if you have a lot of mashed potatoes that you want to use up, you could line the oven proof bowls with salted mashed potatoes on the bottom of the dish as well as on the top.
Filling:
Save the mashed potatoes for the top. Add turkey, vegetables and gravy to a cast iron skillet. If the gravy is thick, thin it with turkey stock. Salt and season with herbs until desired flavor is achieved. You know what you like. My favorite seasonings for it are oregano, basil or sage. The sauce/gravy should not be too thick. If it’s too thin you could add a little flour. Taste and adjust seasonings until desired flavor is reached.
Fill the pie crusts with the filling and top with mashed potatoes.
Bake at 375 for 50 minutes.
Serve hot. Warn everyone not to touch the hot bowls.

Turkey Stock
After deboning the turkey, put bones, skin and any dripping from the pan into a large stock pot. Cover with water and 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar. Bring to a boil then simmer on low heat for 24-48 hours. This makes a great stock for soups and also can be turned into a nice sauce.

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Sauce: Combine 2 cups stock with 1/4 cup flour. Blend then cook in a pan stirring constantly until flour turns translucent. More stock can be used to make a thinner sauce, add more flour for a thicker sauce.

 

X-Mas Trees for Sale

Morganic Farm is selling Christmas and Solstice trees this year for $10 each.  We’ll be cutting trees as needed until Christmas time.  Stop by the farm for trees at a fair price.  We have a variety of different spruce trees available.

While you’re here check out our pork cuts.  We also have 3 turkeys left, only the largest left at 18-22 pounds ($4/pound).

Our winter hours are 8am-5pm every day.  Happy Holidays from Morganic Farm!

 

Thanksgiving Turkeys!

I consider Thanksgiving a harvest festival to celebrate a wonderful growing season as we buckle down for the long winter months ahead.  Our turkeys are non-GMO and live out on pasture.  We processed a few of our very biggest toms this weekend and they came in at about 20 pounds each!  We expect the hens to be more in the 15 pound range.  We only raise a limited number of turkeys every year, and they’re going fast.  If you want to order one, now is the time.  Please complete the Order Form to get your turkey before they’re gone!

Thank you for supporting our farm!

Hatching!

This year we had one determined hen who “flew the coop” and set herself up to hatch some eggs.  Once a hen goes broody, as long as she’s out of the way and safe, we usually try to leave her alone.  I didn’t think her eggs were still good (it seemed like she was sitting on them all summer!), but we left her alone.  Then one day she wasn’t there and all that remained of her little nest were broken egg shells!

Oh no!  I thought for sure predators had eaten her and her eggs, or the goats had trampled her little nest.  But then I heard the peeping!

In the next pasture over the hen had a clutch of ten fuzzy little chicks she was clucking softly to and keeping close together!  We were thrilled!

Last year another hen had also hatched a clutch of eggs.  We left them entirely alone after they hatched.  They were totally wild, impossible for us to move into the hoophouse with the rest of the chickens.  Unfortunately, living on their own the chicks then mother hen got picked off one by one.  At last there was just one chicken left, and he turned into a wild rooster that lived with the pigs all through the winter.

That wild rooster was most likely the father of these chicks.  Rather than wait for mother and chicks to get picked off by predators, we caught them all and are letting the chicks grow up with mama hen in a chicken tractor.  They are still outside and mama hen still keeps them warm and teaches them about what to eat, but the tractor limits how far they can range and keeps them safe from predators while they grow up.

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A few days before they hatched we had a group of young children out to the farm and the children “discovered” the nest of eggs.

“What’s inside?”  A little girl asked bringing me one of the eggs.

“We could crack it open and see.”  I said and I almost cracked it open for her, but then I said cautiously, “But if we do and it has a baby chick inside, that baby chick will certainly die.  Do you still want me to crack it open?”

She shook her head and said “No”

So I said, “Well, better put the egg back then.”

A few days later the chicks all hatched out.

Bountiful Harvests for Vegetable CSA

Thank you everyone who was a part of this summer’s Vegetable CSA!  We had a lovely growing season this year!  We still have another month left for the summer egg share, pork share, poultry rabbit share and goat milk share before we wrap up for the summer.  Thank you everyone for being a part of a very productive summer, we love to see your smiling faces every week!

Coming up starting in November: Pork Shares and egg shares go strong throughout the winter months, November-April.  It’s not too late to join throughout the winter!

First Flush

On another beautiful summer day two years ago we inoculated some oak logs with shiitake mushroom spores.  This week they made an exciting appearance!  Behold our First Flush of Shiitake Mushrooms!  The first harvest of Shiitake’s is going to our vegetable CSA customers, but we have so many we’re also making them available for sale through our Market.

We are selling these beauty’s for $8 a pound.  Call soon, as shelf life is limited.

Puppy for Sale!

Here is our last puppy for 2015. He is energetic and loves, loves people. He shows loads of herding potential and would be perfect for a farming situation where some herding would be appreciated. He is confident and outgoing. This male puppy was born May 10, 2015. He is alert and tuned into working with animals. He also looks back often for guidance from his people, his look says “Is this ok? Is this what I should be doing?” He will be a fun dog to work with as a herding dog and we’d love to see him go to a farm. Affectionate and loving he will bond well with his family and be an indispensable addition to working with sheep, cattle, goats and other herding animals. We have a questionnaire for all potential puppy owners and we’re asking $300 for him.

Our last 3 puppies for sale!

We have 3 English Shepherd puppies left, two males and one female. They would all make wonderful family dogs and they have strong herding potential. Contact us if you’re interested.

Puppy Visitation Hours

We are now open for puppy visitors!  Because we’ve gotten so busy this year, we’re going to have regular visiting hours.  Please still contact us to let us know you’re coming.  Visiting starts this weekend (June 7th) and will be on Sunday’s from 1pm-2pm.  This remains a busy time of year for us putting up fencing and weeding the garden, etc… so please help us keep the time to about 1 hour.

The puppies moved outside last night (with their mother) and slept nicely through the night.  They are alert now, and mobile and aware of people!  Their puppy teeth are just coming in.  We have 4 puppies spoken for so far (out of 9).
Keeping checking our Facebook page for updates and let me know if you have any questions.

Study Compares Pigs fed GMO’s vs. Non-GMO feed.

We recently found a study that compares feeding pigs GMO feed and Non-GMO feed.

This study relates both to the pigs to themselves and to us.  Not only do people consume pigs, they are also eating these untested GMO crops.  Pigs and humans have a very similar digestive tract.  So if this is happening to pigs, what is happening to the people who eat these foods?  Also consider that pigs mature and reproduce in just one year, and we have the potential to look at what our future may hold (at least for those who eat processed foods).

Pigs fed a GMO diet had a 25% larger uterus than pigs fed non-GMO feed.  They also had “inflammation of the stomach and small intestine, stomach ulcers, a thinning of intestinal walls and an increase in haemorrhagic bowel disease, where a pig can rapidly “bleed-out” from their bowel and die.”  In addition they found that “males were more strongly affected. While female pigs were 2.2 times more likely to get severe stomach inflammation when on the GM diet, males were 4 times more likely. These findings are both biologically significant and statistically significant.”  In addition there was “reduced ability to conceive and higher rates of miscarriage in piggeries where sows were fed a GM diet, and a reduction in the number of piglets born.”

Interestingly Autism is often marked by digestive issues and males are more likely than females to become autistic.  With the health problems Americans face today, and so few truly scientific available (unbiased studies not done by companies that stand to make money of them), it’s hard to know what is the cause of our many health problems.

Both the complete summary and the full report are available to view.

Unless you want you and your family to participate in the biggest scientific study of all time, I would say it’s best to error on the side of caution and keep your food as clean and natural as you can.  Part of that is making sure to limit your exposure to GMO foods.

We’re proud to offer GMO-free pork and eggs.  Visit our website to learn more about how we raise our animals.