Newsletter 8/27/12

Dear Friends and Patrons of Cross Island Farms,

It’s hard to believe it’s already Labor Day Week – the summer has just flown by.
BABY PIGLETS: We are happy to announce the birth of nine baby piglets this week. They are with their mom, Yorky Girl, in the former “honeymoon suite” soon to be the “Edible Forest”* and can be seen on tour arranged at your convenience.

PORK, TURKEY AND DUCK RESERVATIONS: Coincidentally, we are now taking orders for whole or half hogs which we will raise for you over the winter and butcher in the early spring. Go to our website for more info. We are also taking deposits on ducks and turkeys, new offerings for this fall’s festive dinners.

THE DROUGHT has been hard on our pastures which have not regrown after being grazed. So Dave has been frantically brush-hogging fresh forage paddocks out of the (now dry) swamp in the unfenced back 40 where he is moving the cows and goats daily using portable fencing. The goats are thrilled with the amount of browse, the cows, notsomuch.

TOMATOES GALORE: Due to the marvelous drip irrigation infrastructure which David has perfected over the years, and our artesian well, we have been able to keep the vegetables amply hydrated and, with the exception of crops devastated by pests, are reaping a bountiful harvest. Our tomatoes and zucchini are particularly stellar this year and are available at our farmstand (tomatoes in quantity for sauce at the house). I am experimenting with air-drying zucchini this year to use instead of chips with dip. I will let you know how they turn out.

GOAT TRAINING: Our most recent volunteer, Sydney, departed this past week, leaving a legacy of hard work and two goats, Salt and Pepper, trained to pull a cart! Her contributions are much appreciated.

HARVEST TOUR WEEKEND: Cross Island Farms will be participating in the Harvest Tour Weekend September 29 and 30 when a number of agricultural businesses around the county will be opening their doors to the public. We will be offering our tours at a 20% discount during the weekend, and will also be co-sponsoring, with the Minna Anthony Nature Center, a pumpkin-picking event Sunday the 30th at 1 p.m. which is open to the public free of charge. The pumpkins we pick will be painted by children at the Nature Center’s Fall Festival two weekends later.

BOOK A FARM TOUR: If you have a houseful this week and coming weekend and are looking for something exciting and interesting to do, why not book a tour of our farm? You will get up close and personal with our chickens, goats, turkeys, ducks, cows and baby pigs, and learn all about our organic practices – educational fun for the whole family!

Wishing you and yours a fun and healthy Labor Day week!

Peace,

Dani Baker
Cross Island Farms

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