We are packing our final Summer CSA shares this week, reflecting on the season that is soon wrapping up.  We are happy to announce that our Winter CSA is looking great for this coming year – a greater selection than ever of high-quality, organic, locally grown vegetables for you to enjoy throughout the winter!

Join us on this culinary adventure and make your winter taste delicious!

SIGN-UP TODAY – CLICK HERE!

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piggies

Over the past five years, we have enjoyed raising pigs on pasture on our farm.  They are a great complement to a vegetable farm, always happy to receive any vegetables we have to spare!  This year, their pasture was in a section of the farm along a fence-line under the trees and included a large area of open field.  We really enjoy having them here, getting to see them eat pasture, roll and lay in puddles or in the sun, root about for insects, chase each other around, and enjoy vegetables from the garden.

The pigs we raised this year are different from the breed we have raised in the past.  They are a Berkshire / Tamworth / Wild Boar cross.  Along with grass, insects, and vegetables, we have been feeding the pigs Certified Organic, non-GMO feed from Jones Feed Mill.

HOW CAN YOU BUY OUR DELICIOUS PORK?

If you are interested in purchasing pork, here are your options:

Option #1: 

20-25 lb mixed cut bundles – $8.00 /lb. 

  • Cuts vary per box, but will include smoked ham, roast, pork chops, sausage, bacon, ground pork, and possibly ribs.  All meat will come frozen and requires 1-1.5 cubic feet freezer space.

Option #2:

Side (Half pig) – $5.00 /lb. This price is based on the hanging carcass weight of the pig, which typically ranges between 100-120 lb per half.  Hanging weight includes bones, so you will receive less than this amount of cut meat (on average 70-90 lb cut meat per half).

While this option does not necessarily result in a price less than the bundle price, it does give you lots of flexibility to choose the cuts that you prefer.

For this option…

  • You will require approximately 3 – 4 cubic feet of freezer space.
  • You decide how you would like the meat cut (steaks, hams, breakfast sausage, ribs, bacon, side-pork (pork belly) ground pork, tenderloin, butterfly chops, special sausage flavours etc.) and any curing / smoking that you would like done (some additional charges will apply).  We are happy to help you discuss all the possibilities you can choose from.
  • You will have the option to get additional items (leaf lard, soup/dog bones, feet, head, liver)
  • Please note: Butchering instructions for side orders need to be provided to Amy at Fiddle Foot Farm as soon as possible.  Please call to arrange a time to go over the butchering options.

We will accept orders for both bundles and halves on a first-come-first-served basis.  Please place your order by email to fiddlefootfarm@gmail.com.  Please include your phone number.

We ask for a $100 deposit for a Side (cash, cheque or e-transfer to fiddlefootfarm@gmail.com) to secure your order.  Remaining payment will be collected when you pick up your pork at the farm on your pick-up day. 

No deposit is required for a bundle.

PICK-UP DAYS:

When you place your order, we will let you know which pick-up day to come.

Pick-Up Day #1: Monday October 17th

Pick-Up Day #2: Monday October 31st

Pick-Up Day #3: Monday November 14th

Please be in touch if you have any questions.

We now have this season’s pasture-raised chickens for sale.  Over the past few years, we have enjoyed raising chickens, given that they are a great complement to a mixed farm.  It has been amazing to see how much the chickens improve the pasture by adding their own unique “fertilizer”!

We have received lots of positive feedback from our chicken customers over the past two years. You really can taste the difference of a pasture-raised, organic chicken.  The chickens we are raising are Bonnie’s Heavy Red and White Rock.   We have been feeding the chickens Certified Organic, non-GMO feed, along with their forage of grass, clovers and insects.

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WHAT IS “PASTURE-RAISED”?

Pasture-raised means that our chickens live on grass, all the time.  They are raised in move-able coops called chicken tractors (see photo below), to protect them from predators, and to allow them to have access to fresh pasture every day.  Providing pasture for chickens produces meat with higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.  For more information about the health benefits of eating pasture-raised chicken, CLICK HERE.

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WHY DO WE FEED ORGANIC GRAIN?

Pasture is not enough to sustain a chicken.  We also feed them grain.  We believe that feeding organic feed to our chickens offers the chickens better nutrition and therefore produces better quality meat.  We also believe in supporting the work of organic grain farmers.  This decision does come with a price – our feed costs are significantly higher (than both non-GMO and non-organic feed) since we feed a Certified Organic grain mix.

***For those of you interested in our pasture-raised pork, please stay tuned for ordering information later in September/October for pick-up in November.

HOW TO BUY OUR PASTURE-RAISED CHICKEN

We are selling whole chickens that will come frozen and vacuum-sealed, with giblets (heart, liver, neck) included inside the bird.  We are estimating that chickens will range in size between 5 – 9 lb. The price for chicken is $5.50 / lb.

When you place your order, please indicate your preference:

  • Smaller birds: approx. 5 – 7 lb chickens
  • Larger birds: approx. 7 – 9 lb chickens

We will do our best to accommodate size preferences IF WE CAN depending on the orders that we receive and the sizes of our chickens.  There is no minimum or limit to the number of chickens that you can order.  Orders will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis.  Please place your order by sending an email to fiddlefootfarm@gmail.com and providing the information listed below.  Last year, we sold out in less than a week, so to avoid disappointment, don’t delay in placing your order.

YOUR ORDER INFORMATION:

Name:

Phone Number:

Number of Chickens:

Size Preference (Smaller / Larger):

We will let you know which day to come to pick up your chickens (either Thursday Sept 8th or Monday Sept 12th).  We will send you more specific details closer to the pick-up date regarding time and logistics to those who order chickens.  It is important to us that you can make it on the specified day as the chickens will be frozen and our freezer space is limited.  If you cannot make it, consider sending someone in your place or please let us know in advance.

We hope to hear from you!

The first CSA shares are being harvested this week for pick-up on Saturday June 18th and Wednesday June 22nd.
Now is your chance to get in on the local, seasonal fun!
SIGN UP TODAY!

We are now accepting registration for our 2016 CSA Memberships.

For those who are interested in eating locally grown produce at its best, fresh and in season, consider becoming a CSA member.

If you are interested in finding out more about our CSA offering, please review the material listed on our CSA Sign Up Page. We have also put together a list of FAQs to help answer some common questions. If, after reviewing the information provided, you have any further questions, please be in touch – fiddlefootfarm@gmail.com

Here are some comments from 2015 CSA Members about their CSA experience with us:
I love participating in the Fiddle Foot Farm CSA. It is a comfort to know the origins of the food that we place on our table. I especially appreciate the weekly emails with the the description of the various offerings that we will be receiving, along with suggestions for how to enjoy them. I look forward to the trip to the farm each week for the pickup and have always felt welcome to look around and see how things are growing! Leslie (CSA Member)
Well done Fiddlefoot! Your produce is always clean, varied and in pristine condition. We have been members for many years and have always been impressed with their variety. Well done. David and Sylvia (CSA Members)
I have really enjoyed all the organic vegetables since joining the Fiddle Foot Farm CSA. They are so fresh and the colours are richer and deeper than you find in the stores. I enjoy trying new vegetables and Fiddle Foot Farm provides a nice variety that raises the bar at the dinner table.  Such friendly and informative service from a trusted source! – Linda (CSA Member)
We thoroughly enjoyed our first year with Fiddle Foot Farm CSA. It was exciting to base our meals around what veggies we were getting each week and to get creative with vegetables we were unfamiliar with. We plan to sign up again and again. – Kristen and Kipp (CSA Members)
We take great pleasure in enjoying all the fresh flavours from Fiddle Foot Farm and have for three seasons so far. We consider ourselves very lucky to have such conscientious farmers nearby. – CSA Member

HELP US GROW – JOIN OUR CSA!

The CSA model is a mutually beneficial arrangement between producers and consumers. It allows people to become members of a farm and in so doing, engage in their agricultural community. After growing vegetables in partnership with CSA members for 7 years, we recognize the importance of this arrangement both financially and socially in building a sustainable and local agriculture. It is unlikely that we would be farming today if it were not for the Community Supported Agriculture model.

For anyone interested in learning about ecological agriculture, getting your hands dirty, and getting inspired about food and where it comes from, a farm apprenticeship might be a great fit for you!

We are accepting applications now for positions available for the 2016 season (April – November).  For more information, visit our Farm Apprentice page.

Please be in touch by email (fiddlefootfarm@gmail.com) if you have any questions or to submit an application.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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As we pack the final shares of our Summer CSA this week, we think back to the first shares of the season in June and marvel at the diversity of vegetables!  We thank our CSA members for joining us on the journey through the tastes of the season.  The partnership we make with CSA members is our favourite part of the farm business.

And it doesn’t have to end now… let’s face the winter together, and make it delicious!!

We are now accepting membership for our WINTER CSA program. For more information, CLICK HERE.

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