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We are excited to announce that we are hosting a Pop-Up Dinner Fundraiser on the farm on Saturday June 2nd.  Proceeds are going to support the local food education work done by Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance (HFFA) and in particular, their Farm to School initiatives.  We greatly appreciate the work they have been doing over the past several years to boost enthusiasm about local and seasonal eating and want to see their programs continue with success!

 

 

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A vegan specialist chef will be preparing a delicious meal, which we will enjoy while overlooking the newly planted fields!  We will also be offering a farm tour before dinner.

Bring your own beverages to the event.

For tickets ($80 each or $150 for a couple), please visit Joy’N Us Events

 

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There are LOTS of ways to buy
from Fiddle Foot Farm…

Choose the Best Option for You for 2018!

We are happy to announce that there will be even more ways to enjoy Fiddle Foot Farm fare this coming season!  This will be our 10th year growing organic and biodynamic produce for our local communities. We want to help you find an option that suits your unique vegetable purchasing preferences!

CSA Registration 2018 is NOW OPEN! 
But first, check out what’s new for 2018!

1) CSA Membership
* BEST VALUE *Sign up and choose from many options:

SMALL or LARGE
WEEKLY or BI-WEEKLY
Add GREENS / FREEZER

GETAWAY – 2 weeks off

Pick-Up Locations:
Orangeville
Shelburne
Toronto (NEW!)
On Farm (Mulmur)

2) Custom Orders
* NEW OPTION *Purchase FARM BUCKS and access our new online store to place and order! We’ll harvest and deliver to a pick-up location or market or the farm!

What you want
When you want it!

* SATURDAYS *

This year, we will be at the Orangeville and Toronto Brickworks Markets
Saturday mornings
 8am-1pm
We will bring a diverse selection of seasonal vegetables.  Follow us on Facebook to find out what we’ll be bringing.

Shop cash-free at the market with FARM BUCKS!

Are you interested or know someone who might be?

Hands-on learning about ecological and biodynamic agriculture, physical activity in the outdoors, team-building and of course delicious organic food!

We are accepting applications now for positions available for the 2018 season (April – November).  For more information, visit our Farm Apprentice page.

Check out our job posting on Goodworks!
http://FoodWork.ca/908634

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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The fall colours are here, the gardens are slowing down and the summer markets are finishing.  But there are still LOTS of great winter vegetables to be harvested and kept for the colder months ahead!  Sign up today for a Winter CSA share and some of them will be yours to enjoy!!

For more information CLICK HERE – you’ll find all the details regarding share contents, cost and our online sign-up form.  Tell all of your (local) friends!

Chicken Tractors keep birds safe while giving them access to fresh grass every day!

We now have this season’s pasture-raised chickens for sale.  Over the past several 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 four years. You really can taste the difference of a pasture-raised, organic chicken.  The breed of chickens we are raising are White Rock.   We have been feeding the chickens Certified Organic, non-GMO feed, along with their forage of grass, clovers, alfalfa and insects.

WHAT IS “PASTURE-RAISED”?

Pasture-raised means that, after a 4-week period in a brooder, our chickens live outside, on grass, all the time.  They are raised in move-able coops called chicken tractors, to protect them from predators, and to allow them to have access to a new patch of 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.

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 to feed a Certified Organic grain mix does come with a price.  Our feed costs are twice as high as our next best option, non-GMO feed (from our supplier: 1 bag non-GMO = $13.85 vs. 1 bag Organic = $26.34)

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

New This Year: For an additional $2.00 per chicken, you have the option of having the chicken cut in half lengthwise (called a split roast chicken, NOT butterflied).  On your order, please indicate how many chickens you would like to have cut in half (ie. 2 chickens = 4 halves).

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 replying to this email and providing the information listed below.  In the past, we have sold out in less than a week, so to avoid disappointment, don’t delay in placing your order.

YOUR ORDER INFORMATION:

Name:

Phone Number:

Email:

Number of Chickens (whole):

Number of Chickens (cut in half – $2 extra per bird):

Size Preference (Smaller / Larger): 

Optional – 

– Chicken feet $5 / bag of 10 feet (very nutritious added to  chicken broth)

The pick-up date for chicken will be Monday October 23rd (1:00 – 7:00pm) on the farm.

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, please consider sending someone in your place or please let us know well in advance.

Please be in touch if you have any questions. fiddlefootfarm@gmail.com

We are delighted to be one of the stops on this year’s Dufferin Farm Tour – Saturday September 30th!  Each year, farms in our county open their “gates” to visitors looking for a fun farm-based experience.  Come and learn about what we do, how we do it and where exactly the food is being grown!

Some info from the Dufferin Farm Tour website:

Six farms in north-east Dufferin will open their doors to visitors. This years’ hosts include farms specializing in community supported agriculture, potatoes (organic, specialty and table), highland cattle (beef), holstein cattle (dairy), fruits and vegetables and native plants.
The tour is a self-guided tour and is open to the public. The host farms offer a glimpse of the diversity of agriculture in the area.
There will be many animals to see, farm-related activities, commodity displays, local produce to purchase. You will end your day with an appreciation for local farming and the commitment of the farm families.
 
Admission is a non-perishable food donation or cash for the Local Food Bank.
Tips for a successful farm tour experience:
– Dress appropriately, tour goes shine or rain.
– Bring cash and a cooler for on farm produce purchases
– Plan your route (there is a recommended route on the passport map)
– There is lots to see and do – give yourself lots of time if you want to visit every farm.
You are encouraged to eat local, eat healthy and support farmers.
 
Tour passports are made available ONE WEEK prior to the tour. They can be downloaded online or picked up in person at Orangeville Visitor Information or Dufferin County Museum & Archives. Admission is a non-perishable food donation or cash for Local Food Banks.

We are now accepting registration for our 2017 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 our 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 8 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.