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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Farm tour

We had a really nice beginning Farmer Tour thanks to Joyce Meader last weekend.

We were honored to have so many nice folks come and see what we are doing and maybe learning what to do and what not to do. As long as they learned something the tour was a success.

I don't even mind if they come away with feeling they can do better because they learned what not to do from us.

Busy today mowing the 4 acre lot and am in for lunch. The bees were not happy to see me and the how hut fronts that I left in the pasture all summer were full of wasps, but I outsmarted them and got the fronts moved so I can mow over their damn nest.

Got the cows moved into the oxpasture, all except for the newst calf Allen who is not happy being left behind and seperated from his Mother. He is together with Anna and Nilla the goat.

I had wanted to catch him anyway, castrate him and then work with the two calfs as an ozen team, big ideas, not much time.

Our hotdogs, hamburger and meat sales have convinced us of the need to get bigger and diversify. So we are in the process of trying to get two Angus/Hereford Heifers, one for meat sales the other to breed with Newt.

Also because of the tour this past weekend we really hit the jack pot by getting to know Bill Farrell more, what a great guy and what a head on his shoulders. He is raising the Old English Black hog and has put us in contact with the breeder he got them from. We are now trying to work on getting a couple of Old Blacks so we can cross the Blacks and the Tams.

These blacks are the same kind of pig used in Spain that are acorn fed and sell the hams for THOUSANDS of dollars. WHile we are not interested in selling anything like that we do hope that the cross breeding and the opening of a ten acre woodlot of oak trees will make our customers very happy.

Our friend and great webmaster Sarah has 74 pages of stuff for my journal, she like us is straight out with work and will get the site up dated as soon as she can.

We are also working on a written self guided tour of the farm which will also be on the web site.

Lunch is done, time to go back to mowing.



Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Price List

Subject to change since the wife has not seen it yet...

Footsteps Farm
Beef, Pork, Chicken,Turkey
2008 Price List

Scottish Highland Beef, grass fed March-Nov

Groundbeef $7.00/lb.
Stew Meat $7.00/lb.
Patties $8.00/lb.

Boneless Ribeye $16.00/lb.
Boneless Sirloin $12.00/lb.
Bottom Round Steak $10.00/lb.
Chuck Steak $7.00/lb.
Filet/Tenderloin $24.00/lb.
Flank Steak $7.00/lb.
Flat Iron $7.00/lb.
NY Strip Steak $16.00/lb.
Porterhouse $14.00/lb.
Rib steak $13.00/lb.
Semi Boneless Ribeye $15.00/lb.
Short ribs $7.00/lb.
Sirloin stk $12.00/lb.
Sirloin tip steak $14.00/lb.
Skirt steak $9.00/lb.
T-bone $11.00/lb.
Top Round stk $10.00/lb.

Bottom Round roast $9.00/lb.
Eye round roast $9.00/lb.
Top Round Roast $9.00/lb.

Beef Heart $3.00/lb.
Beef Liver $4.00/lb.
Beef Tongue $3.00/lb.
Oxtail $5.00/lb.
Soup Bones $3.00/lb.
Dog Bones $3.00/lb.

All beef hotdogs $8.00/lb 2009: $8.50/lb

Tamworth Hogs on pasture 365 days per year. Some finished on acorns 30 days in Sep/Oct

60/40 Beef/Pork hotdogs $7.50/lb 2009: $8.00/lb
¼ hog $7.00/lb 2009: $8.00/lb
½ hog $6.50/lb 2009: $7.50/lb
Whole hog $6.00/lb 2009: $7.00/lb
Ground Pork $7.00/lb 2009: $7.50/lb
Hot or Mild Italian Sausage $7.50/lb 2009: $8.00/lb
Bacon $10.00/lb
Acorn finished items add $2.00/lb
Brats $8.00/lb
Kielbasa $8.00/lb
Smoked Ham Steaks $9.00/lb
Bone in chops $7.50/lb
Smoked Ham roast $11.00/lb

Pastured Chickens, Eggs and Bourbon Red pastured Turkeys

Broiler Chickens $3.75/lb 2009:$5.00/lb
Cut up chicken $4.25/lb 2009: $5.50/lb
Boneless skinless breasts $7.00/lb 2009: $7.50/lb
Soup Chickens $15.00 flat fee 2009: $20.00 flat
Cat food parts $5.00/lb
Chicken livers $8.00/lb
Chicken Feet $5.00/lb

Eggs $4.00/dz 2009: $5.00/dz
$2.50/half dz 2009: $3.00/dz

Turkeys $6.00/lb 2009: $8.00/lb

Monday, August 11, 2008

Great party

On Saturday we had our annual YRD pig roast, WOW was it great, we had around 200 people present and the whole family worked hard to make this the best year we have ever had.

Many thanks to one hell of a good wife Sheryl for all she did leading up to, during and after the event. It takes a lot of work that no one sees to get something like this to run so smoothly.

The property never looked so good thanks mostly to Shawn (thanks for cutting brush, mowing, painting the Memorial area fence, picking up, making dump runs etc) but also to Jeff (thanks for mending fence) , Kevin (thanks for mowing), Avery (thanks for weed whacking)and Wyatt(thanks for spreading the wood chips in the flower beds), they all worked hard to get the place looking extra nice for our guests.

Brothers Curt and Cody and their wives all pitched in splitting and cutting wood (thanks Jeff and Curt), making flower arrangements (Thanks Donna) organizing, setting up and cleaning up (thanks Nora), gathering stones, relocating refridgerators, buying the kegs (thanks Shawn), getting tables and chairs, getting the fire pit ready (Thanks Cody), doing the last minute things (thanks Hunter, Mel and Morgan) and to all the others who helped in one way or another.

It was sure nice to have my son Shane up for the event and he had a blast as did we all playing Air Soft.

The water slide was a huge hit thanks to Maureen who arranged it's rental, the kids played all weekend on it.

The pig was the best ever thanks to son Pete, he was and always has been our chef for a good number of years, we did pig roasts while Jaime was alive so we have a good lot of them under or belts.

Next year will be even better, YRD V will blow away all the rest in the past and I can't wait.

Our good friend and Web Master Sarah had a cd with 74 pages of journal on it and she will have it up on the site soon. I will try to improve on the frequency of entries and our number one goal for the rest of the year and years to come will be to improve our customer service and shorten our response time answering phone calls and responding to e-mails.

Back to work,