Farm Journal 1/16/22

$30 order minimum for delivery into the city

Where to find our stuff! (and some root crops from Clarion River Organics) Place your online order here. Give us a 24 hours heads up please.

The Farm – WEDNESDAY (11 – 7). We’ll set your order out, you come pick it up. (If our driveway is treacherous, we’ll set up a table down by the purple garage).

Northside – Wednesday 12:30 – 1:00 at the parking lot on Union Place by Allegheny Commons. Ask about delivery options.

No limits for eggs this week. Don’t get greedy- but you can certainly order 2 or 3 dozen eggs this week, if you need them.

CSA Share Sales are OPEN!

We’ve made it through 2021 and are ready for 2022! Shares are now open and are at the 2021 prices until Feb 1 – when we’ll give them a bit of a goose and raise prices then.

You can buy basic weekly pickup and half shares at the farm, Northside Market, East Liberty Market, Squirrel Hill Market, and Mt Lebanon Uptown Market. Limited amounts of shares are available at the markets, as we only have so much room for hauling!

And now we have Mo’ Pigs!

It really does take a snow storm to bring on the babies…. So far, two gilts have farrowed and we’re waiting on another 3!

We’ve got the moms bedded down with lots of straw bedding and heat lamps for the piglets. We’re still doing our midnight and 4 am piglet checks, despite the first snow storm of year. All we can do is wait and hope that everything works out!

We’ve created a new breed! The Spotted Wattle!

Last week, we had an adventure getting Wilbur, the sow separated from the shoats (like a teenage piglet) in the nursery. It was time for them to wean and for her to join the group of pigs we call the “breeders”. Pigs are cautious about crossing lines and we’ve been coercing her to leave the kids for about a week now. Finally, we enticed her out with cookies and gingerbread houses…. She did pretty good, until she took an abrupt right turn, parallel to the pen fence and got herself wedged between the fence, the barn wall, and the grounding rod (jammed 4′ into the ground). For her, the only way to go was forward, lifting up the fencing (an me) with her snout to get back in with her kids. While I was holding down the fence, Greg was dismantling the grounding rod connectors and opening up an area for ol’ Wilbur to back out (pigs don’t like to go backwards). She was a very disgruntled pig…. With leverage, tenacity, and some serious lower body strength, we were able to get her back with her peeps in the breeder area. Sam was glad to see her, and so was everyone else! A Farmer Win!

Next week’s farm fiasco…. the water hydrant! (Or maybe we’ll talk about the spring development’s success instead!)

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