Thursday, May 17, 2012

Baby Pigs

The first babies from the Tamworth gilt "Hero" arrived yesterday morning.  Lots of spots as you can see.  Here decided that she preferred the bedding pile to the snug little pig house that Mike had built for the purpose.  It took us a bit of convincing to get mother to make the move but now all are settled in and doing just fine.

Interns have arrived and are hard at work!

We are fortunate this year to have two couples join us on the farm as interns wanting to learn more about gardens and livestock and how the two can work together symbiotically.  Dylan and Natalie arrived from the Lower Mainland at the beginning of May.  We were pleased that we had passed the test when they came for an earlier visit just to make sure that being on Ranfurly Farm provide them with the kind of experience they were looking for.  Derek and Lisa arrived later in the week after an exhausting  drive from Ontario with their all of the their gear and their cat.  Early experiences have included cow milking (and occasional chasing!), learning all of the chore routines and helping Jen in the garden.  It has been very exciting to have them around and we are enjoying the expanded table conversations immensely!

This morning saw  Natalie and Lisa helping Jen transplant brassicas in the garden while Mike, Derek and Dylan were getting the irrigation ready. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Becoming a CSA Share Holder

Click on the CSA PAGE listed on the right to find out more about how you can become a Shareholder in the Ranfurly Farm CSA!

CSA Update for 2012

Farm Fresh Vegetables, Free Range 
Eggs & Pasture Raised Meat

Welcome to Ranfurly Farm.

Our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) offers weekly deliveries of fresh and delicious vegetables, free range eggs, and pasture raised meat from our farm in Turtle Valley.  Imagine eating tomatoes full of flavor and the best pork chops you have ever tasted while you relax on your deck this summer.   That is what you will experience when you join our CSA.  

How does Ranfurly Farm CSA work?  

Vegetables:  Each week, starting June 12th, shareholders receive a selection of the ripest vegetables and herbs from our garden.  Everything is chosen for peak quality and flavour, and grown without industrial chemicals.  A box may include such reliable staples as potatoes, lettuce, cucumbers and carrots, but with over 100 different heirloom and specialty varieties to choose from, each box will also contain something unique to expand your culinary horizons. Simple recipes and preparation tips are included in the weekly newsletter making it easy to enjoy the bounty.  

Sign up for the full twenty week season, or any portion of it. If you are only in the area for a few weeks this summer your share price will be set according to the number of weeks you subscribe for vegetables.  Boxes are delivered to central pick up locations in Chase, Scotch Creek, and Sorrento, or can be picked up at the farm in Turtle Valley.  
Season price:  Small share $425,  Large share $585

Eggs:  This year you can add free range eggs to your weekly delivery.  Choose 1-3 dozen per week or 1 dozen every two weeks, whatever your family needs.  $4/dozen

Meat:    Ranfurly Farm specializes in pasture raised pork, beef, lamb, and chicken from heritage breeds known for flavour and quality.  New for 2012, we have monthly meat packs that offer a variety of cuts for a fixed price.  For example, a $100 meat pack might include: 1 whole chicken, 2 lbs bacon or 2 lbs breakfast sausage, 3 lbs pork chops, 3 lbs ground beef, and a 4 lb pork picnic roast (perfect for pulled pork in the crock pot).  Once a month on a distribution day we will deliver the meat pack along with your vegetables to your regular pick up location.  Our meat is free of antibiotics and artificial growth hormones, and processed at a government inspected facility.  You can also custom order directly from our price list. 

Please contact us for more information and to register.   Make your holiday a breeze this year; order meat for the BBQ, farm fresh eggs, and a vegetable box from Ranfurly Farm CSA.
Jennifer Fryatt & Adam Cooke