Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Harvesting broilers with new friends

Buxton Rainbow

We've nearly finished our first pasture raised broiler harvest. Saturday a great crew came out to Buxton to help us with 180 birds. Quite a stretch for Michael and I. On our homestead we raised 25 at a time! New friends came to learn, converse and share a great lunch afterwards. We even recruited "City Chicks" wizard, Pat Foreman. It's so exciting to have the privilege to harvest our birds at home. Not to mention having Daniel Salatin teach us efficiency and perfection in each step of preparing the birds for market! We're finishing up the harvest this week, by the end of the week we should have 400 pasture raised broilers to sell. Yesterday we had a local store owner from Warm Springs come by and pick some up for her store. The birds turned out big and beautiful! 

Last week Daphne and I prepared a garden bed from last years compost pile and planted parsnips for the first time. Michael loves slow cooking parsnips with chicken or putting them in soups. I purchased seed from Johnny's. If all goes right we will harvest them in the fall right on time for warm soup making days!

A lot of people have lived at Buxton Farm over the years. We hear endless stories of those who have come before us. Yesterday I snatched this photo of Carl, long time caretaker for Buxton Farm. While we spent the day harvesting and packing our chickens he lingered in the pond in his small boat. I was preparing dinner when he excitedly shared his catch of the day. I think it's a bass. Carl grew up down the road from us and started working at Buxton when he was 15 years old. We appreciate his humor, his stories, and his endless knowledge of rural living. 

To top it off out of nowhere (it seemed) this amazing double rainbow appeared a few days ago. It encased the entire property glowing with stunning frequency. The beauty we experience at Buxton is endless. Life is so good.


Jamie said...

Wow, beautiful photos of the rainbow. I think it's sweet and endearing that Carl has been there for SO wonderful to hear all his stories, I'm sure. =)

Melissa Jones said...

This scenery look so gorgeous! I need to escape the city and make a trip out to the VA countryside soon.

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