We always encourage our customers and prospective customers to visit the farm.  New Customers please go to the order form on the right hand side under "Order Meat Here" and pre-order. On the Order Form there is a space to put a date and time for pickup.  We would love to meet you and look forward to serving you.  Thank you for your interest in supporting small farms and taking the time to see your "Food In Motion."

No drive-ups please. (979) 530-4444 OR sales@yonderwayfarm.com

Monday
Aug132012

The Incredible SEASONAL Egg

 

 

When it comes to eggs, there is no comparison between a store bought commercially-raised egg and a pasture-raised (not pastuerized!!!!) egg on a small farm.

 

Eggs are readily available at your nearest super market year around. The commercial layers of these eggs can be tricked and fooled into laying all year long. From the temperature to the lighting to the feed, everything is controlled in confinement laying operations.

 

However, most people don't know that eggs raised in a natural environment are a seasonal commodity just like vegetables are.

 

Beginning in the fall, the days shorten and the temperature decreases. Hens were created to start conserving their inner heat during this time. Laying fewer eggs helps them achieve this natural process. What is also interesting in how nature works together, is that during the fall and winter months insects tend to taper off as well. As a result of this, these free-ranging ladies have less to dine on and chase around in the pastures thus helping them to conserve this energy. Who doesn't like to huddle up under a nice blanket in the winter?

 

The sun also plays a major role in the egg laying hormones of hens. When the days shorten, they produce a smaller amount of this hormone and eventually it leads them into a complete resting phase called “molting”. They may cease laying eggs all together during molting giving their reproductive tract time to rejuvinate. Allowing this process to naturally occur, helps layers become more efficient and nutritious eggs layers when the days start to lengthen again.

 

As we near the fall and winter months, our egg layers will indeed go through this phase because we allow for it to naturally occur. Now is a great time to begin stocking up on eggs since our layers seem to be at their peak right now and grasshoppers abound in the pasture for them to feast upon.

 

Keep in mind that most of our eggs are sold within just a few days of being collected so they are as fresh as it gets. Store bought eggs are typically a few months old by the time they make it to the grocery store shelves for purchase.

 

We typically tell our customers that for optimum freshness, the shelf life for our eggs is 8 weeks although for most families, they are gone before they ever expire and lose freshness.

 

However, eggs will stay good for up to 6 or 7 months if properly refrigerated and kept cool enough.

 

Mother Earth news recently did a study on storing eggs long term. Their findings are very interesting.

 

The very best way we've found to stash eggs away for long-term storage is in a sealed container at a temperature of 35° to 40°F. Their whites may become somewhat runny looking over a period of time, but even after seven months—the cackleberries stored in this manner smell good, taste good, have a good texture, and—in short—seem "almost fresh".”

 

You can read the rest of this article HERE on egg storage and the entirety of the egg experiment.

 

Now is the time to stock up! The ladies are cranking them out happily. But, we know that this season is about to come to an end and will pick back up again when Spring rolls around.



Tuesday
Jul312012

An update of sorts....

 

Forgive us for neglecting this blog as of lately! We have received lots of feedback from so many of our customers about keeping the blog alive and active. We are going to give it our best effort to convey to you, dear reader and farm supporter, the happenings around the farm.

 

Summer has almost come to a close and August is upon us. It has flown by in the blink of an eye. This summer has been a pleasant one in regards to the weather. August hasn't fully happened yet, so we may change that statement at the end of this next month. However, the rain has made all of the difference in Texas this summer thus far.

 

As I look out the window on our farm, the grass is still green. A few intermittent wildflowers are present in the pastures. The animals seem to be fairing this summer beautifully. A farmer couldn't be more pleased.

 

 

 

We are in the final transition phase of moving things from the farm in Brenham and settling into the new farm in Fayetteville. Our priority initially was getting the animals moved and situated here at the new farm. That part has happened. We are so thankful that the transition was almost seamless for them reducing the amount of stress that they incurred. Now, the nuts and the bolts of the rest of the farm are starting to fall into their places as well since everything has officially been moved. We knew going into this transition, that moving a farm and settling into a new farm would most certainly take time as with most things in the farming world do.

 

For us, this summer has been all about the transition. We try not to get too ahead of ourselves at times and focus on that which is the most pressing for the day. We dream of the day when the new farm is fully set up and running like clock work. But then again, who are we kidding. If there is one lesson we've learned farming it is that we virtually have no control over most things when it comes to nature and weather especially when you allow things to be as uninhibited as possible. We simply control how we react to them and come alongside what they are doing.

 

 

 

As the season from summer to autumn will begin to change in the near future, we can't help but feel a little giddy about this. Even though it's not technically the true beginning of the year that January holds with all its glitz and New Year's resolutions, there is something about a soft fresh beginning of a new season that we simply adore about autumn. Autumn is a time where we, farmers, take a deep breath and exhale,”We made it through summer.”

 

And this statement now holds even more weight and truth having gone through actually moving a farm.

 

Folks, we've almost made it through summer.

 

 

 

As far as growth is concerned, this has been our best summer to date. We are floored by this and in awe of this. There is no doubt that we love farming and what we get to do on a daily basis. But, experiencing growth and meeting people who support what we do is like receiving the cherry on top. More and more people are turning to small farms and by passing grocery stores to feed themselves and their family.

 

We have some fun events up our sleeves for fall after things get a little more situated around here. Our most favorite thing in the world is having our customers out to the farm. Stay tuned for more details on these fun-filled events.

 

Speaking of new things, have you tried our Summer Sausage??? It is D E L I C I O U S. We are receiving rave reviews about it. It is also so handy and quick to have on hand for lunches or an easy snack! Paired with some raw cheese from Stryk's Dairy, you seriously can't go wrong!

 

 

Monday
Jun252012

J U L Y 4th and Deliveries have been moved! 

Next Wednesday is Independence Day July 4th in which we get to pause and reflect on being blessed to be able to live freely in this amazing country because of those who sacrificed their lives for generations to come. 

"Home of the FREE, because of the BRAVE."

And deliveries were also going to fall on this week as well (Tues, Wed, and Thurs). 

We've decided to bump the deliveries to the following week (July 9th-13th). We'll post the new schedule below.

In the meantime, we ask (no BEG!!) of you to consider spending Independence Day with us! About 15 miles from the new farm, there sits a precious town off Hwy 237 called Round Top, TX (population 90). This amazing little town hosts one of the most incredible 4th of July parades to boot!

The farm will have a float in the parade along with many other local businesses. If your kiddos would like to ride with us on our farm float (and throw organic suckers:), contact us at sales@yonderwayfarm.com and we'll give you the details. 

It is entertaining to say the least! The canon to start the parade goes off at 10:30 am. But, you may want to get there a little earlier to get a good front row seat.

AFTER the parade is over, we'll make our way back to the farm for some smoked link sausage, hot dogs, and watermelon. We would LOVE for you to join us. Farmer Jason will give a brief tour of the new farm and then we'll just enjoy celebrating our country's freedom on a good old fashioned American farm.

Email us at sales@yonderwayfarm.com if you plan on coming to the farm so we can make sure we have a good food count. Let us know how many link sausages ($5) and how many hot dogs ($3) you'd like. All of the meat has been raised on our farm. We're having hot dogs made! Hallelujah!

Since delivery week has been moved back a week, you may also purchase milk, meat, and eggs from our farm that day as the store will be OPEN! You can place your order online in advance and we'll have it ready for you when you get here (write "farm pick up 4th of July" in the notes section).

I LOVE Junk Gypsy Jolie's BLOG POST on the Round Top 4th of July Parade. Go take a gander!

Here is the updated delivery schedule....

And just to entice you a bit further and beg one last time, here are some photos of past 4th of July Parades in Round Top!

I pretty much tear up every time the herd of longhorns pass by with men, women, and children riding them! OH MY! It is stunning and SO Texan!


The Royers Round Top Cafe float! So creative! They threw PIES yall! And speaking of PIE...yum-O! Some of the BEST pie ever!

Friday
Jun222012

The new brooder house! 

We've been busy at work bringing back to life this tired, old, yet oh so wonderful farm and all of its bits and pieces.


One of the many charming things about this farm that grabbed our immediate attention was the 100+ year old big red barn. Not only was the barn charming in every way, it happened to be GIAGANTIC. A farmer sees major potential with having a big barn! You simply can't have enough outbuildings and structures on a fully operational farm. In the barn, there are rooms that will be used for different functions and to store things, a HUGE hayloft that will serve for entertaining purposes, and a barnyard filled with lots of excitement.

At our previous farm, we had a great brooder house to brood all of our chicks. We tossed around many ideas for brooder house options at the new farm. But, one of the ideas that seemed to make the most sense and be the easiest to make happen was converting one of the rooms of the barn into a brooder house. This has allowed us to raise smaller batches of chickens more frequently increasing our broiler production by a lot.

So far, the brooder house seems to be working really well. The chicks will rotate through this room and then directly outside into a secure area that's outside in the barnyard once they feather out. From the barnyard area (once they've adapted to being outside with their new feathers), they'll make their way out to pasture where they will live out the rest of their days eating grasshoppers, bugs, and foraging through the grass.

Here are some photos of the new set up!

 

 

Monday
Jun112012

Farm Store Facelift::: Part I

The farm store facelift is in full swing! We are loving the progress so far.

Paint and a little grit does something magical!

We had the concrete stained the perfect shade of "rusted fence". Doesn't that sound fitting for a farm store?? We thought so.

One of the rooms got a fresh coat of paint this weekend. The other room is all set to get its fresh coat this week.

Not much will change on the exterior of the farm store since it happens to be the perfect shade of barn red. We will mostly just add some lighting for ambiance, a store sign, and some landscaping to freshen it up a bit. Oh and it MUST have a porch swing. The farm store is near the barnyard so there is plenty to sit and take a gander at.

As we've been dreaming up our vision for the store and what we hope for it to become, our excitement happens when we start thinking about our sweet customers paying us a visit.

We want for our farm and farm store to feel more like a destination that causes people to want to pause and take a moment to just breathe and let it all sink in.

We want to fill the store with the right amount of farm charm, art, goodies, gifts, and anything to enhance preparing meats.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IN OUR FARM STORE WHEN YOU VISIT THE FARM IN FAYETTEVILLE??

Here are some photos from this weekend's progress with some of the cutest painters around!

(KK rollin')

 

(Notice the hand on back...I die!)

(Floors all done, pre painting....the maroon trim is on its way out! Sorry Aggies!)

(We definitely need a new light fixture)