Hope Springs Eternal

The dead of winter is upon us.  The grass is brown. The wind is howling and bitterly cold.  On the farm it is a season of rest and hibernation.  The cows are comfortable, in their field, eating as much hay and stockpiled grass as they can.  And inside, we plan.  Seed catalogs are arriving and orders are being placed.  Projects for the year are being prioritized and mapped out.  It is an exciting time.  Quiet, yet full of promise and Hope.  Like this little evergreen tree:

There is grows among the grasses.  IT is waiting patiently for Spring rains to force it upwards. All of that green hope in a sea of brown, hibernating grass.

In a few years, the little tree will be larger.  More green… more hope…

Time keeps ticking.  Trees keep growing.  Life goes on.  Where do you see HOPE today?

Moving on up….

There are some exciting developments on the farm this winter!  After six years of planning, we are pleased to announce the addition of our new Pearson cattle working facilities.  Here is Buck and his shortest helper inspecting the new equipment:

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This was an essential step in keeping our growing herd healthy.  In 2010, we purchased 7 cows and began farming.  Just seven years later we have over 60 beef cattle on our farm.  What does this mean for our customers?  This equipment has scales which will allow us to weigh our steer and track their growth.  The feedback from that data will improve our grazing and help us finish our steers as efficiently as possible.  This is vital to the sustainability of our farm.  As always, we strive to provide a delicious and sustainable product for our customers.

new "playground" equipment

For our children….it simply means more “playground” equipment.  That is, until we tell them that they will be helping us tag and castrate this Spring.

2016….the year of the quilts!

This year I have resolved to quilt more.  I recently read a quote from someone I admire that went something like “You can have five years of experience or one year of experience five times.”  So true!  So, this year I am going to try some new things and step out of my comfort zone a little more with my quilting.  I have finished two quilts so far this year and I am loving every second of it.  JanuaryBOM-EntryPicMy other goal is to quilt through some of my growing piles of scraps!  To that end, I am participating in a fun “Block of the Month” over at Quilt Doodle Designs.  Here is a picture of the first block…..a Reindeer (Click on the photo to see it full-sized)!  Cute, huh?!

I hope 2016 is off to a joyful start for all of you!

Stay warm,

AJ


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February/March 2015 GMO-Free Pork — Taking Deposits

20141107_092554 We are taking orders (and deposits) for our Feb/Mar 2015 GMO-Free pork by the whole and half animal.  Our prices below include custom processing of your hog to vacuum packed frozen products which include:  Whole Loins or pork chops, Smoked Hams, Smoked Sliced Bacon, Butt and Picnic Shoulder Roasts, and Sausage.

20141107_092632These Large Black Hog feeder pigs are growing like weeds on our Sunrise Farms GMO-Free Swine Mash.  We expect our hogs to be ready for butcher (at least 250lbs, but larger will be available if requested) early next year.  If you are interested please review the pricing below and contact us for more details.

Thanks!
Buck & Amanda
540.908.2299
holsingerhomeplacefarms@gmail.com

Pricing — Includes Processing and Smoking Costs:

Whole Hog:  $3.40/lb hanging weight — Deposit: $200
Estimated Costs:  250# hog: $595.00 — $4.00/lb of pork in the freezer

Half Hog:  $3.60/lb hanging weight — Deposit: $100
Estimated Costs:  1/2 of a 250# hog: $315.00 — $4.24/lb of pork in the freezer