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Fresh Food — Eat Your Veggies if You Have Them

In Chickens, General Farm News on May 9, 2008 at 1:51 pm

I was struck by an article that I read in the New York Times today, as I caught up on a few days of news.

While here in Western Massachusetts, nearly everybody that I know is “eating local” and becoming “localvores” when it come to fresh food: Eggs, Grass-fed Meats, Veggies, Herbs, Soaps, Etc., it is a completely different world, elsewhere on the Eastern Seaboard. The terribly sad part about the Times article is that they are NOT describing an impoverished foreign country hundreds of thousands of miles from us in the Pioneer Valley, they are describing a borough in New York City, and the problems that can come with dense populations, limited selections, and poor economies.

“The recent study conducted by the (New York) Department of City Planning estimated that as many as three million New Yorkers live in what are considered high-need neighborhoods — communities characterized by not enough supermarkets and too many health problems. Within those dense, urban areas, the study estimated that 750,000 people live more than five blocks from a grocery or supermarket.

“Many people in low-income neighborhoods are spending their food budget at discount stores or pharmacies where there is no fresh produce,” said Amanda Burden, the city’s planning director. “In our study, a significant percentage of them reported that in the day before our survey, they had not eaten fresh fruit or vegetables. Not one. That really is a health crisis in the city.” (New York Times, May 5, 2008)

We are so very lucky to live here. We should not take a bite of food without thinking about those who cannot eat the fresh and local vitamin rich foods that we take for granted.

You can read the entire article here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/05/nyregion/05citywide.html?ex=1367726400&en=a13ab67ee1f35609&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink

For some good news: our flock of one year old Delaware chickens and rooster, took a trip to Worthington, MA yesterday, to their new home. I now have room to move my Americaunas in to a large pasture and night-house. Yippee!

Come to the Market! Tuesday “After Work”

In Chickens, General Farm News, Heritage Turkeys on May 3, 2008 at 4:16 pm
  • We are very excited to participate in the Guiding Star Grange Farmers Market on Chapman Street in Greenfield, MA on Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m.  It will be a good time for you to stop in and say “hi,” buy a dozen eggs from us, and perhaps grab a nifty handcrafted item, or some local produce. This market runs through October, 2008.  So… I hope you’ll say HI on Tuesday, from 3 to 6… I’ll be at 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield at the Farmers Market at Guiding Star Grange.
  • Very exciting — our home-hatched heritage breed Delaware chickens (the ones we hatched in November and December) have layed their first two eggs.  One was a brown pullet-sized egg (little) and one was a larger brown egg.
  • We have our flock of Delaware Chickens and one rooster (who were the mommies and daddies) of the Delawares that JUST began laying today, for sale. We have had a few inquiries and are waiting to complete the transaction.  We have also offered the young Delawares (that just began laying) to a small farmer in Williamsburg, and we hope that she will begin to enjoy them in a few weeks.
  • My Americaunas should begin to lay blue/green eggs soon, as they are the same age as the young Delawares.
  • We are continuing to hatch heritage breed Lilac turkey poults… three last night, and more on the way! Remember that the goal is 30 turkeys for “finishing” in time for Thanksgiving.  Get your order and reservation in now!  We sold out last year, and were getting late requests for fresh heritage turkeys that we felt really bad about not being able to fill — so– plan ahead! Fresh, succulent, pastured  heritage breed turkeys for your special November dinner plate.  Mmmm.  Good.