Saturday, March 27, 2010

New CSA Delivery Location!

We're excited to add a new delivery location
for folks on the north side of Nashville.

Windy Acres Farm - Saturdays from 3:00 - 4:00 pm
5376 East Robertson Rd. Orlinda, TN 37141
615-654-FARM (3276)

At Windy Acres, our shareholders will also be able to purchase many other products including pastured chicken, grass-fed beef and lamb, cage-free eggs, raw milk cheeses, cultured vegetables, and sourdough cultures at the Windy Acres Farm Shop. Windy Acres even offers a Cow Boarding Program for those who want access to farm fresh raw milk!


Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Meatrix

Here is a really neat video about the rise of factory-farming and the downfall of the family farm.

Produced by Sustainable Table and Free Range Studios, the animated movie The Meatrix spoofs The Matrix while illustrating the problems with industrial agriculture and today’s meat supply. The Meatrix uses pop culture and entertainment to educate viewers about the food they eat and where it comes from. The film features three superhero farm animals including Leo, the young pig who wonders if he is “the One,” Chickity, the feathered family farm defender, and Moopheus, the trench-coat-clad cow with a passion for green pastures. Join the group as they delve into the reality of animal cruelty, antibiotic overuse, massive pollution and destroyed communities.

Check out The Meatrix website to learn more.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Maple Sugaring (or Syrup-ing)

Tapping maple trees for maple syrup has been a big project of late. Dad, Jacob, and some of our neighbors have spent many hours boiling down sap. It takes 5 gallons of sap to make one pint syrup! But it's definitely worth it...It's the most delicious syrup EVER!!!

First, you drill a hole in the tree. Then you hammer some 1/2 inch conduit into the hole. You drill a hole in the top of the bucket, slide the bucket onto the conduit, and hang the handle over a nail to secure the bucket.

After collecting the sap, you pour it into pots and boil it over a fire for a long time. When it has boiled down to a certain point, you transfer it to a pot on the stove and continue boiling it until it reaches about 218 degrees. Then it is ready to be put into jars.

Finally, you make pancakes and enjoy the fruit of your labor.

-Tricia Ann

Monday, March 15, 2010

Milking Shed

Yes. We are still alive, in case any of you were wondering. However, from the lack of comments, I'm beginning to question whether we have any readers. Our wireless router died, and I have heretofore been unable to pry the cord away from the other internet users in the family. :)

Since our milk cow (Daphne or Blackie or whatever you want to call her) is due to calve soon, Jacob has been anxious to build a shed for milking her. He and Dad began construction on Friday. Dad had to go to the Farmer's Market on Saturday, so some of Jacob's buddies came over to help him. They got as far as they could with the materials they had, then ran to Lowe's to get some more boards. They were done in no time at all. Great job, guys!

Gotta love the expression.

This one too

-Tricia Ann