Pipa, Carmen and Connie enjoying a former Christmas Tree
With the temperatures where they have been the last few days (it was -8 when Keith went to do chores at 8 o'clock Monday night) you can bet that both us and the goats are thinking about warmer days and green pastures. It's cold. Really cold. The past few weeks the goats have been jumping just a little bit higher when we go out to feed them, and acting like they are ready to be done with winter. To help with the day to day monotony in the barn we have been bringing the girls retired Christmas trees that friends and family have donated. Either they taste really good, or are just enough of something different that the needles and bark get gobbled up in less than a week. It is hands down the most entertaining way to recycle these conifers.
This past weekend was the annual Winter Conference put on by NOFA Vermont. It's always good to learn about new things, leave with very specific questions answered and a treat to run into farming friends from all over the Northeast.
We are considering doing a Chicken CSA for the coming 2015 season and want to know what you think. Please consider sending us your thoughts if you are interested. We are thinking shares would be purchased in early summer which would help us with planning. What size would you consider buying into? Would you want to pick up the finished birds all at once or get them over a several month period? After crunching the numbers this winter it looks like the price of our birds will be increasing for our retail sales. Would you consider paying for multiple birds in one payment if it meant you were paying the same price per pound as this past season? We would appreciate any and all feedback.