March 11, 2017 • 0 comment(s)
Hello SMALL Farm Enthusiasts, Alicia and I have been married for 16 years, today. Now that we have experienced the ups and downs of many years of trying to become "one" we realize what a feat it actually is. A lifelong challenge and a constant balancing act, as well as a communication skills builder, marriage will help you grow and become a better person if you commit to it. We have a ways to go before we have a perfect marriage but we are committed and we, as well as our children, our community and society will be all the better for it. Not to mention, neither one of us would be farming if we did not have each other. So, we are both thankful for the years we have built together, the 6 children we are raising and for the opportunity to serve others through regenerative farming. They say that 2 is better than one and that has been true for us!
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February 25, 2017 • 0 comment(s)
Hello SMALL Farm Enthusiasts, I have not been significantly sick in almost 30 years. I thought that this was a worthy accomplishment considering the rise of the pharmaceutical industry. It also goes against the grain of those who think they have no control over their health and live as though, "disease and sickness can strike at any moment". This frame of thought is just not the truth and can be reversed once the responsibility is placed in the hands of its rightful owner, Y.O.U.. In the words of Louis Pasteur himself, "The microbe is nothing. The terrain is everything."
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February 25, 2017 • 0 comment(s)
Hello SMALL Farm Enthusiasts, Lily, our oldest child just turned 15. Yes, on Feb 1st 2002, she was born at home with the help of a midwife, but it happens, they grow up. And they grow up pretty nice, it seems. Lily owns 100% of the goats on our farm here, she owns the guard dogs that guard them and she owns the milk stall and shelters that move with them and the whole kit and caboodle. It’s all hers, she makes 99% of the decisions and does 98% of the work of the goats. (She has to have sisters fill in now, while she goes on the Tampa delivery route every other Thursday, but before that she did 100% of the work.) (of course some of this is exaggerated bragging too) She has learned to do hard things, for example, she wants to keep all the goats but that would not be a profitable operation, she sells some to make it happen. Right now she has some on Craig's List and I know one or 2 she would REALLY like to see go to a good home if anyone needs a good goat or 2. Oh yes, she has been selling goats on Craig's List for years.
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February 25, 2017 • 0 comment(s)
Hello SMALL Farm Enthusiasts, We have ruffled some feathers with different packaging on our beef products so we feel an explanation is in order. After the butcher we used for many years here, went out of business 2 years ago, we finally settled on using L and W Deer Processing in Madison for our precious beef. The challenge lies in the fact that they process deer as a specialty and we need to go elsewhere during the months of October to January, when hunting season begins and ends. Thus, we go where we would rather not go, but have to because we cannot get in at L and W and thus the different packaging. Our future goal is to have our own slaughter facility right here on the farm or very nearby. We have been doing a lot of research on that in the last year or two but we would also need $$ to get even a minimalistic set up going. Any donations or low interest loans are something we could talk about. So just to be clear, the beef in the new packaging is the very same "Jimmy" beef, the “other” burger on our site that is cheaper is from other producers that we know and trust and less money. Now I want to tell you a bit more of our ongoing beef story here.
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February 25, 2017 • 0 comment(s)
Hello SMALL Farm Enthusiasts, The Big news here at FCF is that our faithful delivery team, HD and Michelle, will no longer be delivering our products to you. This came about suddenly but thankfully we have extremely good help here, right now, so not anything we cannot handle. HD has a hernia which needs medical attention and he has been putting it off because it will take quite some time to rehab him after the surgery. Now, after 6 years of consistently and dependably bringing you your order they have decided that the best thing is for them to drop the delivery and let someone else do it. We will handle this from within until a permanent solution comes along but if anyone is interested in more info on this please let us know immediately. HD and Michelle have done extremely well, with few mistakes; in fact the few times we have filled in we made more mistakes than they did. This job is for the highly organized person who does not easily get ruffled under pressure, a road warrior that has good customer service. E-mail us if interested.
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January 10, 2017 • 0 comment(s)
Hello SMALL Farm Enthusiasts! We have survived 9 weeks of no rain and the rains are coming again, thankfully. With our almost 3% organic matter soils, we do not dry up and blow away like some, but we did burn thru our stockpile faster than usual and are feeding more hay than I like. Luckily we have a guy making chemical free, quality hay only 9 miles from the farm. We did get our winter rye planted when the first rain came a few weeks ago and it is coming on strong now. The peas in summer do fix some nitrogen in the soil that makes the rye grow better. So we will soon be grazing this amazing green again and the color will return in the milk. Quantity of milk will return, too, but for now we remain pretty limited in fresh cream.
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December 21, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Hello SMALL Farm Enthusiasts! Our dear friend and neighbor, Ms. Lemonade, had a bumper crop of Meyer lemons, a cross between Eureka or Lisbon lemons and a mandarin orange, that are less acidic and naturally sweeter than other lemons. These are by far, the best lemons we’ve ever had. Her property has had no chemicals on it since she bought in 2010. She really “babies” her soil, dousing a huge array of minerals, and her production reflects that. Buy in bulk to juice and freeze. You can also juice and freeze in ice cube trays and when frozen, store in a freezer bag, to use for any recipe calling for lemon juice, e.g., Caesar salad. Or indulge for the holidays and make lemon curd.
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December 7, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Hello SMALL Farm Enthusiasts! The question has come up Re: the price of our milk and what will it be when we become 100% A-2. Will it be $14 a gallon, $12/gallon or somewhere in-bNew Postetween? The complete answer is we are not sure yet. Costs are rising across the board, not every single cost but most of them. My hope is that we can work with someone who has really good pastured milk that is worth selling as a cheaper option but we do not have this yet. We had this before and then it ended for reasons beyond our control. We would like to do this but have to have the right connection/relationship/trust to make it work. Not having rain for 8 weeks straight here does not decrease costs in any way but, "this too shall pass", as Mama used to say.
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December 7, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
​ Hello SMALL Farm Enthusiasts! Thanksgiving Day Delivery: In case you haven't heard, we will be delivering your order on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving instead of Thursday, for those who pick up in Highsprings, Gainesville, Ocala, Dade City, Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater, Palm Harbor, Brandon and Bradenton. Same time and place, just one day earlier. Please note that the deadline to place your order is one day earlier as well, so please get your orders in as soon as possible. New Tampa pick up location! For our customers who usually pick up on Par Ave at the empty lot, your pick up location has moved! Please go to https://fullcirclerealfoods.co... to see all the details Re: this new spot.
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December 7, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Delayed Gratification, do you have it? Do you know what it is? In our fast paced, "got to have it now" society making a choice which limits the ability of getting something now, for the pleasure of being able to have something bigger or better later, is not "The American Way". Many of us (Americans) barely know what it means to save up money now for something more desirable in the future. Instead, we opt for that specialty coffee drink, the latest electronic gadget, or the new Ford 4x4, that will give us pleasure, NOW, and keep us distracted to the truth of the rat race we are in. Many do not even know what it is like to eat fruits and vegetables in season, instead we settle for mediocrity and eat tomatoes all year that taste like cardboard.
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October 21, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Hello SMALL Farm Enthusiasts! Got A-2 milk? YES!! We have it now. Several months ago we had a customer from Jacksonville insist we sell to her some A-2 milk so we quietly put it on the website and said nothing. Now, 3 months later, half our milk is sold as A-2. This speaks loud and clear to us that you want this, not everyone, but enough to make it worthwhile for us.
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October 21, 2016 • 0 comment(s)
Hello SMALL Farm Enthusiasts! As I write this, hurricane Matthew is bearing down on us, our thoughts and prayers go out to all in the path of this storm. Instead of my own news, I want to share several links that I think are good and thought provoking, see below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anHwoWLULBM For the thinkers out there click reply and tell me what you think is the most important points or take away from this article? I am looking for gut feelings or thoughts on what this article means to us, next letter I will let you know if someone out there is thinking like me?? http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/04/opinion/health-secrets-of-the-amish.html?_r=1
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