November 5, 2015 • 0 comment(s)

Free Range and certified Non-GMO turkeys strutting around Eden Farm.  To order a small or medium sized turkey go to:   https://fullcirclerealfoods.com/store?q=turkey.  Turkeys are amazing grazers and when allowed to be truly free range they eat, not only bugs, but a lot of grass and other plants growing in the pasture. 

Special Event!  Cows and Field Peas Day at Full Circle Farm
We have had tremendous response about our post about the peas we are grazing and have decided to show them off to all interested on November 14th. We will start the day with a 10am tour of FCF,  then lunch at noon and starting at 1PM, a complete tour of the peas and explanation of the entire process of planting to harvesting using your four-legged mowers.  All the details will be covered to be successful with your own peas on your own farm. The farm tour, lunch and field pea demonstration/explanation will be available for purchase separately so you can pick and choose what 3 parts you would like to participate in or you can register for all 3 for a slight discount. Register by buying these on the website before midnight November 12thhttps://fullcirclerealfoods.com/store/events
 

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October 23, 2015 • 0 comment(s)

We are so impressed with the desire for real 100% grass fed milk lately.  Our orders are up and we are very excited to be able to fulfill these and more.  We have learned from Jimmy, http://www.regengraze.com/, how to have abundant fall forage as you can see from the picture of the cows in the peas.  While I am not nearly as good at this as Jimmy I am pleased with the results this year. I will explain what we did with peas as it has been amazing how they turned out and how much the cows like to eat it.  In fall, winter and spring we use about 100 acres of grass but in summer grass grows crazy, so we only need half that acreage. Therefore, we set aside half of the ranch for winter growth.  The last time I rotated the cows through this area that is being set aside for the winter I spun out some good old native iron clay peas, with the tractor and as you can see they went wild. So, now, when our grass is declining, instead of having just grass that is low in protein for the cows as previous years we have all these high protein peas in with the grass. It is quite an awesome thing and I did not till my soil and lose organic matter at all to get this result. The cows are nuts about it and production is high and cream line is huge in the milk along with a LOT of color. THIS my friends is REAL 100% grass fed milk, high in CLA’s to reduce your chances of cancer and help you stay trim, go here for details http://www.eatwild.com/cla.html.  Meanwhile we heal the land and reduce CO/2 out of the atmosphere, oh yea it is ALL a very good thing. Drink more milk will you, forget the cheese, ha ha.

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October 9, 2015 • 0 comment(s)

Here is Caroline with Amber, one of our best guard dogs, out in the cool of the morning taking care of our meat bird chickens (Cornish Cross).  We have now butchered more than half of these birds and they are looking good in the freezer.  These whole chickens are $4/lb and were fed regular feed free of hormones and antibiotics.  They were truly free to range on pasture which means they also ate plenty of grass/weeds and bugs.  You can find them here:  https://fullcirclerealfoods.com/product/whole-chicken-fcf.   Also available are the feet and heads, livers, gizzards and hearts.  Eden Farm also has restocked their freezers and all of their Non-GMO certified chicken is now available.  Check out all they have to offer here: https://fullcirclerealfoods.com/store/vendor/eden-farms.

TURKEYS! From Eden Farm. It is time to order your Pastured NGMO Thanksgiving turkeys! To reserve a turkey please choose which size you want and reserve it by paying a $20 down payment with your order. The sizes are:  Small(13-15 lb.), Medium(16-17 lb.), & Large(18-20 lb). The price is $7.00/lb.  To place a deposit go to https://fullcirclerealfoods.com/store?q=turkey+deposit.
 

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September 25, 2015 • 0 comment(s)

Our 13 year old daughter, Lily, is our goat master here at FCF, she has 5 years of education on this at the school of hard knocks and is doing extremely well, keeping goats healthy without chemicals. This Spring she wanted to try finishing some lambs and has excelled at that as well. I only know of one other farm in FL that does not worm their sheep with chemicals.  This is rare and Lily has done a great job without the use of chemicals and from her years of experience with goats. The Lamb is now ready to go, see it on our site and support our youngest partner by eating some incredible lamb:  https://fullcirclerealfoods.com/store/lamb.

Chestnuts from Little River Organics.  These incredible nuts have the carbohydrate profile of brown rice AND the Amino acid Profile of an egg, power packed food at its finest!  Try their sweet persimmons as well!  Look for them in the "Garden" category: https://fullcirclerealfoods.com/store/garden.

Several whole, half and quarter beef is now available. We will list what we have on the site with prices and when gone the season is over for this year.

Website Updates....
We recently added a new section to the website which can be found under the About Us Page.  It is titled FAQs and includes various questions that we are asked

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September 23, 2015 • 0 comment(s)

Ingredients:

8 Pig Tails, rinsed

6 cloves garlic, halved

1 onion, coarsley chopped

1 tsp. red pepper flakes, or to taste

1 tsp. salt

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September 14, 2015 • 0 comment(s)

Meet Your Farmer in Orlando date is set for September 17th.  Alicia and I will travel to Orlando and share about what, why and how we do what we do.  Contact steve@farmfreshdirect2u.com for details of the event.  Hope to meet you there!

Brian and Angela who do the pork operation here are leaving us for higher ground. They inherited 50 acres of land in North Carolina and will be moving
there sometime in spring. We need someone to step into those shoes here at Full Circle Farm, a good solid growing forest-raised pork business waiting for the right person/couple/family to take over. We do not need someone with farming experience as Brian and Angela will spend 3-4 months training the right person and ensuring a successful hand off of the business. If interested email them directly at angelabowen@gmail.com. There are different options for taking over the business which can be discussed with the right person and that include varying levels of starting capital.This is not a job but a business/partnership of your own. We have loved the time we had with Brian and Angela as they had become a part of our family.  We are sad to see them move on but excited for their new opportunity and the impact they will make in North Carolina.

Please see our Products page at https://fullcirclerealfoods.com/store to view the many new products we have to offer such as:  Wild Caught Florida Gator, Muscadine Grapes, Perssimons and Organic/Soy Free Stewing Hens.  A note about the persimmons:  Little River Organics is picking them now! Sweet, ripe, juicy and bursting with flavor and zero chemicals in the growing process, these can be frozen for eating as pop sickles later, our kids love them that way. Saijo, smaller egg sized fruits are available shortly and larger heart shape Tannenashi will come towards Oct into Nov...Since the fruits mature gradually.. order early and orders will be filled as they become available...Frozen persimmons are available for sale, now, for local customers.

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September 4, 2015 • 0 comment(s)

Our 100% grass fed sheep will soon be ready for purchase for your freezer.
New Facebook Page...
It is official, we finally have a Facebook page.  We will use this as an additional avenue to share updates about our farm.  Like us at: 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Full-Circle-Farm/1635870253347514?fref=ts

Meet Your Farmer in Orlando date is now set for September 17th.  Alicia and I will travel to Orlando and share about what, why and how we do what we do.  Contact steve@farmfreshdirect2u.com for details of the event.  Steve has been taking our farm goods as well as several other farm goods to the Orlando area for over 10 years now and he actually apprenticed with us all the way back when we farmed in Dade City so we are almost like family.

We recycle.  Plastic grocery bags are needed for meat items.  Glass or plastic quart containers (only the ones that come from our farm or similar, no other labels please) are seriously needed now. Lily loves putting her goat milk into glass but if we do not get the glass back and we run out we will use plastic.  Also our cardboard egg cartons are reusable and we save so much when you return them.  Put recyclables into the cooler that you pick up your goods with then when you get to the stop there they are to give to our drivers.

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August 15, 2015 • 0 comment(s)

Have you noticed the color in our milk in the last few months?  Jimmy of:http://www.regengraze.com/ has taught me well!  If you have not tried our milk lately, buy one and compare the color and cream line to anything out there.  I think we are the best value by far and it not only tastes good but it shows!

Meet Your Farmer in Orlando date is now set for September 17th.  Alicia and I will travel to Orlando and share about what, why and how we do what we do.  Contactsteve@farmfreshdirect2u.com for details of the event.  Steve has been taking our farm goods as well as several other farm goods to the Orlando area for over 10 years now and he actually apprenticed with us all the way back when we farmed in Dade City so we are almost like family.

We are enjoying having that extra day to pack orders.  We hope the adjustment to moving up the order deadline hasn’t been too much of a hassle.  We are trying so hard to have a life here as well as bring you the most nutrient dense foods possible for the healing of your body, prevention of disease and the growing of amazingly healthy children.  We spare no expense to do so but we also value family and quality time together. This order deadline really helps us not feel so much pressure as order day arrives.

We recycle.  Plastic grocery bags are needed for meat items.  Glass or plastic quart containers (only the ones that come from our farm or similar, no other labels please) are seriously needed now. Lily loves putting her goat milk into glass but if we do not get the glass back and we run out we will use plastic.  Also our cardboard egg cartons are reusable and we save so much when you return them.  Put recyclables into the cooler that you pick up your goods with then when you get to the stop there they are to give to our drivers. 

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August 15, 2015 • 0 comment(s)

FCF News

Two years ago Brian and Angela partnered with us and have been producing the Forest-fed pork here along with his permaculture food forest and swale project. The pork thing is about to take over their lives but wait…There is more to life than producing the best pork on the planet.  With an article on the front page of Stockman Grass Farmer, one coming soon in Farm Show Magazine and the restaurant  business growing like a weed you would think they had enough to keep them busy and bursting with pride.  But this all pales compared to the fact that they are soon to be parents for the first time. Yes they are enjoying the new life growing in her belly and this is waaaay cool.  Alicia and I are enjoying our new life too but while number 6 is really exciting I do remember when I became a father for the first time and it is not the same at number 6 as number one. Yes Alicia and I are pregnant too and while not planned this way we are only 2 weeks apart! So, in January, things are going to be VERY exciting here at FCF for a while as we enjoy new babies!
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July 24, 2015 • 0 comment(s)

FCF Farm News

Important Delivery Time Changes starting this week for Tampa and Brandon.  The new time to pick up your order in Tampa is 1:30-2PM. You must  be at the Tampa delivery location between this half hour window to pick up your order.  HD and Michelle will be doing the Brandon delivery from now on and need to leave the Tampa location promptly at 2PM to be at our Brandon delivery location by 2:30.
Brandon customers, Jean will no longer be doing the delivery but instead you will meet HD and Michelle who will be bringing your order directly from the farm.  The orders have gotten too big for Jean's vehicle.  Thankfully, Jean will still meet HD and Michelle in Brandon to exchange her "Creative Cultures" with us and to pick up and deliver the Bradenton orders. 
The new Brandon pick up time is 2:30.
Bradenton pick up time: 4:30
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July 16, 2015 • 0 comment(s)
(from The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook)
 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds ground beef (NOTE: We used the 50/50 meat and it was AMAZING!!!)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 12 ounces chunky salsa
  • 1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise or sour cream (NOTE: We replaced this with yogurt!)
  • 2 cups crushed tortilla chips
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar (Our cheese of course!)
  • 1 head lettuce, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tomatoes, seeded, coarsely chopped
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July 3, 2015 • 0 comment(s)

FCF Farm News

We have a lease on 200 acres in Southeast Lake City area but need the right people/family to move there and work the land under our direction, no previous farming experience needed, just a teachable entrepreneurial spirit, a VERY strong back and lots of energy, email thisisdennis@windstream.net for details. We are looking for someone to partner with us to create an income not someone who needs a paycheck. Water and power provided, bring your RV, mobile home or tiny house and live in the country.

New Interns...
We are excited to introduce our new interns Dylan & Rebecca.  After being married a month and a half they decided to experience what life on a farm would entail.  They both have a desire to know where their food comes from and how it is raised which is one of the reasons coming to our farm appealed to them.  They are also young, in love, love to travel and have no children (yet) so why not apprentice on a farm? Sounds perfectly logical to me! They moved here from Indiana  and have been a great addition to our team.  They are eager to learn and are very hard workers.  They bring fresh energy to the farm and we are blessed to have them.  If you come for a farm tour you will most likely see them helping out with milking, moving pigs, gardening, etc. 
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