Holy Cow Farm Fresh Newsletter - 4/4/2018!
In this newsletter, you'll find the following:
- On The Farm
- What did YOU say?
- Delivery Dates!--New Schedule!
- Food for Thought:
- Six Easy Herbs to Grow and Enjoy
On the Farm
Okay, so we thought Spring was here. But, despite the fresh dusting of snow on the ground, we all know it is coming. The cold weather still doesn't slow down the abundance of life flourishing on the farm. (However, the rain did slow down the picture taking, as you will notice, just what could be reached dry by zoom from the back porch.)
The pigs take shelter more in their straw beds. However, when the sun is shining or the wind lays, they are playing their pig games. The hens still are laying their eggs. The mama cows are still having their babies. And, all of the animals are enjoying the green shoots of grass popping up.
Later this month, the baby chicks will begin arriving in the mail. And, our annual meat bird adventure will begin. That is when the busy gets busier. What a joy to have the little chicks though! Even though, we still have some modifications to make to our chick brooder, and more chicken tractors to build, it will all work out just fine.
We are planning on more pastures and green cover this year. More green grass, means that we will be getting more mouths to eat it. So, we are on the hunt for more Grassfed calves and more Mama cows to have babies here on the farm. If you haven't noticed our online inventory of beef is lower than it has ever been. (Thank you--we appreciate that!) So, we are doing what we can to remedy the situation. However, raising beef well takes time, so hang in there with us. But thankfully, we do have some nice beef that will be ready in a month or two.
Our processing building is coming along. Lord willing, it will be rolling in time for our first chicken harvest, in late May to early June. All the guys have been working and have much completed. I cannot tell you how much we have been blessed by so much help from customers, neighbors, friends, and family. The heating was just finished up yesterday, with warm water circulating in the concrete from our wood boiler. Today, the guys are installing a "cove" around the border where the floor meets the walls. Then on the agenda is the interior paint, the processing room ceiling, installing windows and doors, electricity and lighting, final plumbing and septic, equipment and fixtures and cooling units, final details, and last but not least, inspections.
Thank you so much for joining us on this amazing farming adventure!
What Did YOU Say?
Here's What YOU are saying:
Just visiting from California to see Grandma for her 90th birthday, passing through from town to town to see family while I'm here visiting my home state and finally got to stop at Holy Cow Farm Fresh! Mom has passed it for several years off the 421 and I am so glad we stopped, it saved us an out of the way trip to a far less superior store. Had I known Holy Cow was here since 2010 I would have been stopping here for years!
Let me start by saying the farm is beautiful! The cows look so healthy and happy in the pasture and even the family dog came by to say hi. The Mosher Family also couldn't have been sweeter and more helpful. They answered all our questions about the cuts of meats they have in their freezers and we left with not only steaks for dinner but beef bones for yummy broth and beef sticks for snacking on! They have great prices and a great overall experience for this beautiful patch of land! When I'm back in the Fall definitely going to check out their corn maze and pumpkin patch!
Thank you so much Holy Cow Farm Fresh!
New customers for life!!! Paula Poortinga, 5-Star Facebook Review
Ordering Windows are OPEN until 3pm Today!!
Time to buy the farm fresh meats that you will use to provide healthy and delicious meals to your family. And as requested, WE WILL BE DELIVERING TWICE (2X) A MONTH.
Deliveries to VALPARAISO--
1st & 3rd Thursday of the Month
FRIDAY, April 6th--Change in Schedule!
Thursday, April 19th
Thursday, May 3rd
Thursday, May 17th
Deliveries to LAFAYETTE, WEST LAFAYETTE, ZIONSVILLE & CARMEL--
1st & 3rd Friday of the Month
Friday, April 6th
Friday, April 20th
Friday, May 4th
Friday, May 18th
Food For Thought:
Six Easy Herbs To Grow & Enjoy
When it comes to gardening, the biggest payout with the least investment and highest chance of success definitely goes to organic herbs.
They're easy to grow, require little space or effort, and are rarely bothered by bugs or diseases. They look good, taste good, smell good, and they save you money. You can even grow them in pots on a patio. What's not to like?!
Chives are a very hardy, no-bother perennial. They'll just keep growing for you. They're easy to dig up and subdivide, so the plants are easy to work with. Chives can be chopped up and incorporated into almost any recipe to add some zing.
And who can live without Basil? It's simple to grow once the weather is warm, but will not tolerate cold, and doesn't like to live indoors. Fortunately, it grows quickly, and when cut back, it sends out multiple shoots from the cut and grows even faster. The warm summer season is all it takes to stock your freezer with tasty pesto for the whole year, not to mention eating it fresh with anything tomato related, or mixed with the other herbs.
And then there's Oregano. It's another hardy perennial that's great to have fresh in season, and dried for use all throughout the winter. Greek oregano is the most popular for cooking and is the easiest to grow. Put one in a large pot and you'll have oregano for years.
Flat leaf Parsley is another useful herb, so it's worth growing your own. The plants are cheap to buy in early Spring. And if you put one in a pot, you can bring it inside near a window and have fresh parsley all winter long. It will likely go to seed in the Spring, but not before giving you a bounty.
How about Lemon Thyme? It's an easy-to-grow perennial you can use in most any dish where some lemony essence would be good. Immediately coming to mind are things like roast chicken, most seafood preparations, and adding an interesting flavor to olive oil.
And finally, everyone needs some type of Mint. It smells and looks great, it spices up steamed vegetables, it livens your fruit salads, it perks up your pesto, and of course, there's tea. In fact, you can add fresh mint leaves to all kinds of beverages, like lemonade, iced tea, juices and even iced water. WARNING - mint spreads and is hard to contain so keep it in a large pot or somewhere it's welcome!
In addition to the freshness advantage, growing your own herbs gives you certainty that they have not been chemically treated. So, for a small project with a large benefit, go ahead and grow those six herbs. You'll be happy you did.
Note from Joanne: After reading this article, I am going to add this to my to do list. How about you?
(Not to Claim the Fame---The Previous article provided by our farmer newsletter service. )
Thanks so much for joining us on this amazing farming adventure! God Bless You All!
Your Blessed & Thankful Farmers,
Paul and Joanne Mosher =)