November/December/January Newsletter…. Okay, so we’ve been slacking on the newsletters. We hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas, New Years, X-mas, Bowl Season, whatever you celebrate. The holiday season is always a busy one around the farm. Between Thanksgiving and New Years, you all have a lot of special meals planned, and we hope some of our products are adding goodness to your holiday table this year.
We still have some turkeys on the ground, which will become our breeding stock for next year. We may let some more go if y’all are interested. In addition, we’ll have some ducks this spring, which are incubating now. We have a number of pigs farrowing at the moment and they’re all doing very well in this cold weather. And of course, the piglets are adorable. We also have some fresh lamb and goat this week.
We are still recovering from the terrible drought. We started mob grazing this year, and although it worked well, it needs to be implemented for 3-5 years to really pay off. We hope that with continued mob grazing, we’ll be able to better withstand the most certain future drought. Having said that, we have made a decision to give some of our growing stock cows feed called Forage Extender. It contains fish oil and corn, and we give the cows only a limited quantity every day in addition to their hay and pasture.
This isn’t a decision we made lightly, but it is one that we thought necessary to make our growing stock healthy through the winter. We are obviously proponents of grass-fed beef, but unfortunately the realities of caring for animals has led us to make this decision. We will only have 5-15 cows this year that will be finished on the feed. Otherwise we will not harvest any cows until they have been put onto a completely grass diet for a good amount of time. This may mean that you’ll notice a difference in flavor for the next few cows we harvest. Having said that, the cows look great, they’re gaining some weight and their coats look good. As we said- we continue to believe grass is what is best for cows, and we’ll get our cows onto a 100% grass-fed diet as soon as we possibly can.
However we’ve had to feed this small group, the breeding stock and new borns are still on 100% grass. To reiterate, only a small group of steers, 5-15, will be finished on feed and the rest will only be getting a much needed calorie boost to get through the winter. Thus, we won’t have much beef this Winter, but should have a lot of beautiful meat in the Spring.
Cane Creek Farm Stock Your Freezer Sale
Alright, we NEED to clear some of our goods from the freezer. So we’re planning a big sale at the farm for Saturday January 8th. We will be heavily discounting many of our products. This is a great opportunity to fill up your freezer and feed your family wonderful and healthy meals through the winter, all for a great price. We’ll make some apple cider and hot cocoa, some chili, perhaps a few beers, and we’ll be at the farm ready to load you up. So, at 10am on Saturday January 8th until 4 in the afternoon, come visit the farm and bring a cooler along. In addition, we will have plenty of farm swag for sale too; t-shirts, tote bags and stickers. As always, you’ll be able to look around the farm, which, if the weather is descent, can be absolutely beautiful in the winter.
We will be making a delivery of product on Wednesday afternoon in Carrboro, so email us if you would like anything. Otherwise our store is open Thursday the 23rd and 30th, 2-6. Carrboro market will be open January 1st, but we are uncertain if we’ll be there. We will certainly return to both Carrboro and Greensboro markets on January 8th.
We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday season. Hope to see everyone on the 8th, come out and visit if nothing else!
*Snowy farm photos courtesy of Kate MacLean