With farmer Della’s permission, I’m reprinting this wonderful announcement that she recently sent her customers. We’ve been getting all our meat from her for the past four or five months and really love it. What’s more, we think Della is simply an angel.
A few weeks ago I offered a reduced reservation fee that included a discount for reservees off the price of our Certified Organic No-Soy Pasture Raised Chickens to be harvested this coming year throughout the summer and fall.
As if that wasn’t good enough I am additionally offering freebie heritage breed chickens with your reserved purchase of our meat chickens.
You probably have heard about the destruction of male chicks of egg laying breeds, which are essentially all of the heritage breed chickens.
I routinely “rescue” day old chicks from the hatchery that would be thrown out otherwise and use them to follow our cows on pasture for fly control. These are not big meaty chickens but they are delicious. Young ones would be marginally tender, or chewy, but little meat and okay for grilling or frying. Older ones are tough, but awesome for stock and soup making and other such cooking methods that lend themselves handily to such birds, the same as stewing hens. Either way, tasty and nutritious.
So here’s the deal. There is still a couple of weeks before April Fool’s day, which is the cut-off to get in on the lower reservation fee with a 10% discount for your purchased chickens. For every 3 meat chickens you reserve I will give you, free of charge, a heritage breed chicken for your stock pot. I will make no guarantee as to size or weight or anything else, except that it will be prepared and packaged the same way we do our meat birds. They could be fresh or frozen/ I will give you your chicken the same time you pick up (or take delivery) of your meat birds, unless very early in the season and they are not ready yet in which case I will give them to you later in the season.
I know this will be a bit of a paperwork nightmare for me, at least until I get the system down, but I believe it will be worth it. I’m a little excited about it actually. I just love chickens!
Those of you who have already reserved chickens are automatically included in this.
Price of meat chickens this summer is expected to be $3.95 a pound. Reservations before April Fool’s Day are locked in at that price, plus get a 10% discount on their birds when they pick them up (or take delivery). It is possible that the price will go up before it’s over this year depending on what happens with feed costs, etc. Reservation price is normally $5 per bird, but is reduced to just $3 per bird until April Fool’s Day.
Need I say more?
And yes, we are still taking reservations from repeat beef customers for beef right now, newbies can reserve beef if there is any left beginning May 1st. Pork is still up in the air, I will know more in May how much of that I will have. Venison again this fall. Veal later this year only if we have a broken leg or repeat escapee or some other unexpected such thing. And of course lots of Turkeys this fall, although I recently lost 4 of my breeder turkeys to a domestic dog attack. I don’t understand why people let their dogs run loose. So not so many heritage breed turkeys, but still plenty of cross bred turkeys will be available.
And keep your fingers crossed with me that my help will work out this summer and get the vegetable enterprise under way.
@ Happy Hooves Organic Farm
13054 Ira Station Rd
Martville, NY 13111
All our animals are raised naturally on pasture.
Happy Cows Make Better Beef.
Our Cows Smile All The Time.
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