WAIT, IS THAT SPRING?!?! (Seriously, is it?)
It is! It is finally Spring! We have everything to celebrate! The purple crocus, paper-white snowdrops and buttery daffodils pushing through the leaves on warm, sunny slopes, the peepers singing through the beautiful moonlit nights and the joy and anticipation of long temperate days and bonfire nights. Wherever you are (Including our friends and family in Australia who are going into Autumn), I hope you are able to get outside and breathe in the beauty this weekend.
ON THE FARM
The first batch of turkey chicks for 2021 came in and they could not be cuter! There are 54 of the little fluff balls and they are all snug and warm in the brooder. The temperature in the brooder must be kept at 95 degrees for the first 10 days and then reduced by 5 degrees every other day until replicating the outside temperatures. The chicks have fresh pine shavings to cozy up in and they love to snuggle with each other…sigh…soooo cute!!! They do imprint a little and when I go in and talk to them, they answer with these little, high-pitched, bell-like calls, which is how they tell momma turkey where they are and that they are ok. Again…sigh… so sweet!!
IN THE STORE
Easter is around the corner and we still have two hams left (both bone-in 10 pounders), plenty of ham steaks and kielbasa. We have nearly every cut of beef, try-them-to-believe-them pork chops, sausage (sweet, hot, breakfast, chipotle, basil), whole and half roaster chickens, eggs, bacon and so much more! The store is open at the farm every Saturday and Sunday between 9am and 3pm. We will, however, be closed Easter Sunday, 3/4.
We are often asked if all the meat comes from our farm, and the answer is YES! We raise beef cows (angus and angus cross) on our fields, pigs in the wooded and wet areas (yes, pigs LOVE mud), roaster chickens on the field directly across the road from us, turkeys in a back field and laying hens everywhere…Seriously, those chickens are everywhere. You can see in the picture below who their favorite cow is! Trixie is by far the messiest eater and you can always tell where she is by her chicken groupies.
We also have our own beehives, cared for and loved by the bee whisperer Jacob (our brother-in-law). The maple syrup is from our friend Ron who taps trees in Willington, the exquisite cutting boards, pottery, and handmade cards are crafted by friends and family and the soap is made at the farm by yours truly. I will feature these beautiful items in upcoming emails.
We are pushing hard to get the food truck ready for the huge Stafford Fire Department fundraiser on April 23rd. It will not be painted how we want it to be but consider it the “before” look. Bruce and I are big supporters of the fire department and the small-town fire departments meet so many needs within a community and rely on community support to continue doing so. We are trying to do our part by having the food truck there so we can make a percentage-of-sale donation. There is still a lot of paperwork to be done but I am again hugely grateful to be a part of a small community where we have had nothing but support and assistance everywhere we turn. Keep your fingers crossed for us and I will post up details of the Stafford Fire Department fundraiser next week. Just keep that Saturday free!
Speaking of upcoming special events, Mother’s Day is right around the corner and we are here for you! We will be doing Mother’s Day breakfast trays and gift bundles that will have your ladies swooning. Ok, that may be an exaggeration, but they will really like them! Watch your Instagram, Facebook and email for pictures and order early!
Last but not least, we will be having the first Taylor Spring Farm Open House on Sunday May 16th; Between 9am and 3pm, we will be doing guided farm tours. You will see the cows (and these two cool dudes on the right), the little piggies, baby chicks, chickens, turkeys, and giant white fluffy livestock guardian dogs. Deb, who owns and runs the Mon Soleil market garden on the farm will be giving talks and tours of her gorgeous vegetable beds, swales and hugels (you will have to join the tour to find out!). Jacob will be giving bee talks and hive demonstrations and did I mention all of this is FREE! That’s right! We all love what we do, we love talking about it and would love to share it with you! The Taylor Spring Farm food truck will be at the farm serving breakfast and lunch and the store will be open.
If you are looking for compost for your spring garden prep, we are selling it by the truck load. $15 for a full pick-up sized bed of unscreened black gold. There will likely be some sticks and rocks included and occasionally a bit of bailing twine, but otherwise a great deal. Give Bruce or Cathi (myself) a shout and we can make sure one of us is available to load you up.
If you have made it this far, THANK YOU! Thank you for supporting us and thank you for supporting family farming in general. We love what we do and are so grateful to be doing it. We hope to see you here at the farm!
Bruce and Cathi Taylor
Taylor Spring Farm
558 Buckley Hwy
Union CT 06076