Some like it hotter

It’s Spicy Saturday this week at our farmers markets.  We will feature our smoked Andouille (cooked Cajun sausage), curry sausage, chorizo (Mexican sausage) and spicy breakfast sausage.  All come in natural links and all but Andouille come in loose pack, as well, so you can sauté or grill them up or you can make patties or crumbles.

We will sample these sausages throughout the market day at Brunswick and at Bath.

The Crystal Spring Farmers Market in Brunswick runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  It’s on the Pleasant Hill Road near the Woodside Road, about a mile from downtown Brunswick.  The Bath Farmers Market runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon on the waterfront downtown.

Come see us on Saturday.

No markets the last weekend in January

Because of the snow falling in Southern Maine, our farmers markets for Jan. 30 and 31 are canceled.  We expect to be back next weekend, though.  The Topsham winter market will run from 1 to 5 p.m. every Friday, Feb. 6 through April 26.  The Bath winter market will run fro 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday, Feb. 7 through April 27.  We take all of our Turkey items to both markets.

We expect to be able to open our farmstore on Jan. 30 and 31, but we have had a devil of a time keeping up with plowing snow this week.  If you want to come to the farmstore, it is best to call ahead at 778-2889.  If we can keep the driveway and the parking lot clear, we will be open.

We hope to see you soon, whether at market or at the farm.  Thanks for your patience.

Winding down toward Christmas

All the birds we dressed for Christmas have been reserved.  Thanks for thinking of us.

If you have received a confirmation of your Christmas order, the pickups are today and tomorrow.  If you have not received a confirmation, we do not have a Turkey for you.

PIckup at our farmstore is today (Monday, Dec. 22) and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  We are closed Christmas Eve.

The Portland pickup is 11 to 11:30 a.m. today on the parking lot of the Woodfords Church, 205 Woodford St.

The Topsham pickup is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow in the exhibition hall of the Topsham Fairgrounds, just off Elm Street (Route 24) or just off the Topsham connector (Route 196).  Follow the signs.  The full Midcoast Winter Farmers Market will be open tomorrow at the exhibition hall so you can pick up Christmas veggies and baked goods as well.  There is no Topsham market on Boxing Day, but on Jan. 2 the market resumes its regular hours of 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays.

Merry Christmas.

Last call for Christmas

Christmas is a week away, and Hanukkah has begun.  We still have a few farm-fresh Turkeys for these last-of-the-year holidays.  We have birds between 12 and 17 pounds.  We also will have breast roasts and thighs if you’re feeding just a few or if you want to augment a whole Turkey with additional farm-fresh meat.  We are among a handful Turkey growers in Maine who fresh dress in December.

As usual, we have pickups at Bath, Orono, Portland and Topsham.  Our farmstore will be open for pickups on Dec. 22 and 23.

Interested?  To order, click on Our Products (above) and scroll to the bottom of the page.  Full details are there about the pickups.  Fill in and send in the order.  We will send an email confirmation, and you are all set for yet another holiday feast of farm-fresh, pasture-raised, drug-free Turkey.


Order for Christmas

The chaos of Thanksgiving is behind us, and, as always, we have farm-fresh and smoked Turkeys  for Christmas.

We dressed more than 1,200 Turkeys at Thanksgiving, including all the large birds.  We are taking reservations for Christmas Turkeys between 12 and 16 pounds.  If you need more meat than a 16-pounder will yield, here are a couple of options.  Order two small Turkeys.  Two 12-pounders yield the meat of a 22-26 pounder.  Or, order one small Turkey and then order a breast roast and/or thighs.  Each 2-pound roast adds the meat of about four pounds of whole Turkeys, so a 14-pound Turkey plus a 2-pound roast equals an 18-pound Turkey.  Each thigh adds the meat of about two pounds of whole Turkey, so a 14-pound Turkey plus two thighs equals an 18-pound whole Turkey.

To order, click on Our Products above and scroll down to the order page.  Submit your order, and we will send an email confirmation after Dec. 14, when we return from vacation.  Christmas pickup at the farm is Dec. 22 and 23.  The Topsham and Portland pickups will be Dec. 23, the Bath pickup Dec. 20 and the Orono pickup Dec. 21.

Storm is coming, so pick up your Turkey early if you can

If you ordered a farm-fresh Turkey for Thanksgiving, we are open today until 8 p.m.  We will be open tomorrow and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  But the forecast includes the possibility of a serious winter storm on Wednesday, so pick up as soon as you can.

We are sold out for Thanksgiving but will have farm-fresh Turkeys for Christmas, though of limited sizes.  The larger birds have been reserved.

Because of late losses of birds (after we had reserved all the birds), we are dealing with two problems.  First is that we had to cancel several  dozen orders.  Those customers were notified by email last week.  The second problem is sizing.  We can provide Turkeys for all who still have reservations, but the sizes may vary.  To supplement the Turkeys for those who must take a bird smaller than they had ordered, we have breast roasts and thighs to go with the Turkey.  Some customers may prefer to take two small birds, say, 10 or 11 pounds apiece, when they had wanted a 20- or a 22-pound Turkey.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but we believe we can send everyone away from our store with the amount of farm-fresh Turkey they had wanted.


The end is here

We are sold our and have no prospect of receiving enough cancellations to accommodate any more requests.  So, sorry to say, we cannot take more orders or waiting-list requests.  This is practically an annual event, and we suggest that you place your order earlier next time.  We start taking orders in August.

In the meantime, we have a few suggestions for this year.  First is to contact one of the stores to which we wholesale.  Those listed below still had birds when we contacted them this week.  Their pickup times and prices will differ from ours.  The stores: Eastern Maine, Natural Living Center, Bangor; A&B Naturals, Bar Harbor; John Edwards Market, Ellsworth; Central and Western Maine: Lakeside Orchards, Manchester; Farmers Gate, Wales; Good Food Store, Bethel; and, Southern Maine: Pine Tree Seafood, Scarborough; The Farm Stand, South Portland.

If you can’t find a nearby store that has our Turkeys still for sale, try these alternatives.  First for us to recommend is Tide Mill Farm in Edmunds.  Carly delSignore and Aaron Bell raise fine and organic Turkeys and have increased the size of their flock.  Or, in Southern Maine, try Serendipity Acres in Yarmouth, also organic.  It is possible also that Greaney’s Turkey Farm in Mercer and Mainely Poultry in Warren have birds.  Both of those growers raise birds indoors.  The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association might have a master list, though it usually lists only organic growers and those who offer Community Supported Agriculture, as we do.  If you know of other growers who might have birds, contact them.

Good luck, and contact us earlier next time.  Thank you.

The end is (very) near

We are nearly sold out.  We can accept orders until midnight tonight, Nov. 18.  We will honor and confirm all email and website orders sent by 11:59 p.m., Nov. 18.

We can take order for birds larger than 20 pound.  All other sizes were sold out several days ago.  We can also take orders for half Turkeys of 12 to 16 pounds and for boneless breast roasts of 2 to 5 pounds.

We will keep a waiting list starting Nov. 19.  We usually have cancellations during the week before Thanksgiving.  If you don’t get in an order before midnight but want to be on the waiting list, click on Our Products and scroll down to the bottom of the page to fill out the order.  Send it to us, and that puts you on the waiting list.  As cancellations come in, we will contact people on the waiting list to let them know a Turkey is available.  That process will run through Sunday evening, Nov. 23, so if we can’t get you a Turkey by Sunday night, you will know to look elsewhere.

If it starts with the digit 2, we’ve got it

Yes, we still have Turkeys available, but only from 20 through 29 pounds.

If you’re not feeding an army and don’t want to be eating leftovers come Christmas, you have a trio of options.  The first is to order a boneless breast roast (for white-meat eaters) and thighs or drumsticks (for dark-meat eaters).  This would yield the meat you want but far less of the waste that fills the compost the week after Thanksgiving.  We have breast roasts, farm-fresh of course, from 2 to 5 pounds.  Figure that one pound of breast roast (or thigh or drumstick) will feed two to three people for Thanksgiving dinner.  Breast roasts, boneless, are $6.95 lb.  Thighs, bone-in, are $5.70 and drumsticks are $2.25.

The second option is to order half a Turkey, We always have more than enough Turkeys in the range of 25-30 pounds, so we can cut them in half for you to get the poundage you want.  Roast the half Turkey cut side down.  Slide the stuffing under the half bird so the drippings will help moisten the stuffing.  To order, click on Our Products, scroll to the bottom of the page and submit your order.  You will receive an email confirmation.

Finally, some stores to which we wholesale still have Turkeys available.  The pickup times will differ from those on our order form, and the price will certainly differ.  Order directly from the store.  Those that still had birds when last we checked were:  Eastern Maine, Natural Living Center, Bangor; A&B Naturals, Bar Harbor; John Edwards Market, Ellsworth; Central and Western Maine: Lakeside Orchards, Manchester; Farmers Gate, Wales; Good Food Store, Bethel; and, Southern Maine: Pine Tree Seafood, Scarborough; The Farm Stand, South Portland.  Note that as it turns out, Rosemont Market in Portland will not have our birds.




Down to the wire (again)

We had thought we were sold out, then a store released 50 birds back to us that it couldn’t sell, and now we are nearing sellout again.  All birds smaller than 18 pounds are spoken for, with the exception of a few at 10-12 pounds.  The 18-20 category will sell out very shortly (like Saturday morning, Nov. 15).  We expect to have birds larger than 20 pounds for quite a while, though.

If you really have to have a bird between 12 and 15 pounds, consider ordering a half-bird.  When we cut a 24-pounder in half, you get a 12-pound Turkey.  It’s not the same, with the “ooh”s and :ahhh”s from your family and guests as the bird comes out of the oven, but the flavor, texture and moistness remain.

Or, just go for the big bird and plan to wrap the leftovers tightly and freeze them for some beautiful eating as winter settles over us.  The largest birds (24-30 pounds) will be available for quite a while, perhaps right up until Thanksgiving.  But the wee ones are gone.

Thanks for finding us, and we hope that we can still meet your needs for Thanksgiving.  By the way, we expect to have all sizes available again at Christmas, which is only 28 days after Thanksgiving.