Eggs!

Hello, I now have plenty of eggs as spring has started to make headway.  I’ll have them on my porch in a cooler as well as I have enough for larger orders.  As long as I have more than 15 dozen in stock you can get 5 dozen for $16 dollars(same as the price of four dozen!) call to set up these larger orders.

Merry Christmas!

Hello, I’m writing to wish everyone Happy Holidays and thank you for your patronage.

I’ve been cooking up pies and will be roasting a goose for sharing at a couple of Holiday gatherings.   Food is one my favorite parts of this time of the year.

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This past year I’ve been selling at Eastside Market in Elmira and here at the farm too, usually on weekend I’d have vegetables available, and eggs all week.

Right now I am going to the Corning Winter Market which is the 1st and 3rd Sat. each month.  Next market is 1/7.  Mostly selling pork by the cut.

I’ve also found a group on Facebook that kinda goes with the farm, check it out.

All Things Oxen

I’ll keep in touch as the next season is develops.  Andy

Summer Newsletter

 

Hello I have been caught up in construction over this growing season so no vegetables growing other than onions.  I plan on having veggies by next year though.  This is an interesting a challenging phase for the farm and my life as I am not so much figuring out what to do but making many changes, but this pause in production is needed so that I can grow.

Also I’ve a couple of events going on.

One, I’ll be at the Heritage Festival at the Troy Fair Grounds the third weekend in September with a pair of calves to demonstrate training them to be oxen as well as letting folks give a try at driving them themselves.

Also I am doing an event Oct. 20th at the farm here with PASA Grower Education

Below is the details from PASA’s site.

Andy Lyon, of Spring Meadows Farm in Bradford county, will be hosting the second installment of a PASA Field Day called Happy Animals Work for a Living II.  This full day event will cover how pastured livestock can be used to improve the land through their daily interaction while they grow and produce products on pasture. Andy will lead the participants through his farm to see his pasturing systems for American Buff geese and Idaho Pastured pigs as well as how he uses a hen wagon with his calves. All of Andy’s methods are a way to reduce his labor inputs while improving his pastures. These methods could be used by a homesteader or a diverse grass based farm. Andy will also demonstrate how to use oxen as working animals and participants will get a chance to test drive the team! Andy is welcoming participants to stick around after the day as well to get a little more practice and to ask additional questions about the oxen team if need be.

*A catered lunch made from seasonal ingredients from Andy’s farm is included in the price of registration.

More about Andy Lyon: Andy Lyon grew up in North Central Pennsylvania where the farming traditions were passed on from Yankee settlers and where oxen teams working in the fields were a typical sight. Andy described how, when he was a boy, all the older neighbors shared stories about farming with oxen. Although Andy’s father learned to train a team when he was just four years old, as farm equipment modernized, he traded in the oxen team for a tractor.  



Andy also grew up farming with modern equipment, but began looking honestly at what having money tied up in a tractor was costing him. He explained how, at the age of 31, he decided to “get back to the tradition of my Yankee heritage and took to working two teams of oxen on my pasture-based farm.”



Today – Andy is working to create a healthy ecosystem at Spring Meadows Farm. In return, the farm business benefits from less investment in heavy equipment, freedom from oil prices, enhanced animal and plant health and increased profit…producing more quality food to fuel a farmer and making farming full-time possible. Spring Meadows Farm now markets grass-fed beef, pastured eggs, garlic, vegetables and pork. Milk cows supply most of the protein for the hens and hogs, and much of the grass-fed fat in the farmers’ diets. 



Andy is looking forward to hosting his second PASA Field Day and demonstrating how things have changed and improved since we last visited with him in 2012.

SPRING NEWSLETTER

Markets – This spring I’ll be at Mansfield Growers Market starting Friday May 8th and also Wellsboro Growers Market starting Thur. June 25th.   Though I will not be at any market 3rd full week of May and again the 3rd week of June as I take these weeks to catch up on various garden and livestock jobs so I am more prepared for the markets at the height of summer.

Pastured Livestock – Been busy with young animals as is usual for spring, have calves from my cattle all born and am brooding 70 future laying hens so I can double the size of my laying flock.  Also the geese are starting to set on their eggs and I have two sows who are going to have little ones.  So I should have plenty of variety of meats available this year.

Garden-I am putting in a new set of beds near my new barn for growing for the summer markets, then the old garden area I plan on growing storage vegetables that I can sell in the fall as well as at the Corning Winter Market.

Construction- Still doing plenty.  Mostly now working on shelter and pasture for my young animal, then I plan on getting on to subdividing some pastures that till now I’ll divided with temporary fences.

Still have plenty of spinach and lettuce available as well as eggs.    Order ahead to pick them up there at the farm or at Live Well Upstate at Wed. 6:30pm or 8pm.

Eggs

Hens and New chicks spending most of their time in the Hoop house waiting for  warmer weather.  Eggs production is doing fine.  Available at the farm let me know when to expect you or Live Well Upstate in Elmira at 8pm on Wed.  $4/doz

Hens and New chicks spending most of their time in the Hoop house waiting for warmer weather. Eggs production is doing fine.  Still have spinach and lettuce too.  Available at the farm let me know when to expect you or at Live Well Upstate in Elmira at 6:30pm OR 8pm on Wed. $4/doz

Spinach

Spinach planted last fall

Spinach planted last fall, Just put in a small batch because at the time I was still improving the soil on the rest of the hoop house.  Bags can be made up for those who want to pick up at the farm or at Live Well Upstate in Elmira at 8pm Wednesday’s.  Contact me at least a day in advance so I have time to harvest.

October Markets

This month I’ll be not at every Market.  With Mansfield Growers Market I will be there this Friday 10/17 and again on the last Friday of Oct. 10/31.  This is so I can focus on getting projects done to prepare for next growing season.

Also I will not be at Live Well wed. 8pm 10/22 as I have some where else that I have to be that evening.