We just traversed the longest night of the year, almost 15 hours of darkness, and next week the forecast calls for low temperatures to dip down to nearly single digits. These are not conditions that the laying hens’ ancestors, wild jungle fowl, would recognize. But some of those jungle fowl, native to Southeastern Asia, joined together with humans, beginning domestication 10,000 years ago. And as people moved around the globe, the jungle fowl evolved into thousands of breeds of chickens, some raised in climates colder than Pennsylvania’s and with shorter winter days. While our domesticated chickens have evolved to withstand winter weather, we still work hard to keep them comfortable.
This week we moved the hens into one of our high tunnels, where they can bathe in the dust (that’s how they like to groom themselves), preen, scratch in the straw for treats we’ll provide, sunbathe in the December sun, and perch and roost, just like their wild cousins. But like many of us, I think they’re also looking forward to each day growing a little longer.
In 2018 we look forward to a whole new crop of apprentices and we have started taking applications. Apprentices have the opportunity to focus on different enterprises on the farm: veggies, field cropping, livestock and dairy/cheese making. See the careers section of our website for more details.
|Side Pork||26 pounds|
|Stewing Hens||56 pounds|
|Spare Ribs||9 pounds|
|Pork Loin||37 pounds|
|Pork Shoulder||12 pounds|
|Pork Fat||6 pounds|
|Grand Total||1,150 pounds|
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix butternut squash, delicata squash, sweet potatoes, rutabaga, red potato, carrots, and onion in a large roasting pan. Mix rosemary, thyme, and oregano in a small bowl.
Drizzle olive oil over the vegetables and sprinkle with herb mixture; toss to coat vegetables with oil and herbs. Scatter bay leaves over vegetables and drizzle lemon juice and red wine vinegar over the top.
Roast in the oven until vegetables are tender, about 1 hour and 30 minutes, stirring every 30 minutes.
Season with salt and black pepper.
Not sure what to get your family for the holidays? Keep warm with a CFF Sweatshirt, of course! Sizes range from Small to X-Large. Sweatshirts are $35.00 and we accept cash, check, or credit card. Merchandise can be purchased directly from the farm by contacting Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, 100% of the proceeds go to feed the needy in our own backyards.
By partnering with several Bucks County food pantries, Broad Street Ministry, Coalition Against Hunger, Cathedral Kitchen and Face to Face Germantown, people throughout the Philadelphia area are benefiting from our nutritious harvest.