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Cat & Chickens Available…and delicious produce…for 9.13.2014

That’s right – this week we have a cat and chickens (live!) available, in addition to our wonderful produce. No charge for the cat or the chickens!
DSC_0025Why, you ask, are we giving away a cat and chickens? Great question.
DSC_0032We adopted the cat, black and named Hannah, from the Richmond Animal League last year, hoping she would be an appropriate, mouse hunting, farm cat. Little Hannah, however, wants to be a housecat. We cannot have a housecat. So, if you would like a housecat, please let us know! She is small, pretty independent other than wanting to be in a house with people, and enjoys a bit of petting but not too much. She will scratch a person if she wants to be left alone. DSC_0024Chickens: Some of you know we used to sell eggs from our chickens, but we haven’t this year. This is due to our flock becoming smaller (“natural” attrition) and older and thus not laying as many eggs. While decreasing in number, these chickens have also made it clear to us that they don’t fit into our farming systems very well. It takes a lot of energy to keep them out of our vegetables. If you want one, two, three or more chickens, let us know. They are older girls (about 4 years old) but still have some laying left in them. And they will be find backyard birds.DSC_0028Plus, we are having a baby this fall and are looking to decrease the number of beings that need our care this fall and winter! None of the children are up for grabs, so chickens and a cat are!DSC_0031Our farm is participating in the first annual Richmond farm tour weekend – 12 biological/organic farms are all on tour the same weekend: September 20-21, 1-6 pm both days. Hosted by the VABF and Ellwood Thompson’s, the event is still in need of volunteers to handle ticket taking/check in of tour goers at each farm. Volunteer one day and you get a free pass to tour farms the next day – plus you get to hobnob with some of your favorite farmers as part of behind-the-scenes event management. Learn all you need to know here, and sign up to volunteer (maybe even here at our farm? We’d love to have you help out.)DSC_0030This Week’s Harvest:

Our Farm Share Bag (consisting of a farmers’ choice medley of produce, in one easy to order option), Arugula, Chard, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Beans, Hearty Mix, Okra, Peppers (jalapeno, padron, sweet yellow, sweet red, lunchbox), Salad mix, Summer Squash, Tomatoes (red slicers, paste, bulk options of seconds), Watermelon (large, oblong, pink inside) …plus our Naturally Leavened Bread, Pepper Jelly, and now Salsa! (canned with our veggies this week at the Prince Edward Cannery).

~ Janet, Dan, and the rest of the Broadfork crew   DSC_0029  (Want to learn more about us? Visit us on Facebook or Instagram.)

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Recipe Suggestions: (always cataloged on our Recipe Page)

We continue at two farmers’ markets this Saturday: South of the James in Forest Hill Park, from 8am – 12pm, and the Brandermill Green Market in Market Square from 9am – 12pm.

2014 Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online Ordering to order for pick up on Saturday at our farm, at the Brandermill Green Market , or at the South of the James Market in Forest Hill Park.DSC_0033

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VABF Richmond Farm Tour
Richmond Biological Farm Tour Weekend: September 20 & 21, 2014

Shake the Hands that Feed You!
Saturday & Sunday, September 20 &
 21, 1 PM to 6 PM

We will be participating in this inaugural weekend of farm tours in the greater metro Richmond area. Load up your car with friends and family (one ticket covers everyone!) and head out for a day — or two — of meeting farmers and seeing where and how your food is grown. Learn more here and stay tuned for the complete list of farms on tour.

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