Monday, June 1, 2020

6-1-20 Availability


Here's what's available this week:
We will happily put an order together for you for delivery or pickup and invoice via Square for zero-contact shopping. We are not currently attending markets and are not open for farm browsing visits as we do not yet have a farm stand set up.  Please email (info@bermudezfamilyfarm.com) your order and we’ll create an invoice for you promptly.

PLANT STARTS
Veggies, Berries, Etc.
Rhubarb, 1-gallons: $8.50 ea.
Raspberries “Anne” (Golden Variety), 3-gallons: $15.00
4” Veggie Overstock $2.00 Each:
Yellow Zucchini ‘Early Prolific Straightneck’
Cherry Tomatoes: Chocolate Cherry, Isis Candy, Red Cherry LG, Sungold, Sub Arctic Plenty, Jelly Bean, Green Zebra
Slicing Tomatoes: Prudens Purple, Ace 55, Pink Brandywine
Melons: Honey Rock Cantaloupe, Sugar Cube Cantaloupe
Cucumber: Spacemaster Bush, Lemon

Flowers, Shrubs, Ornamentals
Oriental Lilies, Satisfaction, Flavia, Asst. 1-gallons: $8.50 ea.
Lilacs, Syringa vulgaris (assorted fragrant cultivars) 1-gallons: $8.50 ea.
Dahlias, 1-gallon $8.50 each: Jabberbox, Smarty Pants, Wicki Woo, Skywalker, Mingus Toni, Strawberry Fields, Speckled Chee, Lavender Chiffon

PRODUCE
Strawberries are just coming into season, order yours now! $3.00 basket, $17.00 half flat, $28 full flat. No sprays, Benton variety.

JAMS $4.00 Half-Pints, $7.50 Pints
Strawberry, Strawberry-Rhubarb, Boysen

MEATS & EGGS
Eggs $4.00/dozen
*Sorry, but at this time our egg supply is meeting family needs and we do not have surplus to sell.

Poultry
FROZEN, ready to go! Limited supply.
Whole Fryer Chickens: $4.50/lb
Average weight: 3.5 to 6#

PREORDERS
We are currently reserving chickens and turkeys for this summer and fall's harvests. We raise mostly for orders that are presold so please consider ordering early to ensure you get what you're looking for. Turkeys sell out every year and are distributed by preorder date so make sure to get your deposits in early for best selection of size preference and availability. See our poultry page for more details.

Beef
There is a limited amount of ground and a few steaks etc. available. We are sold out of shares for quarters and halves and do not currently have any animals nearing maturity for harvest. 

BONES/ORGANS

BEEF BONES   $3.00/lb
3.06-4.22#/package.

SOUP BONES   $3.00/lb
1.75-4.02#/package.
Simmer for outstanding and healthful stock.

KIDNEY  $1.50/lb
Averages 1.15#/package.

LIVER $2.50/LB
Averages 1#/package.

STEAKS

RIB STEAK  $12.00/lb
Averages 1.2#/package.

TIP SIRLOIN STEAK  $12.00/lb
0.54-1.30#/package.

T BONE STEAK  $13.00/lb
Averages 1.4#/package.

GROUND $7.00/LB
Averages 1#/package.




Wednesday, April 29, 2020

4-29-20 Availability


Here's what's available this week:
We will happily put an order together for you for delivery or pickup and invoice via Square for zero-contact shopping. We are not currently attending markets and are not open for farm visits as we do not yet have a farm stand set up.  Please email (info@bermudezfamilyfarm.com) your order and we’ll create an invoice for you promptly.

PLANT STARTS
Veggies, Berries, Etc.
Rhubarb, 1-gallons: $8.50 ea.
Raspberries “Anne” (Golden Variety), 3-gallons: $15.00 
Zucchini ‘Black Beauty’, 4-inch pots: $2.50
*Lots more coming.

 Flowers, Shrubs, Ornamentals

Oriental Lilies, Satisfaction, Flavia, Asst. 1-gallons: $8.50 ea. 
Lilacs, Syringa vulgaris (assorted fragrant cultivars) 1-gallons: $8.50 ea.


PRODUCE
*Coming Soon!!!
CSA: NOW ACCEPTING MEMBERS!


MEATS & EGGS
Eggs $4.00/dozen
*Sorry, but at this time our egg supply is meeting family needs and we do not have surplus to sell.

Poultry
FROZEN, ready to go! Limited supply.
Whole Fryer Chickens: $4.50/lb
Average weight: 3.5 to 6#

PREORDERS
We are currently reserving chickens and turkeys for this summer and fall's harvests. We raise mostly for orders that are presold so please consider ordering early to ensure you get what you're looking for. Turkeys sell out every year and are distributed by preorder date so make sure to get your deposits in early for best selection of size preference and availability. See our poultry page for more details.

Beef
There is a limited amount of ground and a few steaks etc. available. We are sold out of shares for quarters and halves and do not currently have an animals nearing maturity for harvest. 

BONES/ORGANS

BEEF BONES   $3.00/lb
3.06-4.22#/package.

SOUP BONES   $3.00/lb
1.75-4.02#/package.
Simmer for outstanding and healthful stock.

KIDNEY  $1.50/lb
Averages 1.15#/package.

LIVER $2.50/LB
Averages 1#/package.

STEAKS

RIB STEAK  $12.00/lb
Averages 1.2#/package.

TIP SIRLOIN STEAK  $12.00/lb
0.54-1.30#/package.

T BONE STEAK  $13.00/lb
Averages 1.4#/package.

GROUND $7.00/LB
Averages 1#/package.



2020 - Wow!

Welcome to my first post of 2020.... at the end of April! 

Wow, where to begin? It's been a wild ride to put it mildly.


NEW SPROUTS!
First off (and most fun!): We had TWINS!!!
We took it a little easier on 2019 with reduced market attendance and "farm triage" where non-essential projects took a hiatus because I, Malinda, was VERY pregnant! Miles and Austin made their arrival a month early on October 10th and both have been growing like little weeds.


Raising twins has been quite an adventure to put it mildly. I'm so grateful that their big brother Dylan has been a rockstar at helping and we also have Grandma who lives at the farm and has been an absolute lifesaver around here! If things are a little out of date online, or we're a little slow responding, or we're not present at all our usual events, these little cuties are likely the reason why! We're enjoying the time we have while they're little and we'll be back up to full speed soon!


COVID-19
Ugh! What a strange world we all live in now and just like every other business, we need to address it too. First off, since we produce food: safety! Our farm is small and just a few people are involved in production, marketing, and handling which is incredibly helpful in limiting exposure. We are very fortunate to have a lifestyle that has made strict social distancing relatively easy and we are taking every precaution to keep the virus away from our family not only for our own health and safety, but so that we can continue to serve our community and supply healthy, quality foods in a time where there is concern over supply and access. We've scrutinized our systems to help ensure that we are doing the best job possible to keep ourselves and our customers well. Feel free to reach out to us if you have concerns.

Delivery & Online Shopping!
We are branching out into more delivery and online sales!!! Between the babies and the pandemic, our attendance of outside sales events has diminished dramatically and at the same time, we've found people more interested than ever in shopping from home and having items delivered. So, we're adapting to meet your needs and while new, we're seeing a lot of potential in expanding in this area! Stay tuned for more details, but I'm envisioning a weekly availability showing what we have and online ordering. I have grand visions of a fancy website with beautiful photos and easy shopping cart-style browsing but I have to be realistic and start slow- I am after all, just one person who does all the marketing, business admin, runs a household, cares for 2 babies and so on so as much as I'd like to have all the bells and whistles, easing into this is the only realistic way. For now, I can put together an order and invoice through square; once paid I can deliver locally for a zero contact transaction. This has worked really well for numerous transactions already this spring and I plan to continue that while I devise a fancier plan. Delivery is currently available in Monmouth, Independence, and Dallas with a $30 minimum order. While COVID-19 has been a big disruption in so many ways, I think these changes in our farm will be lasting and a positive result from a challenging time.

CSA
Now more than ever, a CSA has tremendous value in its ability to create a direct avenue between the field and the table. Last year we started offering local delivery and that was a big success- this year we're expanding on that and encouraging most of our customers to select that option. See our CSA page for more information. I'm still working on finding a way to post the pdf's of our forms on the website but I can readily send them to you via email, Facebook messenger or mail so please dro pme a note if you need forms.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Website Improvements Are Coming!

Stay tuned!

One of my big goals for 2019 is a brand new website with more features.

A draft is well under way and I hope to launch it ASAP this spring but it is but one of MANY projects I'm working on, so patience is necessary.

I hope to have the new site able to have our forms downloadable, take online payments, include an email newsletter and more; the possibilities are really exciting and in this day and age, an important way for us to make our farm more convenient for our customers.

Once it's ready, this web address will automatically redirect you to the new site so no need to update bookmarks.

In the meanwhile, check out our facebook page for regular updates and farm photos and/or come visit us in person at our market booths!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

*2017* Happy New Year!


Welcome to 2017!

We hope that you and your loved ones have had a pleasant and joyful holiday season. We're entering the new year in high gear despite the wintery weather making things look sleepy and calm. 2016 was a year of significant growth and change: our poultry's popularity exploded with more orders than we could fill (more than double the previous year!!!) and we added our CSA which was a huge hit. THANK YOU to everyone that supported and encouraged us as we took on two big expansions.

At the end of November, I (Malinda) attended the Women in Sustainable Agriculture conference in Portland. It was 3 full days of intensive classes full of information and motivation and I've been working on implementing some things I learned there over the winter. Naturally, it's a lot of work running a business and instituting change and growth but it's just simply what you do and I'm enthusiastic to meet the new year head on with renewed energy and balance between personal and business activities.

Some current highlights of my planning:

2017 CSA EXPANSION
Last year we kept the fledgling program small; a CSA is a very different business model than just taking the best stuff to a market each week and I wanted to be sure we did a good job while we got our systems behind the scenes running smoothly. We received excellent feedback and praise from our members and this year we are ready to open the membership to a much larger number of people. I'm putting the final touches on 2017 paperwork and plan to have it published in the next week.

2017 POULTRY
We were simply blown away with the surge in demand for our broiler chickens and turkeys last year. This year we plan to grow the limit of what we legally can under exemption split between chickens and turkeys. I'm refining the paperwork and assessing pricing and flock scheduling. I expect to have paperwork for preorders ready mid-January and I encourage customers to preorder as early as possible as I expect to sell out.

Check back to see updates posted soon!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Welcome to 2016!

Wow. So much has transpired over the last year. We are entering 2016 with a newfound enthusiasm thanks to some really great things. I (Malinda) have been working full-time on developing the business for 6 years now and I feel like we're really "coming into our own" now. We had many landmarks in 2015 and over the winter and I'm excited to share some of our highlights with you:

Poultry!
We started raising pastured poultry in 2011 when the small-farm exemption law took effect. Each year it has grown and this year the jump is huge! Last year we raised 425 broiler chickens and this year we've jumped it to at least 600 with 300 already reserved in January. ***THANK YOU!!!*** We may add more to our schedule pending spring reservations. Turkeys are much the same, each year we roughly double production and this year is no exception; last year we raised about 30 and this year we plan for around 60! Again, they've sold out each year with rave reviews. We feel so grateful for the support our customers have given us in this facet of the business. It's an honor to provide your families with meat that was raised with kindness and sunshine. We hope to build a chicken processing shed this summer which will greatly help our efficiency behind the scenes and make harvest days a little easier on us. Did you know? We prefer to harvest our birds on-site, ourselves. It's emotionally draining and hard work but it's important to us that they are treated as kindly as possible and sparing them the trip down a highway and to a foreign place that is stressful is our final gift to them. Our first chicks are already in the brooders so if you're thinking about ordering this year don't delay.

CSA!
I'm very happy to announce that we have finally caved to your requests: we will offer a CSA in 2016! We've always favored markets as our retail outlets for many reasons but we've heard your voices and have decided to cut back on the number of markets we attend and offer an on-site CSA to take their place. I'll be honest, it's a TON of work packing, hauling, setting up, selling at, tearing down, hauling home, and putting away a market booth and I've usually done it solo. While I do love markets, I found myself with nearly no time to actually work on my farm beyond bare essential tasks. Thank goodness we're a family team effort which kept the product flowing. In my heart, I'm a gardener and farmer. It feeds my soul to have my own hands in the soil but running a business demands that I spend more time elsewhere like market booths or at my desk. The CSA not only answers the requests of our customers but takes a big step to realign my schedule in a way that puts me back on my farm doing the things I love most. Of course it also is a 'win' for our customers as they get to come along on that journey and spend some time on my farm with me in addition to the other many benefits of joining a CSA. The first sprouts of the year are up and I'm so very excited for good things to come.

More Help!
My mom Polly has been an important help to me over the last few years especially since our son Dylan was born in 2102.  She likes to be behind the scenes mostly but she's also helped me at a lot of markets, usually in the role of Grandma chasing my little guy while I sell. When we bought the Adams farm in 2012 she joined us in a much more committed way as co-owner of that property; she lives with us here and enjoys going back to her rural roots growing up on a farm as a kid. This spring she retires and is looking forward to being around a lot more and I'm very much looking forward to having a little more help as well! (She's going to whine about me focusing on her publicly though so... Sorry mom!) She's too important to our business to let her hide in the background all the time!

Gardens!
As always, my mother-in-law Silvia and I are showing little to no self-control with seed orders and we have sprouts popping up like crazy. More and more though, we are leaning towards heirloom seeds that I save myself. Every year we add a couple new varieties that we kept from the previous year. It's a lot of fun and feels good to take control of the entire cycle.

I'm actively working on increasing our drip irrigation and redoing my main garden plot on the Adams farm this spring; we already have a big load of straw for mulch and 10 lovely new peach trees to provide a lovely and delicious windbreak for that plot.

Our young orchard has over 30 new trees & varieties added over the winter and we should have the first grapes off the vineyard this year while I continue to add new varieties to it. I love preserving old varieties and growing novel and heirloom ones in addition to common ones and each year I attend "scion swaps" where I get twigs of all sorts of cool things. I take these home and either root or graft them; this is where most of my new stock comes from. It's a slow process but I really enjoy it.

If you have a favorite variety of something that you've longed to see at markets (or in your new CSA box, *wink, wink*) now is the time to drop me a note!

Projects!
Work is simply never done on a farm; before you even get your current project finished several more needs present themselves and the backlog is eternal. We are no exception to this rule and there are a couple notable ones I'm excited to tackle this year:

Turkey Tractor: It's not secret that I have a deep love for things on wheels around here. It's important for us to be able to move critters and structures around to rotate field use and provide the best environments for our plants and animals. Our chickens have long had wheeled structures for shelter and protection but the turkeys are very different creatures that always have preferred to sleep on top of the chicken shelters. Not the greatest situation especially as the local coyotes found us last year. We were able to avoid any losses but our "turkey fort" aka dog kennel with a tarp left some things to be desired and doesn't offer room to double our production like we plan to. This coming year we simply must improve our protections for our flock so we procured an old travel trailer frame that we'll be building a mobile turkey trailer for them.

Pantry & Walk-in Cooler: This project is a two-part-er. When we moved onto the Adams farm we combined two estates and there was a lot of stuff to find places for. We've gone through a tremendous amount of it and progress continues but one component we've lacked was a pantry. This isn't some little cupboard I'm talking about, rather it's an entire room to store the 1000+ canning jars and other basic supplies that I amass to support our family both on a daily basis and as preparation for an emergency such as a major earthquake or severe storm aftermath. Since this property didn't have such a room I still have boxes of jars staked in the barn area we call the "retail barn". Our goal for this area is to fix it up with a much needed walk in cooler and nicer displays for folks who would like to shop here onsite. For that to happen the boxes of jars need to leave and an organized space needs to be built. So, two big projects with big payouts are on our horizon.

Breeding Turkeys: This winter we retained 4 turkeys as a breeding group. They are Midget Whites which is a heritage breed that finishes out at around 12-15#. We are anxiously awaiting eggs from them that will hopefully give us lots of babies to raise for customers that prefer smaller, heritage birds. While we much prefer our birds to be out on grass and roaming this group is currently hanging out in a large stall because they were naughty and free-ranged right off the property!


Cross-Fencing & Pasture Replanting: When we bought the Adams farm it was a horse boarding facility and virtually everything had been severely overgrazed. We are working on cross-fencing pastures and each year we completely plow, reseed, and rest one field. It's a slow process but last year's field is looking nice. Of course with grass being the foundation of a pastured meat operation we are actively working to increase the health of the forages. I look forward to having lots of smaller fields that we can allow animals access to one at a time while grazed areas can recover and the chickens and turkeys move through fertilizing as they go. We now own everything we need to cut our own hay which is very exciting and the higher quality fields have even more importance for future hay crops.


Until Next Time!
PHEW! There's so much more I could ramble on about but if I don't quit, this will be a book and not a blog! Besides, it's much to gorgeous outside to stay stuck at a computer. Have a great day and thanks for reading!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Growing (even bigger) for you!

Wow, it seems like I blinked and *poof* a whole year evaporated! I guess that's what having a baby turn into a toddler AND buying a farm can do to you. Yup- you read it right, we bought a farm! In case that sounds confusing, let me clarify: since 1996 we've been operating as a collective family effort on my in-laws' 10 acres just south of Independence. Carlos and I (Malinda) always lived in town with the dream of living on our own land. Well, patience, planning, and perseverence have finally paid off: 5 days before Christmas 2012 we got the keys to our new place which is 26.5 acres just north of Monmouth. We've been crazy-busy but on cloud nine this year as we've hustled to move two households and a business but the dust is starting to settle and we are starting to feel like this whole whole thing might actually be real. My mother bought the new place jointly and also lives here which is wonderful to have live-in Grandma for Dylan who's growing like a little weed. I couldn't be happier that he gets to grow up in the country, his first word was "Hi Dad" followed by "Mama" then came "Bok Bok" for the chickens which he's completely infatuated with.

My in-laws are still going strong on the original farm and our new place lets us expand into even more types of products which should prove to be very interesting. Already, we've stepped up the pastured poultry operations with two flocks already in and out and two more to come this season. Come fall we should have a handful of Christmas geese and turkeys available. We're also seriously looking at adding some grass-fed beef to the mix to broaden our local, sustainable meat production. It's hard not to go crazy planting things everywhere but I'm trying hard to be patient so I can really get the feel for the land to use it the best ways possible. This year my new gardens are modest and I'm slowly getting flowerbeds and a greenhouse in. Next spring will be very exciting since I'll be coming into the season prepared with the basics instead of being sidetracked by moving and up against a veritable "blank slate".

Our markets are up and going strong, I'm at the Polk County Bounty market in Dallas every Thursday from 10-3 at the Academy Building and at the Independence Riverview Market every Saturday from 9-2 in dowtown Independence. These markets are a real joy to be a part of and it's been great fun to be present to see and help them grow, especially the new Independence Riverview Market that started in August of last year and has grown by leaps and bounds into a real downtown attraction with live music, hot foods, and a wide variety of exceptional artisan wares in addition to top-notch, local produce. The strawberries are early and fabulous this year and produce is starting to make a real presence with beets, peas, broccoli and more already in and more coming ready each week. So far it's shaping up to be a very nice growing season and our fingers are crossed that it continues.

At any rate, great things have been happening in our little world and I hope to start making more frequent blog updates. I seem to have many farming mini-misadventures as I begin building up our new little farm and I might as well share them with the world. One of my most motivating factors in choosing to do all that we do is that I really believe there's value in knowing the farmer that produces your food. Like Joel Salatin who I gain a lot of inspiriation from I really believe in an "open-farm" policy and I feel so privaledged to have stories to share. I look forward to seeing our customers at market and hope to have the time to sit and post some entertaining updates very soon. If I don't get to it please be patient, I'm likely outside covered in mud, whacking at the weeds, and chasing a toddler who just recently discovered the joys of running!

-Malinda