October 2021 Newsletter

We have successfully transitioned to fall and a somewhat slower pace. We took some time this past weekend to move in firewood, with lots of help from our orange tabby cat, Dibble.

It doesn’t feel like it will be cool enough for awhile to need a fire, but we will be thankful for it soon enough.

Enough leaves have fallen that the farm kids were able to rake up an impressive pile over the weekend, even though they were still in shorts and tank tops!

Super thankful to have gotten two inches of rain last night, so that dry, dry ground will look a bit better in a week or so.

Right now, we are focusing on livestock care and preparations for the winter. Which means we have a number of American Guinea Hogs that will be heading to locker this week.

I shared information about American Guinea Hogs in a previous newsletter, but as a refresher, AGH’s are a small, heritage breed which are slow-growing and easy to care for. Meat from AGH is easily the best pork we have ever had. Considered a marbled meat, it is flavorful, juicy and delicious. You won’t believe how incredible the pork chops are! The hogs we are offering this fall are an American Guinea Hog cross.

Cost for a whole hog is processing fee (roughly $180-220, paid directly to the processor) plus $2.00 a pound for the meat. These smaller hogs will likely yield 50-75 pounds of meat.

We are taking a load of hogs to Stroot Locker in Muvane this Friday, October 15. We only have two left that are unreserved. If you would like to reserve a hog, please call or text 620-222-5821 before Friday. Reservations require a $30 deposit.

We also have a number of young American Guinea Hogs for sale for folks interested in raising your own - either as meat or as a garbage disposal/farm companion. The small hogs we have available now are 4-6 months old. These little guys are friendly, social animals, considered to be highly intelligent and curious. Since they are a small breed, they are easy to keep on just a few acres. We are asking $30 each for these little guys.

We also just had TEN new babies born from our American Guinea Hog boar and a potbellied cross mama. These guys are less than a week old and will be ready to go in about two months. They are SO cute!

We do also have a small handful of goats we are looking to rehome this fall - around six young males born this spring, a few year-old males, and a handful of females. Contact me if you are interested.

We are gearing up for holiday gift basket sales. I have been making ALL the flavors and jams, jellies and salsas so that we are well-stocked for Christmas! The order form will be up in early November, so watch for that coming soon.

We hope you all enjoy the cooler fall weather coming this week! Have a happy October, everyone!

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