In just 30 seconds whip up this creamy condiment, full of healthy enzymes and omega 3 fatty acids. It's simple and delicious...and our family uses it in so many things!
So in a quart or pint sized jar add:
1 Cup of expeller or cold-pressed oil: (olive, organic sunflower, coconut*, avocado or a combination of these.
1 Fresh farm egg (make sure it's comes from healthy pasture-raised chickens!)
1 TBSP of raw Apple Cider Vinegar
3/4 TSP of Salt
1/2 TSP (or squirt!) of mustard
*Note that if you are not going to use the mayo right away, use no more than 1/3 cup of coconut oil to keep the mayo from hardening when refrigerated. Or in other words, blend 2/3 cup of another oil along with the 1/3 cup of coconut oil.
With the blender resting on the bottom of the jar, turn it on and watch the mayo begin billowing up from the bottom of the jar. Depending on your blender, it will take about 20 to 40 seconds for the mixture to transform into fluffy white goodness. When about one inch of oil remains at the top of the jar, pump the immersion blender up and down a few times to corporate the rest of the oil! Makes 1 1/2 cups of mayonnaise.
Winter feels like it will never end. I stayed hard at work over the winter, I just didn't film much. Some of the projects I did film (so they are in the video) include a chip drop area by the barn, new rolling greenhouse doors and new mobile brooders. These brooders are an improvement on last years design. They are smaller so only one batch goes in one brooder. We are getting ready for the coming year. We got around 20 pigs so far and I'm hoping to get a few more. I fixed the problem with the tractor and got a forklift attachment that hooks on the 3 point. The forklift needs some TLC, so hopefully I can get it running. It's been a busy winter and I'm looking forward to spring and the coming year. Thanks for watching!
Since the last update the summer pigs went off to the butcher and I cleaned up their fencing in the woods. Then we got a new (old) tractor. It's a 1976 John Deere 2240. It's newer, bigger and more powerful than our old tractor. It also won't start so I need to fix the alternator. I can get it going with a jump start from the truck so I used it to clean out the moveable brooder hoophouse. Then I pulled the hoophouse over to its winter home next to the barn. One of our laying flocks is already at home in that hoophouse staying warm and dry. I finished the last eggmobile for the year and trained the layers to roost in it. They'll go into another hoophouse soon.
The latest project was getting the barn ready for the cows. The gutter on the barn was leaking so I fixed that by moving the gutter further out and increased the slope so the water drains quicker. I also built a new cattle hay feeder out of pole timber from our woods and 2x4s. The feeder has angled slots for the cows to put their heads in but it keeps them from pulling hay out of the feeder and wasting it on the ground. There is also a cow calf divider which is a board that sits 3'-4' off the ground. Just enough room for a calf to squeeze under and get away from the bigger cattle. Lastly we got a new batch of pigs that I'll be raising over the winter. These will be our rototillers in the spring and will till up the bedding turning it into compost.
Thanks for watching & please leave any questions or comments below!
We felt so honored to have been featured in Weebly's newest tv ad campaign. It was an exciting day on the farm! Check out the video below:
Hey, I'm back after a busy summer. This update gives an overview of our summer. We brought in our hay way back in July. I fixed the tractor steering box and have been spreading lots of compost. Big news this summer was we're part of an advertisement for Weebly.com. We use weebly for our web hosting and online store. They were impressed with our story and website and asked if they could film a commercial about our farm.
Pretty Cool! Right now things are slowing down as we approach winter. We wrapping up our pastured chicken next week and the pigs get slaughtered soon too. Lastly, we got two puppies. They are livestock guardian dogs to protect our animals.
Check out some pictures from our last farm day. It was such a fun event with farm tours, face painting, a petting zoo, live music, workshops (how to make homemade mayonnaise & parting up a whole bird), games, and more!
Missed this one? Be sure you join us next year!
We apologize for the lack of farm update videos as of the past couple of weeks. Hopefully Caleb will be able to release one soon. But in the meantime, I thought I would share some pictures from our recent haying adventure. As of last week, during the sunny weather, we got out in the field and with many helping hands, several trailer load trips, we got 875 bales put away in the barn for the winter! Always a good feeling. And oh how happy the animals will be. :)
Besides that we have been staying busy on the farm caring for the animals (they require extra special care during this heat!), making weekly chicken deliveries, doing chicken demos at the Portland New Seasons Markets, hosting our first farm field day tour of the year, and enjoying the beautiful sunsets we've been getting here every evening. Summer is such a lovely and busy time on the farm. So much going on!
If you have any questions or comments please leave them below. We always love hearing from you. :)
Until next time,
Here is a quick update on some of what's been happening on the farm in the last couple weeks. Three weeks ago the pigs went out on pasture and immediately started eating grass and digging up bugs. The herd moved close enough to the corral to round 'em up and castrate the bull calves. And finally I started spreading compost from last winters bedding but had to stop do to an issue with the tractor steering.
Please leave a comment if you have any questions!
Plants are starting to pop up in the garden. The potatoes, radishes and onions are taking off as we keep planting the rest of the garden. We got trellises up for beans and cucumbers and planted our flower mix as well.
We also nee a couple more broiler pens for our pastured meat birds. I got started on those this week. The pens have a treated 2x4 base and a roof of cattle panel. Chicken wire goes around the outside to keep predators out and chickens in. A tarp over the top keeps the birds dry and in the shade.
Lastly, the feed system is now up and running. We got the last bin for minerals and meal finished. We used an old concrete mixer to keep the material loose and moving while an auger moves it out to the mixing auger. More on that soon.
This week we got our chicken crates which we'll use for transporting meat birds out to their pasture pens and when their ready we'll use the crates to take them to slaughter. Also, this week I found out I needed to replace my front truck pads. I jacked up the front of the truck, pulled off the tires and put new pads on. I caught the problem just in time. The old pads were almost down to the metal. Lastly, we've made some progress on our feed mixing grinding setup. The auger that connects all the bins is finished, but we still have one bin left to complete. The meal and mineral bin. This one contains a mix of camelina meal, fish meal and a mineral mix. Hopefully, that will be finished next week. Thanks for watching!
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