The long dormant marketing department of the Great American Egg rises! With the aid of my lovely and talented sister- we now have a brochure/pricelist! You know something physical that must be transported by hand and read by reflected rather than projected light! That’s right an actual paper brochure! Check it out (note- for me at least, the two pages are one on top the other- rather than side by side):
Hope this message finds you well and warm! I think we are reaching everyone now with this new email program! Not that we can ask the folks that are not receiving these emails to send us a note….but we are getting less questions about when we are going to send out notices!
Fourth of July
Open farm and butcher on Monday the Fourth of July. We plan on processing birds early in the morning and will be ready for pick up between 3-6pm Monday. Please let us know if you would like some birds reserved for you so we can make sure and process the correct number of broilers! As always, the chicken is just $3/lb on the farm.
Stability on the Farm
Sometimes it seems like we are in a constant state of chaos on the farm. This spring has been much smoother. Tayrn has helped out a ton, the broiler operation is stable and running like clockwork, pigs have been a bit nuts logistically but stable as far as pasturing. The weakest point- which should be our strongest point, has been our egg production. We really attempted to ramp up this year, however, we got a bad shipment of chicks in September where most of the chickens were DOA. We couldn’t get replacements until much later in the fall. The good news is that we have a couple of hundred birds that are starting to lay- so hopefully our egg shortages will be short lived. Fingers crossed!
First Cutting of Hay
The South field has been cut and baled! I cannot tell you how good it feels to get hay put up without a single drop of rain touching it! Our old gear survived the cutting and is making some really nice bales now that we have tweaked everything to work with our grass.
We are using Twitter quite a bit (#greataegg). This is a great service for finding out where and when to find us, quick notes on product availability and some fun stuff as well. We also post our booth number when we find out where it is in Salem. We are playing around a little bit with a Store Front on Facebook. This might be handy during the winter drops and with our delivery route. We will see..
We also repeat everything we write through these services. So if we make a blog posting on the blog it will be reposted on Twitter and Facebook and visa-versa. We also repost these emails. Regardless, sign up and stay connected!
Markets this Year
Wednesdays -- Bend, Drake Park -- 3-7pm
Fridays -- Redmond, Redmond Greenhouse -- 3-7pm
Fridays -- Bend, St. Charles -- 2-6pm
Saturdays -- Salem, Downtown -- 9am to 3pm
Saturdays -- Silverton, between the Oregon Gardens and Downtown -- 9am to 1pm
Restaurants serving our Products
3456 -- Bend, Airport -- Chicken and Duck Eggs
10 Below -- Bend, Oxford Hotel -- Chicken and Eggs
Lone Pine Coffee -- Bend, Tin Pan Alley -- Ham Sandwiches
Jackson's Corner -- Bend, Delaware Avenue -- Chicken Wings
Devore's Good Food -- Bend, Newport Ave -- Eggs all week long
900 Wall -- Bend, Wall Street -- Eggs
Hola! -- Sunriver, Marina -- Eggs and Jowl Bacon
--NEW!--The Honey Pot -- Downtown on Franklin, Bend -- Pork Sausage and Chicken
--NEW!--Primal Cuts -- Galveston, Bend -- Chicken, whole and cut up
Things are crazy hectic and we love it-but we are also neglecting the blog. So sad…the blog is always the first to placed on the back burner. Anyway….maybe this slide show will say more than my usual thousand word missives..
With our fancy new license to sell…we thought you should get a glimpse of how your birds lived.
We are loosing more and more chicks at night as the last batch of the season heads for the home stretch. The trickiest part of predators is figuring out which one. Sometimes it is easy…..skunks for example. We have lost 4 birds to skunks and have killed one skunk. There is a lingering question about skunks- how often can they spray? I ask this as my lovely wife sent me out with a shovel and the sage advice of: ‘once they spray they can’t do it again for 24 hours.’ Seemed reasonable at the time. So off I we went, first poking around the coop while lifting one end to get the varmint out and then trying to whack it with the shovel. The first time the skunk made it between us and off into the bushes. The second time we got when it turned to fight. The question lingers in the back of my mind- could skunks only spray once every 24 hours….or was it an evil set-up that was only interrupted by the business end of a shovel…hmmm..
A couple of weeks ago we had a red tailed hawk get in coop. We are not sure how it got in; however, we have found out the hard way that owls or hawks do not need to swoop in and grab and go. Rather they sit on the edge of the coop just right and drop through a very narrow gap between the tarp and the edge of the coop. The hawk came through in the mid-afternoon and got one of the chicks. So far this has been our ‘favorite’ predator. The hawk was the first one to actually munch down the chick. The skunks just seem to eat the heads off and never even touch the body. The odd thing about the hawk was that we found it before it could figure a way out of the coop. Needless to say, we were not welcomed in for lunch. I can’t believe I didn’t take picture- I even had a camera in my pocket!!?!? Anyway, we rolled the tarp back and let it fly out. The adrenaline was flowing watching this raptor take off and hoping it flies away from us.
Currently, we are battling a Great Horned Owl. It has gotten a couple a night for the last couple of nights. Not only does it eat the necks off the birds but the survivors are huddled into the corner so much that a couple more get crushed. Well, what now. We cannot really figure out how he is getting in. We tightened up everything a bit after the red tailed hawk incident. We really only have a two clues. 1- we see the owl perched on the side of the coop several times a night. 2- Only one or two birds are hit each night and only the necks are gone- an owl trait. We have yet to catch the owl red handed- but we will keep you posted.