Dear Customers and Friends,

I am sending this newsletter to announce some important new ordering information about pastured chickens and pastured eggs this coming summer. But first, I want to thank all my customers for helping to make 2010 a tremendous year. I really appreciate your patronage.

This year, we will be selling both pastured chickens and pastured eggs in subscription form. We will plan our broiler production according to how many subscriptions we sell in advance, and we do not expect to have much availability other than through subscriptions. Therefore, if you are interested in our incredibly delicious pastured chickens this summer, we strongly encourage you to sign up for either a full subscription or half subscription. Here are the details.

How to Buy Pastured Chicken
A full subscription of chicken is 20 birds over a course of 20 weeks. The price is $5.00 per pound, and we expect the birds to average about 4.2 pounds dressed weight. We will process every two weeks from the beginning of June until the end of October, so a full subscription is two chickens every 2 weeks. To sign up for a subscription, please send a deposit of $100 ($5 deposit per bird) to me at 226 Charles Bancroft Hwy, Litchfield, NH 03052. We will follow up with subscribers in the spring once we have finalized processing dates and pick up details. We will not be able to exceed 65 subscriptions this year, and we will sell them first come, first served, so please sign up soon! One final note: if you want to stock your freezer for next winter, or if you just want more chicken, feel free to sign up for more than one subscription!

How to Buy Pastured Eggs
A full subscription of pastured eggs is one dozen every week, running from May through October (26 weeks). The subscription price is $4.50 per dozen (regular price: $5.00 per dozen). To subscribe, please send a deposit of $26 ($1 per dozen) to me at 226 Charles Bancroft Hwy, Litchfield, NH 03052. Unlike the meat birds that get processed every two weeks, we will collect eggs every day, so pickup day will be flexible. We will not be able to exceed 75 subscriptions.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me as always. I'll be back in touch with you soon about 2011 grass fed beef and pastured pork ordering information. I look forward to hearing from you and to seeing you at the farm!

Best regards,

Steve Normanton
226 Charles Bancroft Hwy
Litchfield, NH 03052
(603) 320-1169

P.S. A Note about our Pastured Chickens
As you may know, we added a small quantity of chickens to the farm last year to see how they fit into our production and management system.  After some trial and error, we have figured out how to manage these new additions along with the grass fed beef so as to enhance the overall well being of the farm and to bring to you the best quality products possible.

We use a broiler breed called “Freedom Rangers,” because they are known to be active foragers. We buy them as day-old chicks, and care for them in a brooding house for their first three weeks. In the brooding house, they are sheltered from the weather and from predators, and we feed them only certified organic feed with no antibiotics and no hormones. At three weeks, we put them out into our certified organic pasture, where they spend their days chasing after bugs and eating green plants as well as the certified organic feed we give them. Our movable houses shelter the chicks from the sun and rain, but their doors are always open for them to come and go. (They are protected from predators by a movable electric net fence.) The resulting meat chicken is incredibly good tasting and good for you, and their days out on the pasture give back a bounty of fertilizer for our soil.

About our Pastured Eggs
Our laying flock will spend the summer in a movable house out on the pasture, much like the broilers. However, the laying house has nesting boxes and roosts, where the laying hens spend the night. Our layers are full-grown birds who can fend for themselves during the day, so they don't need the protection of a movable electric fence. At night they come in the house to roost, and we close the door to protect them from predators. Every morning at dawn, we open the door, and they come out for their breakfast. They get so much of their nutrition from the insects they find and from green grass, their eggs are much more nutritious than typical supermarket eggs. You can even SEE the difference in the bright orange color of the yolks!
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