Wednesday, December 30, 2009
2010 vegetable sign-up forms will be going out in the mail soon to last years share holders. If you were not a share holder last year and would like a sign-up form, give us a call.
Our family watched the movie FOOD INC. and it is very well done. We have also screened a movie called KING CORN. If you want to be educated on your food sources, watch these movies.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Local, pasture-raised turkey makes statement at Thanksgiving
Dan Hiday, left, sells a turkey to June Rivers at Eastern Market as his son Aaron looks on. Hiday Farms' business has increased this year. (Darrel Ellis / The Detroit News)
Christina Rogers / The Detroit News
In planning a Thanksgiving feast, Detroiter Sharon Dolente could have plucked a 20-pound turkey from almost any grocery store.
But what kind of statement would that make?
"I'd rather know I'm getting it straight from the farm," said Dolente, a 35-year-old attorney, touting the environmental and economic benefits of buying local. "I like my food to have the least amount of chemicals."
And with more people flocking to buy locally grown products, many turkey growers are latching onto the trend by marketing free-roaming fowl as a more sustainable alternative to industrial-farm raised turkeys. Local food advocates say turkeys raised on the range nearby are less damaging to the environment because they don't produce as much concentrated waste and cut down on transportation costs.
"It's kind of like putting a mission or cause behind your Thanksgiving meal," said Randall Fogelman, vice president of business development at Detroit's Eastern Market Corp., which helps mobilize resources for the farmers market.
This year, his organization has received a lot more calls from shoppers looking for local, pasture-raised turkeys, something Fogelman attributed to diners wanting to know where and how their food is grown.
Customers are willing to pay a premium for free-roaming gobblers, even though they're not always easy to find and must be ordered weeks ahead of time. Many farms are sold out of the birds for Thanksgiving, but some growers will have them available for Christmas.
Dan Hiday, owner of The Hiday Farm in Burlington, near Battle Creek, is among the local farmers who have watched the popularity of these birds grow.
Hiday sold all his 46 pasture-raised turkeys weeks before Thanksgiving, despite the steep price tag. His whole turkeys go for about $3.50 a pound, compared to those at Wal-Mart, which ring up for about 40 cents a pound.
"We were pleasantly surprised," said Hiday, standing in front of a sign at Eastern Market that advertised his pasture-raised, antibiotic- and hormone-free turkeys.
Small turkey farms grow
Larry Doll, co-owner of Back Forty Acres in Chelsea, said his farm isn't able to keep up with demand. Last year, he raised and sold 72 free-range turkeys; this year, he raised the number to 120.
"Here we are a week before Thanksgiving and we're all sold out," Doll said.
While there are no good figures tracking locally grown turkeys sales, Michigan has seen an increase in farms raising small numbers of turkeys, an indicator more of them may be doing it organically, said Susan Smalley, director of the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at Michigan State University.
In 2007, about 430 Michigan farms reported producing up to 2,000 turkeys each, she said, citing federal agriculture statistics. That's up from 342 farms in 2002, about a 25 percent increase, she said.
Smalley warned, however, that locally grown doesn't always mean more sustainable. Some turkeys may not be pasture raised, organic, treated humanely or antibiotic free, she said.
"Many locally raised turkeys do have some or even all of these attributes, but we can't assume that they are automatically part of the package," she said.
Planning weeks ahead
Dolente and her husband, Steve Tobocman, 39, went through the trouble of ordering their turkey weeks in advance to reinforce their eat-local stance at Thursday's dinner table.
On Saturday, they were at Eastern Market picking up the main ingredient -- an armful of a dead bird raised on pastures not more than 130 miles away at The Hiday Farm. "We spend a lot of time talking with our friends about these issues," Dolente said.
After all, it's only appropriate the turkey serve as the centerpiece of discussion.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
While life on a farm is a lot of work, we always make time for family and friends, cherishing these special moments together!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
We hope you are enjoying your shares of farm fresh produce! It is a pleasure for us to grow pure and healthy food for our shareholders. The pasture raised chickens are now available for purchase, right here at the farm. Cooking up juicy and tasty, call the farm today to place your order at (517) 765-2268.
Friday, August 7, 2009
The meat chickens will be processed early next week and available for purchase starting Saturday, August 15. Call the farm for more information at (517) 765-2268. Chickens will be frozen unless you call ahead. This poultry is looking good and we are excited to be able to offer such a quality product from our farm!
The season is at it's peak and the vegetables abundant. It is always enjoyable to visit with the shareholders on pick up days. We appreciate your business and welcome suggestions on how to serve you best! Remember to bring back your empty boxes to be entered in a drawing for a turkey at season's end.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Meat chickens will be processed on August 12th. Price will be $3.00 per pound with chickens averaging 4 to 5 pounds per chicken. If you would like a fresh, non-frozen bird, please call and reserve your chicken(s) prior to August 12th. Birds will be frozen immediately after processing. Call to reserve your birds today! Hiday Farm (517) 765-2268
Remember, our birds have been grown without hormones or antibiotics, and have been raised on pasture. A happy and healthy chicken makes for happy and healthy people!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
In the dark t-shirt is Aaron's friend Stephen Doerr. (Aaron is in white) Stephen is the city boy that came for a day at the farm. And a long day it was, as they worked into the late night hour. Aaron went easy on his friend as he gave him the self propelled tiller! However easy it wasn't because they tilled for hours! Along with weeding cucumbers, they also castrated bulls, treated a heifer for pink eye, and did numerous other farm chores. Aaron also moved 103 chunky chickens to new pasture. They wanted an accurate count, so he went eye to eye with each one individually.
These chickens will be ready to butcher very soon!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Adam brought home a few Bantam chicks because he liked how they looked. They are just for fun, although they will lay some eggs eventually. Check out this little one's feet!
All three of the Hiday boys work hard on the family farm. Warm, good looking, and charming, the Hidays are a blessed family, indeed.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Aaron is ready and waiting under a canopy as we arrive to pick up our weekly share. He is all smiles and ready to serve. Buck the dog is never far behind. He really enjoys a good romp with a Frisbe, being very skilled at catching it mid-air!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
You will notice a new label on the side of your produce box with your name and pick up site. Please take the time to check the vegetables you are interested in receiving, right on the sticker on the box. This makes for easy loading, ensuring you are getting the farm fresh produce you desire. And again, remember to exchange your box at pick up, getting your name in the drawing for a turkey at season end!
These turkey babes are literally rolling in the clover, having the time of their lives eating grass, bugs and slugs and whatever else is yummy that crosses their path. Well, yummy if you are a turkey! With conditions such as this, they will grow into healthy, stress-free birds that will make a tasty meal right in time for Thanksgiving.
Friday, June 26, 2009
These are the little fellers seen hiding in the grass on our Facebook page. They are taking a nice stretch after lounging in the tall grass in the heat of the mid-day. Mom hides them hither and there while she ventures off calf free to munch the tall grass. Now that the babes are up, they will search out mom for a snack of their own.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Here is the calf who is the spitting image of his father. He weighed in at approximately 85 pounds when he was born on June 19th. He will probably top out at around 1000 to 1100 pounds before he becomes chop sirloin. And that is hormone free, antibiotic free, chop sirloin! Horrace Jr. is an Angus/Hereford cross. Mom is pretty beautiful too!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Chickens and turkeys are outside in the new movable pen. They are growing like weeds.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
We also picked vegetables today and hauled two cows to Farmer's Livestock.
Tomorrow will be very busy with two pick ups, one in Battle Creek and one here at the farm. If it clears, we will plant. I will try and get a picture of the disappearing calf and post it soon!