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Lots To Celebrate

Posted by Our Father's Farm NC on October 30, 2014 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

It has been some time since I have been able to dedicate some attention to our website. We have been blessed with a new baby, which has wonderfully held my attention. I am working on playing with the site and restructuring it to provide more information about what we have going on as well as recipes and educational insights. Please bear with me as I add and shuffle things around. If there are things you would like to see, or things you already enjoy and would like more of, please leave a comment and let me know. I am working on connecting all of our media together, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and our website, so if you are on any of these social outlets, we would love to stay connected with you in those ways. Please look us up and follow or give us a like. We love the interaction we get from our community and friends. We are continuing to set up each week at the City Market at the Museum on Saturday's from 8am-1pm and love seeing you all down there. Thank you to everyone for your continued support!


Downsizing on the farm

Posted by Our Father's Farm NC on August 27, 2013 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Our Father's Farm is downsizing a bit. We are currently making available all of our Nubian and Nigerian Dwarf goats for sale. Please visit our web pages and FB for more information, www.facebook.com/ourfathersfarmnc. We also have available for a limited time live heritage breed roos that are just at 12 weeks. These are nearly ready for fry pan processing. We are offering them live for $10 and have between 150-200 available. We are looking forward to having beef and pork available in the near future (taking our first cattle today and very excited), we will keep you all updated as it gets closer. We still have whole broiler chickens available as well. If you have any questions, please feel free to PM or email us. Thanks again for supporting your local farms and farmers, it means a great deal to our family and many others as well. See you soon!

Winter Pork

Posted by Our Father's Farm NC on December 5, 2012 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi everyone,


Today was the big day, we took our big three pigs to the abattoir in Moore county today, and WOW did they exceed even our expectations. We are looking for a wonderful return when we go to pick up the packaged meat this Saturday. We have had some fun today, if you haven't had a chance to check it out, head on over to our Facebook page and find our "Guess My Weight Contest" thread. We are having a contest for all of our fabulous Facebook fans to win a free package of sausage. The details are here, and the contest is schedule to go until 7:00pm est tonight, so hurry over to participate. We will not be at the market this Saturday since it is an all day affair to travel out to Moore County and back, but we do plan on being there next week on Wednesday from 2-6pm. Of course, you don't have to wait until then to get some of our fabulous pork, you don't even have to travel outside of your home to purchase it. Many of you have inquired into purchasing large bulk quantities of various cuts and we would love to deliver. Literally. Here's how. For anyone who would like to purchase cuts totaling 100 pounds or more, we will deliver it to your home on this Saturday the 8th between 12-4pm. And for being such a valued customer, we would also like to thank you by offering you a discount on your total purchase. If you purchase 100-199 pounds you will receive a 10% discount, 200-299 will receive a 15% discount and 300 and up will receive a 20% discount. This discount is applied to the total purchase price, plus we will not charge a delivery fee. We will be finalizing our route list before the sun comes up Saturday morning, and will need to have a $25 deposit which can be made through our website store. The deposit is non-refundable to ensure that we are able to cover any expenses in the event that we do travel out to a home and are unable to complete the arranged transaction due to the buyer. We hope you all understand this as gas is super expensive. The deposit will be applied to the total of the purchase, however. We will schedule the drop off as a first paid deposit, first served order. Each customer will be allowed to pick from the cuts available at their time of delivery to equal the minimum requirement of 100 pounds for this delivery offer. All of our cuts are vacuum sealed, frozen, and our ground bulk sausage comes in either hot or mild and is free of nitrates/nitrites and all other preservatives. As always, we are able to process card payments as well as accept cash payments. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Deposit instructions are available at our Website store. Below is a price list of the cuts we expect to have available, please note that we do not have bacon available at this time, or with this offer. Thank you all again for your support of our local, small family farm. We appreciate every one of you. In Jesus' love, The Ames Family Our Father's Farm Pork (all prices per lb.) Ham Steak $7.50 Ham Hocks $4.00 Neck meat $4.00 (soup bones) Pork Chops $8.00 (4 per pkg) Sausage $6.00 (hot or mild) Bacon $10.00 Pork Roast $7.50 Fat Back $2.00 Pork ribs $8.50 www.ourfathersfarmnc.com www.facebook.com/ourfathersfarmnc

Life on the farm

Posted by Our Father's Farm NC on November 15, 2012 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy Almost Thanksgiving!


We sure have a lot to be thankful for here at Our Father’s Farm. God has been so good to provide for all of our needs in so many ways, especially in the midst of the little setbacks we experience. We have been absent from the market for a couple of months now, but are hoping to return in the next couple of weeks. We have been busy taking care of family and farm needs as well as working with some dear sweet friends who have blessed us with the opportunity to work with them in their home.


We had been trying to get a fall/winter garden planted, but we live in a strange place. Many of you have blessed us by visiting out here on the farm. Some may have noticed all of those awful anthills that seem to pop up all over the place. Well those little buggers found their way into the garden, and in a big way. They had taken over every bed we had, and proceeded to eat all of our corn overnight, as well as some other veggies. Because of our commitment to not spraying/spreading harmful poison around, and also our desire to be careful about how we spend, those little fire-breathing dragons had to be left alone for the time being. Which also meant that we were unable to till and replant, because just weeding and pulling spent plants to give to the animals caused massive amounts of bites for Mr. Ames especially as he attempted with much bravery to tend the garden and fight his way through the monsters. Now that it is getting much colder out, the ant have retreated farther underground, and we hope to have some of our little bug eater out there to till and eat for us during the winter months. All that said, we have not had extra veggies to bring to the market. Interesting side note, ants don’t seem to care much for peppers, hot or otherwise, or okra. We have been enjoying loads of those, and are very excited to plant the seeds we saved this season in next year’s garden.


The Ames men spent a good month adding new fence to the back end of the property so we can incorporate new pasture areas for the animals, and use more of the front area to expand our garden in the future. We moved the goats and cows back to this area. The first day back there they ran around jumping and acting as though they were children who had been released in Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory. They have been doing very well back there. We took the goat does back there a couple of weeks ago to begin breeding season. Our little doelings from this year have been kept up front, along with our big Nubian momma Rose because we do not want to have them bred just yet. Rose had an unfortunate incident and we have been nursing her for a little over a month now. She is doing wonderful, we were very worried we might lose her at one point, but she is nearly recovered now.


After this, the Lord provided our family, through the kindness and generosity of many sweet and loving people, with the opportunity to take some time away from the work of the farm. We spent a week in the mountains with no cell phones (gasp!). We spent a few days relaxing, and then a few more wonderful days with many fellow Christians getting deep into God’s Word and learning more about the love God desires for us to have for others. God is so gracious to give the very most costly and precious thing in all of heaven, His Son Jesus Christ, to us who come to Him with nothing to offer except our sin and stain, in order to purchase our souls from the bondage of sin and death and Hell. He desires our repentance and trust in His work and His way. We do indeed have so much to be thankful for!


Just after we returned from the mountains, we began brooding a new brood of chickens and ducks. Our chickens and ducks have virtually stopped laying eggs for the year, and we have spent the last couple of months hatching our new sets to replace them. We have some older stew birds and young ones who are just coming into market readiness that we will be preparing soon to bring to the market and share. We hope that we will also have some eggs soon as well. My sweet sister has been so kind to share hers with us.


Now, speaking of birds and Thanksgiving…. Last week, over the course of two nights, we had an unknown predator come into our turkey pasture and do horrible things. The first morning we came out to find the turkeys had been given a run for their money. We assumed a raccoon had gotten into their area and chased them around a bit and given them a hard time as there were feathers all over and one turkey was beat up pretty good. That night the men folk stayed up late to try and catch the troublemaker. They set up a live trap as well as waited in the woods, but did not catch anything suspicious around the area (2 nights ago we did catch a opossum). We were sad to put that turkey down. The next morning we came out to find near complete devastation. All but two of the turkeys were either seriously injured, dead, or missing. We placed the two uninjured birds in our tall, enclosed turkey brooding area for their protection, and had to take care of the others. We are so sad to have to announce that because of this massive loss we will not be able to offer turkeys this winter. We are still unsure of who the culprit of this attack was, but we all have our theories. Whatever it was, it was strong enough to carry a 20 plus pound bird up and over our fencing and drag it off into the swamp where we could not follow to find it. I guess swamp monsters gotta eat too. ☺ Our two remaining birds just happen to be a young male and a female blue slate pair, so we will have the opportunity, Lord willing, to breed them next spring and start our turkey adventure again next year.


In just a few weeks, we will be taking our 3 biggest pig-tillers to the abattoir. We are very excited about this. We posted a picture on Facebook recently, they have been turning the field and eating the roots, nuts, and bugs that are out there getting our garden expansion ready, as well as putting on a few more pounds. These pigs have done a fabulous job! They are near over 400 lbs, and are going to stuff our freezer full. We hope to have pork available in early December. A few people have expressed an interest in purchasing large quantities of pork (1/4, ½, and whole hog), if you are interested in this please call or send us an email and we can give you some additional information.


Our mommy pig, Sowalicious, should be expecting her first piglets during the first week of January. We are SUPER excited about that. One thing we love on this farm are all the little babies we get to see born. What an amazing opportunity God has provided to us, both for enjoyment and learning. Sow is by far the friendliest of the bunch. She loves to be petted and pampered. She just would not hold still so I could get a fancy photo of her from a distance, she just kept following me around looking for a scratch on the head.


Thank you so much for all of the support and encouragement you have given to us this past year. Our family has enjoyed meeting and getting to know so many new people. We are hoping to announce a little giveaway on Facebook soon, so don’t forget to check back for details, www.facebook.com/ourfathersfarmnc. We are also going to post some new pictures to our website in the next week or so please check back with us here. We hope to see you soon and pray that you have a wonderful time of Thanksgiving in the days to come.


In Jesus’ love,

The Ames Family,

Our Father’s Farm

Long time no blog...

Posted by Our Father's Farm NC on August 29, 2012 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (1)

 

Well, as you can imagine it is a constant flow of busy-ness here at Our Father's Farm. It really is. There is always something going on, and the computer things are usually the most neglected. We have had a lot of new things coming and going, from birds to pork, to produce.


Our summer produce has wound down to near completion, and now we are just waiting for the rain to let up long enough to let the ground dry a little for tilling and planting for fall garden. It's been tricky though, since it has rained to some degree out here nearly everyday for the last few weeks. The weeds have surely loved and benefited from the rain, as well as our brief absence while helping our friends at the Hugs and Kisses Consignment Sale. It was such a blessing to us to be able to be there. The weeds to serious advantage of our blessing though, and when the sale was over, the boys had to spend some serious hours out in the garden pulling all those tall weeds up. The goats sure loved the tasty treats though; everything has a use around here.


We have added some chicks to our brooder, which we hope will add some eggs and meat to the farm in the next 5 months or so. We have also picked up a couple of new pigs, Barbie Q. and Evil Dr. Pork Chop. Unfortunately, the Evil Dr. managed to get her leg twisted this weekend and we are having to deal with that this week. We are continuing our hunt for our own breeding stock of heritage pigs. The mass production of farming has made it incredibly hard and expensive to get good quality breeds of any animal. But, we will not settle for less than quality heritage breeds. So it may take us some time to save and search, but it is worth it in the end product.


We’ve finished a new pasture are for our few grazers, and have moved them over into greener grasses this last week. They sure are happy. Our Dexter cows are from a quieter breed than most, but this week they have shared how happy they are about the new area. It has been fun to listen to them moo about their contentment. They are like little chatty mommas in the field. Bessie has been an excellent mother and nurse to both calves. While Shadow has been a great mother, she was just not physically ready to have her own calf yet (hence our surprise when she had one). She just wasn’t able to produce enough milk for her calf, but Bessie graciously has allowed Rib-eye to nurse from her and both calves are doing great. We are really looking forward to having beef next year.


We are looking forward to, LORD willing, being back at the market this Saturday, Sep. 1st. We will be in front of the Transportation Museum in downtown Fayetteville from 8am-1pm. We plan to have chicken, turkey, pork, and produce with us. If you would like a whole turkey to put in the freezer for Thanksgiving, please send us an email tonight or early tomorrow, and we will send instructions on reserving your bird. We will be freezing most of our turkeys this year, as they have grown faster than we were expecting, and we only have a few smaller ones left on range, as we have decided to wait until next spring to focus on turkey chicks again.


We love meeting you all at the market, and are grateful for the support and encouragement you have given to our small family farm. We are especially thankful that God has allowed us to work together in so many ways and to learn to be stewards over the land and animals He has provided. See you soon!

In Jesus’ love,

The Ames Family 

 

New Calves

Posted by Our Father's Farm NC on July 14, 2012 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

We want to briefly introduce our two newest babies on the farm. They are Dexter bull calves born from Shadow and Bessie. Ribeye is from Shadow, our younger black cow, and he is a dunn colored calf. Porterhouse is a black calf from our older cow Bessie. We were expecting Bessie to calve, and not shadow so it was a pleasant surprise. They are both great moms, and we are looking forward to milking them soon. We have been having such a wonderful time watching God's handiwork, He is amazing! See you soon. Don't forget to check out our Facebook page: facebook.com/ourfathersfarmnc.


In Jesus' love,

The Ames


Tuesday July 3rd delivery

Posted by Our Father's Farm NC on July 2, 2012 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Thank you so much to all of you who braved the heat and were willing to come visit us at our farm on Friday. It was such a super hot day, but we really enjoyed spending time and visiting with all of you who were able to come. We are sorry that we weren't able to make it to the market in Fayetteville on Saturday, but we spent a good portion of Saturday at the hospital for two separate issues. We are still praising God for His goodness in providing good care and taking care of all of our needs.


We are looking forward, if God allows us, to being at the market on Wednesday. Because of the 4th of July, some have expressed a desire to order some things before then. We are planning on being in town Tuesday, the 3rd, for appointments and are willing to make some delivery stops to deliver meat and eggs. There will be a $5.00 delivery fee, and a $25 minimum order. Because of the appointments, the area may be limited, but if you are interested, please let us know and we will work out a route. Please also let us know what you would like to order. Items will be sold by first response to this email. This is what we will have available for delivery on Tuesday. We will also try to bring produce to the market on Wednesday in addition to the following list, but will not be sure until tomorrow what that will be, probably herbs, onions, and tomatoes. So Wednesday will be a surprise! :-)


Here is what we will have for meat and eggs:


Meat price list (all prices per lb.)

Ham Steak $7.50

Ham Hocks $4.00

Neck meat $4.00

(soup bones)

Pork Chops $8.00

(4 per pkg)

Pork Roast $6.50

(shoulder, 1 available)

Pork Sausage $6.00

(hot or mild)


Goose $4.50

(whole) 1 available


Turkey $3.50

(whole)

Turkey Breast $6.00

(boneless, skinless)

Turkey Tenderloin $7.00

Turkey Leg quarters $4.50

(1 whole leg per pkg)

Turkey Wings $4.50

(2 per pkg)

Turkey Necks $2.00

(2 per pkg)


Chicken Eggs $3.50 dz

(very limited availability)

Duck Eggs $6.00 dz

half/half $5.00 dz


We look forward to seeing you all soon, and thank you for your prayers.


In Jesus' love,

The Ames Family

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Facebook

Posted by Our Father's Farm NC on June 26, 2012 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

We are now on Facebook. Visit us at:

http://www.facebook.com/ourfathersfarmnc


In Jesus' love,

The Ames

Pork Is Here!

Posted by Our Father's Farm NC on June 26, 2012 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

What a wonderful day we are having today out here at the farm. We are busily preparing for our upcoming Open Farm day this Friday, June 29th from 3-7pm. We are looking forward to seeing you all and showing you the wonderful little farm that God has blessed us with. The boys have been busy mowing the lawn, while the girls have been busy tending plants and keeping the house running as usual. We missed you all very much last week and are excited to be back at the Fayetteville Farmer's Market this Wednesday between 3-7 pm in front of the Fayetteville Transportation Museum. We would also like to say thank you to the staff at Tractor Supply for inciting us to be a part of their Saturday Farm Day, and for their generosity towards our family. We have been trying to do some updating on the website as well, so please check it out. This Friday will also be a turkey pick up day. We are expecting to have about 18 turkeys available. These will be sold by reservation first, and then first come first served. You may go to our website, ourfathersfarmnc.com, and visit the store page, where you can make a $10 deposit which will guarantee your reservation for a turkey. Deposits will also be accepted at the market Wednesday evening. The deposit is non-refundable, but is also applied to the whole purchase price of the turkey which is $3.50 per lb. Because we do not have extra space to store non-claimed birds (more about that in a minute), any reserved birds that are not picked up on Friday between the hours of 3-7, as well as the deposit, will be forfeit. We can only praise God for the success He has given us in raising these animals and growing produce. Every day is an exciting one. We weighed some of the turkeys last week, and most of them are at or over the 20 lb. mark. They have done exceptionally well in our little wooded area.


As we mentioned last week, we took our fat pig tillers to the abattoir, Key Packing Company in Moore County, and we have brought all of the meat home. We are pleased to announce that we are licensed by the state of NC to distribute our inspected meat products both on farm, and at the farmer's market. While we were allowed to sell our poultry, this new inspection allows us to sell our ground raised pork as well. And you will not believe the difference in taste between commercial pork and our slow raised, on the ground, eating roots and bugs the way God made them, super fabulous Our Fathers Farm pork. We have been so thankful to our God for all of the provisions He has afforded us, and this is one more area that we can give thanks to Him. This is the reason we have no room for unclaimed turkeys, but an excellent reason indeed.


We look forward to seeing you tomorrow and Friday, please do not hesitate to email or call (please leave a message if there is no answer and we will return your call as quickly as we can) if you have any questions. We really do appreciate all of the support we have received as a small family farm in this area. It is so encouraging to know that people do care about quality food and supporting their local producers. More than that, we appreciate the love and prayers that many have extended towards our family. Our friendships and fellowships have such a tremendous impact on our family, and we cannot express enough our gratitude and thanks to God for each of you.


Here is our Pork list, as well as what we hope to bring to the market on Wednesday:


Pork price list (all prices per lb.)

Ham Steak $7.50

Ham Hocks $4.00

Neck meat $4.00

(soup bones)

Pork Chops $8.00

(4 per pkg)

Pork Roast $6.50

(shoulder)

Butt Roast $7.50

Ribs $8.50

(baby back)

Sausage $6.00

(hot or mild)

Bacon $10.00

(not available for a few weeks)


We have 1 goose left at $4.50 lb

This will be brought to the market by pre-order only.

Turkey will not be available until Friday

Chicken eggs $3.50 dz

Duck eggs $6.00 dz

Half chicken/ $5.00 dz duck


Tomatoes $3.50 lb

Onions $3.00 lb

Baby Chantenay $5.00 bag

Carrots

Zucchini $1.50 lb

Yellow Squash $1.50 lb

Garlic Chives $2.00 bag

Summer Thyme $2.00 bag

Arugula $3.00 bag

(very limited amount)

Basil $2.00 bag


Flower jars $5.00 jar


We look forward to seeing you all soon, and please email us or call if you have questions or need help with directions. Thanks again!


In Jesus' love,

The Ames 

Open Farm Day

Posted by Our Father's Farm NC on June 21, 2012 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

We at Our Father's Farm have been incredibly blessed by our Lord with copious amounts of work to do. We have taken our first three pig tillers to Key Packing, a USDA inspected abattoir in Moore county this week. We are expecting to get a whole lot of yummy pork back. We cannot stop praising God for His provisions in this and all areas of our lives, most importantly His provision of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ. Secondly, just as His Word says, "And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: And your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you (Luke 12:29-31." We are never as faithful to God as He is to us, and we are grateful for His faithfulness. He has provided for each of our needs each day. He is teaching us as a family to trust in Him and to look to Him for all things. We may not be rich compared to the worlds standards, but we are surely blessed and count it as all the riches we need.



Next week on Friday, June 29th would would like to invite you to come and view our farm, as well as pick up fresh turkey, eggs, veggies, and pork while you are here. We will possibly not be at the market the following Saturday as it is a very big day for us when we process and package on the farm. We will be open to guests from 3-7pm. We are a working farm, and would like to remind our guests to wear sturdy shoes. Our sweet little baby goats are looking forward to some extra attention as well, as if they aren't spoiled enough.


We are also going to be at the Tractor Supply in Clinton this Saturday, June 23rd. Because we are taking part in this farmer's event, we will not be at the Fayetteville Farmer's Market. We are hoping to be at the Fayetteville market on Wednesday, June 27th.Please come and visit us at either of these events. If you would like more information, please send us an email and we will add you to our information email that we send out the night before market days. This email has a list of what we are expecting to bring to the market with us the next day.


We have been steadily pulling out our spring crops and replacing the beds with summer and fall crops. We harvested our first oat and buckwheat crops. If you are interested in purchasing buckwheat seed from us, we have a limited supply. Buckwheat is great for pollinators, covercrop, and grain. We are planning to replant and save more seed inour quest to supply our own grains for our animals. We were very excited about our oat harvest as well, we will be replanting all of the seed from this harvest in order to multiply the grain for family and animal consumption. We are growing a hulless oat called pennuda which enables us to thresh the seed by hand without the use of special equipment. Our heirloom corns are coming up nicely, we have planted three varieties of sweet corn, a blue corn, a popcorn, and a feed corn intended for winter animal diets. We have also planted sorghum that we are wanting to harvest for syrup. It has been so exciting to only go to the grocery store once every month or every other month. We are also learning a lot about contentment, and seasonal eating. We eat what the Lord provides. If He chooses to give us 50 pounds of squash, then we will thank Him for His blessings, and look for 50 creative ways to use the squash. 


Speaking of squash, last night we made a rediculous pot of what we are calling garden mac and cheese. I am no fancy chef, I like to think of myself as a country cook. Here's what we did. We cooked a pot of macaroni noodles and after draining the water, added a half block of velveeta, and a quarter cup of heavy cream. In a seperate skillet we sliced about 4 medium sized yellow squash, snapped some green beans, chopped some white onions, and sauted them in a stick of butter with a pinch of salt just until slightly tender. Then we folded in the veggies with the mac and cheese, and added a little (very little) cajun seasoning to the whole mix and gave thanks. It looked about as crazy as could be, but everyone of us loved it, even my so-called squash haters.

Another great squash idea, but for breakfast:

Slice up a few yellow squash and a yellow onion, saute in a half stick of butter. when squash begins to turn brown, I added three tablespoons of honey granules (you can also use succanat or sugar). The next step we have tried both ways, and enjoy it both ways, you can either mash the shquash mix like you would mashed potatoes, or leave them sliced, the you fold in 6-12 beaten eggs, depending on your family needs. Scramble them all together in the skillet and when completely cooked, serve with toast or torillas, or nothing at all. We put a little shredded cheese on our as well. It is a sweet surprise to fill your mouth. We are loving all of the fun things to make. If you have any seasonal recipes you would like to share with us, we would love to try them and share with others.


We hope to see you all soon, and are so encouraged by your support of our local small family farm. You have been a blessing to our family.


In Jesus' love

The Ames


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