A blog or two ago, I mentioned some recent updates to the Recipes page here on the website. I invite folks to look around even more. I’ve updated much of the info. on most of the pages and added a new page with information for perspective apprentices, WWOOFers, and volunteers. I still want to overhaul the overall look of the site, but alas, that may not happen until this season has passed! So, take a look around…feedback is encouraged!
I’ve heard through the Facebook grapevine that one or two intrepid farmers have already begun setting up on Wednesdays in Portland’s Monument Square. This week, I’ll be joining them! We have a ton of eggs…the production from the older hens has increased with the longer days and warmer weather, and the new hens are coming on strong, too. So, I’ll be bringing a truckload down to Monument Square this Weds. 4/14 between about 7:30 AM and noon. Drop on by!
I should mention that we are increasing our egg prices this season, starting at the Weds. market. From then on out, our eggs will be $5 a dozen. We’re not happy about the increase, but it’s necessary. We crunched the numbers a couple of weeks ago and realized that we actually lost money on the chickens last season. Some of that loss was in materials that we won’t need to purchase again this year, like more fencing and a second chicken tractor. Still, something had to give. The birds and their eggs require a fair amount of time and labor each day, but the chief culprit is the organic feed we purchase for them. It is double the price of conventional feed, and the girls motor through about 200 pounds of the stuff a week. We could save a lot of money by switching their feed away from organic, but our consciences just won’t let us do that. Please try to understand! (I should add that the benefits of having the hens go beyond the dollar value of the eggs. Intangible benefits…as bug eaters, crop debris chompers, manure producers, children entertainers…abound.)
In other news… This season at our markets, Summit Springs Farm is proud to accept WIC checks. WIC stands for “Women, Infants, and Children”. As described on the USDA WIC website “WIC provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.” Here in Maine, much of the benefit comes via vouchers that participating families can use at stores, farm stands, and farmers’ markets. WIC participants can visit us at our Portland and Bridgton markets this season and use their WIC checks for fresh produce (alas, eggs are excluded). Please visit the link above for more information, including participation guidelines.