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Posted 7/13/2017 10:07pm by Reuben DeMaster.


Hello friends of Willow Haven Farm,

We have been working hard all winter and spring to raise healthy animals on pasture.  Since we do not confine animals into buildings, there is extra work involved to keep them safe and healthy through the winter.  We also take extra steps to make sure that the animals eat soy-free organic feed.  One of the many benefits of using organic feed is that we are supporting farmers who are trying to care for their land and who eliminate the use of pesticides and herbicides and chemical fertilizers.  As a result, the products from these animals are higher than animals not raised with organic methods. 

Right now, we have a good supply of organic meats available for purchase.  We hope that you will consider buying some farm fresh, organic meat from us so that we don't have to store so much in our freezers.  Our pork inventory is especially high right now which means that we have spent a lot of money on feed.  We keep the prices as low as possible for people and we make very little on the meat.

Whole frozen chickens - $4.50 per pound. Available Now.

$100 Chicken sampler - minimum of 24 pounds of chicken. Available Now.

$100 Pork sampler - 12 pounds of mixed cuts of pork. Available Now.

50 pound pork pack - $375   This is about 1/2 of a hog and you will receive mixed cuts including roasts, chops, sausage, bacon, ham, and ribs. Available Now.

100 pound pork pack - $750  This is a whole hog and you will receive mixed cuts including roasts, chops, sausage, bacon, ham, and ribs. Available Now.

Duck - $6.00 per pound. Limited Available Now. More coming soon.

Lamb $300 - I only have 3 lambs for sale at this time and they yield about 30 pounds of meat each.  I expect to have more in December.

To place your order, please use our website so that we can keep track of your order. Please indicate payment arrangements and how you would like to pick up your order in the Notes window when you order.  We are open for pre-paid meat pickup Mon - F 8:30 am - 4 pm in addition to our Open Market Day on Saturdays from 10am - 2 pm.

Thank you for your support,

Reuben DeMaster

Willow Haven Farm

Posted 7/13/2017 10:19am by Reuben DeMaster.

Don't let a whole chicken intimidate you.  Our organically raised, pastured chicken is excellent, especially when prepared correctly.  Prepared this way, you will have delicious chicken for sandwiches or other recipes like chicken salad and casseroles. One of our family's favorites, this recipe is tender, juicy and flavorful every time.

Spicy Rapid Roast Chicken
originally from allrecipes.com

1 whole WHF chicken ( 3- 4 lb)
1 Tablespoon butter, softened
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon dried basil
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F
  2. Rinse chicken in cold water; pat dry
  3. Put chicken in baking pan that is just fits in.  Rub with softened butter.
  4. Mix salt and seasonings together.  Sprinkle generously over chicken and rub on inside.
  5. Roast chicken in preheated oven for 20 minutes.  Lower the oven to 400 degrees F and continue roasting 40 minutes.  Let cool 15 minutes. Serve.
Whole Chickens are available at the On Farm Market for $4.50/ lb.  Chicken Samplers are the most economical way to buy:
23 - 24 lbs of chicken for $100.
Posted 4/4/2017 2:36pm by Reuben DeMaster.


Hi Folks!

Spring is here!

Our chicks and ducklings have arrived.  We still have pairs available but we were out of Ducklings until now.

RENT A DUCK! We have 7 more pairs available. Reserve here http://www.willowhavenfarmpa.com/store/store/specials. $20 a pair. Pick up starts tomorrow. Come any day this week.

Have a great day!

And here is a cute picture because you opened this email. THANKS!

Sincerely,

Reuben and Tessa DeMaster

Posted 3/7/2017 8:56pm by Reuben DeMaster.


Announcing the 'RENT-A-CHICK' program.  

You get to care for two newborn chickens in your home for as long or as short of a time as you want.  Here are the details:

You come to the farm to pick up your chicks.  I will have them ready for you on Wednesday , April 5.  You will receive a box, two chicks, and a small bag of feed.  You take the chicks home and provide them with food, water, and heat.  They may be carried around and handled but try not to drop them.  When you get tired of caring for them, you bring them back to the farm.  If you need more feed, I will refill your supply one time.  There is no risk on your part.  We haven't lost any chicks for a few years but occasionally young chicks don't make it. 

As the chicks grow, they will be able to fly.  You might need to get a larger box or place a cover on top or just return them at that point.  

Young chicks need to be kept warm.  They prefers temps at 80 degrees or more.  This is best accomplished with an incandescent light bulb placed over their box.  On sunny days the sun will be enough to warm them.  If the chicks huddle in a corner you will know they are cold.  

The cost for this program is $20.  Payment may be given when you pick up.  You may reserve your chicks online by clicking here.  You may pay online using paypal or just pay when you pick up the chicks.  Keep reading for more details.

Details

What: Willow Haven Farm Rent-A-Chick program.

When: beginning April 5

Cost: $20. Participants can rent two chicks for two weeks, watching them grow from hand-size to about four times larger. Teachers, schools and families are common participants.

We Provide: A box, 2 chicks and two weeks' supply of food.

You Provide:  a food dish, fresh water in a water dish, and a warm, protected place for your chick box.  Warmth may be provided by an incandescent light bulb set up near the box. 

Availability:  Beginning on April 5, 2017

Where: Birds must be picked up at the farm, 7686 Herber Rd, New Tripoli, PA and returned to the farm thereafter.

Reservations: Use our website Online Store.  Because we are offering more choices and this Program is quite popular we need to use modern tools to keep track of your order.  You may pay online or when you pick up your chicks.  RESERVE HERE

How do I keep the chicks warm?
       Newly hatched chicks like to be kept warm at about 80-90 degrees F.  You will want to put a light near their box to shine on them and keep them warm.  You may put a thermometer in the box to check the temperature if you are concerned.  Another good practice is to shine the light on part of the box.  The chicks then can go closer to the light if they are cold and move out of the light if they are too hot.  How can I tell if they are too hot? The chicks are as far away from the light as possible and panting.  How can I tell if they are too cold?  They are as close to the light as they can get, are huddled together and shivering.  As the chicks mature they do not need to be kept as warm as they begin to regulate their own body temperature.

 What kinds a chicks are available?
        yellow chicks
        dark chicks
        ducklings
        laying hen chicks

Duckings? Really?
    YES.  This year we thought it would be fun to let you try raising ducklings.  If you thought chicks were cute wait till you see the ducklings.  Everything is the same for the ducklings, except you will also want to provide them with a small dish of water to splash in.  They also are more active than chicks which means that they will fly sooner.  You will need to find a way to keep them in the box. 

Can I buy egg layers from you to start my own backyard flock?
     YES.  We have barred rock chicks who will grow up to lay brown eggs. If you are ready to raise hens, this is the easiest way to get a couple to keep.  You will adopt these permanently and not bring them back to the farm. You will be responsible to provide their food and shelter as they mature.  They will be ready to lay eggs in 20 - 22 weeks.  


Thank you.
Posted 2/18/2017 9:56am by Reuben DeMaster.

Hi Folks,

We sent you an email earlier this week about CSA Day and today is the day!

This is the day to support our farm if you have been thinking about, but have not quite gotten around to it. We really appreciate your investment in our farm when we are making the investments that will result in a harvest many months from now!  Help us meet our Goal of 25 CSA memberships today.

If you are already signed up or just want to help us spread the word, please post about CSA Day on social media:
Willow Haven Farm is celebrating CSA Day on Feb 24th. Join me in supporting a local farmer: www.willowhavenfarmpa.com #CSAday

To sign up for our CSA, visit: https://www.harvie.co/profile/willow-haven-farm

-Sincerely your farmer

Reuben and Tessa DeMaster



Posted 2/18/2017 9:45am by Reuben DeMaster.

Hi  Folks!

This is the week.  CSA DAY is on Friday. Our Goal is to sign up 25 members on or before CSA day.  So be a part of the Local Food Movement. #CSADAY

According to Small Farm Central, this is the most popular day of the year to sign up for a CSA share and now is when we need your support! Don't forget, our early Discount Prices are on the site now.  They will rise slightly on March 1. www.harvie.co/signup/willow-haven-farm

So thank you for your support on this and throughout the year. It is so important for us and we are thankful to you!

If you are already signed up or just want to help us spread the word, please post about CSA Day on social media:


Willow Haven Farm is celebrating National CSA Sign-up Day on Feb 24th. Join me in supporting a local farmer: www.willowhavenfarmpa.com

-Sincerely,

Your farmer,

Reuben DeMaster



Posted 1/29/2017 7:57pm by Reuben DeMaster.



Dear friends,

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Willow Haven Farm CSA 2017 is now open for sign ups! 

We look forward to many returning member and hope for new ones as well.  You will notice changes, hopefully improvements, to the sign up process.  If you have any questions or difficulties, please let us know right away so we can fix them. 

Our Early Sign Up Discount will run from today until February 28.  The prices you see when you sign up are the discounted prices.  The amounts will change on March 1.  To take advantage of the discount, please choose PAY IN FULL when you check out.  This incentive enables you to support our farm most economically for you and for us.  Thank you!

Please use this link to sign up https://www.harvie.co/signup/willow-haven-farm.

For more information and explanations of our improvements for this years CSA please check out these articles on the website:
Understanding Our CSA Prices
Frequently Asked Questions
How Our CSA Works

We look forward to a wonderful season of growing and harvesting vegetables for you. 

Sincerely,

Reuben and Tessa DeMaster
www.willowhavenfarmpa.com

Posted 1/2/2017 9:37am by Reuben DeMaster.

 

Dear friends of Willow Haven Farm,

Some things have slowed down on the farm in the last few weeks but there is still a lot of activity.  We are finishing projects from this past season and planning the next season.  We have animals to care for, bread to bake, and a lot of office work to catch up on. 

In the past few years, we have tried to get the website updated and ready for CSA signups by January 1.  This year, however, we are working with Small Farm Central on a new CSA signup platform which they have developed.  We are one of about a dozen farms testing out this new software on our website.  The new program (called Harvie) will allow us to offer some extra services to CSA members.  The biggest addition is that for the first time, we are going to offer choices over which vegetables are delivered to your home.  We feel that this convenience will help more people enjoy their CSA. 

The other feature that will happen this season is that each of you will be automatically signed up for the new season.  By doing this, you will not have to attempt to remember what you signed up for last year.  It will also save some of you the work of figuring out the sign up process.  Don't worry, if you would like to change your shares it is not difficult to make changes and we are happy to help you.  We will once again offer a discount for early payment.

You should be hearing from us in the next 1 - 2 weeks with sign up details.  We will honor a 30 day early sign up discount period from the first day it is available. 

We look forward to engaging all our returning customers, continuing to make improvements to our farm and CSA and growing and making amazing food this year. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Reuben and Tessa DeMaster

 

 

Posted 1/2/2017 9:18am by Reuben DeMaster.

 

It is winter on the farm.  At this time of year I spend many hours catching up on paperwork, accounting, filing, and communication.  All transactions are entered into Quicken and I am able to (finally) see a record of income and expenses from the past year. During most of the season, these tasks are accomplished during the evenings and many things get neglected for weeks or months at a time.  This week I was able to find my desk and even the floor around my desk!  I found checks that should have been cashed, permits that should have been posted, and contact information for people that I should have called. 

It is also time to renew the memberships that the farm supports including the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture and Buy Fresh Buy Local.  My internship listings have to be updated as it is past time to begin looking for farm help for next summer.  The next task is ordering seeds and supplies.  If I don't take care of this in a timely manner, I risk not being able to get the vegetable varieties that I want to grow.  There are also discounts available of up to 8% if I am able to order early and to pay in full.  I prefer to get my taxes filed by February so I'm not working on them in the spring. 

Next I have to think about which farm projects need to be completed by Spring. There are many ways to make the farm more efficient and I have to decide which things to focus on.  I can make progress on some of these projects during the winter but many of them need to wait until warmer weather.  Other farm tasks include caring for the animals each day and pruning the fruit trees and berries.  If the weather is nice enough, I might even find time to remove some dead and fallen trees from around the farm.  

Another big task is getting the website ready for the 2017 season.  Each year, I try to begin the CSA sign up process on January 1.  This year however, it is going to take a bit longer.  Small Farm Central, our web host, is putting together a new program that we will be using in 2017.  We hope that it will improve our service by making the signup process easier and by offering new services to our delivery customers.  One of these services will be more choices over which vegetables that you receive in your box.  We hope that this will make our CSA more appealing to more people. 

There are many farm tasks to do in the winter.  Although it is a slower time of year, the organizational details help to determine the success of the upcoming year.  We plan to be open most Saturdays this Winter and we thank our customers for making Willow Haven Farm possible. 

Posted 12/12/2016 9:48pm by Reuben DeMaster.

Hi Folks,

The citrus is coming!

You now have one more day to order.   Please send me an email by Wednesday so I can get an accurate order together for the farm in Florida.

 


Organic Citrus

Get your organic oranges and grapefruit just in time for Christmas.  The farmer picks the fruit just days before it arrives in Pennsylvania.  The orange variety is called hamlin and they have seeds.  The grapefruit is pink and is delicious. 

Cases - $54

1/2 Cases - $27

2 Cases for $100

 


You may place an order by replying to this email.  Anyone may order so please pass this on to relatives and friends.  Payment is due upon pick up at the farm.  If you would like to mail a check, please send it to: Willow Haven Farm, 7686 Herber Rd., New Tripoli, PA 18066.

Thank you,

Reuben DeMaster

Willow Haven Farm

 

 

 

       
       
       
       

New recipe: Green Bean and Tomato SaladJuly 24th, 2017

This is a common summer salad that is easy to make and can accompany many main dishes. 1/2 pound green beans juice of 1/2 a lemon 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 garlic clove, minced

New recipe: Bean and Potato Salad with Basil OilJuly 24th, 2017

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New recipe: Country Green BeansJuly 24th, 2017

1 lb green beans, trimmed and snapped in halves or thirds 1/2 C diced onion 1/2 C diced boiled potatoes 1/2 C diced cooked ham, or 1/4 C chopped cooked bacon 3 T butter (or reserved grease from bacon

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