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Blue eggs!?! Our Ameraucana chickens have started to lay! With the extra splash colour in egg flats, we're getting questions from customers that we answer here. Why are some eggs eggs smaller? At around 20 weeks of age young hens, or…

The Science of Eggs: Size, Shell and Yolk Colour

  • February 28, 2018

We've had the pleasure of reading a lot this winter - a selection as diverse as our summer podcast schedule (farming, Taoism, Brené Brown!!!, project-based homeschooling and beyond). Thanks to recommendations from friends, Sarah is enjoying experimenting in the kitchen with a new…

Farm Note February 2018

  • February 21, 2018

Yummy, rich and versatile, stock is a staple in our house. Here's the boil down (ha!) of the evidence-based benefits of broth and stock, to the best of my knowledge. While there are few scientific studies on the health benefits…

Benefits of Broth & Stock: The Evidence

  • February 20, 2018

INSTANT POT CHICKEN STOCK I have a stove top pressure cooker that I have used less and less frequently in the last few years, but I am new to electric "one pot" pressure cookers. After a month of using an Instant…

Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Stock

  • February 18, 2018

CREAMED CHICKEN This has always been one of Sarah's favourite meals, a comfort food that her Oma would cook. It remains one of our family's favourites, especially in the winter since it is hearty. We love it with buckwheat crêpes (which…

Recipe: Creamed Chicken

  • February 18, 2018

ROASTED CHICKEN Pasture-raised chickens are a different product than conventionally-raised chicken, including conventionally-raised chickens fed organic feed. In addition to being flavourful and juicy, they tend to cook faster - maybe because they exercise their muscles or aren't injected with water…

Recipe: Roasted Chicken

  • February 15, 2018

One night last December, Drake and I stayed up late - huddled over the laptop with warmed milk - to work on The Big Carrot's Nature's Finest Fund application. While it was a long shot given our current limited capacity to…

Nature’s Finest Fund 2018

  • February 13, 2018

As you may know, I work part-time for Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario as the Director of Research for the Farmer-led Research Program. In this capacity, I meet wonderful people and farmers, help other farmers conduct research and share their knowledge - all…

The Herd Beneath the Soil

  • February 8, 2018

My "aunt-around-the-corner" is what my Oma called her; Avon is my uncle's ex-wife's sister, and she's incredibly supportive and generous - a "connector". After we first moved back to Ontario in 2015, Avon connected me with her naturopath Tracey Beaulne:…

Love your microbiome – and the soil’s too!

  • December 12, 2017

The season isn't quite finished, but it feels like it. The freezers aren't quite empty but chores are down to a minimum and snow is coming. To add, our hearts and minds are full after a week away at the…

Farm Note December 2017

  • December 9, 2017
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