Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food: Meet Clint and Barb

I recently accompanied my friend, Stephanie Peterson, on an egg run down to Canton to visit with one of our egg suppliers.  Stephanie's business, Fruit of the Coop, makes it easy for local foodies to get farm fresh eggs from small local chicken flocks.  My business, Glory Garden, is one of the places where these eggs are available.

You can consider this blog post a virtual introduction to Clint and Barb and take a tour of their farm through the lens of my camera.

 
 

Meet the livestock guardian dog, Bear.  Barb told us that ever since getting Bear, they have not lost any more chickens to predators like coyotes, owls, or hawks.  She estimates that they have about 50-60 chickens and they free-range the farm in safety, thanks to Bear!

 
 We found this hen roosting in the shade of a pine tree.

We found this hen roosting in the shade of a pine tree.

 
 Barb has a variety of chicken breeds.  This one is a silver laced Polish.

Barb has a variety of chicken breeds.  This one is a silver laced Polish.

 

Although Barb was the one who chatted with us the most, she said it was actually her husband Clint who does chicken chores.   She said, "They all have different personalities and Clint, he knows them.  There was one, it was almost weird how tame she was.  She would come and jump up on your lap and Clint just loved her."  She told us that one time after a chicken died, Clint said, "Barb I think we should gather the chickens all together and have a moment."  We laughed as she related this story and then she continued, "I was going- 'Oh, good grief!'  He was upset.  'Well you just go have your moment then'." 

Clint told us that in addition to the bugs and weeds they forage for, he also feeds the chickens cracked corn grown on their own farm, beef lard and beef liver (chickens weren't created to be vegetarians!), as well as surplus garden vegetables like zucchini.

In addition to chickens, they also have some quail.  I was fascinated watching these little birds and admired the tiny eggs they laid.

 Quail eggs.

Quail eggs.

 

Notice Bear eyeing the quail eggs.  When we set them down and turned our back, he helped himself to a tasty snack.  I guess that's his reward for protecting the chickens.

After a lovely afternoon chatting, we headed home, thrilled to be able to connect you with the people who grow your food.  I am so excited to open Glory Garden in a month or so and begin providing you with farm-fresh eggs along with the produce from my garden.