Evening on the Farm

Evening on the Farm

Sep 25

Last Saturday night, John and I drove out to Lake Meadows Naturals, for the Slow Food event, an Evening on the Farm. We had been really excited to finally make it out to Lake Meadows, since that’s where the eggs we buy through Big Wheel Provisions come from. And we were not disappointed by the farm at all. It for one, it’s gorgeous. Green and lush, with a acres of fields full of happy goats, turkeys, ducks, chickens, cows and horses. The house and chicken coops, are right on a lake and it was so nice to be able to walk around and watch the sun set over the farm.

We were able to get a tour of the laying chicken coops, and it was very interesting. The chickens are very curious and came up to all the visitors to peck at our feet and clothing. They have a huge door to the outside field, which is where the cows hang out. There was a large number of chickens out in the field pecking, dirt washing and hanging out in the fresh air. However, as soon as the sun set, it was like magic, all the chickens disappeared. The helpful Lake Meadows worker, Brandon, who gave us a tour, told us that the chickens automatically go inside when it gets dark to roost and lay until morning when they will come back out. Brandon did tell us that they order all their laying chickens from a farm in Pennsylvania, where when they are one day old they get their beak trimmed. John and I don’t really like that practice, however Brandon was quick to point out that once a chicken tastes blood that’s all what they want to eat, so having beaks trimmed is better then cannibal chickens. He also told us that he had seen farms that inhumanely trimmed the beaks, harming the bird and hurting them more then they should, but that the farm they buy from trimmed properly and as humanely as possible.

Lake Meadows had a large number of Guinea Fowl too, which was interesting. Turns out Guinea Fowl are like homing pigeons and once they are born in a place they stay near it their whole life. The farm doesn’t actually make any money off of the fowl, but their screech is enough to scare away rodents, and they live off of ticks and other harmful insects, meaning the farm can use less pesticides.

As much as we were thrilled and delighted with the farm itself, we were equally disappointed by the actual event. We took quite awhile on our chicken coop tour, looking around and asking questions. So when we made it up to the house for the food, there was no more clean plates and hardly any food left! Out of nine different tasting selections, we only tried three. As self proclaimed foodies, the food was what we were most looking forward too, and we were disappointed to be so let down. Not to mention the food was done by Chef Tony, the owner of Big Wheel Provisions, and as a buyer of his provisions, I was looking forward to trying his food. Also, the array of wine pairings touted on the flyer were no where to be found, you had either a red or a white to choose from. However, when we contacted Slow Foods after the event, they were apologetic and set us our very own Snail Card to make up for it.

Since the farm was so amazing, we took a lot of photos. We also got a great video of the view from the edge of the chicken/cow pasture and the house with all the people at the event. Check them out!

Chickens pecking at John's shoes and pants.

John was trying to make a new friend, but the chicken didn't like him very much!

Baby Chicks only a couple days old that LMN had just received in the mail.

Baskets of eggs to be graded and put into cartons. That's only part of one days supply of eggs!

Here is a video of the Chicken Grader at Lake Meadow Naturals. Turns out that they used to grade and weigh the eggs by hand, one by one on an old balance. This machine was specially ordered from Italy to grade the eggs for a small farm. It was a neat process, but I would not enjoy having to be the one to stand there putting eggs through the grader for basket after basket of eggs!

This baby cow never grew in his hair! Brandon, our tour guide, said it's mom still treated it fine and they were contemplating the use of a sweater for the winter months! I thought he was adorable!

I love goats, and the ones at LMN were exceptionally friendly!

The chefs hard at work in the kitchen

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