Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Astronomy-Based Farm

So Jen is doing the dishes as I come in from evening farm chores and I tell her that we really are an astronomy-based farm.  “Oh really?”  says she. “Really,” says I.  

First of all, I teach astronomy in two different formats: (a) the regular curriculum astronomy over at Tri-County Community College and (b) a few stargazing classes through the college’s Community Enrichment offerings.

Also, our laying flock consists entirely of Golden Comets, we will probably have a calf named Venus someday (all of Baby’s calves have V names: Victor, Victoria, next year will be Violet, etc.), and there are asters all over the place for the bees.  Heck, we drive a Saturn and Jen’s phone is a Galaxy (by Samsung)!

She feels the need to challenge my assertion about the wildflowers.  Aster and astro both come from the Greek root astron – star.  I press further.  An asterism is a group of prominent stars which make up a picture but are not actually a constellation.  Asterisms are usually subsets of constellations.  The two best examples will shake most people’s knowledge of astronomy.  The Big Dipper and Little Dipper… are not actually constellations.  Nope.  They are asterisms.  The Big Dipper is only a part of the constellation Ursa Major (the Great Bear).  Same story for the Little Dipper and Ursa Minor.

Of course farming is tied to the Sun’s cycles and path through the sky.  But even that does not explain the open clusters of fox grapes we found in the “hedge” along our driveway or the globular clusters of grapes I hope to have someday (open clusters and globular clusters are star clusters of different ages and which are located in distinctly different regions of the galaxy).  Until then, I’ll just continue to thoroughly enjoy the night sky and my work as a lunatic farmer.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Layer Liquidation!

Stockbridge Farms is liquidating our laying flock!  Saturday, October 11, will be the last day that we will bring eggs to the farmers market.   Take this opportunity to buy our layers and bring them home to your own back yard for just $10 per chicken!  Breeds and ages vary.  See Zack or Jen at the Cedar Valley Farmers Market for more information.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Unto us is born this day...

A calf!

Our Jersey milk cow, Baby Girl, had a wee heifer calf this morning.  Her name is Victoria.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Processing our first batch tomorrow!

 Pastured Poultry: What is it?

Pasture-raised chicken, turkey, and other birds are rotationally grazed on grass pastures, not simply allowed freedom to roam in a dirt yard.  Birds are confined within a shelter and/or a fence to protect them from predators and the elements.  Shelters and fences are moved periodically.   The manure is left behind to renew the soil.  This method of raising animals promotes the health of the animals and the land.   In winter, when grass is not growing, animals are housed on deep litter. 

Pastured Chicken – “Broilers”

We raise the industry standard Cornish-Rock cross chicken.  In 2014 we will be feeding NON-GMO feed by Sunrise Farms. You asked for it, you got it!
Our birds are raised in small quantities on fresh pasture.  We believe that this is the key to healthy, delicious chicken!

Where to Buy

Saturdays - Murphy                         Thursdays - Hayesville                   On-Farm     
 Cedar Valley Farmers Market              Evening Harvest Market                       by appointment
 L&N Depot                                                  On the square, downtown                     (Closed Sunday)                         

Online – SAFF web store launching 2014

In 2014 we will process both on-farm and at the USDA-inspected Foothills Pilot Plant.

Fresh, unfrozen chicken will be available 5 days from processing dates.  Thereafter, chicken is available frozen.

Friday, May 9, on farm
Friday, May 16, FPP       
Friday, June 20, on farm      
Wednesday, June 25, FPP
Wednesday, July 30, FPP 
Friday, September 5, on farm     
Wednesday, September 10, FPP
2014 Chicken Prices

Whole Pastured Chicken: $4.99/lb
           50-99.99# (whole birds only): $4.69/lb 
           100# or more (whole birds only): $4.39/lb
Half Pastured Chicken: $5.49/lb
Boneless, skinless breast: $11.99/lb
Leg Quarters:  $7.99/lb
Thighs: $7.99/lb
Drumsticks: $7.99/lb
Wings: $5.99/lb
Liver: $6.99/lb
Backs/necks/frames/feet: $2.99/lb

Pastured Turkey and Goose

Turkeys will be harvested in September.  Our goal is to provide 20 birds for market in 2014.  Birds will be fed the same NON-GMO feed as the chickens, with supplemental fish meal.  Available fresh  September 11-13 and frozen thereafter.  Breasts and drumsticks may be available.  $6.99/lb whole bird

Geese will be harvested in September and frozen to provide you with a true taste of England for your Christmas dinner!  Anne Purssord can help you with the plum pudding. $7.99/lb whole bird.

Zack and Jen Stockbridge
POB 342                             828.321.2171  (home)
554 Robinson Rd.         828.541.9393 (Jen cell)
Andrews, NC 28901     828.361.8977 (Zack cell)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Boohoo. Bleat. Moo.

Victor is gone!  Boohoo.
New goats are here.  Bleat.

My cow is crying.  Moo. Mooooo!!

Poor put-upon Baby Girl.  First, her son is missing (so she thinks). Then, two alien creatures with the most obnoxious cries dare to eat her hay and drink her water.  Finally, the humans keep rolling out that dreadful machine to nurse. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Updated 2014 Pullet Photos

 Barred rock pullet
  I love these white rocks.  This girl is almost ready to lay.  Check out the waddles.
Rooster taming involves humiliating the uppity bird with a thorough cuddle.
  This NH Red could have been in the Mercedes commercial!
Partridge rock pullet above and a close up of her feather pattern below.  Beautiful birds!

 Ah, the turkens.  These birds are said to be very heat tolerant.  Pullet below and rooster above.
The black australorps are very popular!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Jen's Hens 2014

Started Pullets (and Cockerels)  Available NOW. Will be laying in April!

Why keep chickens when you can get your eggs cheaper at the grocery store?

*Have more control over what you're eating.

*Build soil fertility through composting chicken waste.

*Save on dish/cable: Turn the TV off and watch "As the Coop Turns" in your backyard. There's intrigue. There's drama. There's comedy. And you can cuddle the actors if you want to.  

*Assemble the cast with Jen's Hens (and Roosters). Available for pickup now.
Call Jen at 828-three-two-one-2171 or 828-five-four-one-9393.  Or email  zackandjen2004 at
Breeds available: White Rock, Black Austrlorp, Partridge Rock, Barred Rock, New Hampshire Red, Turken
                   I believe the birds I thought were Jersey Giants are actually Rocks instead.  Apparently White Jersey Giants have "willow" colored (greenish brown) legs.  These girls' legs are golden yellow.  They are the biggest darned White Rocks I have ever had!

Pick up your birds by appointment
(Closed Sunday)
Between January 29 – February 4
$14 per bird
Between February 5 – 11
$15 per bird
Between February 12 – 18
$16 per bird
Between February 19 – 25
$17 per bird
Between February 26 – March 4
$18 per bird
Between March 5 – 11
$19 per bird
Between March 12 – 18
$20 per bird
Between March 19 – 25
$21 per bird
Between March 26 – April 1
$22 per bird
Between April 2 – 8
$23 per bird
Between April 9 – 15
$24 per bird
Between April 16 – 22  
$25 per bird
Between April 23 – 29
$26 per bird