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Taylor Ayers
CANNING FRESH GREEN BEANS

CANNING FRESH GREEN BEANS

Canning Green Beans for winter is a new process to me but my Mother-In-Law was kind enough to show me the ropes. The first thing to note is that fresh green beans can be preserved many ways, and most ways come down to tradition. We used a pressure canner to preserve 21 quarts of green beans, this was 2 - 5 gallon buckets from the garden. If you've never picked green beans from a garden before, my best advice is to start early in the morning before it gets hot. The cool crisp air, wet plants and a light breeze...

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PRESERVING FARM FRESH EGGS

PRESERVING FARM FRESH EGGS

If you have backyard chickens, you know all about the inconsistent laying of eggs. When Josh bought my first few hens, they didn't start laying until the fall so we had a steady stream of eggs that first winter because they didn't molt. Molting is when birds may stop laying eggs to lose old feathers, and grow new ones. Molt occurs during the fall through winter when there is a decrease in hours of sunlight. We do not use artificial lights to keep our hens laying throughout the cold months so we get very few eggs during until the days...

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WHY DOES IT COST MORE TO BUY FROM A SMALL FARMER?

WHY DOES IT COST MORE TO BUY FROM A SMALL FARMER?

Many people don’t buy from small local farmers because it cost too much, food safety concerns & inconvenience.  The “it costs too much” reason is understandable, but there is a reason WHY it cost more. Most small farmers raise their cattle out on pasture. Pasture rotations, time and lots of grass go into every single animal we raise. 👏🏼Small farmers take their time raising a good quality animal and there is a SIGNIFICANT taste difference!Live animal to meat talk.. small farmers have to transport their animals to a processor, we use a USDA Inspected facility that processes up to 50...

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PASTURED PORK (FOREST FED) - THE WAY NATURE INTENDED

PASTURED PORK (FOREST FED) - THE WAY NATURE INTENDED

My hope for this blog post is to walk you through the steps we took to raise our first batch of forest fed hogs. I will share our lessons learned and provide you with all the details on how we raise our hogs out in the silvopasture paddocks at Ayers Valley Farm. The way we do things may not be perfect but we try our best to give every animal the best life out in the fresh air with lots of sunshine, the way nature intended.  When we picked up our first batch of fifteen pigs Josh and I looked...

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