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Posted 5/27/2016 7:25am by Jeffrey Henry.

Cranberry Creek Farm Newsletter

 

Some things take so long to accomplish that by the time it is there you hardly recognize what it was that you were going for in the first place. Well I am just starting to get a good reality check on what we started to pursue last september and now finally received yesterday. We now have a PA Department of Agriculture issued permit to sell Raw Milk! I will be bottling a lot of gallon jugs today and I hope that everyone who has been asking for this will come and get it. The milk is from our 5 cows, 4 jerseys and 1 holstein jersey normande norwegian red cross. They are on pasture every day and are fed a small amount of organic grain at milking. I placed an order yesterday for a organic non soy ration that we will switch to next week. 

The gardens are looking nice. I don't have as much of a doomed perspective on the back field since we cultivated the other day. We did a number on the couch grass, and it looks like we are winning. I am starting to put wood chips down in the pathways because I think this will help to curb the spread of couch grass from bed to bed. We have spring onions, baby carrots, head lettuce, and mesclun mix this week. 

I bought 50 more egg layers yesterday. They are just starting to lay beautiful little pullet eggs. we will have more eggs in the weeks to come. We might have a few less eggs for a little while before the new chickens start laying good. I parked the egg-mobile up in the top pasture and the very next morning there was a decapitated barred rock inside the fence. It looks like even before I closed the door for the night some as yet unknown varmint came in and had a chicken dinner. Tonight we will set some havahart traps and hopefully catch this unwelcome intruder. It seems like sometimes all we are doing by having chickens is setting up the equivalent of a KFC for all forest creatures to enjoy a free meal. It isn't easy keeping pastured egg layers in a place surrounded by wilderness. I hope to develop a system that keeps all chickens and wildlife safe and able to live side by side while still having our chickens on grass. It may require drones and coop mounted motion sensor operated water balloon throwers.

Come see us tomorrow at the farm store from 1-5. It will be a celebration of raw milk!

Jeffrey & Mary-Jean

Cranberry Creek Farm

112 Henry's Crossing Rd

Cresco, PA 18326

570-595-7748 (cell)609-923-0308