Thanks. Don and Tracy
Chemical Free an All Natural Living
Worthington Farmer's Market
Check Our Market Dates Below!
(Outdoor Market) - Saturdays from 8 AM to 12 PM
May 9th, 23rd
June 6th, 20th, 27th
July 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
September 5th, 12th, 19th
October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 31st
Bloom - When a chicken lays an egg it has a wet coating on it called the bloom. As it dries it prevents bacteria from being absorbed into the egg. We do not wash the bloom off the egg. We might have to take a little off if there is some chicken poo on it but we do our best to keep the eggs as natural as possible, the way Mother Nature intended.
Spoiled – Heat Lamps in Winter or Really Cold Nights; Ice in the Waterers in the Heat of Summer – keep them happy and they keep us happy.
Come when called and love greens for “snacks”. At market, we keep a compost bin so if we find a smashed tomato or some wilted greens, we throw them in for “the girls”. They know when we are back from market and come running to see what we brought back for them… (If You have Organic / Chemical free / heirloom produce “by-product” – leaves, remnants from juicing, too wilty, etc… , you can bring it to the market. If it is not up to quality for the girls, we will compost it.)
Layers (egg laying chickens – aka. “the girls”) have no fences – they have acres to run around and they do. They have their own “Clicks” or social groups and they have their territories. Funny when you see them run another chicken off that isn’t part of their troop. Maybe the word gang is more appropriate. :) (Chickens can recognize up to over 100 different birds.)
Broilers (meat chickens) are only raised on fresh grass / pasture. These birds* are not active enough so we force them to fresh grass every 24 hours in the large pens. They have sunshine, shelter and fresh water at all times. They get a NON-GMO feed in the morning and it is picked up in the evening. Once the food is removed that is when they are moved to fresh pasture. This is when they lay around and eat grass and search for bugs.