2015 at TRF

Tangled Roots Farm is getting ready for an exciting 2015 season!

Clare Mangine has taken the reins and will continue to grow TRF’s quality products.  This year, we are going to offer the same sugar maple shiitakes as before.  We estimate that the fresh mushrooms will be available beginning in June.  Dried mushrooms should be available later in the year.

As it did in the past, TRF will also be participating in local farming and education projects.  Please be in touch if you are interested in any products, classes, or just want to say hi.  Stop by the site to see new developments and follow our facebook page where we will post updates more frequently.  Thanks for your continued support!

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Summer Update

It’s hard to believe it’s the middle of July already and a farm update is long overdue.  The spring flew by with lots of sun and more animals by the day.  The shiitake logs produced steadily, though lighter than we had been hoping.  As all 300 logs have been shocked once now, we are beginning the second round of “fruiting” and seeing some very impressive yields.  These 300 logs should continue to produce mushrooms for the next four years!  You can buy Tangled Roots Farm shiitakes here at the farm store and at the Rutland Coop.  Our shiitakes are also served regularly at the Downtown Grocery, an amazing restaurant in Ludlow.

The goats continue to impress us with their delicious milk and consistent yield.  We have plenty of milk for new customers so come on up to give goat’s milk a try (free samples!) and say hello to the ladies — and the boys, of course.  Tuck, pictured below left, is growing quite a luxurious beard while Thor is the gentlest and sweetest little guy we could hope for (zoom in on his picture, below right, to see what I mean).  We can tell from their, we’ll say, perfume that breeding season is around the corner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pigs have been feasting on waste milk, whey, and lots of forage as we move themthrough the orchard to expand our garden.  We have been cover cropping with buckwheat after they turn the soil, which has led to a very robust and overweight population of chipmunks and red squirrels taunting us as we do chores.

 

 

 

 

 

Broiler production is in full swing in both the pasture and the orchard.  The first group of birds followed the goats through the pasture since early June, the second group is working (their job: eat bugs, trim grass, get fat) in the orchard, and the last group will be arriving tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

Chickens are available at the farm store, give us a call to order a particular size (they range from about 3.5 to 5.5 lbs) or for a larger order (5% off for 10 or more!).  The broilers are raised entirely outdoors, fed local, organic grain (Morrison’s Feeds), and moved to fresh pasture daily.  The chickens are processed on-farm.  A Tangled Roots Farm roasted chicken has succulent, juicy meat and crispy delicious skin.  Giblets are tucked inside for the gravy and stock!

The new trees and berries in the orchard are really establishing themselves this season, and we expect a sizable elderberry harvest later this summer:

We are reminded daily at dinner time why we are farmers and why we love to feed our family, friends and neighbors.  A farm-fresh supper:

Since we don’t have high-speed internet here, it is much faster to post quick updates and photos on our Facebook page.  It’s a business page so you can view it even if you (like I) don’t have a personal page.  Check it out here and thanks for reading the TRF blog!

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Farm Stand is now open!

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We’re trying to keep a gallon or two in the fridge, but call ahead to be sure we have what you want and to get a tour of the farm!

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2012 Kidding Recap

We have had four perfect kiddings so far, and I know the pictures are long overdue.

First, Minny had twins at the beginning of March.  A boy and girl:

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They have both gone (together!) to a new home in Connecticut. 

Next up was KABAJ, who had twin girls (way to go KABAJ!!).  One of KABAJ’s girls, Chia, will be staying at Tangled Roots farm as a new addition to our herd.  The other twin is heading to another great farm in Tinmouth, VT.  Check for updates on her at: http://www.breezymeadowsorchards.com.  The girls new game is to jump into the hay feeder and tap dance on the hay.

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Barnum had a presumably quick and effortless birth as we checked in one afternoon to find a brand-new healthy little boy.  Barnum has since proved herself to be my top milker!

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Princess Caspian held out for two days longer than we thought she possibly could and subsequently had a gigantic boy (who looks EXACTLY like Caspian) and a smaller girl (black with little tan socks).  She is a spectacular mother and everyone around here is wishing we could keep this little girl!

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Fluffhead is due at the end of the month and we’re hoping she rounds out a very successful kidding season.  Come visit the kids!

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Shiitake Workshop Details

The shiitake workshop is on for this Tuesday, April 10th from 1-4pm!   Register for a free spot here: http://raffl.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/details-for-free-shiitake-mushroom-growing-workshop/   and get ready for a hands-on mushroom growing afternoon!  Everyone will get a chance to participate in the inoculation and we’ll spend some time going through a year in the life of a shiitake log — and how to harvest shiitakes next spring!  Contact us with any questions.  See you on Tuesday…

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Save the Date!

Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) is organizing a Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation workshop at Tangled Roots Farm on Tuesday, April 10th from 1-4pm.  It’ll be a hands-on day of inoculating as many logs as we can!  More information on our mushrooms is on this page: https://tangledrootsfarm.com/products/gourmet-mushrooms/  and you can find RAFFL’s update here: http://raffl.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/upcoming-spring-events/

See you then!

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Looking back…. and forward

The season has really come to an end at Tangled Roots Farm.  We quickly sold out of all of our 2011 farm products and have spent the last few months getting ready for the winter.  We’re grateful for the community support and encouragement and we’re looking forward to continued growth and sustainability in 2012.

Goats are enjoying their new digs in the forest and you can see below just how far Tuck Buckminster has come in the last six months.  Goat kids are expected beginning in early March… 

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Now that December is upon us (but where is the snow??), we are cozy in the yurt reflecting on a bountiful season and working on goals, plans and projections for next year. 

 

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