Legacy

Here’s a post I composed last year and was saving.  Read the bottom to find out why.

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It’s interesting the things we think of when we talk about legacies.  Looking at this picture, you might think about John Deer, or other famous people? (**Spoiler Alert! See below)   Other times things like farms, homes, and family come to mind, this is where I usually go.  But here lately, when I think of legacy, I’ve been thinking of a little brown trailer.

I don’t know when grandpa built the trailer, but I remember dad borrowing it to haul firewood when I was a little kid.  It’s just a wooden box sitting on a metal frame with a 1940 Chevy front axle under it, but it has served grandpa, dad, and me very well, including being recently customized to use with the Brothers M. chickens.

Grandpa always took very good care of the trailer and dad refused to sell it so I think it was special to both of them. I know it’s special to me as I’ve made many repairs to it.  I don’t know if grandpa ever imagined the legacy he created, but I’m glad he did.

-Jason

**Spoiler Alert.  The John Deer link goes to a Mike Rowe’s ‘The Way I Heard It’ episode and I just gave away the ending; however, if you haven’t listened to Mike’s podcast, I recommend it, even if you do know the ending of this one episode.

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And why did I save this post? I got on a roll for over a year of getting at least one post per month out.  I wrote this, but decided to save it for when life got busy and I needed a post. Well I missed Jun and July, and August isn’t looking much better for me to get back to my posting.   So time to pull out the reserve.

Hope you enjoyed and I’m looking forward to finishing the portable coop series.  I’ve not had much time to do many of the updates on the original coop, but I’m slowly working on it.  Season changes have a way of changing my priorities and the coop may trickle up to the top again.

Brothers M. Mondays in May – Market Fun

Brothers M. Mondays in May is back – A new post each Monday in May 2019.

We enjoy seeing everyone at the Farmers Market.  Come visit and say hi.  Feel free to ask questions about what, why, and how we do what we do.

We always try to have fun at the markets and thought we’d share some of the experiences from our side of the booth.

Sometimes we maker our own fun.  Like participating in the monthly library crafts.

 

Or moving around to stay in the shade of our tent on a hot day.

 

Sometimes others bring the entertainment to us.

 

Even when it’s cold and wet we do our best.

And sometimes it’s just what we hear.

Regular patron buying chicken:  “I came to the farmers market and all I got was chicken and eggs.  By the way, the eggs came first.”

So come see us this year and help keep us smiling.

Brothers M. Mondays in May – Work days

Brothers M. Mondays in May is back – A new post each Monday in May 2019.

Taking care of the chickens can be fun and entertaining, but it’s still a lot of work.

The bulk of the work is in the daily feeding, watering, and moving of the chickens.  Multiple daily trips to the pasture are required to properly care for the birds.  We take pride in the care we give to raise quality chicken, even when it’s raining.

Besides the daily care, there are several other days that require extra amounts of labor.  Over 200 chickens are handled once when we receive them.  Handled two times when moving from the brooder to pasture and three times during processing. There are also maintenance days such as working on the chicken tractors and cleaning the brooders and equipment.

 

 

 

 

But, my favorite are the days we get the feed.  Helping the kids lug around 50lb bags of feed makes a person feel good.

Usually we load a lawn trailer to carry the bags down the hill.  This year we had mechanical issues half way through so Matthew got to strut his stuff by doubling up.

 

 

Brothers M. Mondays in May – Freezer Fun

Brothers M. Mondays in May is back – A new post each Monday in May 2019.

One of our big investments for raising chickens is the freezer space and the space the freezers take up.  We have one porch freezer and it picked up a lot of rust over the last couple years.  I figured I’d wire wheel it down and repaint it to try and keep it around longer.  Here’s some of the pictures of the process.

After I painted it, Samantha added her special touch to the lid.  She originally didn’t want to add any color to it, but the family kept at her and this spring she added some color.  Unfortunately, you can see some of the rust coming back, but it’s still lots better than it was.  And I love the Totoro!

 

Supporting Local Agriculture and Artisans

One of our Farmers Markets posted a contest asking you to post a meal with at least 3 items purchased from the farmers market.  That spurred me to put together two pictures showcasing what farmers market items we had on hand purchased from the Seymour and North Vernon markets.  I was pleased at the quantity of items we had on hand, but not surprised.

 

These are not planned and staged pictures.  My wife, who was at the N. Vernon market that day, had no idea I was planning on taking these pictures and some of the items in the Seymour picture were not purchased that day or were repeat purchases.  Neither picture include the various past items that were not on hand such as mushrooms, flowers, sweetcorn, nuts, bread, biscuits and gravy, etc., etc., etc.

 

Even before we started selling we were purchasing locally grown meat and produce.  Not only is there tremendous satisfaction in knowing where your food comes from and the upstanding individuals that produced it, but the quality and experience is so much better.  Imagine having a seller explain to you how to tell a cantaloupe is ripe and point out that this one would be good to enjoy today, but another one should sit 2-3 days before enjoying it.  That’s just one of many examples I’ve witnessed at the markets.

 

Don’t think that I’m saying you need to purchase everything from a local source, we don’t; however, if it’s in season and we can buy it locally, we do.  Knowing where our food came from and supporting family farms and business in our communities is important and satisfying to us.

If you’re currently supporting local markets, God bless you and keep it up.  If not, give it a try; you might by pleasantly surprised.

-Jason

Brothers M. Mondays – Family

Brothers M. Mondays – A new post each Monday until the 2018 market season starts on 5/26.

We are family.   Samantha fractured her ankle, but the chickens don’t care if you’re sick or hurt, they still need care multiple times a day.  So family kicks in.  Dad, Joseph and even a cousin or two have been helping Matthew while he’s the lone wolf.

Since Samantha couldn’t help, we put her to work taking some video.  And the youngest did her part by taking a few pictures and an unintentional  video of Sam and the boys with her new camera she got for her birthday.

Enjoy the video we’ve put together.