Skip to content

Last Pastured Poultry Harvest 2018

June 10, 2018

August 20th & 21st

Whole, Fresh, Chickens are available now.

Dates August 19th, 20th & 21st
Time Noon to 6pm Sunday – Tuesday (Saturday 2pm to 6pm)
Don’t Forget your cooler to keep these birds as fresh as possible.
Lots of birds on ice! No deposit necessary!
Costs: $6.50 per pound, $24 to $32 per bird
Get extra and put em in your freezer






Dated, weighted, and priced for the shopper.

Dated, weighted, and priced for the shopper.

Help Us Preserve Our Heritage Barn

March 18, 2018

The old Foss farm came with a great old dairy barn. We keep our dairy goat herd in the barn.

Minni and her kids on pasture, just weeks old.

However, the barn needs a preservation project. The barn needs about $30,000 in work if it to remain standing. We were invited to apply for a Heritage Barn Initiative Grant. The Washington Historical Trust administers these grants on behalf of The Washington Dept. of Archaeology and Historic Preservation.

Please check out our Heritage Barn Preservation Project page for the details.

We area asking people to donate via our Go Fund Me site. Here is the link https://www.gofundme.com/thesmithshyre. Thank you in advance for donating to our cause.

Barn and Impressive Maple in the mist.

I have great blog post about the barn, its history and so forth click the link to check it out.

Heritage barn with cedar shake roof section visible

Heritage Barn Application

October 9, 2015

We at The Smithshyre love the history we were blessed to buy into. We have applied to have our 1930’s barn register as a Heritage Barn. If we make the listing we will be eligible for a grant to preserve the barn. Here is part of the application.

The Carlson’s and later the Foss’ made important contributions to Kitsap Counties early settlement and agricultural heritage.

Carlson’s
It was 1882, Frank Carlson of Sweden came to the New World for a better life. Once in the Seattle area, he found friends from the old world “The Johnson’s”; Andrew, Oscar and Clara. In 1883, Frank and Clara were married and started a 160 acre homestead. They planted many fruit trees which still bear substantial fruit today. Frank and his brother Alfred cleared land and built a one room cabin right away. They then started work on a proper home. It was a log hewn building 2 stories with 2 large rooms. They had 5 children by 1903.

In the 1930’s the dairy barn was built. It had 10 milking stanchions. Most of the barn seemed to be dedicated to a hay shed. The hay grapple fork, hood and rail system are still in place. The hay shed floor is made of large logs split and placed unevenly as if to promote ventilation via the floor. The dairy half has a floor of large milled 12 x 4s. When we took possession in 2013 there were several vintage milking stools still in the barn. By 1940 the Carlson’s had all moved on and the farm was rented out for $25 a month.

Foss’
In 1915 Victor Foss married Hilma Sundberg, as a wedding present her grandfather bought them 40 acres from a lumber company near Poulsbo. They had 5 children by 1925, Russell was the second born, it was 1918. Victor became the communities favorite butcher and Russell helped his father often. They offered house call butchering.

Annie Jensen and Russell Foss got married in 1940 and moved into the “Old Carlson house” that was now empty. The place was in bad shape but rent was only $25. They fixed it up and by 1947 they had 4 children of their own. They were able to buy the house, barn and orchards with 40 acres from Mrs. Clara Carlson for $1,800 in 1942. Russell was exempted from the draft because their butchering service was so important to the community.

After the war in 1948 Foss and sons built a large slaughterhouse, “Foss Packing”. The business had an excellent reputation. By 1953 the county road on which the packing house was situated was formally named Foss Rd. N.E. The Foss’ ran cattle on their 40 acres and offered beef finishing services as well. The whole family worked at the packing house and it was a going concern until the late 1970’s. In the 1990’s the packing house became the Thomas Kemper Brewery, which is closed.

The “Old Carlson house” is a pile of weathered wood and other homesteading implements. Some 20 fruit trees still bear fruit and we love to share their story with guest and visitors. Roni and I bought 5 acres, the “Old Foss Farm” as locals call it, in December of 2013 from Nancy Foss (Russell and Annie Foss first born) to help pay for her assisted living.

Two Foss sons and their children remain on Foss land, each on five acres. Gordy Foss leases to us five adjacent acres. They all appreciated what we have done. We have returned vivacity and a fresh agricultural hue to the old farm. We have a pastured poultry business and a large market garden, we call it, “The Smithshyre”. We also keep Dwarf Nigerian dairy goats, American Guinea hogs, Narragansett turkeys and Finnish sheep. The Carlson’s and later the Foss’ made important contributions to Kitsap Counties early settlement and agricultural heritage. We are proud to continue this history.

Heritage barn from the NE

Heritage barn from the NE

Heritage barn from SW

Heritage barn from SW

Looking East from within the barns hay loft

Looking East from within the barns hayloft

Looking East from within the barns hayloft

Looking East from within the barns hayloft

Spring 2018

March 23, 2018

Someday Spring will arrive. Today (3/22/18) is seems like old man winter is on his last gasp for the year. A rain and snow mix feel on the farm, only briefly. It didn’t not frost overnight even thought it was a clear night. Has the last frosty night come and gone?

My internal almanac hopes so.

Some food, the cold hardy stuff, is already in the ground; but I would love to get the grass seed going. We have some places to improve the pastures to provide more forage.

I did get some fencing up to create some paddocks and hay fields. We also got 14 apple trees in the ground (Thank You Lori Brakken) as part of the permaculture forest farm project. This fall I hope to get some replacement Chestnut trees in the ground.

Thanksgiving Turkeys 2017

October 16, 2017

It is time to collect some deposits on Thanksgiving Turkeys.

These will go fast, they always do.

Turkeys on Pasture


Harvest Details:
When: 20th or 21st of November, pick up in the afternoon
Where: The Smithshyre, Poulsbo WA
Cost: $25 deposit | $10 per pound (average bird cost $80-$120)
How: We do all the hard work, you simple pick up a fresh bird in a shrink bag.






We breed these turkeys here at the Shyre, they roost in our “Impressive Maple” tree.

They turkeys roost in our “Impressive Maple”


They live a pastured raised life with natural forage and sunshine. A heritage breed, Narragansett’s were once the traditional thanksgiving bird, before the industrial revolution. They will be 8 to 12 pounds cleaned and dressed at harvest. We package them in a shirk wrap bag, for your convenience.

Workshops Poultry Harvest

July 25, 2017

Workshops

We offer homesteading workshops.

Our most popular workshop is our “Poultry Harvest”. Learn to take a chicken from pasture to the icy cooler. We do this 2 times a year.

After you order we will send you an email, to confirm which date you want and to answer any questions you may have.

Date: August 18th and 19th (Fri. Sat.)
Time: 10 am til 2 pm
Place: The Smithshyre
Costs: $100 and you get two 3-4 pound birds

Reserve your spot now! Space is limited.





After you order we will send you an email, to confirm which date you want and to answer any questions you may have.

cleaned and dress these birds are chill’in before they get bagged

Poultry Harvest Workshop Included: 4 hour of instruction from pasture to cooler: learn to cull, scald, pluck, behead, de-shank, eviscerate, chill, package, weight & bag. Also take home two 3 pound birds dressed and ready for your table (a $40 value).
Join Roni and Erin for a half day of harvesting chicken. We dispatch the birds in a humane way including a Final Flight and incense. Learn from professionals how to process a whole chicken, every step of the way. You will take home the birds you dressed (cleaned and eviscerate) with you when your done.

Chicken Harvest July 15th & 16th

June 30, 2017

For the 2017 growing season we are only growing chickens to order!
Deposit are $10 a bird.






As per the poultry processing permit we sell our chickens fresh and whole and only within 48 hours of harvest. We shrink wrap the product for your convenience. A trip to our farm is part of the fun.

Need a map to the farm.

Butchering day is a bit messy and time consuming but it is many times cleaner and more humane then large poultry factories can provide.

Next Harvest:

July 15th & 16th 2017

A pasture full of chickens.

A pasture full of chickens.

Dated, weighted, and priced for the shopper.

Dated, weighted, and priced for the shopper.

Meat Birds

We are now taking deposits for our Spring harvest, our first chicken harvest of 2017.

Costs: $6.50 a pound
Deposit: $10
When: July 15th & 16th

Poultry Harvest Workshop, July 2017

June 15, 2017

Poultry Harvest Workshop

When: July 15th & 16th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: The Smithshyre
Costs: $100 (includes two whole fresh chickens)
Reserve your spot today use the payment button on our Workshops webpage.

The Workshop Includes: 4 hours of instruction from pasture to cooler: learn to cull, scald, pluck, behead, de-shank, eviscerate, chill, package, weight & bag. Also take home two 3 to 3.5 pound birds dressed and ready for your table (a $40 value). Join Roni and Erin for a half day of harvesting chicken. We dispatch the birds in a humane way including a Final Flight and incense. Learn from professionals how to process a whole chicken, every step of the way. You will take home the birds you dressed (cleaned and eviscerate) with you when your done. As of June 15th, we only have 2 Sunday opening and 3 Saturday openings remaining, book now.

Plucked, Cleaned and Dressed, ready for the chill tank

cleaned and dress these birds are chill’in before they get bagged

Eggs are Back in the Farmstand

March 18, 2017

We now have eggs for sale in our farm stand, as of March 16th 2017.

$7 a dozen
Pastured Raised
Organic Fed
Exact change only

Ready to package.

Our self serve farm stand is open all daylight hours.

non-certified organic eggs

Winter 2017

March 7, 2017

This winter we have some ambitious plans.

We have 2 greenhouses (high tunnels) we need to build. The smaller high tunnel is almost finished. We only need to put the greenhouse film on the 20 ft. by 20 ft.

We will use this greenhouse for propagation seedling starts and permaculture.

The large high tunnel is 30 ft. by 48 ft. These season extenders should help us grow more and better food for you!

bend galvanised tubes and parts of the large green house [/caption]

We also need to lay 700 ft of polyflex pipe and install 6 frost free yard hydrants. Right now we have a maze of garden hoses to feed both plants and animals. The hoses freeze in the Winter. This is a real pain.

6 yard hydrants waiting to be installed

Additionally, we need to finish up in our 4 main paddocks with better fencing and loafing sheds. Also, we have need to fence off several area of permaculture to protect it from the goats and sheep. 600 feet of fencing. Of course we have all the usual homestead task every Winter provides.

Thanks for staying in touch.

New Farm Stand

June 13, 2016

We have a new farm stand, not quite finished, it is open for business during daylight hours. The farm stand does feature a reach in cooler and a self serve pay box. Exact change only please.

Built as a community effort the post are made of split Cedar. Our neighbor Jacob Foss donated the 3, 12 foot Cedar logs. We did the splitting in the driveway. The decorative walls are made from well weathered boards. These weathered boards date back to 1890’s when our land was first homesteaded by the Frank and Clara Carlson. To this day the original 2 story homestead lies in ruins. So we have been slowly going through it looking for good boards we can use for decoration. Jack Poz. a dear family friend, Benny Nebraska and our interns Devin and Rebecca all help built the farm stand.

You can find all sorts of farm fresh produce. Right now we have Royal Ann Cherries, Cane Berries (Marion, Logan and Boysen) Snow and Sweet peas, Kale, Swiss Chard & many herbs. That is just some of what you might find in the farm stand. Please, check it out and support The Shyre!

Our farm and farm stand are located just north of Poulsbo, on Foss Rd. off Bond Rd. (SR307).

Not quite finished the farm stand is now open anyways.

Not quite finished the farm stand is now open anyways.

Reach in keeps veggies  and fruit super fresh!

Reach in keeps veggies and fruit super fresh!