Spring 2015 – Year 2

Spring is just around the corner (if not already here….) and we are SO excited!!!
Before I get into all the juicy details of our plan for this coming year, we really do need to thank each and every one of you who has stopped by, bought yummy food or were just curious about what we are doing. This has been the most incredible experience of our lives and it is because of you – Thank You!!
Thank You for sharing our vision and quest for clean, healthy, REAL food.
Thank You for supporting your local farmers.
Thank You for making us feel right at home in our new roles as “farmers”.
Together we are making a difference. “Be the change you seek…”-Ghandi

We’ve got some pretty big plans for 2015, wish us luck – we’re feeling quite ambitious!
POULTRY:
We are planning on #6 – 100 bird harvests this year. 600 birds vs the 375 we produced last year. Thank you for all the feedback on the breeds, we have chosen the Freedom Ranger as our “meat bird of choice” for this coming year. The quality of meat was top notch. And their “chicken-ness” made us happy (good grazers, no-fighting). They dressed out really nice at 11 weeks, averaging 5lbs. We are also working on our own clean room and may be able to offer frozen or parted out birds in the near future (hence why we are not quite ready for Spring yet). Thanks to last year being such a great success, we are planning to increase the number of turkeys for the holidays to 50.
EGGS:
Our laying hens have been good girls this Winter, doing their best to keep our fridge stocked with at least “some” eggs. In case you don’t know, chickens do not like to lay eggs in the Winter. They want to be on a beach with a mai tai like the rest of us. So we’ve added lights to give them a few more hours of light every day. We can’t help with the temperature or serve them a mia tia, but they seem to be managing just fine. Thank you so much for being patient with us in this period of low egg production. We’ve really enjoyed meeting so many of you while you wait for us to check the boxes and make you a quick dozen. They are on a steady incline in production and almost back up to 5 dozen a day. As the days get longer, so should the egg production. We anticipate over 50 dozen a week by April.
CHICKS:
We are very excited to announce plans for baby chicks this Spring! All our breeds are Heritage and therefore very difficult to sex. We will be offereing: Cuckoo Maurans (dark brown), Easter Eggers (blue), Olive Eggers, Rhode Island Reds (brown), Silver Grey Dorkings (small white egg, mainly a high quality meat bird) and possibly Dominique’s, Black Silkies and the highly prized “Frizzles”. We’ll also be selling Narragansett turkeys babies w/ a holiday harvest option.
PRODUCE:
In addition to poultry, we are planning to offer fresh produce. We were so blessed with 2 orchards here on the Shyre. We’ve had our apples identified and have a number of treasured species. We also hope to get some cherries away from the bluejays this season – any advice would be appreciated. We also have blackberries, native wild mountain berries and a number of other delicious berries we are hoping to get into our farm stand this year.
We’ve selected a number of our favorite produce cultivars for the garden – pretty much got a little bit of everything. In addition to produce, we will be offering a number of culinary and medicinal herbs.
If there is something particular you’d like us to offer, shoot us an email and we’ll see what we can do. We’ll also be selling plant starts this year. Pre-order is an option. I’ll be making up a list of our seeds soon – stay tuned.
PERMACULTURE:
The pastures are going to be changing soon! Erin’s permaculture dream is coming true! Chestnuts, hazelnuts, ribes and rubus… OH MY! 7 layers of goodness! Vine fruits, fruit trees, mushrooms… Stop by and pick his brain, he’s obsessed (in a good way). Don’t worry, there will still be room for the chicken pens to cruise down the aisles, they’re a huge part of the plan. In addition to the birds, we need some quadrupeds, so the search for Shyre pigs is on. Chickens, turkeys, pigs and goats – all cruising the aisles, cleaning up and putting out – completing the nitrogen cycle – “the essence of permaculture”.
PRETTY STUFF:
And just when you thought we were crazy enough, we’ve also hatched plans to offer flowers and bulbs (cut and potted).
WORK SHARE:
Some pretty big goals in our second year and we’re going to need help! We’re looking into getting a WWOOFer or two, but are also thinking about “work share” where you sign up to work and earn food.
MAILING LIST:
With so many different things going on here at the Shyre, we are organizing our email lists to better suit your need. If you are on the mailing list currently, you are on the “everything list” and will get every email we send out (which isn’t much, luckily we’re busy farming). If you would like to streamline your emails from us, please send an email and specify your interests (starts, baby chicks, produce, flowers, chicken and/or turkey harvest, work share or EVERYTHING).
EVENTS:
SPRING FLING!! Everyone favorite event! Baby chicks, bubbles and fresh, hot donuts! Fun for the whole family! This year…we hope for something we’ve never had – sunshine. So this year, we’re going to do it a little later in the year – late April, early May – stay tuned.
MUSIC: I don’t know about you, but we love to relax and enjoy some good music with good people. Last year, we gave out cards to a number of local musicians and we’re really hoping they call. So if you know anyone who’d like to entertain here, let us know so we can check them out.
Phew…I think that’s all for now.
Again, Thank you so very much for your support, it means everything to us to have our dream of clean food be so well received by our community. We look forward to seeing you all real soon. Be well.
Erin and Roni Smith O’ the Shyre
“Be the change you seek…” – Ghandi

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New Kids

The Smithshyre welcomed its first kids, 4 baby Dwarf Nigerians. We keep dairy goats for the milk; kids just happen, but my are they cute and fun. Minnie their mom did great and Roni helped with the whole delivery, all four. This was our first freshening but Minnie’s 3rd.

Four baby dwarf Nigerian kids, just hours old.
Four baby dwarf Nigerian kids, just hours old.

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Farm Stand Open

We are happy to announce that The Smithshyre now has a farm stand open during daylight hours.

For now the only product available are eggs. They are non-certified organic & pasture raised, we use a soy free, corn free feed.

$6 for a dozen large eggs or $6 an 18 pack for medium eggs (pullet eggs).

non-certified organic eggs
non-certified organic eggs

Our address is

22119 Foss Rd. NE
Poulsbo, WA 98370

But you can just Google use for directions “The Smithshyre”

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Time to stock the freezer! Final 2014 harvest! September 19th to 23rd


Last harvest for the season, September 19th to the 23rd.

Our first harvest of next year won’t be until mid to late May.

We are encouraging people to plan for the winter and spring and stock their freezers now. In their heat-sealed bags, the bird stays super fresh for 6 months in the freezer, a whole year is totally fine. You could also part them up or grind some for varietal use over the winter as well.

See our harvest page for all the details.

Don’t forget to reserve your bird ahead of time if you want to be certain you get the birds you want! http://the-smithshyre-farm.myshopify.com/

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Our 3rd Poultry Harvest is Here!

Organic Poultry Harvest August 22nd to the 26th.

We will be open from noon to 6pm, August 22nd to the 26th, that is Friday to Tuesday.

remember our address is

22119 Foss Rd NE
Poulsbo 98370

That puts us just off Bond Rd right near Poulsbo
We have lots of great looking birds on ice, in shrink wrap and ready for pick up.

Check out our online storefront.


http://the-smithshyre-farm.myshopify.com

Place your order now to be sure we have chickens reserved for you.

Dated, weighted, and priced for the shopper.
Dated, weighted, and priced for the shopper.
A pasture full of chickens.
A pasture full of chickens.

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Successful 2nd Harvest!

Thanks everyone for your support.

It was a great hot harvest day. Many customers returned for more and we meet new customers that were excited about our products. This means a lot to us, thank you everyone.

We processed 64 birds, we sold 60. We are calling that a great success. But we will need your help for the next harvest. Our next harvest will be closer to 100 birds so we will need everyone who has enjoyed our birds to tell their friends and family. Thank you for valuing clean food, that is humane, and environmentally sensitive. If you know others like you, please show them our blog.

During harvest we have this store front set up to make shopping fun and easy.
During harvest we have this store front set up to make shopping fun and easy.

The Smithshyre Farm now has a online storefront. Our customers can now put deposits down on our poultry at our Shopify web site. Follow this link to give it a try,

http://the-smithshyre-farm.myshopify.com

Chicken deposits are for the next harvest which is August 22nd to the 25th. Turkey deposits are for this Thanksgiving. (harvest date to be determined)

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Harvest Dates

Thank you everyone who made our first and second harvest so successful, we sold all of our broilers. With our demand so high, we are going to take pre-orders with a $10 deposit.

Our next harvests will be August 22nd, 23rd 24th and 25th. Whole, fresh chickens will be available August 22nd, 23rd, 24th & 25th from noon til six or by arrangement.

Whole, Fresh, Chickens will be available.

Dates August 22nd, 23rd, 24th & 25th
September 19th, 20th, 21st & 22nd
Time Noon til Six or by arrangement.

Please join us on our farm and take these great birds home with you. Please bring a cooler to keep your ultra fresh chicken as fresh as possible. See ya on the Farm!

Dated, weighted, and priced for the shopper.
Dated, weighted, and priced for the shopper.
During harvest we have this store front set up to make shopping fun and easy.
During harvest we have this store front set up to make shopping fun and easy.
Cleaning and dressing our first poultry harvest.
Cleaning and dressing our first poultry harvest.
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Smithshyre Farm Online Storefront

The Smithshyre Farm now has a online storefront. Our customers can now put deposits down on our poultry at our Shopify web site. Follow this link to give it a try,

http://the-smithshyre-farm.myshopify.com Chicken deposits are for the next harvest which is July 12th and 13th. Turkey deposits are for this Thanksgiving. (harvest date to be determined)

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