Thursday, June 16, 2011

TBA Farms Fall Festival, 2011

Well, it is that time of the year again ... already time for a save-the-date for our Fall Festival! This month is absolutely flying by, a whirl of planting, greening, rainy weekends, foggy mornings, spectacular thunder and life whizzing up from the ground, out of the blossoms, scampering across the pasture and past our eyes in a heartbeat. The grass is growing like piglets, the piglets are growing like weeds, and everything else is enjoying the long days and cool nights to the fullest.

DSCN5587.JPG

After much hemming and hawing we have set the date for our fall harvest party: September 9th - September 11th. The event will be much more spectacular than last year's, although the basic format is unchanged. Why so fabulous you ask? Well, here's just a partial list of the new and exciting things that we've added to the farm:

Rabbits
Piglets (a fresh batch will be born in early August)
Turkeys (reserve early for Thanksgiving (available fresh) or Christmas)
A significant garden expansion (4 times the size, including some that will hopefully be for sale)
An orchard, full of possibilities
Hops
A big new (to us) truck
A first floor renovation, complete with a new kitchen (hopefully, trying not to count our chickens as they say)

And the biggest of all, PORK FOR SALE!! As you know we're selling pork by the 1/4, 1/2 or whole this fall, processed by a local butcher or you can do it yourself, the very same Fesitivus Weekend. Many of you have expressed interest and it has come time for us to ask for deposits, $50 for a 1/4 or 1/2 and $100 for a whole, payable by check (preferable) or Paypal (through our website, TBAFarms.com) When submitting your deposit please indicate whether you plan on Slaughtering/Butchering Your Own (SbYO) or would like it processed for you. We do still have a few animals available, so if you've been on the fence now is the time to jump off. We may also process a few animals through a USDA butcher if you'd like to buy by the cut, but be aware that prices for these individual cuts will be higher due to the costs associated. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. If you'd like to SbYO please plan on arriving on Friday, hopefully in the early afternoon, but if it's not possible don't let that deter you. We can make most anything work.

For those of you who were unable to attend last year or are new friends of the farm, our Fall Festival is a time when people come together on the farm to complete a few large scale tasks, eat, drink and be merry. We have a few bedrooms available for those who absolutely need them but the majority of people stay in tents, and we have indoor space for tents in the case of rain or other inclement weather. Dogs are welcome, strangers are welcome, most everything and everyone are welcome. Bring your mud boots just in case, your swim trunks (since it will be so much warmer this year), and your can-do spirit. There is a small charge (we suggest ~$30/day, ~$60 for the weekend) to cover our costs of providing you with food and drink, but don't let that deter you if you're can't scrape up the jingle. We'd rather have your company than your money. If you're coming from Philadelphia or NYC and are looking for a ride we can find you one when the date gets closer. We spend the week prior getting ready, and if you're available for that we'd love to have you, we'll feed the heck out of you in exchange for your labor.

No comments:

Post a Comment