Wow! Can you believe the holiday season is upon us? We hope each and every one has a wonderful season!
We just wanted to give an update on the happenings at the Apple Family Farm. Our Dutch Belted herd is growing healthy on our lush pastures. We were blessed not to have been too badly affected by the drought this past summer. We will not be certain until the end of winter when we can determine if we were able to produce enough hay. As our herd is grassfed and we are chemical free, hopefully we will not need to buy hay due to the high expense of hay that is non-GMO and has not been treated with chemicals. In spite of the drought this summer, there were several births and even a set of twins!
Our petting “farm” is growing by leaps and bounds! We have a family that is running the chicken coup as a project for their children. What a great learning experience! With lots of their friends to help, the children have done an excellent job cleaning, feeding, and loving on the animals. They have shown great responsibility as well. The chickens, goats, and turkeys are adding a lot of activity to this dairy farm!
The coop is full of around 90 chickens, consisting of a mix of Ameracauna and Aracauna—also called “Easter Eggers”; Cochin; New Hampshire Red; Barred Rock; Buff Orpington; Silkies; and different varieties of Bantams. We also acquired three Rhode Island Red and two Aracauna chickens, as well as three heritage turkeys, from an old friend of Mom’s who was unable to care for them. The birds were on their daughter and son-in-law’s small acre home, being raised as pets. Yes, the turkeys will actually come up for a neck rub! The son-in-law is in the military and leaving this week for Afghanistan for the next year. We are proud to take care of his birds while he is serving our country!
Yes, Bambi is with kid! The babies should be arriving in mid-winter! If you stop by to play, give her a good back rub, and let her know how wonderful she looks! The two goats have been a lot of fun for everyone. Sweetie Pie, the black goat, is a wonderfully sweet Pygmy; and Bambi is a very pregnant mini Nigerian. They sit in front of the coop every morning waiting for the door to open so their friends can come out to play! Check out our Facebook page for pictures: Facebook Apple Family Farm Pictures
Our market is expanding with more products from local vendors. Our goal is to help support our local farms and pass on health to your families. Click on our Farmers Market tab and check out the all natural and organic items we carry. We are also stocked with our own grassfed beef, grassfed lamb, and pastured pork and chicken. As the holiday season approaches, keep us mind for that natural/organic gift and help bring health to your family and friends.
We appreciate you being part of our community, and hope to see you when you’re here.
Mark & Nora Apple
Apple Family Farm
3365 W State Rd 234, McCordsville, IN 46055