Springing into Fall!

Hello friends,

Just wanted to give you all a little update on the farm happenings, now that summer has given way to fall. We’ve been busy harvesting, cleaning and storing crops for winter, and planting greens for the winter markets…plus we got lots of delicious and nutritious Tamworth pork back! This was a nice evening for the pigs a while back:

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You know, we say about the pigs, that they have great lives at Whatley Farm, with one really bad day. Not to make light of the fact that we’re slaughtering animals for food, but to remind everyone that we do our utmost to make the pigs comfortable and happy, and to allow them to be pigs as nature intended, rooting in earth and breathing fresh air…

The Tamworth breed of pigs also produces an exceptional quality of meat with just the right amount of fat. We enjoyed a slow-cooked shoulder roast the other day, and we’ve been getting great reviews on the pork chops too! We have a full selection of cuts at market, including nitrate-free bacon and ham steaks.

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See the resemblance there? That’s 3 generations of Whatley boys hanging out at market last Saturday. We had a nice visit with Grandpa Ted from TX, and Uncles Sandy and Chris. This gang headed up to the Common Ground Country Fair together in one car, and I’m sure you can imagine we were glad to get out and stretch our legs after the ride…

Have you heard that our Midcoast Winter Farmers Market is moving to a new location at Brunswick Landing? We’re very excited about the partnership with Turtle Rock Farm, who is hosting us at their commercial kitchen at 39 Burbank Avenue. We are constructing a heated greenhouse which will be connected to the main building by a covered walkway, and which will hold many of the vendors. Others will be inside, where you will find the Midcoast Market Cafe featuring lunch options and Big Barn Coffee. There are other exciting things happening on the campus too, including an outdoor pizza oven being constructed by Turtle Rock Farm with students from Harpswell Coastal Academy. Come check us out every Friday from 11-4, starting November 2nd.

Here’s our farmer-crew building the greenhouse for the Midcoast Winter Farmers Market:

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I’ll leave you with a smile from our friendly crew cleaning garlic today! Come see us some Tuesday or Friday downtown, or Saturday at Crystal Spring Farm.

Best,

Ben