Posts Tagged ‘food’

Visit Us During the Loudoun Farm Tour This Weekend May 20-21, 10am-4pm We are looking forward to welcoming new and returning visitors during the Loudoun Spring Farm Tour May 20-21 from 10am-4pm. The farm store will be stocked as always with rabbit meat, pork, eggs from our free range chickens and ducks, organic bath and […]

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Let us bring our farm fresh goodies to you! We now offer delivery to the towns of Leesburg, Purcellville, and Round Hill! Leesburg delivery is every other Tuesday evening. Purcellville and Round Hill delivery is every Friday morning. There is a $20 minimum for delivery, and no additional delivery charge. We can bring you any […]

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We JUST received a call from the processor that our latest batch of pork is ready! We’ll pick it up from the processor tomorrow morning, and it’ll be for sale during our farm store hours 12-4pm tomorrow. We are so excited to be fully stocked on pork once more! Come get your favorite cuts before […]

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Farm Store Open This Saturday, May 6th, 12-4pm  This Saturday welcome the warm weather with a visit to the farm! We have two litters of piglets to see! In the farm store we’ll have rabbit meat, chicken and duck eggs, bath and beauty products, beeswax candles, handmade magnets, coasters, and more! Address and directions are on […]

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We are now accepting orders for half and whole hog shares for our next batch of pork. Hog shares are an amazing way to order the exact cuts you want, and get the pork at a discount! Fill your freezer with delicious farm-raised pork, and enjoy it all summer long. The pigs are going to […]

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The prevailing wisdom when starting a rabbit breeding operation for your own meat consumption is to start with a trio of 2 does and 1 buck. Rather, we recommend starting with a quartet of 3 does and 1 buck. Using our own personal experience, plus running the numbers of meat production, let me explain why we […]

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Over the last few weeks we have taken photos of all our breeding rabbits and posted them on the Our Rabbits page. This was no small feat! First, we have a lot of rabbits. Also, trying to get a rabbit to pose can be a challenging endeavor. We do not show, so our rabbits aren’t […]

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This winter one addition to our farm store is our very own Immunity Booster tea blend. This tea is a caffeine-free blend of herbs that strengthens your immune system and helps you stay healthy during cold and flu season. The tea is packaged in a glass mason jar, making a beautiful gift. The jar is also […]

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We all have situations where we need to keep things cold. For some of you, that includes transporting home your farm fresh herdshare milk! For that situation and many others, I highly recommend flexible ice sheets. Here are some that are a great value. We bought these about a year and half ago, and they’re […]

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It’s been so busy recently, I haven’t had the time to post about all the amazing things we’re doing! The posts will come, I promise. Still, I wanted to spend a few minutes sharing some homestead things I love right now. Roll Out Nesting Boxes If I could go back in time, I would have […]

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A major part of homestead life is eating nutritiously, and for us that includes drinking kefir! For the month of August, we’re offering a free kombucha SCOBY or milk kefir grains with any purchase. Processing milk into kefir increases its nutritive qualities. If you’re new to milk kefir, you can use it wherever you use […]

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A major part of homestead life is eating nutritiously, and for us that includes drinking kombucha! For the month of August, we’re offering a free kombucha SCOBY or milk kefir grains with any purchase. To that end, here’s our kombucha recipe: You Will Need: -Kombucha SCOBY in starter tea (1 cup total) -10 Teabags -1 […]

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Many people have come to the homestead to visit the American Guinea Hogs. Those with small acreages or new to homesteading tend to find the breed more approachable than conventional pigs. Recently I found this article by Mother Earth News that provides a lot of insight into American Guinea Hogs. For those considering the breed, […]

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I thought it was time for another Friday on the Farm post! Here are some highlights from this week at Independence Homestead: Goats Enjoy New Goat Pasture Last Saturday we fenced in two more sections of our woods as goat pasture. The milking does moved to one of the pastures, and our buck Champ and […]

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We continue our piglet series where we highlight the care of piglets. Today we’re talking about ear tagging piglets. Why Why would you want to tag a piglet? Because you don’t want to tag a full-grown pig! If you think you may ever want a pig tagged, tag the pig as a piglet. Trying to hold and […]

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We are offering a Raising Rabbits class this Saturday from 10am-12pm. Come learn all about raising rabbits! This class will be relevant if you’re interested in having  rabbits as pets, showing, doing 4H, or raising your own meat. Get hands-on experience with handling rabbits and performing basic care. The class will include an optional rabbit processing […]

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While we have all these lofty reasons for having a homestead, at the end of the day what keeps us going is that we get to eat amazing food. We produce some pretty delicious stuff! This quiche is one of our favorites in the spring and summer as it’s quick and easy, which is exactly what […]

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If you currently cook bacon in a skillet on the stove, I am about to rock your world. Are you ready for a new way to cook bacon that’s easier and cleaner? Where the entire package of bacon cooks while you prepare the rest of breakfast? Here is the secret to tomorrow’s breakfast success: cook the […]

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We have a lot lined up for the Loudoun Farm Tour this weekend! Our ducks will be out front to welcome you upon arrival. Ducklings will be showing off their antics in a pen. Then we have goat kids and piglets that are ready to be fed and petted. For the daring, the adult pigs and […]

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Spring is a busy time of year as we get started on our poultry meat production. This year we’re doing duck and chicken. We get the ducklings and chicks as just two day old chicks, and take them all the way through processing ourselves. In the video you’ll see our meat bird chicks, destined to […]

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Oh my goodness goat kids are fun! We’ve really enjoyed our two new doelings over this past week and a half. They are milk fiends, sucking down their bottles in no time. Then they will romp around with us as we do farm chores, climbing on everything and exploring the world! Here’s a video so […]

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Raising Ducks 101

Here’s a quick post addressing some of the questions I get most frequently when we sell ducklings. Most questions apply to anyone who’s considering raising ducks, with some specific to the scenario of buying ducklings from us. For more information, I’d recommend checking out all our duck blog posts. Housing Ducklings Ducklings should be housed […]

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Rabbit Tractors

We have rabbits living in portable pens, or tractors, now! We mentioned this in our last Friday on the Farm post, and here’s a video of the rabbit tractors.  This is our first attempt at rabbit tractors, so of course there are a few updates we want to make after seeing them in use. Overall, though, […]

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Spring is here! Well, it feels that way at least. As the days warm up and get longer, we are busy completing projects on the homestead. Unfortunately that means there’s been less time to record all the excitement here on the blog, and I missed posting an update last Friday. Sorry! Here’s an update on […]

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As we enjoy the cooler fall weather and prepare for winter, there have been a lot of fun happenings on the farm! Whiskey found a butternut squash from a volunteer plant that must’ve grown from compost.   Apparently butternut squash is Whiskey’s idea of a dog treat! We have also seen several walking sticks around. […]

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