Photos and Current Events

I'm writing to let you know about the upcoming beef pickup, November 10th from 1 to 6 at my house, 4871 N HWY PP. You can expect approx. 25 pounds of various cuts of beef, including ground and soup bones. We will have PLENTY of extra for sale. As always, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me.

September 12, 2012

We are changing the dates for our turkey slaughter. We'll have everyone's turkey ready on Friday October 5 from 4-7 pm at my house. If you can not pickup on Friday you can pickup on Saturday the 6th from 4-7, but I'd rather you pickup on Friday. We are also going to process a few this Sunday. If you can pickup this Sunday at 6pm please let me know. We will be processing a few next weekend as well. We have plenty extra for sale so please spread the word to your friends and family. 

Dear fellow PRDFers-

Our event called "Cook your food" is rapidly approaching and we are trying to compile a variety of recipes from our members. We are looking for recipes that include the type of protein that we have raised in the CSA, so we are wanting to cook with chicken, pork, lamb and turkey. We also want to experiment with complimentary side dishes for each meat so any recipes that you have for sides will be appreciated too! IT would be more fun to have our members' recipes than getting a recipe from the internet.

 We would like to have the favorite recipes of our members featured in this event, but we are also concerned with any suggestions, requests or dietary restrictions that might prevent you from eating a certain dish. We will try to eliminate any ingredient that poses a problem when we are cooking because we want everyone to be able to enjoy the delicious creations that we are going to make. 

The event will be on September 22 in the eveningPlease save the date for this event! We will send out more details concerning the time and directions when the date nears.  Please email recipes to Jordan or Mandy ( so we can begin planning what delicious creations we will be cooking!

Mandy Sims

July 23, 2012


Hello Everyone,

I'm writing to inform everyone about current farming conditions. As you most likely know we're in a drought. Our animals have been doing OK because we have been filling waterers and wallowing holes at least 3 times a day. What we have no control over is the price of grain. I just picked up feed for the turkeys and each 50 lb bag has increased by $3. Considering we have 100+ more bags to go through I'm a little frightened about how much more it could cost. So my plan is to buy up as much feed now as we can. That said, I need you to pay off the remainder of your share, that is if you owe any more on it. If you are planning on getting another turkey, please make that payment. It's not so bad with our pigs as they will go to slaughter on the 31st of this month. Our lambs have already been processed and will be ready for pickup with our pork in the middle of August. I will send out another email with the exact pickup day and times. I hate to put pressure on anyone but feed prices will only increase the longer we wait. 

July 2, 2012


There are a few changes in the CSA, most of which are due to the extreme heat. 
  1. Chicken pickup is this coming Thursday (July 5) from 2-7 and Friday (July 6) from 12-6. There will be extra chickens for purchase at $3.50 per pound. Pickup will be at my house 4871 N HWY PP, CoMo, 65202. Please bring a clean cooler with ice. You may want to bring 2-gallon ziplock bags as well. Vacuum sealing is available for $1 per chicken. We can also minimally process your chickens into parts for no cost. 
  2. The Learn About Your Food Day will be postponed until further notice, most likely mid-September.
  3. Pork and lamb pickup dates are going to moved to mid-August or early September. There will be extra lamb and pork for sale, price per pound yet to be determined.
As always, if you have any questions at all feel free to contact Jordan. 

June 15, 2012

Hello CSA-ers!  We went out to visit the farm yesterday and had an amazing time.  If you havent been out there yet, you really should try to visit.  John and Jordan have done an amazing job raising these animals and it is really great to see everything being taken care of in such a way.  Jordan gave us a full tour of the farm, and let us try our hand in some of the farm work.  They are always looking for helpers and volunteers, so try to stop by soon!

Here are some pictures from our visit:

Jordan mixing up some "pig oatmeal" for the pigs.

Walking the food out to the pigs.  Boy, were they excited to see Jordan!

See how excited they were?

Here is the sheep dog, who protects our sheep.  He was barking the whole time we were walking by them.  I guess he is good at doing his job!

Here is the turkey pen.  We got to see the one-day-old turkeys that Jordan picked up from the post office that morning!

Here they are!

Here is what their living situation looks like for a while until they are moved to the coop outside.

This is the food they will be eating for the next few months.

 This is the chicken coop that Jordan and John built, that will later be up for a raffle at the end
 of the season. 

 Last, we got to pet a chicken!  Did you know if you cover their eyes, they will relax and eventually fall asleep?

So, that is our visit!  It was amazing for us to see the hard work that goes into our food!  If you want to make an appointment to see the farm, feel free to call or email Jordan.  He was an amazing tour guide!

May 19, 2012.

I hope all is well. We are having our Martz Farm Work Day this coming Saturday from 9 am to 12 pm. Please bring your favorite dish or beverage to share. We'll do an activity that helps the farm out and then have a potluck lunch. Wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty and shoes that can take some mud. There's a couple different things we can do for the farm, including clearing some brush along fence lines, so if you have clippers or loppers please bring them. Below is a link for directions to the farm. Please email Jordan and let him know if you plan on attending or not. 

April 24, 2012.
We got Chicks!

Here are the boxes the chicks came in.  All 129 of them!

Here's the general setup for the next couple days. Those are heat lamps, feeders, and what we refer to as the "chicken jungle gym" (a tree stump).

 Feeders and waterers for the little chicks!

April 2, 2012
Welcome to our new blog, CSA 2012 members! This is a place where we can discuss thoughts, share recipes, connect for ideas, and stay up-to-date on the inner-workings of the farm, and events for members. If you have stories, recipes, or pictures to share please feel free to email them to me, (Jane) or Jordan.

Being that this is the first post, I am going to show you some of the things going on right now with our animals and on the farm:

Here is a picture of some of the cattle that are being raised on the farm right now. Now that they look familiar, you may want to go out and say hi!

Here is the mastermind behind the chicken huts. His name is Spider John. If you see him, thank him for the amazing huts that can easily be moved around so our chickens continue to eat fresh grass!

Here is the finished product:

I will update the blog as often as I get new material. So, please feel free to email me whatever you think would be good to have on here! I take suggestions and can change things up so it is most useful to you. Can't wait to meet you all on the farm!