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Whitney Farmstead November 2017 Newsletter
We hope you are enjoying fall, and the sunshine that is finally out today. We wanted to let you all know about a few things we have going on this season. As always please reach out if you have any questions.
You can reach us at whitneyfarm.mi@gmail.com or 734-717-9188. Our website is whitneyfarmstead.com
Thank you for your time!

Custom Felted Wool Insoles

(to keep your feet warm and dry this winter)

Felting season has begun! Thru the fall and winter we have felted wool hot pads and coasters for sale at our Ann Arbor Farmers Market booth. This year we are also offering felted wool custom insoles for $20 a pair. Here is how it works:

You pay a $10 deposit on our website and then bring a shoe insole of the right size to our booth at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market anytime from 7 am to 2 pm. When you checkout you will indicate what market day works for you. You then pay the remaining $10 when you receive your wool insoles.

At our booth we will have felted wool of a few varying thicknesses. You choose which one you want and using the insole you bring, we will make your felted wool insole right then and there! 
whitneyfarmstead.com/wool

Contact us at whitneyfarm.mi@gmail.com if you have further questions, or need to arrange a different pickup or payment option. Thanks!

100% Grassfed Ground Beef

From now until November 25th, we are offering a special on our heritage breed grassfed ground beef if you purchase a bundle of 5 lbs or 10 lbs. The 5 lb bundle is $34 and the 10 lb bundle is $68.

The bundles offer a $1.20 discount per pound of ground beef.

Here is how it works: 

You purchase a bundle here on our website and you pick it up at our booth at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market from 7 am until 2 pm on November 11th, 18th, or 25th (upon checking out you will indicate which day) 

whitneyfarmstead.com/ground-beef-bundles

Again feel free to contact us at whitneyfarm.mi@gmail.com if you have further questions, or need to arrange a different pickup or payment option. 

 Here are a few pictures of what we've been up to this fall on the farm.
See below for descriptions. 
The first picture is a painting titled Wheat Harvest that I (Malaika) did for an art show at the Webster Fall Festival. It is oil paint on a pine board of Grandpa Whitney and my twin brother getting ready to harvest wheat. First they are walking down the lane, then they are in the wheat field examining the crop, then they are climbing up onto the combine to go harvest. 
 
The second picture is of our red wattle pigs feasting on a mixture of kale and radish that we planted for them in mid summer. 
 
The third picture is of our cattle herd grazing a hay field. It is November 6th and they are still happily grazing lush pastures.
 
The fourth picture is of our Ann Arbor Farmers Market booth. Our Winter Meat CSA filled up and our members picked up their first share this past week. We have lamb, beef, greeting cards, and wool at market now, and will have pork again come mid-December. 
 
The fifth picture is of the progress on our new barn. The brick is laid and now Matthew and Ethan (a friend of ours from college who is a timber framer) are almost ready to start cutting joinery for the timber frame. The brick you see in this picture is the same brick my great grandfather Horace used to build a milking parlor in the mid 1900's. 

As farmers we also always thinking a few seasons ahead.
For me this means that as winter nears, I start to think about maple syrup season, which usually begins towards the end of February and is my favorite season on the farm. During the past few rainy dreary days I pulled out one of my favorite books called The Maple Sugar Book by Helen and Scott Nearing. The last chapter is called A Life as Well as a Living, and it begins with this quote:

"Agriculture was one of the first employments of mankind; it is one of the most innocent, and, at the same time, the most pleasing and beneficial of any. By its variety, it keeps the mind amused and in spirits; by its exercise and regularity, it conduces to give vigour and health to the body; and in the end, it is productive of every other necessary and convenience of life."
-Thomas Heyward, American Museum, January 1789. 

Farming is a life as well as a living, and Matthew and I are so thankful to be farmers. It is a difficult, but very satisfying and nourishing livelihood. We feel blessed to be caring on the legacy of my family's land, and we could not be doing it without the support of all of you. 

Thank you for caring about where your food comes from, and taking the time to get to know the farmers who produce it. 

We hope to see you soon, 
Malaika and Matthew






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