2018 CSA SHARES ARE AVAILABLE!!!
At Fiddler's Green we believe that if you grow rich healthy soil, the soil will grow the vegetables. By using intensive crop rotation, cover cropping and organic alternatives to fertilizers and pesticides, we cultivate a rich soil alive with all the microbiology that grows over 30 varieties of healthy vegetables.
We start all our seedlings ourselves in our greenhouse or sow them directly into the fields. We only source our seed from companies that offer certified non-GMO and organic seed, or we save our own seeds.
We are not a certified organic farm, but we only use wholesome and natural practices to grow our produce.
We NEVER use chemical pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides or fungicides.
BROILERS (MEAT CHICKENS)
Our broilers are raised on pasture and can roam free (with fencing to protect from predators of course). They are fed Certified Organic grain in addition to their pasture diet.
Almost all chicken sold in groceries and farmers markets (yes, even the organic pasture raised ones) are the same breed of chicken - the "Cornish cross" (or a hybrid thereof). This chicken has been bred to be a fast growing, huge-breasted chicken that spends its days sitting at its feed bin eating, barely able to move. They grow so fast that their legs can't keep up with their body's growth and they have trouble walking. For this reason Fiddler's Green chooses to raise breeds that are slower growing, smaller and breasted that actually desire and have the physical ability to roam and scratch and forage. The end product may have less breast meat per bird than its counterpart but the meat is rich and flavorful.
We process our birds on-farm! This ensures that the chickens are handled with the most respect and dignity as we can offer. It also means that the end product is extremely high quality. This is because we do things that packing plants don’t - like letting the meat rest before packaging it, which allows the muscles to relax and become more tender, while letting the flavors intensify.
Our hens are truly fat and happy ladies. We raise them from chicks, on pasture, and we also supplement their pasture diet with Certified Organic feed. We also choose to raise old-world and heritage breed chickens. This is because we believe that hybrid production breeds (ones that are bred to pump out eggs) live less like chickens and more like grain eating machines. Heritage breeds may lay a few less eggs a week but they are more prone to scratching and pecking, giving their eggs a deep orange yolk and incredible taste.