Birch Rise Farm Sausage & Ground Pork Special!
– Maple Breakfast Links 1lb package 4 Links
– Hot Italian Links 1lb package 4 Links
– Regular Breakfast Flavor Sausage 1lb bag
– Ground Pork 1lb bag
$6 per pound/ each 1lb pound packages
Pasture raised pure bred Berkshire hog.
On October 4, 2016 our lives changed in a way that I had never imagined. Three souls entered our lives in the form of hooves, snouts, curly pig tails, and hearts that made me realize what we were truly meant to do to better our little corner of this world: farm.
When you work directly with animals every day a bond is formed – one that is never truly forgotten and based on a deep and profound respect. These three pigs have taught us patience, persistence, and trust on a level that is completely different from what we have with our “house” pets. When you rely on a 500 lb (plus) animal to not hurt you while you care for them it’s means…well, it means everything.
In farming there is a responsibility not found in other professions – they rely on us for their health, safe and warm areas to rest, shelter from our crazy New England weather, fresh water, and quality food to sustain them. In turn they will provide our family (and our customer’s families) with food in its purest form. And for this we are forever grateful.
Today one of those souls – Violet – has made her way to Sanford where she will meet the end of her life with dignity. In her years with Birch Rise Farm she provided us with many little bacon seeds and helped us learn and grow as farmers. Last Spring she encountered health issues that made farrowing difficult and her production dropped. We gave her the summer and fall to see how she would bounce back but it became clear to us after her last litter that a full recovery was unlikely. After a lot of discussion we have chosen to let her go while she is healthy as another harsh New Hampshire winter could bring on the illness she had last Spring.
This decision is never taken lightly and for our farm this is the hardest one yet. Her legacy will live on in the form of her daughters, Emma and Molly, that will join the ranks of our breeding program in 2020. It will never get easier but we know she was lovingly cared for every day she was with us. We will be forever grateful for the lessons she taught us and the food she will be providing for our family. #birchrisefarm #violetthesow #farming #newhampshirefarmers #pigfarmer #berkshirepig #berkshirebreeder
Thank you to all of our customers! 🦃
Farmer Kate & Birch Rise Farm were chosen as a local VT/NH farm to be featured in the Women’s Agriculture Network. This included a blog post (see link below for article) and a film crew coming to document the farm on Friday, Sept 20th. Once we have the video we will share it here on our website page!
Blog Post Written About Farmer Kate: The Women’s Agriculture Network
First-Ever Farm Store Pop Up Shop….THIS FRIDAY!!
Come visit the amazing Farmer Kate 👩🏻🌾
Friday Sept 13th 5pm – 7pm
Sunflower Natural Foods
390 S Main St #1, Laconia, NH 03246
The Navajo Churro Sheep
– descended from the Churra an ancient breed brought over from the Spanish Explorers to the ” New Spain”
– 17th Century Native Indians acquired flocks of Churro for food and fiber
– 1850’s thousands of Churro were trailed west to supply the California Gold Rush
– 1863 the U.S Army decimated the Navajo flocks in retribution for continued Indian depredations until only true blood survivors were found only in isolated villages in Northern New Mexico and remote canyons of the Navajo Indian Reservation.
– 1970’s breeders set to revitalize the Navajo flocks through the Navajo Sheep Project introducing a cooperative breeding program.
– known for their long-staple of protective topcoat and soft undercoat. They range in a multitude of shades white, tan, black, brown, gray and mixes of those.
– highly resistant to disease and needs no pampering to survive and prosper.
– the flavor of the meat is incomparably superior with surprisingly low-fat content.
Sunday morning farmer Ken, Kate, Dave, and Hunter made the two-hour drive to South Royalton Vermont to pick up our breeding flock of Navajo Churro Sheep.
Upon arriving at Orion Rising Farm the crew started to load up the 4 ewes. The loading of the girls was pretty uneventful until after having them in the trailer Farmer Kate noticed a beautiful darker female in a small group off to the side. Mentioning her to the Bob, the breeder, she learned that the little gal was headed to butcher that afternoon. Farmer Kate didn’t like the sound of that and bought her as well! So with now, 5 ewes loaded up on the trailer it was time to get the rams!
Loading of the big rams was a harder process as there was no ramp and they had to be lifted into the trailer. Farmer Dave and Breeder Bob were able to lift each ram into the trailer with Farmer Ken manning the door so the already loaded one didn’t escape.
The process to grow the Birch Rise Farm breeding program to include Sheep started over 6 months ago when Farmer Hunter and Farmer Kate took a road trip to this breeder and toured the farm. She discussed wanting to purchase rams and ewes to start a breeding program and wanted them to all be from unrelated bloodlines. Breeder, Bob, was very knowledgable and selected two rams and 4 ewes that would be great to start with. All of his sheep for sale are 14 months old and ready to start mating. The others that did not get selected headed to a butcher in NY to be featured in restaurants in NYC!
After arriving home the team separated the sheep into two groups to start the breeding process. Two ewes with the Black Ram and three with the white.
Stayed tuned for more information on the Navajo Churro sheep!