The ethics of farming

The ethics of farming is a constant concern to farmers

FreshMichigan connects local farmers with potential customers. But even small farms are faced with ethical issues regarding the raising of livestock and altering the land to grow crops. Regulations passed by bureaucrats, many of who have no idea of the challenges facing farmers, impact the daily operations of farms and the cost of food you buy to feed your family.

While this website isn’t a good venue for debating the issues, it behooves all of us to be aware of how our food is raised, the issues farmers cope with each day, and strides to improve the environment for livestock. Fabien Tepper’s “The New Ethics of Eating,” published by the Christian Science Monitor on December 7, 2014 is worth a read. It appears to be a balanced presentation of many of the issues relating to animal welfare on farms.

Inspired, Humbled, and Awed

Veterinarian Dr. Stork in Wisconsin

Bill Stork, DVM in Wisconsin states:

“In 22 years of practicing as a country vet I have been inspired, humbled and in general awe of farmers. Their super-human depth of character, strength, tenacity and generosity define them. They are stewards of this magnificent land, agents of animal welfare, feed the world and are the outright underpinning of our economy.”

Read more about him at www.DairyCarrie.com. Carrie and her husband help his parents farm in Southern Wisconsin. They have a 100 head dairy herd.

End of Farmer’s Markets?

This weekend  most outdoor farmers markets will be ending.  Eric will be at the Green Oak Farmers Market on Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm while Patty keeps the farm open from 10 am to 7 pm.  Come see us at either location.  Eric will be able to take cash, check or credit/debit card.  Patty is set up for cash and check only.

Both our locations will have our meats:  cuts of pork, chickens, rabbits And our produce: a variety of onions & squash, a few peppers, potatoes, and leeks.  And our beautiful pumpkins, all sizes!

We will be open at the farm during the winter months on most days.  It is always best to call ahead and leave a message at 810-632-5737.
We plan to be open Mon. 9 am to 7 pm, Tuesday 3  – 7 pm, Wed – Fri 9 am – 6 pm  Saturday and Sunday by appointment

Pumpkin Season is Here

Eric has been busy picking the pumpkins out of our fields before the deer eat anymore.  We have a wonderful variety of them from the mini sizes to jack-o-lanterns to pie pumpkins.  We will have a few with us at each of the farmers markets this weekend.  You can always come out to our farm for a wider selection.  Our hours are posted at the end of this notice.  We are still harvesting the fall squash.  We have acorn, carnival, spaghetti, sunshine buttercup, jarhadale, and hubbards.  We also have a variety of onions, potatoes, green beans and our meats.

 Saturday October 4th  Eric will be at the Hartland Farmers Market

Location:  parking lot of the HESSC (old high school) on M-59 west of US-23

Hours:  9 am to 1 pm

 Patty will be at the final Huron Valley Farmers Market for this season.   If you want any frozen whole chickens, turkeys or pork cuts please reply to this e-mail with your order for her to bring.  She can take most major credit cards and debit cards.

Location:  Highland Elementary at 300 West Livingston Road, Highland

Hours: 10 am to 2 pm

Sunday October 5th  Eric and Patty will both be at the Green Oaks Farmer and Community Market.

LOCATION:  East of Old-US 23 in the fenced in lot on the north side of Grand River, west of Pleasant Valley Rd. right next to the Green Oak Township Fire Station (11411 Grand River Road).

Hours:  10 am to 3 pm

We can take most major credit cards and debit cards.  Here we will bring our eggs, produce and turkeys and any remaining chickens frozen.

 

We are now taking orders for fresh Thanksgiving turkeys from our free range flock.  They will be $3.25 per lb and range from 15-25 lbs.  You can send us an e-mail (roeskefarms@comcast.net)  with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address to receive a confirmation, and the size you would prefer.  Please remember there is no guarantee on the size, but we will do our best to fulfill your request.

Farm Hours: (2656 Clark Rd. Hartland, MI 48353)

Saturday 3 to 8 PM

Sunday 5 to 8 PM

Monday 9 AM to 8 PM

Tuesday 5 to 8 PM

Wednesday 9 AM to 8 PM

Thursday 9 AM to 8 PM

Friday 9 AM to 8 PM

 

Have a wonderful day,

Roeske Farms

Get your greens! (reds and yellows too)

Our gardens sure could use the rain that is predicted.  We just came in from getting everything picked.  Even if it does rain, we will be at the farmers markets for you!

As vendors who participate in the WIC Project Fresh and the Senior Project Fresh we are able to take your coupons at any of the Farmers Markets and at our roadside stand.

 Come early, bring a cooler and your umbrella.

Farmers Markets:

Saturday July 26th:

Hartland Farmer’s Market  will be from 9am to 1pm

Location:  parking lot of the HESSC (old high school) on M-59 west of US-23  Patty and Ann will be there and can take Debit/Credit cards but will still take cash and local checks.  They will have potatoes, leeks, sweet onions, beets, zucchini, patty pan, yellow summer squash, cucumbers, kale and lettuce.  No meats.

White Lake/Highland Farmers Market (previously at the Lakeland High School campus) Will now be referred to as Huron Valley Farmers Market

Location:  Highland Elementary

300 West Livingston Road

Highland, MI 48357

From 10 am to 2 pm.

Eric will be there. He is in a different place closer to the school. Look for his brown tent.  He can take cash or local check.He will have available our cuts of pork, frozen whole turkeys, potatoes, leeks, sweet onions, beets, zucchini, cucumbers patty pan, yellow summer squash, and a few green peppers.

Sunday July 27th

 Green Oak Community & Farmers Market from10 AM to 3 PM

 LOCATION:  East of Old-US 23 in the fenced in lot on the north side of Grand River, west of Pleasant Valley Rd. right next to the Green Oak Township Fire Station (11411 Grand River Road).

 We will have available our cuts of pork, frozen whole turkeys and chickens, eggs, and  whatever we pick that morning.

 Another vendor, Joe has had several types of fresh greens and radishes.  Come early!!

 We will be able to take credit/debit cards at this market.

Some things to keep in mind for the future:

 Our free range fresh turkeys will be ready at our farmAugust 1st  from   9 am – 7 pm or until sold out.

Our next flock of free range chickens will be ready at our farm August 15th  from   9 am – 7 pm or until sold out.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Grilling a Turkey

Have you ever grilled or smoked your own turkey. It’s not that hard and it is delicious! There are plenty of recipes/directions/videos to show you how. Do a little research and pick the one you like. We just happen to have some of our free range turkeys available now.

The rains have been coming at just the right time. Our gardens are growing well. Each time we go out to pick we find something else is ready.

On July 12th at the farmers markets Eric and Patty will have potatoes, leeks, onions, beets, onions, zucchini, and yellow summer squash. They will also have a few fresh turkeys available and more at the farm from 3 – 7 pm.

Come early and bring a cooler.

Farmers Markets:

Saturday July 12th:

Hartland Farmer’s Market will be from 9am to 1pm
Location: parking lot of the HESSC (old high school) on M-59 west of US-23 Patty can take Debit/Credit cards but we still take cash and local checks.

A little bird told me Pat and Don extracted honey from a few of their hives. They will have a limited supply at the Hartland Farmer’s Market. This is a very tasty light colored honey due to the bees working the locust trees this spring.

White Lake/Highland Farmers Market (previously at the Lakeland High School campus) Will now be referred to as
Huron Valley Farmers Market
Location: Highland Elementary
300 West Livingston Road
Highland, MI 48357
From 10 am to 2 pm.
Eric will be there. He is set up near the fire staion. He can take cash or local check.

Sunday July 13th

Green Oak Community & Farmers Market
from10 AM to 3 PM

LOCATION: East of Old-US 23 in the fenced in lot on the north side of Grand River, west of Pleasant Valley Rd. right next to the Green Oak Township Fire Station (11411 Grand River Road).

We will have available our cuts of pork, whole turkeys, eggs, and whatever we pick that morning.

Another vendor, Joe has had several types
of fresh greens and radishes. Come early!!

We will be able to take credit/debit cards at this market.

Some things to keep in mind for the future:

Our free range fresh chickens will be ready at our farm
July 23rd from 9 am – 1 pm or until sold out.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Eric & Patricia
Roeske Farms

Have you tried kale?

This is our first year growing kale.  It is a very sturdy plant.   Seems to grow slow as we watch it wondering if it is ready yet.  Feels a little like watching the green tomatoes waiting for that first red juicy one.

If you do not know about the benefits of kale check out this website: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4408/Top-10-Health-Benefits-of-Eating-Kale.html

“Red, White and Blues” Festival & More!

This weekend we will have fresh picked kale, beets and whatever we find each morning.  We also have a few cuts of pork available.  The weather looks to be hot, so bring a cooler.  Something special happening at the Huron Valley Farmers Market, read on:

Farmers Markets

Saturday June 28th:

Hartland Farmer’s Market  will be from 9am to 1pm  (disregard the new sign on the lawn)

Location:  parking lot of the HESSC (old high school) on M-59 west of US-23  Patty will have a limited supply of pork.  If you would like something specific please reply to this e-mail before 7:00 am on June 27th.  Debit/Credit cards can be used but we still take cash and local checks.  Jessica will be helping since she is home for a short time from her job to see her brother.

White Lake/Highland Farmers Market (previously at the Lakeland High School campus) Will now be referred to as Huron Valley Farmers Market

Location:  Highland Elementary

300 West Livingston Road

Highland, MI 48357

From 10 am to 6 pm.  (today only)

Eric will be there with fresh veggies and cuts of pork.  He can take cash or local check.  This week a Red, White and Blues Festival will be taking place beside the market.  This includes music, BBQ (some of our roasts will be smoked), bounce houses, pony rides, petting farm etc.  Come on out for some family fun!

Sunday June 28th

Green Oak Community & Farmers Market

from 10 AM to 3 PM

LOCATION:  East of Old-US 23 in the fenced in lot on the north side of Grand River, west of Pleasant Valley Rd. right next to the Green Oak Township Fire Station (11411 Grand River Road).

We will have available our cuts of pork, eggs, and  whatever we pick that morning.  Another vendor, Joe has had several types of fresh greens and radishes. We now have a fruit vendor too. Come early!!

Our son Steven is in town on leave from the U.S. Navy with his wife.  He will be working this market with Eric while the girls get ready for a baby shower.  YES!  We will be grandparents in October and are very excited.

They will be able to take credit/debit cards at this market.

Some things to keep in mind for the future:

Some of our free range fresh turkeys will be ready at our farm on July 9th from 9 am – 7 pm only.  Another flock will be ready on August 1st from 9 am – 7 pm only.  If you would like to pre order just reply to this e-mail with the size you would like.   On Monday August 4th we will begin taking orders for the Thanksgiving turkeys.

Our free range fresh chickens will be ready at our farm July 23rd from  9 am – noon only.   We will have more chickens available in August.  Details at a later date.

Have a wonderful weekend,

 

 

 

Produce is Starting to Come In !!

It has been a busy week here on the farm.  We have almost everything planted.  The sprinkles today kept it cool so we could continue working.  The steady soft rain that came later is perfect for the plants.  We have been weeding and starting to pick a few veggies.  This weekend at our Farmer’s Markets we will/may have salad blends, radishes, beets, garlic scapes and a limited supply of the cuts of pork from our pigs.

This Saturday June 20, 2014  Eric will be at the Hartland Farmers Market.

Location:  parking lot of the HESSC (old high school) on M-59 west of US-23

Patty will be at the Huron Valley Farmers Market.  Look for her in the area nearthe fire station.  Some folks have told Eric they couldn’t find her the week before.  No trailer so she may not be easy to find-keep looking. She can take your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.  There are a lot of other vendors there too..

Location:  300 West Livingston Road,  Highland, MI 48357

Sunday June 21st  Eric and Patty will both be at the Green Oaks Farmer and Community Market.  They can take your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express..  Here they will bring our pork and eggs and other fresh veggies picked Sunday morning.

LOCATION:  East of Old-US 23 in the fenced in lot on the north side of Grand River, west of Pleasant Valley Rd. right next to the Green Oak Township Fire Station (11411 Grand River Road).

We have sold out of our chickens.  We have already started raising another flock and they will be ready around July 23rd.   Our first flock of turkeys will be ready around July 9th or 10th.  Stayed tuned for details …

Have a wonderful weekend

 

 

 

“Where are all the Vegetables”

We are getting a few complaints at our farmer’s markets.  Customers are disappointed that we do not have sweet corn or watermelon like the stores do.  Please be patient!  While the weather has warmed up it does take time to get everything planted and then more time for it to grow.  We sell at Michigan grown only markets.  Eric likes to say if you plant corn too early you have to plant it with cotton so it will have its own thermal underwear!

This link gives you more information too:  http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/do_any_of_your_vendors_have_watermelons_questions_overheard_at_a_michigan_f

We have been working hard to get everything planted and weeding what has already been planted.  Raising our animals in a humane way also takes up our time.

Yes the farmers markets also have craft and food vendors.  These people have also worked hard at their craft and deserve your business.  Would love to see more customers come and see what is happening at the local farmers markets.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Farmers Markets for the Weekend

 

This week went by fast!  It’s time for the Farmers Markets this weekend.  Eric has been “babying” our rhubarb in this hot/cold/wet weather we had.  He will pick it Saturday morning so I’m not sure how much we will have.  Come early and bring a cooler.

 

Farmers Markets:

 

Saturday May 17th:

 

Hartland Farmer’s Market  will be from 9am to 1pm 

Location:  parking lot of the HESSC (old high school) on M-59 west of US-23  Patty will have rhubarb, beets, onions and a limited supply of pork.  If you would like something specific please reply to this e-mail before 7:30 am on May 17.  Debit/Credit cards can be used but we still take cash and local checks.

 

White Lake/Highland Farmers Market (previously at the Lakeland High School campus) Will now be referred to as

Huron Valley Farmers Market

NEW LOCATION : 

Highland Elementary

300 West Livingston Road

Highland, MI 48357

Normal hours 10 am to 2 pm.  However on May 17th the market will be set up at 9 am with a Founders Parade beginning at 10 am.

Come join the fun.  Eric will be there with rhubarb, onions and a freezer full of pork.  He can take cash or local check.

 

Sunday May 18th

 

Green Oak Farmer’s Market from10 AM to 3 PM

LOCATION:  East of Old-US 23 in the fenced in lot on the north side of Grand River, west of Pleasant Valley Rd. right next to the Green Oak Township Fire Station (11411 Grand River Road).

 

We will have available our cuts of pork, eggs, onions and maybe rhubarb and beets.  We will pick those Sunday morning.

 

We will be able to take credit/debit cards at this market.

 

Some things to keep in mind for the future:

 

Our free range fresh chickens will be ready at our farm

June 19th from 6 – 8 pm and July 20th 9 am – 8 pm or until sold out.

 

Our free range fresh turkeys will be ready around the end of July

 

Have a wonderful weekend

Farmers Market Season is here!

* Read carefully a few more changes have been made.*

We will be open at our farm (2656 Clark Rd, Hartland, MI) Thursday May 1st from 9 AM to 8 PM and closed Friday and Saturday this week.

We will have available all our cuts of pork and lots of eggs.  Our onions from the fall harvest have been storing well.

Just pull right up to the garage if you don’t see anyone right away just honk your horn and we will be right with you.

We can now take VISA, Master Card and Debit cards at the farm and the farmers markets Patricia is working.

Two of our farmers markets have moved to new locations!

Farmers Markets May 3rd 

Hartland Farmer’s Market will be held Saturdays May 3rd through October 31st from 9am to 1pm

Location:  parking lot of the HESSC (old high school) on M-59 west of US-23

*FOR MAY 3RD DON & PAT WILL BE IN CHARGE OF OUR TRAILER WITH FROZEN PORK.*

 

White Lake/Highland Farmers Market (previously at the Lakeland High School campus) Will now be referred to as

Huron Valley Farmers Market

Will be held Saturdays May 3rd  through October 4th from 10 am to 2 pm

*We will miss May 3rd but will be back May 10th.

*NEW LOCATION (again):  Highland Elementary 300 West Livingston Road
Highland, MI 48357

 

Green Oak Farmer’s Market will be held Sundays May 4th through October26th from10 AM to 3 PM

NEW LOCATION:  East of Old-US 23 in the fenced in lot on the north side of Grand River, west of Pleasant Valley Rd. right next to the Green Oak Township Fire Station (11411 Grand River Road).

*Eric and Patricia plan to be here on May 4th*

 

Linden Farmer’s Market will be held Wednesdays July 16th through September 3rd from 5 PM to 8 PM

Location: In front of the Linden Library on Main St.

and Tickner St

 

Fenton Farmer’s Market  will be held Thursdays June 26th through September 4th from 5 PM to 8 PM

Location: Fenton Community & Cultural Center Parking Lot

150 S. Leroy St, Fenton, (River St is closed for the market)

Some things to keep in mind for the future:

 

Our free range fresh chickens will be ready at our farm

June 19th from 6 – 8 pm and July 20th 9 am – 8 pm or until sold out.

 

Our free range fresh turkeys will be ready around the end of July

Have a great weekend and shop local!

What do Farmers do in the Winter?

Many folks have wondered and asked what we do during the winter.  Here are a few things at the top of our list:

  • Keep shoveling and plowing the snow!
  • Provide our animals with warm shelters, fresh water and feed
  • Look at lots of seed catalogs.
  • Look at the “maps” from last year to plan where to plant the vegetables.
  • Take care of a lot of paper work.
  • Create/Update  a new website
  • Visit family and friends
  • Meet with our 4-H groups
  • Plan where to put the new chickens
  • Wonder when the weather will cooperate to start the chickens
  • Like you dream of warmer weather!

Boiled Eggs

Have you ever tried peeling a boiled egg? If it is older and/or from the store it is pretty easy. If it is farm fresh it is pretty frustrating. The peel sticks to the egg and a lot of the white peels away with it. This leaves it with a rough look especially if you are making deviled eggs. I came across this recipe on Facebook and it really works.

Boiled Eggs in the Oven

Ingredients

  • 12 eggs (still in shell)
  • 1 12 hole muffin tin

Directions

Step 1 Using a 12 hole muffin tin put one egg still in its shell in each hole.
Step 2 Place pan in cold oven then set temperature for 325 degrees
Step 3 Cook for 25 to 30 minutes.
Step 4 Remove eggs with tongs and place in a bowl of ice water for 10 minutes.
Step 5 Peel and eat! Refrigerate any left over.

 

Where’s The Beef?

Located between Gaylord and Alpena, Hunt Family Farm raises black angus cattle, hogs, and chickens.  Our farm is pesticide, herbicide, and chemical free.  We do not feed growth hormones or antibiotics.  We practice natural and sustainable methods with the goal of producing the best.

We deliver  monthly, free of  charge, to the eastern half of michigan, south of the bridge.

I can be reached through email ……..huntbfarmer@gmail.com