Sugar Mountain Farm Pastured Pork Hot Dogs
Hot Dogs are back and so am I!
My Sugar Mountain Farm blog is not yet in a final installation but after loads of testing (thank you everyone) I’m ready to post again. Since I am using a beta version of the new WordPress 3.0 software on my servers I was a bit hesitant to do a lot of posts until I got things working smoothly. Note that I am still using the temporary domain of FlashWeb.com for a little while longer so as to not interfer with old incoming links. When I finish doing the transfer all old links should work fine and the blog will be back at its old familiar address of http://SugarMtnFarm.com/blog so you won’t have to update any links or bookmarks. As I figure out WordPress 3.0’s features you’ll notice gradual changes an improvements and the menus under the header photo above will get filled in. Stay tuned…
Hot Dog Label
Hot dogs! Did I say hot dogs?!? Yes, I did! These are our famous all natural, pastured pork, smoked, skin-on hot dogs with no-nitrates and no-nitrites. All the goods stuff you want your kids to eat. (Sorry, George, but we have no brussel sprouts.)
We got the latest batch of over 2,200 in last Wednesday and they are sold out as of this morning. That is to say sold out from our inventory and in stores near you, provided that you live in central Vermont and western New Hampshire. Check out the following great stores and restaurants:
- Barre – L.A.C.E.
- Bradford – South End Market
- Burlington – City Market
- Montpelier – Uncommon Market
- Montpelier – Hunger Mountain Coop
- Montpelier – Skinny Pancake
- Newbury – Newbury Village Store
- Plainfield – Plainfield Coop
- Plainfield – River Run Restaurant
- South Royalton – South Royalton Market
- Waterbury – Alchemist Pub
All Natural Sugar Mountain Farm Smoked Hot Dogs
The hot dogs are absolutely delicious with a crisp snap to the skin, smokey flavor, juicy well blended pastured pork and hint of Vermont maple syrup. No nitrates, no nitrites, no preservatives, no weird stuff. Just the all natural goodness we want to feed ourselves and our kids. We saved out a few packages for our own family to do scientific taste testing, yes, that’s what it is, scientific taste testing in the interests of market research…
In other news we’ve been busy getting spring farm projects done. The snows are finally really gone…I think. I have planted peas and they’re up. Today Hope and I planted tomatoes, potatoes, more peas, lettuce and broccoli.
Barrel of Seed and Seeder
Will and Ben did an amazing job of seeding over all of our old fields and new fields, perhaps a total of 60 to 70 acres. They did this on foot with hand seeders. Our terrain is too steep and rough with boulders to use the tractor’s cone seeder so it took them about two weeks or so. Plus I just didn’t want to risk a punctured tire on the tractor – they cost over a grand each. I fixed one tire already but I shudder to think what some of those hunks of granite ledge and tiger spike saplings could do. The new grasses and legumes are already sprouting although we’re way behind the lush fields down in the valley – a penalty we pay due to our high (for New England) altitude.
Fairy-spuds (Claytonia virginica) Flower along Fencing Line
The current big project that we’ve almost completed is fencing in the new fields. We now have a mile and a half of three wire fencing going around the outer perimeter. That’s about 23,000 feet of fencing wire and many hundreds of line posts. Fortunately we have trees and big rocks to use for almost all of our corner anchor posts and even many of our line posts. There are a few downed trees we need to chainsaw out of the fence line and other small details but the project is 95% there. It is pig tight and we’ve already started dividing it up into smaller paddocks for rotational grazing. The pigs are out in one section and just loving all those old rotten logs that were on the forest floor left over from the ice storm of 1998.
Happy with Piglets
This past week we weaned a lot of piglets, about half of which will go to fill piglet orders for people wanting summer pigs to raise up for meat for their families. A few prime piglets will get selected for future breeders to stay here and to go to other farms. The others will become grower pigs, feeders, on our farm, enjoying the best season of the year outdoors on Vermont mountain pastures.
Now is the easy time of the year. The weather is warm, not too much rain, no snow. The half dozen sows that are about to farrow will be doing it out on pasture during the best of times as will those who farrow out through October. It is nice to be past winter.
On-Farm Slaughterhouse Rising – Think Sans-Snow Though!
In addition to our usual daily chores, planting, seeding, fencing and deliveries we’ve been cleaning up from winter. It is always amazing the number of things that get buried and hidden away under the snow. We’ve also started work up on our on-farm butcher shop project. Never a dull moment in Paradise! Holly once told me back when we first met that she never wanted to be bored. I’m glad I can oblige…
Outdoors: 64°F/34°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 68°F/62°F