Latest News from the Farm
We are looking to extend our network of teachers at the farm!
We are currently seeking versatile, experienced educators and assistants to help facilitate our on-farm and offsite classes.
Some of the classes we are offering in 2017 may include, but are not limited to:
- Mozzarella “From Scratch”
- Ricotta Lunch
- Farmstead Cheese
- Homesteading: Preserving, canning, foraging
Click the link for more details and class descriptions:
If you are well-versed in the kitchen, love to teach, and have a passion for sustainability and sourcing local products- send us an email with your resume.
Give the gift of learning this holiday season by taking advantage of our special Black Friday offer.
We take pride in our commitment to educate and engage with our community, reconnecting our neighbors to the land and the source of their food. We offer a wide range of classes, both demonstrative and hands-on, each designed to teach you new skills, give you new ideas, and expand your thinking on food and the land from which it comes.
Classes are 10% off- All day today!
Click the link to register:
Happy Thanksgiving to our family and friends!
We will stay open until 6pm on Wednesday for our friends who are rushing to pick up last minute items before the big day.
Thursday we are closed, but we will be open on Friday again, as usual, from 10am to 6pm. Come on out to the farm and enjoy a walk in the meadow. Get some cheese while you are here.
As a pasture-based farm, everything we do revolves around the grass and moving our animals from field to field. This system of farming is as old as the fields themselves, and when done well, give our animals and our land the space to thrive.
The last two seasons we have raised a small number of heritage breed Bourbon Red and Royal Palm turkeys. You may have seen them around our garden or the farm cottage, pecking at the fall berries and bugs they find as they roam.
Nothing says Thanksgiving more than that signature golden brown roasted turkey, but if you have chosen to roast a pasture-raised bird there are some things you need to know to get the most from your roast.
Pasture-raised turkeys roam around outside and eat primarily grass and insects, so their food and activity level — both of which affect flavor — differ from those of their grain-fed cousins raised in confinement. Heritage breeds are old-timey birds, developed before factory-farming, that thrive in a free environment. They are built to roam, unlike their confined cousins, the factory farm birds who so heavy of breast and short of leg that they can’t thrive out in the open.
But back to roasting! Our birds are fresh at pick up, and so must be refrigerated once you get home. Some folks choose to bring their bird, but we wanted to share an old fashioned no brine, slow roast method that allows you to taste the natural flavor and juiciness of the bird. This is an old-time recipe for an old-timey, heritage breed turkey.
A room temperature turkey will roast more evenly, so early in the morning remove the turkey from the refrigerator, rinse thoroughly, and pat dry (about an hour before putting it in the oven).
Before putting in the oven, place a good handful of fresh herbs, like rosemary, thyme, and sage, in the body cavity. Rub softened butter, salt, and pepper to the outside skin. (Another alternative is use good olive oil in place of the butter.)
Placed the bird breast down in a roasting pan on a bed of onions, celery and carrots in about a 1/2 to 1/4 inch of chicken broth. The veggies will help keep the bird moist and contribute to a great tasting gravy.
The basic reason most turkeys are dried out and tough is because they are overcooked. The USDA used to recommend cooking a turkey to 180 degrees, to assure all bacteria was killed. That also cooked out the flavor and moisture.
The USDA now says it’s safe to cook a turkey to 165 degrees. Remembering that meat keeps cooking when you take it out of the oven, cook your bird to 160, remove from the oven, and cover tightly with foil to rest. Your internal temp will keep cooking and top about around 165. Use that rest time to make gravy or reheat your sides.
Cooking times are a guide, it is the cooking temperatures that matter, so get a good digital thermometer. You want to roast a pastured bird (this goes for chickens as well) at a lower temperature, so start at 325 and after an hour lower the temperature of the oven to 300. About 30 minutes before the turkey is expected to be done, check the bird’s internal temperature. Pastured-birds can cook more quickly than expected.
10-13 lb. – 1 ½ to 2 ¼ hr.
14-23 lb. – 2 to 3 hr.
24-27 lb. – 3 to 3 ¾ hr.
Baste your turkey twice, when you lower your oven temperature to 300, and again at about the 30 minute mark when you check the internal temperature. Resist the urge to poke the turkey with a fork to check juices. That wastes precious juices that need to stay in the breast meat.
Last year we had great reviews from our customers who roasted their first pastured heritage turkeys. For-armed with a little old time cooking knowledge its not hard to roast the perfect thanksgiving turkey!
Tag us on your turkey “beauty” shot if you are roasting a pastured Cherry Grove Farm bird this year! #cgfpasturedgoodness @cherrygrovefarm
Are you ready for the fun?
Local Music, Local Food, Educational Presentations and Vendors, Face Painting, Story Time, Hayrides, Farm Tours, The Annual Parade of Cows, and the Evening Bonfire.
Saturday, Nov 5th from 1pm to 8pm.
Who is going to be here?
|Stonybrook Millstone Watershed||Flying Fish Beer|
|Jammin’ Crepes||Birds and Bees Farm|
|Mecha Artisan Chocolates||Madame Fromage & Marisa McClellan|
|Artist and Chemist Soapmakers||Mercer Master Gardeners|
|Pinelands Folk Music and Basketry||Emma Morrow’s Handspun Wool|
|Jake’s Oxen and Drayage Demo||Sunnycrow Photography|
|Four Pups Organic Dog Treats||Face Painting by Lawren|
|Mercer County 4-H||Lori Lee, Children’s Author|
Featuring music by Sparkle Pony.
What a great way to say thank you for a good harvest and a great year! We hope you will come and join us!