Sunday, June 28, 2015

NewsFlash -- Little Sprouts Meats now available at Medford Food Coop

That is right.. for the first time ever, Little Sprouts is going to begin offering meats through a retail outlet, namely the local Medford Food Coop!

Starting this Thursday,  July 2, Some of our USDA inspected meats will be available for purchase through the Food coop in Medford.  The Little Sprouts team will be there throughout the day to offer information, and FREE SAMPLES of some of the meats to customers.

We invite you to stop by to say hi, sample the meats, and take some home with you.

Little Sprouts meats are quite special. Our meats are "all of the above", meaning we feature everything you need in one product instead of forcing you to pick and choose which benefits are important. Have them all!

  • Pasture Raised
  • Humanely Treated
  • Organically Fed
  • SOY free
  • GMO Free
  • No Antibiotics
  • No Hormones
  • No Vaccinations
  • No Chemical Parasite Control
  • Heritage Breed
  • Locally Raised
  • Small Farm Produced

We stand behind our meats as well as all of our products as the healthiest we can make. PLUS they just taste great. The texture, flavor, freshness, and quality is second to none.

We hope to see you Thursday!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Back in Stock - Pork sausage!

We are very pleased to announce that we have our highly popular pork sausage back in stock for two flavors:

  • English Bangers
  • Garlic and Pepper

Both of these are a new improved recipe, and both are mouthwatering good!  The pork is our own soy free, heritage, pasture raised, antiobiotic and hormone free, organically fed  hogs. But .. also ALL of the ingredients are certified organic!  The casings are an improved brand of natural hog casings. It is incredibly rare to find a sausage where the meat is raised to these high standards AND the ingredients are organic.

Order some today and try them on the gril, in the pan, in the oven, however you like. you will not be disappointed!

New Items - Lamb Breakfast Sausage!

We are very pleased to announce the arrival of a totally new product that is a MUST TRY!

Breakfast link, made from our own pastured. heritage, organically fed, antibiotic and hormone free, soy free lamb!

You will not find a healthier breakfast meat, and this recipe is a surprisingly mouth watering flavor.  We offer two varieties, mild and spicy. Neither one tastes like lamb is expected to taste and both are delicious!

Even better, this is USDA processed so it is available for purchase by free farm members without needing a paid membership.

Order yours today.. you wont be disappointed!

Friday, June 19, 2015


We are exploring a new thing this year... called fertigation. It is the concept of fertilizing through a drip irrigation system. There are several advantages:

  • More efficient - fertilizes the plants directly, not the entire ground
  • Simpler - fertilizing is as simple as pouring a mix in a bucket and click a switch
  • Feeds the roots all season - Fertilizer can be added with each watering, for the life of the plant
  • Prevents "washing out" of nutrients from over watering
And there are other advantages... it is a fascinating concept. Once you have drip lines installed, fertilizing and watering become almost totally automatic.  

For the main garden section, we chose to go with a metered injector. This is a little device that measures the water flowing through, and adds a precise amount of fertilizer to make a predetermined mixture of fertilizer to water. Its not so much adding fertilizer to the ground as it is filling the irrigation water with nutrients. This unit has its own on / bypass switch on top so it can easily be set to not run when not fertilizing. 

We simply added this device in front of the main valve distribution, and added a buckets for the fertilizer. Then just mix and watch!

Initially we ran it manually, meaning we would mix the fertilizer into  the bucket, and manually turn on the valves to water / fertilize until the fertilizer was used up. Eventually we will set it up so that once a week we just mix a big batch of fertilizer in a larger drum, and let the system run through the normal watering cycle all day. unattended fertilizing!

Here is the completed setup. The distribution valves are sitting on a nice table (old duck shelter) with hoses gently bent to prevent kinks. The injector sits on the right with the supply line, and the bucket of fertilizer below on the pallet. The timer is behind the valves. 

A closeup of the injector system. That black cylinder connected to it is the water filter. 

This injector has moving parts. More prone to "wear" but more accurate on delivery at low water pressure.  When running, this system only has about 10 to 20 psi on the feed line, so we had to be careful with which injector to use. 

It is currently set to a 2% mix, meaning for every 100 gallons of water flowing through, it will have mixed 2 gallons of fertilizer mix. We dilute the fertilizer mix based on this to match the manufacturer's recommended dosage.  

Here is a quick video of the machine in operation.


By the way, all the products you see here, including the drip tape itself is easily available online  through Drip Depot, based right here in southern oregon. 

Sprouting Peas!

Our supply of locally grown Barley has just dried up, so we are switching to other types of feed choices for sprouting. The first shipment is.. peas! Starting with a couple of tons . dried field peas, organically grown.

Each of these barrels has a two 50 lb bags of dried peas soaking in water... a tad too much! Peas expand greatly when rehydrated!  Next batch will be only one bag per barrel.

Within 3 to 4 days these should have nice sprouts on them, ready to be used for a highly nutritious meal for hogs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and even goats!