Wednesday, March 30, 2016

NEW PRODUCT - Black Soldier Fly Larva (grubs) !

We are very pleased to announce that we are now carrying , in stock, an excellent chicken (or other poultry) supplement.. Black Soldier Fly larva, otherwise known as grubs.

These grubs are sourced from our feed supplier, Scratch and Peck feeds. They come freeze dried in a 3.5lb bag, ready to use but ok to sit on the shelf.  they are a powerhouse of nutrition for birds of all sorts.

You can find them for sale in our online store in the FEED section

Here are some facts, from Scratch and peck:


Cluckin’ Good Grubs are whole, dried Black Soldier Fly larvae, an environmentally friendly feed supplement or treat to be used in conjunction with our balanced animal feeds.  Our Grubs are a renewable food raised on traceable pre-consumer waste fruits, vegetables and grains that might otherwise go to a landfill.  Cluckin’ Good Grubs are rich in protein, Omega-3’s, and are an excellent source of calcium.  Even more exciting, Cluckin’ Good Grubs are grown in the Pacific NW unlike mealworms, which are predominantly sourced from China.  See our blog post for more information on our Grubs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Cluckin' Good Grubs?
The grubs are actually the larvae of the Black Soldier Fly. Black Soldier Flies are “specialists” in recycling spoiled or unused food and are used to supplement animal feeds. Black Soldier Flies do not bite, nor do they buzz around looking for something to eat, making them a useful ally in sustainable agriculture. The processing method of the grubs is to wash, cook and then dry.
What do Cluckin' Good Grubs feed on?
The grubs feed on pre-consumer waste such as fruits, vegetables, and grains that might otherwise go to a landfill. All of their feed is 100% traceable and provides a nutritious diet yielding a healthy larvae rich in calcium and Omega-3s. Most comparable products on the market are sourced from China and have been tested to show high levels of mercury.
Are Cluckin' Good Grubs from China?
Absolutely not! Sourcing the highest quality ingredients directly from local growers is extremely important to Scratch and Peck and our Cluckin’ Good Grubs are no exception. We are very excited about our 100% Pacific NW sourced Cluckin’ Good Grubs and the partnerships we have formed to bring you this sustainable and nutritious treat.
Why are some Cluckin' Good Grubs darker than others?
Different maturity levels of the larvae will vary in color.
What is in the bag with Cluckin' Good Grubs?
The extra content in the bag is small amounts of dried feedstock left over from the separation process. This is not harmful for animals to eat.
Who can eat Cluckin' Good Grubs?
Cluckin’ Good Grubs can be fed to any omnivorous animal who eats insects as part of its diet. They are a perfect treat for chickens, ducks, game birds and we hear some reptiles love them too!
Why should I feed Cluckin' Good Grubs?
Cluckin’ Good Grubs are a great source of protein which promotes feather growth and discourages feather picking. A great boredom buster so they can scratch and peck around the coop searching for more!
What is the shelf life for Cluckin' Good Grubs?
About 1 year.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Announcing: Broth / Stock / Soup Base subscriptions

Exciting news!

We have just introduced a new subscription! A variety pack of broth / stock / soup base!

This product comes frozen, in a one pint plastic tub, ready to defrost, heat and use.  You can use it for cooking, for a hot drink, or for a magnificent soup base!

With this subscription you will receive 4 tubs every 2 weeks, with any variety of flavors. An easy way to achieve variety and a broad base of health benefits. Each delivery could be a different mix of flavors.

We make broths from our own animals... cooked slow in plain water with a tiny bit of apple cider vinegar, and nothing else. plain pure broth to use whichever way you wish. Easy, quick, convenient and SO healthy.

Broths  (meat stocks and bone broths) are a staple in any healthy diet. The healing properties of this food are well known and easily researchable through organizations such as WAPF.  These broths are the highest quality possible, made from our own heritage breed animals, raised without chemicals, gmos, vaccinations, poisons, and soy.

If you already have an account, just go into CHANGE SUBSCRIPTIONS to add this to your account.

If you do not have an account yet, please join  and the subscriptions will be offered during the signup process.

Farm fresh eggs available and increasing

Supplies are increasing! The hens are about double per day where we started 2 weeks ago. And we are about halfway to the expected maximum !

If this holds, we will be able to start filling the rest of the subscriptions soon! Although... the waiting list seems to growing faster than production is increasing. Hmmm...

Eggs, not only a powerouse of nutrition (when raised right), not only a staple in healing diets, not only a regular breakfast centerpiece and a bakers delight... but eggs are perhaps the most requested, most necessary farm fresh food available.

posted from Bloggeroid

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Mint cranberry lamb sausage test

One of the fun parts of selling sausage off farm is the need to develop our own recipes. Usually YUM!

Today we are exploring a new lamb recipe... mint cranberry lamb sausage.

Recipes often take several rounds of tweaking and testing... so we can not predict when this will be available... but we have high hopes!

Stay tuned!

posted from Bloggeroid

Friday, March 18, 2016

Chicken Eggs are OFFICIALLY BACK on the delivery route


After a 2+ year wait... we can offer uniquely healthy farm fresh chicken eggs on our home delivery route! 

You may recall, over 2 years ago we had a catastrophe... we had worked for 5 years on creating our own genetics.. a flock of chickens combined from multiple heritage breeds. Then, a winter fire burned down one of our coops, and the brooder that housed the entire next flock of chickens. We lost not only the just hatched chicks, but also all of the breeders, they were housed in the coop  connected to the brooder.  In one night, we lost 5 years of selective breeding. The remaining hens were at the end of their lives and didnt lay consistently enough to produce a replacement flock. The remaining egg production dwindled down to nothing over the next few months and we were out of the chicken egg business.

Finally, we have a large enough flock to re-enter the egg business! We have raised half, and purchased half from another farm that was going out of business. The combined flock is perfect, a blend of 2 heritage breeds that meet the needs of both egg layers and meat chickens.

Yes, we are now offering heritage meat chickens also! (not just stewing hens, but young meat birds)

So.. (drum roll please!)  tomorrow , saturday 3/19/2016  marks the first delivery of chicken eggs to the ashland and phoenix / talent areas!

We have simplified pricing.  All eggs are offered at $8 per dozen on subscription, and slightly more buying outside of a subscription. (price to be decided when supplies allow)

We are now offering all eggs unwashed by default. IF a set of eggs require washing for whatever reason, they will be washed by the dozen and packaged clearly marked as "washed" so you know to keep them refrigerated.

If you find the need to wash any eggs yourself, its easy. Wait till time to use them (they store better unwashed). Then wash each egg under warm running water with light rubbing. They should come clean in seconds.  (NEVER use cold water to wash eggs, and NEVER soak in water)

Our approach to eggs is unique... instead of offering one or two advantages.. we just do everything that we can to produce better eggs... are eggs are ALL OF THE ABOVE:

  • Non-GMO
  • Organically fed
  • Soy free
  • Pasture Raised without cages
  • Antibiotic Free
  • Vaccination Free
  • Chemical Free
  • Heritage Breed
  • Collected Fresh and delivered to you Fresh

Thank you for your patience... we truly appreciate your support and hope you enjoy these nutritional powerhouses to add to your diet.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Delivery day

Today we ran an extra set of deliveries. It was so refreshing to see so many customers again. It has been a while since we all went together on a delivery route... Too long.

This is for any other small farms reading this... If you can... Meet your customers. Meet the families that live off and rely on your food, your labors. It is inspiring! Look them in the eye, shake their hand, talk to them.

Farming is first and foremost about people. Its about serving people the m
ost fundamental need of the human experience... Good healthy food. The one thing that transcends all political, religious, economic differences. Food, health, life.

As we meet those who rely on our food, hear their stories of suffering and healing, need and fulfillment, it gives not only strength, but heart felt desire, passion even, to keep going. All the long days of manual labor, cold wet weather, mud, manure, heavy feed, frustration, all of that becomes worth it in an instant within the eyes of one who needs good food to heal.

We were chatting along the way, remembering times when a family needed milk desperately for a sick young child, and our herdshare was full.... Going out searching the state for a properly raised goat in milk that we could overpay for to bring her home... for that child. So that we could get up at 5am in the cold every morning to milk her. A true labor of love.

The only way to love farming, the hard work, the minimal financial gain, the frustration, is to love the people served. It's about people and health. And... Its so worth it!

Yes, delivery day... The driving passion fueling the rest of the week.

posted from Bloggeroid

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Chickens chickens everywhere!

Exciting news! We are right on the verge of having the sought after little sprouts eggs for sale again! Its been 3 long years of waiting and working... and the day is fast approaching, right around the corner!

Our own replacement flock (to replace the flock we lost in the fire) is now mature and starting to lay. In addition, God has blessed by bringing an opportunity to expand the flock greatly, in fact double! Another local farm who we trust, who was also using heritage breeds and feeding scratch and peck, decided to sell their new flock. Incredibly these birds are the exact same age as ours, and most are the same breed!

This opportunity came up suddenly, but we were able to jump on it and bring all the birds home last night. Today we let them out of the transport trailer to explore their new home, while we readied the laying coop. There were a lot of birds running around our yard! Over 200 in all!

By this evening we managed to get most of them into the proper area, but its by no means finished. The rain slowed things down a bit. One more day and they should be settled and happily laying. We chose to move them all together in the sheep pasture, where few birds have been.

If all goes well... there will be the first eggs available for sale on the next delivery! We will start contacting people that are on the waiting list first. It may take a month to reach full supply, so just a little more patience will be required. Then we will open up new egg subscriptions to those not on the waiting list.

Sorry for the lack of pictures... we will take some asap to show the new birds and their new home, but I couldn't get any today because of the rain.

posted from Bloggeroid

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Across the board 20% Pork Price Decrease!

Exciting news!

Each year we do a review of our operation and product pricing. Our mission is to ensure that our prices are reasonable, but based on actual costs to produce the quality of food we are committed to. Quality and nutrition always comes first.

Well... this year's review of the Hog production ended in the ability to LOWER pork prices across the board, by a whopping 20%!   That's right.. all pork prices are dropping by 20% of the meat price! This is NOT a special, not a limited time offer, this is until further notice!

The reason lies in last year's creative adaptions to feed. Since feed is the single largest cost for a hog production, we spent a lot of time working on supply, types, ability to grow, sprouting, etc. The overall combination of all these things worked and allows us to lower prices!  No change in quality, just passing the savings on to you.

If you have not tried our meats yet, please do.. This lower price is surely friendlier on the family grocery budget, and our hope is that our meats can become a regular part of your family diet.  Whether you take home delivery in the Rogue Valley, or are one of our new shipping customers... please do take advantage of these new lower prices.