Eggs from pastured, naturally and humanely-raised, locally-fed hens are almost always available. We have a mixed flock of brown, green, and blue egg-layers, and each carton will include a mix of shell hues. No, the colored eggs don't taste any different -- they are all delicious.
We are happy to accept your used, clean egg cartons! Egg carton recycling helps keep egg costs down.
Frozen pastured broilers are usually available. These are whole chickens without neck or giblets. The birds are JM Hatchery "Freedom Rangers" that are raised free on our pastures (not in "chicken tractors") in the summertime. Average weight is around 5-6 pounds. We sell per bird rather than per pound, as we don't have an inspected scale.
Fresh broilers are available by pre-order starting the afternoon of butchering days and the following day.
Fresh whole rabbits (without giblets) available the day after butchering days. I can sometimes butcher rabbits to order with a couple days notice.
Frozen whole rabbits (without giblets) available most of the time.
Brandywine meat rabbits are raised cage-free in a colony warren environment, where they can express their natural social behavior and their instincts to tunnel, nest, and move freely. They are fed a combination of commercial pellet, high-quality alfalfa hay, and as much fresh green produce as the season provides.
Beware of commercially-sold rabbit at most stores and restaurants. Almost all of it is imported from China. (shudder)
2013 growing season prices subject to change.
Thanksgiving turkeys will be available by pre-order. We will offer mostly broad-breasted bronze turkeys in 2013. Our 2011 Thanksgiving flock were all beautiful, meaty birds. The largest dressed out at 40 pounds!
Roosters (5-18 months old) and stewing hens (about two years old) are available frozen right now. If you are looking for an older bird for authentic traditional coq a vin, stockmaking, chicken adobo or other traditional recipes, let us know. Price based on age and size.
Large chicken feet (for stock, soul food, dim sum) are available on or after butchering days by pre-order. We will often, but not always, have frozen feet available at other times. Eight large feet for $2.
Young rabbit is available, $16 per rabbit. These are humanely colony-raised (never caged) rabbits. Available frozen, and can often be custom-butchered fresh with a little notice. Please be aware that most frozen rabbit sold through specialty outlets and grocers in the US is imported from China.
Plants and Plant Products
Heirloom tomato, pepper, eggplant, and other vegetable sets will be available in May 2013. Prices will be set in March. Specific cultivars can be custom-started by special order, no later than the end of February. If there is some tomato or pepper that you are eager to grow, but isn't available as sets, we can start the plants for you.
Owners of rabbits, parrots, and pet rodents may purchase freshly-cut chemical-free apple chew sticks; $3 for a one-pound bundle at the farm throughout the non-growing season (November to March). If you want smaller twigs, perches, whole branches, etc. just let us know and we'll work to accommodate you. Special deals for legitimate 501(c)3 pet rescue organizations.
We receive requests for fresh goat milk, yogurt, and cheese. Unfortunately we are not able to sell dairy products for human consumption at this time.
Four Nigerian Dwarf wethers born summer 2012 are available. These are friendly, dam-raised, disbudded little boys who have been wormed and vaccinated on schedule, and socialized with people, goats, sheep, poultry and dogs. If you do not already own a goat or goats, they will only be sold in groups of two or more. Some of them are 7/8 Nigerian, 1/8 Alpine, but all are Nigerian Dwarf size and type. $80 each.
I have one striking white and black 7/8 Nigerian buckling, born summer 2012. He will be available when I've determined that he has settled all my does, probably late spring 2013. He is very friendly and doglike and not terribly stinky. Naturally polled. He could be wethered.
We are very open to bartering eggs, chickens, firewood and other farm products for services, including
Tractor/small engine maintenance
General farm labor
At points during the year -- mostly during the growing season -- we are open to hosting visitors for a few days or a week for redneck kibbutz getaways.
We understand the appeal that life on a homestead-style farm holds for many of our friends and correspondents, some of whom may be contemplating major lifestyle changes themselves, others who just want to get away for a while.
In exchange for room (either in our guest room or our comfy pop-up camper, depending on weather and our mutual preferences) and three squares plus snacks, we ask for an honest day's farm labor within your own physical powers and expertise. This will generally be in the form of special projects, since we try to keep our daily routine chores at the level we can handle by ourselves. Not all special projects are skilled labor, and not all unskilled labor involves heavy lifting. There is always brush to battle.
Brandywine Farm is located in Harmony, Butler County, Pennsylvania, about 33 miles north of downtown Pittsburgh, 40 miles southeast of Youngstown, Ohio, 15 miles west of Butler, PA, and 26 miles south of Grove City, PA.
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The farm is our private home, so drop-in customers and other visitors without an appointment will be escorted back to the gate by the Director of Homeland Security.
There is parking at the top of the driveway, just past the big locust tree; we recommend you use this spot in the winter and walk down if you are not certain of your car's ability to negotiate the steep, curved driveway. If you rashly point your bald-tired, rear-wheel drive, topheavy or otherwise unrutworthy vehicle down the driveway in the winter and it ends up on its side in the pasture or trapped at the bottom of the lane, it is now ours. Best hitchhiking is south on Route 19. Good luck!