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The Return of the Chicken Man

Posted on August 3, 2016 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (1)

We're back! 

We took a hiatus this summer due to some unforeseen circumstances. And while it has been nice sleeping in on Saturday mornings, we have definitely missed interacting with you, our valued customer-friends.

We hope that our absence hasn't left anybody in a chicken-less lurch, but if it has, the wait is finally over! We are returning to the market this week, August 6, 2016 with a generous supply of fresh, free-range chickens. We'll be in our regular spot (at the north-east corner of the market - closest to the arena, beside the perogy lady and across from the hula-hoops).

We have a new chicken flock starting this week, and our turkeys are ranging free and growing fast, so remember to sign up for yours before it's too late. And speaking of Thanksgiving Turkeys, we have a new idea this year - we are inviting our turkey customers to visit the farm on Thanksgiving Saturday to pick up their turkeys and see where the magic happens. If you're interested in coming to this event, feel free to contact us

Hope to see you on Saturday!

Maria Nikkel
on behalf of Silver Bridge Farm

New spot, new technology

Posted on July 13, 2014 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Another summer is already begun! We've had some rainy days that kept people at home on Saturdays and made our fields a little soggy. But compared to the western half of the province, we are very fortunate. 

We have some new developments happening this year at the market. 

First of all, we have a new spot. We are no longer in our usual place across from the stage and beside the bison meat guy. It has something to do with the trailers and the ditch that we used to park accross. Some people have been having a hard time finding us, and others just thought we were gone forever. But thankfully, most people searched high and low until they found us in our new home. (We're now in the far northeast corner of the market, close to the skating rink - and across from the Hula Hoop lady). We are adjusting well, especially because the stall beside us sells amazing perogies! 

The other exciting news is that we got a Square card reader to enable our customers to by even more chickens using credit cards. That's right, we now accept cash, cheques, and all major credit cards! I (Maria - unofficial technology wizard of the family) am teaching the rest of the family how to use this new technology, so hopefully people will be patient with us as we work out the bugs. 

We're looking forward to a great summer and fall! Our chickens and turkeys are doing well, so far. Hope to see you at the market soon!

Maria 
on behalf of Silver Bridge Farm


Turkey-less

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

As Thanksgiving nears, we receive more and more last-minute orders for turkeys, but this year is different. We have no turkey list this year.

About 10 years ago we began the tradition of taking orders for Thanksgiving Turkeys and selling them fresh on the Saturday before thanksgiving. It was usually a stressful time - we had to estimate the exact number of turkeys we would have to sell after months of owls, dogs, coyotes, and illness had picked off their share. It was stressful because a certain someone would always promise more turkeys than we had, and that someone's wife would lose sleep worrying that a customer would go home empty-handed. 

Turkeys are not like chickens. Sure, they both have feathers and beaks, but their manners are very different. They do not return to the barn for night of their own free will. Instead they prefer to roost on a fence or bale or whatever they find. We would send the kids out to chase them back into shelter every evening to protect them from the nocturnal hunters. 

Turkeys are not as smart as chickens. They do not stick to their fenced-in area, instead they like to wander and get into trouble. If the doors are left open, they will roam as a group, eat mom's petunias, and chase small children. They also cannot be kept in the same area as chickens or chicken droppings as they are vulnerable to a pathogen found in chicken leavings, and unfortunately the medication that cures this is no longer available. (This is what happened in they great turkey disaster of 2012 when we had to kill the turkeys prematurely and sell them frozen at thanksgiving). 

Turkeys gobble. But they don't do it spontaneously. They make that strange gobbling sound only when triggered by a sudden loud or high pitched noise - and once one starts, they all join in. The rest of the time, their conversations consist of a strange croaking sound, closer to the cheeps they made as chicks, except much louder and more annoying. 

And now, as I sit and reminisce, remembring the (not so) fun and exciting task of chasing turkeys back into their shelters every evening, slipping and falling in their slimy turkey messes, I am not very sad at all that we are turkey-less this year. And I think about how we will just have to eat an eleven-pound chicken for thanksgiving this year, or maybe we will have lasagne instead, and that is okay.

 

Thanksgiving is a holiday founded on tradition. But traditions can change. Families are getting smaller, and these days fewer people know how to roast an entire 25lb turkey. And maybe that is okay. So whether your thanksgiving will be turkey-full or turkey-less, we hope that you will enjoy it all the same, spending time with family, being thankful for our warm homes and good food and great people.

 

See you on Saturday,

 

The Nikkels

Flashback to last Thanksgiving

Posted on March 27, 2011 at 2:53 AM Comments comments (0)

So, I was searching on Google, wondering how easy it is to find this website (I guess we need some more hits before it shows up on Google) and I stumbled across a blog featuring one of our turkeys from last year! It even has a picture of the lovely 22-pounder. The writer also has some yummy recipes and interesting ideas on eating local. Click here to see the blog - I'm getting hungry just reading it! 

Spring!

Posted on March 26, 2011 at 5:56 PM Comments comments (0)

It has been a long winter, but temperatures are beginning to rise again and the snow is gradually disappearing. The chicks are coming on Thursday, March 31, so John is busy getting the barn ready. The floor must be swept clean, fresh straw put down, feeders set up, and waterers hung from the ceiling. The barn also has to be heated to around 90° Farenheit (32° C) so it's nice and toasty when the chicks come. 


These chicks will be ready for the Farmer's Market on Saturday June 4, and we are excited for the new season to start! John was elected onto the Board again and, as always, is full of ideas for the market this year.


The snow is finally melting, and since we had a wet fall and there is talk of flooding this spring, we are hoping that the fields will not stay too wet for too long. Right now it's -2°C and sunny. Summer will be here before we know it!


~ Maria Nikkel


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