Farm Journal

Posted 12/24/2015 5:55pm by Renee Savary.
From All of us here at the farm
we wish you a Merry Christmas
and a Healthy New Year ...

Merry Christmas

 
Thank you for supporting a better way to produce healthy and wholesome food.
Twin Oaks Farm - USDA Certified Organic - Bonifay FL 32425
www.twinoaksfarm.net - www.facebook/twinoaksfarm
Instagram: twinoaksfarmstand
Visit our FarmStand located at the Shops of Grayton
26, Logan Ln, Grayton Beach FL - open 7am to 6pm every day,
closed on Tuesday..
Posted 12/22/2015 7:55am by Renee Savary.
Our FarmStand in Grayton Beach is open
 
Today, Tuesday, and tomorrow, Wednesday
from 7am to 6pm.
Thursday 24th from 7am to 3pm.
Closed on :
Friday 25th, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27.
 
We are located at 26 Logan Lane, in the Shops of Grayton.
Cabbage  
 
Farm UpDate
 
We have gorgeous all organic and local vegetables from collard green to red beet and arugula and salad mix ...
We still have ducks and chickens available ...
Never cooked a duck ??
here is the easy recipe I put together a few years ago just for our ducks ...
For all of you that already got your ducks and will cook it following my recipe ... check on temperature after the 3h ... it does not take that much longer even for a duck much bigger than 4lb ... 
Make your Holiday meal all local and organic.
Looking for last minute gifts ??? 
we have the largest selection of
LOCAL ORGANIC EDIBLE GIFTS
All made right here at the farm, using local organic ingredients.
For every taste, from Sweet to Salty ...
Free Gift Wrapping with your purchase. 
Gift table
 
Chickens, pork and sheep meat, our freezer are full and we have a good choice of all cut.
All the meat we sell is organic, soy free and raised on our pasture.
New : Bone Broth, made with the bones of our pork, deliciously earthy and we always have Chicken and Turkey Broth.
All our broth are made right here at the farm, all organic, and we make most of our soup with our broth too.
Fresh produces and milk.
 
 
 Eggs !!! It has been a really hard few months, our chickens started molting much earlier and ever since their eggs production has been 1/10 of what we should get ....
Keeping our standard of certified organic soy free mix of real grains is very expensive and for the last 5 months we have been selling eggs loosing money every week.
It reached a point where we can not do it anymore !!!
We have to change our pricing system and starting this Saturday we will sell our eggs like a commodity:
when we have shortage, the price will go up and when we have a good supply the price will go down ...
This will allow us to keep producing the best eggs, keeping our quality standards and covering at least a better part of our feed expenses.
We hope you will understand and keep supporting what we do and how we do it ... 
 
See you All ...
 
The Color of Real Food at the FarmStand ...
 
The color of real food

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Thank you for supporting a better way to produce healthy and wholesome food.

Twin Oaks Farm - USDA Certified Organic - Bonifay FL 32425 

 
 
 
 
 
Posted 10/22/2015 10:03pm by Renee Savary.

Farm Tour 2015 

New Leaf market 8th Annual Farm Tour is on

October 25, 2015 from 10am to 4pm

Farm Tour at 11am and 1pm

On going throughout the day: a detailed showcase of our organic farm: what we do, how we do it and why we do it.

The Ladies from the Choctawhatchee Bay Spinners Guild will be here, carding and spinning the fleece from our own sheep...

Bring your kids, we will start some seedlings with them to take home ...

Our Cafe under the Oak will be open, this year menu featuring our meat production, a unique all organic Taste of Real Food...

Our Bees will be out and about, showing their on going workmanship in the garden ...

Take a walk in our garden, don't miss our African Blue Basil bushes with it's myriad of pollinators... 

Our FarmStand @ the farm will be open, we will have fresh (never frozen) chickens, pork and sheep, our whole live of artisan food, organic milk and fresh produce...

Farm Tour with your favorite FarmHer at 11am and 1pm, no worry I wont make you walk around our 94 acres ... We will have a nice chat in the shade overlooking it all...

walk around and meet the chickens, the sheep and our Cochons Noir de Bonifay ... 

We look forward to see you All ...

We clean up nicely but it is still a working farm, please wear closed-toe shoes.

 Bring a cooler if you plan to purchase fresh meat.
 No pets, no smoking.
 No admission fee, No reservation necessary.

Driving to the farm:

3207 Creek Road - Bonifay FL 32425

I-10 exit #112, go north on SR79 for 8 miles until the small bridge with the kid's playground on your left (the corner of Creek Road). Turn left into Creek Road, follow the parking signs.

Follow us and update:

www.facebook.com/twinoaksfarm

Instagram: twinoaksfarm

Please froward this email to your email list and help us spread the word about Real Food.

Thank you for supporting a better way to produce healthy and wholesome food.

Twin Oaks Farm - USDA Certified Organic - Bonifay FL 32425 

 

 

 

 

Posted 10/15/2015 9:39pm by Renee Savary.

Farm Tour 2015 

New Leaf Market 8th Annual Farm Tour is on

October 25, 2015 from 10am to 4pm

Farm Tour at 11am and 1pm

On going throughout the day: a detailed showcase of our organic farm: what we do, how we do it and why we do it.

The Ladies from the Choctawhatchee Bay Spinners Guild will be here, carding and spinning the fleece from our own sheep...

Bring your kids, we will start some seedlings with them to take home ...

Our Cafe under the Oak will be open, this year menu featuring our meat production, a unique all organic Taste of Real Food...

Our Bees will be out and about, showing their on going workmanship in the garden ...

Take a walk in our garden, don't miss our African Blue Basil bushes with it's myriad of pollinators... 

Our FarmStand @ the farm will be open, we will have fresh (never frozen) chickens, pork and sheep, our whole line of artisan food, organic milk and fresh produce...

Farm Tour with your favorite FarmHer at 11am and 1pm, no worry I wont make you walk around our 94 acres ... We will have a nice chat in the shade overlooking it all...

walk around and meet the chickens, the sheep and our Cochons Noir de Bonifay ... 

We look forward to see you All ...

We clean up nicely but it is still a working farm, please wear closed-toe shoes.

 Bring a cooler if you plan to purchase fresh meat.
 No pets, no smoking.
 No admission fee, No reservation necessary.

Driving to the farm:

3207 Creek Road - Bonifay FL 32425

I-10 exit #112, go north on SR79 for 8 miles until the small bridge with the kid's playground on your left (the corner of Creek Road). Turn left into Creek Road, follow the parking signs.

Follow us and update:

www.facebook.com/twinoaksfarm

Instagram: twinoaksfarm

Please froward this email to your email list and help us spread the word about Real Food.

Thank you for supporting a better way to produce healthy and wholesome food.

Twin Oaks Farm - USDA Certified Organic - Bonifay FL 32425 

 

 

 

 

Posted 10/8/2015 10:01pm by Renee Savary.

Mark your calendar:

Farm Tour is on October 25, 2015 from 10am to 4pm

The FarmStand in Grayton Beach is open

Everyday 7am to 7pm ...

The FarmStand is located at The Shops of Grayton,

26 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach.

Weekly update:

Our Cochon Noir de Bonifay have been selected as Finalists for the 2015 Martha Stewart American Made contest in the Food, Agriculture and Sustainability category and in order to have a chance to win the Audience Choice Awards I need your help. You have to vote for Twin Oaks Farm (link below), you can (more like must) vote everyday and  up to 6 times/day until October 19, yes some commitment here !!!
here is the link :
http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/127855
 
We had great voting going on the whole week but it is far from over ... so yes Help is needed. It is not going to be easy, some really good stuff there but together we have a good shot at it. Please follow us on Facebook:  TwinOaksFarm and on Instagram: twinoaksfarmstand as I will keep updating and reminding you to vote.
 
American Made
 
Our babies, born last week, are out and about in the pasture...
Baby 2015
 
We have some really good looking pumpkins ...
 pumpkins
 
This week we have Dragonfly Fields beautiful Arugula and Fall Salad mix ...
a few more weeks and Fox Family Farm produces will come back …  
We have been creating a lot of new products using local fruits and vegetables, from mixing herbs to melting lard we worked hard to keep it ALL local and ALL organics … stop by, take a look … our FarmStand is pretty unique !!!!  
 
And last but least MARK your calendar, Farm Tour is on October 25, 10am to 4pm and I should have a full calendar within a week (I am smiling typing this like :who am I kidding here !!) …
  farm tour
It will be fun day for the whole family and a great opportunity to see up close what we do and how we do it … I have plenty of brochure at the FarmStand , please stop by to pick one.  
 
That’s it … 
  
Thanks for your ongoing support …
Lots of Love from All of us here at the farm …
Renee 
 
Please forward this email to your email list and help us spread the word about Real Food.

Thank you for supporting a better way to produce healthy and wholesome food.

Twin Oaks Farm USDA Certified Organic - Bonifay FL 32425

www.twinoaksfarm.net - www.facebook/twinoaksfarm

Visit our FarmStand located at the Shops of Grayton

26, Logan Ln, Grayton Beach FL - open 7am to 7pm every day.

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Posted 2/9/2015 8:42pm by Renee Savary.
Our Bee's Honey is the ultimate sweet Valentine ...
Spread The Love ....
and help us help the bees ...
Bees and honey
HELP US RAISE FUNDS FOR OUR APIARY
$ 25.-/jar
This honey was produced on our farm by our bees.
We only harvest the spring honey and then let our bees build their reserve for the winter.
Our production is very small.
We firmly believe our all organic non-chemical beekeeping is part of the solution to the ongoing bee problem!
The whole $25 of your purchase will help us increase our bee population and be an integral part of the bee preservation.
Our honey has the unique flavor of 100% honey.
 
RAW – UNPROCESSED – UNFILTERED – NEVER HEATED
 
All from our Bees ....
Honey OatMeal Soap - Lip Balm - FarmHer Hand Balm
Honey and soap

 Order online through our web site

http://twinoaksfarm.net/store/preserves-chutneys-and-more

Come to our FarmStand located @ The Shops of Grayton,

26 Logan Lane, Grayton Beach,

we are open everyday and offer free gift wrapping everyday ...

Visit us at the Seaside Farmers Market every Saturday morning.

Please visit our Apiary section of our web site and learn more about our unique beekeeping.

http://twinoaksfarm.net/about-bees

Happy Valentine with lot's of Love from All of Us here at the farm ...

Please forward this email to your email list and help us spread the word about Real Food.

Thank you for supporting a better way to produce healthy and wholesome food.
 Twin Oaks Farm - USDA Certified Organic - Bonifay FL 32425
 www.twinoaksfarm.net - www.facebook/twinoaksfarm
Visit our FarmStand located at the Shops of Grayton
26, Logan Ln, Grayton Beach FL - open 7am to 7pm every day.

 

Posted 12/17/2014 10:00pm by Renee Savary.

For your order to be shipped ....

shipping

Local and organic.
All our preserves are crafted right here at the farm the old fashioned way: just fresh fruits, that we either grow or pick from small local growers, and certified organic evaporated cane juice.
 
Three ways to shop with us:
Check out our e-commerce 
http://twinoaksfarm.net/store/preserves-chutneys-and-more
or
at our FarmStand
located @ The Shops of Grayton,
26 Logan Ln, Grayton Beach FL
or
@ the Seaside Farmers Market
every Saturday from 9am to 1pm.
 
We offer Free Gift Wrapping with your purchase.

No pectin, No citric acid, No ascorbic acid, No soy or any other colorants/fillers or chemicals found in a jar in today's world.
 
Please Forward this email to your email list and help us spread the word about Real Food.
Thank you for supporting a better way to produce healthy and wholesome food.
 
Twin Oaks Farm
USDA Certified Organic
Bonifay FL 32425
www.twinoaksfarm.net
www.facebook.com/twinoaksfarm
Posted 12/2/2014 11:51am by Renee Savary.
Twin Oaks Farm
is pleased to announce the opening of:

Farm Stand

 At The Shops of Grayton
26 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach Fl.
Organic and local foods from your farmer.
We are still a work in progress but please join us for our opening on December 4th from 4pm to 7pm.
 
We are looking forward to see you All ...
 
 
 
Please forward this email to your email list and help us spread the word about Real Food.
Thank you for supporting a better way to produce healthy and wholesome food.
Twin Oaks Farm - USDA Certified Organic - Bonifay FL 32425
www.twinoaksfarm.net - www.facebook/twinoaksfarm
Posted 11/26/2014 12:17pm by Renee Savary.

All temp and cooking time to roast with a conventional oven ...

How to cook your turkey …

First a few comments on my last post “how to brine your turkey” … I got several emails asking if it was a “must” … no, it is not, the theory behind brining is that it will help keep the turkey moist, so up to you, I do brine the ones cook for added flavors and they came out awesomely moist. 

After 24h in the brine take the turkey out and rinse it well with water, pat it dry, inside/out, and set it on the roasting rack, cover it and let it stand in room temperature for  at least 2h. This part is really important, the turkey needs time to warm up before getting in the oven. 

In the meantime you can prepare the turkey rub and the mix to baste the turkey. Take a cup of butter and 2 large spoons of our Grey Sea Salt Turkey Rub and mix it together to form a paste.


butter/salt mix

To baste the turkey I use a quart of chicken broth, add a quart of water and a stick of butter, warmed it up slowly and keep it warm you want to have it hot when you will be using it.


broth/butter to baste

I also prepare an onion, a carrot and a lemon to put inside the turkey, adding herbs like rosemary, thyme or sage is a good idea too.

I tuck the wings under, tie up the legs together, rub the butter/salt mix inside and outside of the turkey, added the onions/lemon/carrot to the inside, the bird was ready for the oven.


Oven ready


Pre heat the oven at 400F and then lower the temp to 375F and let the turkey roast for 45 minutes without opening the oven door.

After an hour lower the oven temp to 325F and start basting it with the broth/butter mix every ½ hour and roast the turkey until the temp reach 167F..

An hour before the time/size if up start checking the temp ... (see chart below).


after 2h temp at 167F

Here is a table showing cooking time by size ... 

 

8 to 12 pounds 3 to 4 hours
12 to 16 pounds 4 to 5 hours
16 to 20 pounds 5 to 5-1/2 hours
20 to 24 pounds 5-1/2 to 6 hours

I would start to check for the temperature 2h before due time ... Just to make sure not to over cook it ...

The oven I use does not have a broiler, if it had I would have run it 5 minutes at the end … but no more than that.

Also remember when you open your oven to bathe your turkey to reset it to the right temperature ... some oven don't do it automatically.

Once done I take it out of the oven and transfer the rack over a cookie sheet and cover the turkey with foil and let it stand for 1h at least and then carved it ….

To recap : brining is not a must but recommended, let it stand at room temp for at least 2h, rub butter/salt all over it, roast for an 1h at 375F and then at 325F basting it every 45 minutes … Start to check the temp 2h before set time …

Et voila … best turkey ever …

From all of us here at the farm we wish you All a Happy Thanksgiving … Thank you for purchasing your turkey from us. Please tell your friends and family you will be sharing it with : you got a Twin Oaks Farm Turkey, your turkey was raised right here at the farm on our organic pasture for the last six months … Thank you …

Posted 11/26/2014 10:54am by Renee Savary.

All about your turkey …

 How to brine your turkey ….

The day before you will want to cook your turkey you may want to brine it. Soaking your turkey overnight in a mix of salt and water will keep it moist and the mix of spices will infuse some added flavors to it.

You will need : a 5 gallon container (stockpot, bucket) or a cooler with ice and if using a cooler it is better to put your turkey in a large brining or oven roasting bag.

 Ingredient:

1 bag of our Organic Brine Blend 

or you can make your own including salt, sugar and the spices you like.

or you can use our Grey Sea Salt Turkey Rub, 1 bag of it and add 1 additional cup of plain salt and the ½ cup of sugar.

Spice mix for the brine ...


Bring a quart of water and all of the above to a boil and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, 
stirring until the salt/sugar has dissolved.

You will also need 2 thinly sliced onions, 2 lemons and a bottle of dry white wine.

onions/lemons/wine

 

Remove the turkey from the plastic bag, wash it thoroughly, pat it dry and set in the container or the bag you will be using, add 7 quart of water, the onions/lemon/whine and herb/salt water mix.

Make sure the whole turkey is submerged, if not weight it down with a plate.

Turkey submerged in brine

Refrigerate for 24h … if using a cooler, surround the turkey bag with ice, adding during the process to keep the temperature at 40F.

All the pictures are from the one I put in the brine tonight, tomorrow I will take it out and roast it … stay tuned for more …