Farm Journal

Posted 12/16/2013 6:37am by Renee Savary.

Today only

With every online order over $30.-**

We will include in your package a FREE

Egg Cup 

Holiday 2013

**before shipping, cannot be combined with other discount offers.

Twin Oaks Farm Preserves are the perfect choice.

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.

Two way to shop with us:
Our e-commerce 

http://www.twinoaksfarm.net/store/69

or we are at the Seaside Farmers Market

 Saturday December 21 from 9am to 1pm.

Special Christmas Market on Monday December 23 from 9am to 1pm.

We offer Free Gift Wrapping online or at the market.

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 12/12/2013 8:30pm by Renee Savary.

Predators wise this year has been a disaster … It all started with a coyote invasion. For those of you who have never been to the farm, the chickens are roaming freely on 2 different pastures (between 15 to 20 acres each). One fairly close to the main house and the other one about ½ miles away but from the house I still have a clear view of it.

I have a pine forest on the south side and my neighbor horses pasture to the north side and west a 3nd pasture, with a big barn, that was not used and very much overgrown.

At night all the chickens are cooped and the donkeys usually sleep around the coops. Never had an issue at night. The coyotes would just boldly attack during the day time. From the house I could see them crossing the second pasture, grab a chicken and run. It would take them no time and they would vanish into the woods. Once one of them snatch a chicken less than 100 feet from me !!! and the donkeys would be of no use, they usually graze with the sheep during the day.

The solution was not easy to implement, we first had to clean up all the fence line, over the last 5 years I had painstakingly let them overgrow to give small wildlife, birds and other pollinators an habitat, most of it had to go. Then we covered the exiting barbwire with chicken wire, expensive but still the cheapest long term option. We also cleaned up that 3rd pasture and we destroyed one of their habitat behind the barn. 

During that same time I had to deal with a bunch of alligators in the ponds, those were easier to stop as the ducks and the geese would just not get into the water and makes some serious noise until I took care of the problem !!

When I finally thought the situation was under control we started to have every bird of prey, from hawks to turkey vultures, getting at it. My poor chickens would live in fear and hardly get out of their coops. I tried every flying, shinny, noisemaking gimmick I could find !! None of them worked !!! I was really getting desperate. Then two weeks ago I decided to move everybody around the house, it sounds much easier than it is, you have a better chance to herd cats than chickens !!! It means that we had to catch every chicken, load them onto the trailer, move the empty coops and then relocate the chickens !! Two days of work and we are pretty good at it …

Now I have all the chickens around the house, as there is always some kind of commotion the raptors have not been around that much and when we see the chickens running for cover we can spring outside and check it out … much easier to react 10 yards than ½ mile !!!

My girls are back to their happyself and their target now is to get INTO the house !!!

Marmelade with his catch

Posted 12/5/2013 8:49pm by Renee Savary.

Seaside Farmers Market

This Saturday 9am to 1pm

Food for Thought ...

Growing up, in Switzerland, one of our big time tradition was the Saint Nicolas on December 6 and He would come to our home !! Today’s Santa is a water down version of it, our Saint Nicolas was not that jolly slightly overweight hoho guy, he was very formal, dressed between a pope and a bishop from the mitre to the crosier. He was accompanied by a group of Pere Fouettard, they were men dressed all in black with their faces painted in black, one of them, carrying a big bell,  would go first announcing Saint Nicolas, others would follow carrying wicker back packs full of bundles of twigs. Those were given to the parent to whip the kids that would not behave !!! …

At first the Pere Fouettard would come in ringing his bell, announcing the Grand Saint Nicolas who would then make a grander entrance. He would be handed over a huge book, when you are 4 years old everything seems pretty big, he would open the book and start to read the long list of mischiefs, troubles and not such a good girl stuff, then he would make you swear you would behave and be good for the year to come, the Pere Fouettard would hand over to my mom a pack of the twigs in case I would forget …

Then Saint Nicolas would pick a present from one of the wicker back pack and a bag of peanuts and mandarins from another, I don’t remember what the presents were but I always remember the bags of peanuts and mandarines. At the time both of them were very “exotic” in Switzerland and we would only have them during the holidays, Saint Nicolas would bring me a big bag of roasted peanuts with very little mandarines, we called them Clementines, and biscomes.  Biscome is some kind of gingerbread just 100 times better. It was so good and I was so looking forward to them.

Now let me tell you: you are 4 years old and the whole thing starts 2 months earlier with an ongoing threat that if you don’t behave Saint Nicolas will NOT come and you will only get a pack of twigs !!!… trust me Fear does work !!! I was keeping a straight line … My parents never used the pack of twigs, just my mother looking at them was a good enough warning and usually by February she would declare them dust collector and they would be gone … Saint Nicolas was the start of the Holiday Season, not August 4!!, we would have the Christmas tree set up for it and we would keep it until the Epiphany on January 6 … but that is a whole other story … 

From All of Us here at the farm we wish you a Joyful Holiday Season.

This week at the market :

Fresh organic cranberries, stock up, they freeze beautifully ... 

Organic mandarines from the farm ...

Local, raw, unprocessed Pecans ...

Eggs and chickens ...

Pumpking Soup ...

Just to name a few ...

 For a complete list of our products please visit our web site :

http://www.twinoaksfarm.net/market-page

We have a whole line of ready made perfect little gifts.

FREE GIFT WRAPPING WITH YOUR PURCHASE

Thank you for your ongoing support.

see you All Saturday, pre-order or come early ...

.Farm Fresh Organic Eggs

We are the only local farm to offer certified organic soy free eggs. No GMO's grains, No pesticides nor chemical fertilizer ever. Our flocks roam freely on pasture eating bugs, grass and having a good time. 

We feed them a certified organic mix of real grains without soy. Our eggs are hand washed and we do not spray them with mineral oil.

  All our Organic Grey Sea Salt make yummy little gifts ...

 Grey Sea Salt and bowl

 

Another great stocking stuffer  ...

Hot Chocolate mix
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 11/29/2013 10:47am by Renee Savary.

Need that perfect gift everybody will love and share ?
Looking for stocking stuffers ??

You want to create a holiday gift basket ?

Twin Oaks Farm Preserves are the perfect choice.

Holiday 2013

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.

Two way to shop with us:
Our e-commerce 

http://www.twinoaksfarm.net/store/69

or we are at the Seaside Farmers Market

every Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

We offer Free Gift Wrapping online or at the market.


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 10/7/2013 10:53am by Renee Savary.

New Leaf Market 6th Annual Farm Tour

is upon us and we are doing some serious feathers fluffing around here to be ready for it !!!

Farm life is an ongoing circus and we invite you to it ...

We are open on 

Sunday October 20, 2013 from 10am to 4pm

Aside from touring the farm with your farmer at 11am - 1pm and 3pm we have a tractor load of activities:

Learn about our backyard beekeeping, why we choose smaller bees and smaller hives and help us raise funds to increase our bees population.

Join Chandra of Moonlight Micro-Farm for a Seed Start-up! We're going to show you how to start your seeds, appropriate for the season and our zone, in re-purposed egg cartons and handmade paper pots that you'll learn to make yourself. You'll get to take your seed pots with you to plant in your own garden.

The Choctawhatchee Bay Spinners Guild will be on hand to demonstrate spinning and fiber processing featuring our sheep fiber.

Our Bistro under the Oak will be open for lunch, highlighting our farm products ... This year we have a whole new menu ...
 
Get up close and personal with :
our herd of Gulf Coast Sheep
our Large Black Hogs
our Champagne d'Argent rabbits
and our donkeys ...

Our shop will be open featuring all our organic and local products (bring a cooler).
 
Thank you to New Leaf Market in Tallahassee for inviting us and for their ongoing support to small local farms.

All this is made possible because I have a great group of friends who, years after years, come to help me ... To Them a huge Thank You ...

We hope you join us for a day of fun ...

A few tips :
Wear closed confortable shoes, we will clean up nice but it is still a working farm.
No pets, No smoking.
Restroom available.
Thank you for respecting our bio security zone.

Driving to the farm :
I-10 to exit #112, Bonifay, go north on SR 79 for 7.5 miles. Pass a small bridge with a kids play ground at the corner of SR79 and Creek Road, turn left into Creek Road...
Follow parking sign ...
3207 Creek Road
Phone : 850 547 5636

Farm Tour at 11am, 1pm and 3pm


Farm Tour

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 8/25/2013 8:19pm by Renee Savary.

New Leaf Market 6th Annual Farm Tour


Sunday October 20, 2013 from 10am to 4pm


Farm Tour at 11am, 1pm and 3pm


Farm Tour

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 5/31/2013 6:29am by Renee Savary.

... just in time for Father's Day ...

A new gift bag ...

Visit our store :

http://www.twinoaksfarm.net/store/preserves-chutneys-and-more?page=1

$ 6 flat rate shipping

Includes gift wrapping as in the pictures


Twin Oaks Farm Preserves are the perfect choice.

All our preserves are produced right here at the farm the old fashion way : just fresh fruits, that we either grow or pick from small local growers, and certified organic evaporated cane juice and all organic ingredients.

No pectin, No citric acid, No ascorbic acid or any other colorants/fillers or chemicals.

 Exclusive Father's Day Bag :

One jar of our Lemon Chutney, one jar of our Fig Mustard and one bag of our new Organic Grey Sea Salt for Barbecue Mix ...

Father's Day Gift Bag 


Orders to be shipped for Father's Day need to be received by Wednesday June 12, 2013

 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

Posted 4/29/2013 8:13am by Renee Savary.

From our Farm to your Mother ....

... just in time for Mother's Day ...

We packed Gift Bags with goodies ...

Visit our store :

http://www.twinoaksfarm.net/store/preserves-chutneys-and-more?page=1

$ 6 flat rate shipping

Includes gift wrapping as in the pictures


Twin Oaks Farm Preserves are the perfect choice.

All our preserves are produced right here at the farm the old fashion way : just fresh fruits, that we either grow or pick from small local growers, and certified organic evaporated cane juice and all organic ingredients.

No pectin, No citric acid, No ascorbic acid or any other colorants/fillers or chemicals.

... And this year we teamed up with our friend The Soap Pedaler and with each order we will offer your Mother an all organic soap made with our duck eggs ....
 

Breakfast Bag :

One jar of our Blueberry Preserve, one jar of Pear Butter Preserve and one jar of Strawberry Preserves.

Afternoon Tea Bag :

One jar of our Peach Preserve, one jar of Pear - Calamondine and one jar of Fig Preserve.

The Cheese Lover Bag :

One jar of our Fig Butter, one jar of our Shallot Confit and one bag of Grey Sea Salt with Herbs de Provence.


Or you can pick and choose any 3 Preserves and we will be happy to gift wrapped it and ship it to your Mother !!! 

Orders to be shipped for Mother's Day need to be received by Tuesday May 7, 2013

 
Mother Day Gift Bag

We are at the Seaside Farmers Market

every Saturday from 9am to 1pm all year around.

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

Posted 4/28/2013 11:10am by Renee Savary.

All our preserves are made right here at the farm.

We only use fresh fruits that we either grow or buy from small local growers. For sugar we use certified organic evaporated cane juice and we make a point to buy the one grown in Florida, it comes at a premium.

Today, in this country, 96% of the beet sugar is grown from GMO seeds. Introduced in 2008, the beets are Monsanto’s most recent Roundup Ready product, genetically engineered to withstand loads of the direct application of the herbicide glyphosate. They took over the sugar beet market within two years. By 2010, 95 percent of the sugar beets grown in the U.S. were Monsanto’s genetically modified variety.

This matters to us all because about 50 percent of white sugar sold in the U. S. is made from sugar beets. In other words, unless that bag of sugar you just bought is labeled “Certified Organic” or “100 percent cane sugar,” it almost certainly contains sugar made from GMO crops.

This has created a rush on alternatives and certified organic cane sugar is one of them. Today we have to buy our sugar months in advance and in much larger quantities as we never know how much and when it will be available, and the price almost doubled compared to 4 years ago when we first started.

No pectin, No citric acid, No ascorbic acid … I am often asked why ?? to give you just one example: 90% of the world production of citric acid comes from China, all raised from a petty dish. I have nothing against China, but I don’t want it involved in my food, just a personal choice !!

The No pectin also means a preserve packed with fruits and not watered down.

If we use spices they have to be certified organic, all spices mix are made right here.

For years I suffered from debilitating food allergies and I learned the hard way to stay away from any “mix” whatever. Food labeling law does not require the detail of the “mix” as long as the use is under a certain percentage of the serving size … in other word: you have no way to find out what is in it but be pretty sure it contains MSG or some version of hydrolyzed soy.

We also stay away from any “natural”, by now we all know it does not mean anything.

Aside from the fruits preserves, you can choose from our chicken in curry sauce or chicken in mushroom/cream sauce both are 100% organic which means all the ingredients are certified organic. Our chicken broth: just chickens and sea salt. We also have a whole line of confits, chutneys and other compotes either sweet or not, spicy or not ... some are just seasonal like our Ratatouille, you can buy zucchinis all year around but if you want to use only local harvest then you have them just for a few months. The beauty of local and seasonal !!!
Little Preserve Trivia : Fig is our all time best seller !!!
We work hard to bring you the best preserves and your ongoing support made them a success …
Check out our new Preserves Album on Facebook :

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.106883413013.96940.104138533013&type=1

Strawberry Preserve

Posted 3/28/2013 6:56pm by Renee Savary.

From our farm to you table : Easter Brunch Essentials

Organic duck eggs to poach over greens ....

Poached duck eggs ...


Fresh ducks ready to be roasted ...

Roasted duck


or if you prefer a fresh chicken ?? 

chicken to roas


... chicken eggs to make custard and other meringues ....

wild berries custard with meringue top


Still not too late for some egg coloring ...