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Monday, March 18, 2019

Carlton Farms Newsletter

At Carlton Farms, we humanely and organically utilize domestic animals on grass to produce the nutritious food we provide for our community.
Delivery News
Milk and Egg Supply
We are quickly approaching our spring egg production season. As eggs become more plentiful we are able to lower the price from our "winter pricing". Eggs are now $6 per dozen. Enjoy .

Milk is still in adequate supply, as the girls have been producing good after our early 2019 calf crop. Plenty of milk available to order, and some extra available at the Mobile Market locations.
Local Folks:
We are looking for a local person to work a farmers market booth at a new market in Rome, GA. Starting in May. Do you want to spend some Saturdays meeting good people, talking about good food, and making a little money? If so, Hit us up.

Carlton Farms Delivery Options
Mobile Market

  • Meet at a designated mobile market location at a designated time
  • Pick-up your order or shop our a-la-carte selection
  • No Delivery fee
  • Locations: Dunwoody, Buford, Cumming, Roswell, Woodstock, Marietta, Powder Springs, East Atlanta, Stone Mountain
Home Delivery
  • Delivered directly to your door. Most orders get home delivery for $9.99
  • Packed in a cooler with cold packs. You do not need to be home to receive.
  • Fee Schedule:
  • <$50 order = $14.99
  • $50-$150 = $9.99
  • >$150 = $5.99
Private Group Delivery /Drop-Off
  • Several orders delivered to one location to increase efficiency and decrease cost
  • Can be open to all customers, or closed to a private group.
  • Delivery fees decrease as more customers order. As low as $2.50/order
  • If you would like to host a Private Group Delivery just reply to this email.
Finding a Private delivery group:
The map keeps growing, see if any private delivery groups would work for you. This is a hybrid between home delivery and pick-up locations. It makes delivery more efficient for us because we can drop several orders at one location. It also make the cost of delivery less for the customer for the same reason. One comment we heard often last week about the Private Group deliveries was: I'd be glad to host or be a part of a private group, but I don't know how to find others in my area. Because of privacy issues we cant just share the address of private delivery hosts. However, we will be posting a map here each week of locations where we have a private drop established, or where there are people interested. If one of those locations will work for you then let us know. We will send your info to the host and y'all can take it from there. We will probably hone this system over time, but my hope is that it will serve as a way to create more of a community around our local food system. I think we could all benefit form a support network of people in our communities that think and eat the way we do.

On the Farm
The farm is coming alive with signs of spring.

In the pasture, the cattle have drastically decreased their hay consumption. This means that they are eating more fresh grass, so the hay will not be necessary much longer.

The laying hens are also finding plenty of green grass and bugs on the pasture. They are ranging out of the house more in the warmer weather. Springtime signals to them, Its time to start laying more eggs. Egg production is up and the quality of the rich orange yolks is fantastic. (also, egg price just decreased to $6/dozen)

The brooder is getting full. One of my favorite things about spring is starting lots of baby chickens and turkeys. The first batch of turkeys have been in the cozy confines of the brooder for a couple of weeks. They are a little more fragile at a young age than chickens, so we keep them in the brooder for an extra couple of weeks. They are scheduled to go out to pasture after 5 weeks in the heat of the brooder. By that time they will be fully feathered and able to handle cool nights.

Baby meat chickens should be arriving soon. We put off their arrival by a few weeks because of the unusually wet weather. However, we did use that time to build a new brooding facility that we affectionately refer to as the "Chick-Inn". Is is almost finished. This new brooder will double our brooding capability. Primarily we need this new space so that we wouldn't have to juggle the brooding of chickens and turkeys. We can now have them both simultaneously in their own brooder, allowing a more consistent supply of pastured poultry.

With Spring comes a whole lot of work, but we wouldn't want it any other way. Thank you for choosing to put a priority on your family's health. Your commitment through the years to our grass-fed, Pasture based farm is what allows us to go out each day and care for these animals in the best way we know how. Enjoy your spring, and enjoy our weekly harvest!

Also, In case you didn't know. We archive all of my "On the Farm" articles in blog form. You can find those on our website. Click here to read our Blog, "Shooting the Bull".

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Thanks for your continued support. At Carlton Farms we are proud to be your farmer.

Sincerely,
Chad Carlton
Carlton Farms