Your Turkey Questions Answered

In the run-up to Thanksgiving, we understandably receive a lot of questions about our pasture-raised, organic turkeys. These turkeys are about to be the centerpieces of special meals across the country—and given the care and time it’s taken to raise them, you’re paying more for these than the loss-leader grocery store special—so we are answering […]

This Bird’s For You

We hatched out about 225 Narragansett turkey poults at Elmwood Stock Farm this spring, the eggs gathered from our breeding flock. Some of our toms and hens have been with us for six or eight years, yet each year we hold back the best of the best, to bring young stock into our flock. These […]

Beef: Less is More

More calves are born in Kentucky every year than in any other state east of the Mississippi River. Elmwood Stock Farm contributes about 60 of those. Twenty years ago, 99 percent of Kentucky-born calves were loaded onto trucks and taken to a feedlot somewhere in the Midwest at weaning. The other 1 percent of Kentucky-born […]

Turkey Season

The noticeably shorter days post-equinox lead me to think about fall holidays and our turkeys, as they’re nearly ready for harvest, and we’re already taking your preorders on the Elmwood Stock Farm website. The general scope of this year’s flock was decided before the pandemic settled upon us. This population goal was based on a […]

Eat Like Your Farmer

At Elmwood Stock Farm right now, we are aggressively sowing lettuce, spinach and cooking greens in an attempt to have them available well into winter—if not early spring. We regularly check on the sweet potatoes and fall squash in the fields. We tend to the intensive greens-production beds daily. At this point, I’m feeling pretty […]

Sheep, Pigs & the Top 10 Things

To get back to our farm tour series, traipsing east from this year’s vegetable field along “John T’s field” (John T. was a friendly neighbor who lived directly across highway 460 for almost 40 years), we come upon a narrow walk-through gate in the fence that opens into the chicken field. I think it was […]

Pastured-Poultry Myths

Elmwood Stock Farm offers wholesome, organic food year-round, but as Mac explained earlier, some of the livestock we raise on the farm is seasonal. Our broiler chickens, in particular, are in a seasonal system. Here in Central Kentucky, the winters are just too cold to keep these Cornish Cross birds outdoors. Rather than cave to […]

Corn, Sweet Corn

Happy first day of organic Elmwood Stock Farm sweet corn! This is a celebration on the farm each year because sweet corn season is short and, oh, so sweet. Thursday’s CSA shareholders are the first to receive corn, and we hope to have enough to share with our wider customer audience in the coming weeks. […]

The Sounds of Nature

COVID-19 gave me something I thought I’d never witness while standing on Elmwood Stock Farm: the sounds of nature, no man-made noise of any kind. With the sound of commerce coming to a halt a few months ago, I had the unimaginable opportunity to hear the hum of insects, cows ruminating, songbirds awakening with first […]

One Degree of Separation

With our lives in a new state of constant flux, Mac offers a look at what’s happening at Elmwood Stock Farm through a journal of sorts. We plan to offer this journal over the next few weeks, as we all experience life in the new normal together. Friday, March 13; 6 a.m.: One Degree of […]