Happy Independence Day from Hambleton Farm!
Hope you your day was filled with patriotism and fun.
Hambleton Farm is a family friendly farm dedicated to raising healthy animals without GMO feed, chemicals or antibiotics. Hambleton Farm is a small, family owned farm located in beautiful Fauquier County where Stephen Hambleton "The Farmer" and his wife and kids raise goats for milk and cheese, forest foraging pigs, pastured raised chickens and free range laying hens.
We do not use any chemicals or antibiotics for our animals and although they love moving about and grazing the land we do supplement the grazing with Non-GMO feed. We are passionate about providing to the local community great quality food that is not only healthy but tastes amazing too.
Happy Independence Day from Hambleton Farm!
Hope you your day was filled with patriotism and fun.
Hambleton Farm Spring 2015 Newsletter
Gearing up for the 2015 season. Very excited! Received our batch of 200 Laying hen chicks last week. They will start to lay 20 weeks from now. At that point we will get about 180 eggs per day. Wahoo! Can't wait. Love the eggs! They are so delicious and healthy.
Happy New Year! Hope you are having a very blessed holiday season. Baby Jesus has been born! A new year has started! Think of Christ and be friendly to your neighbors as you live out your life this 2015 season. Thank you for all your support in 2014. What an amazing year.
Stay tuned for 2015 farm updates. We are gearing up for a big year. Pass the word about our little farm so we can connect more people with good food in 2015. ;)
God bless from the Hambleton Family.
Merry Christmas from all of us here at Hambleton Farm. May you have a blessed and happy Christmas season.
This may sound corny but I am going to post and say it anyway. :) Our first large bales of hay ever!! These bales will keep the goats happy through the winter. 100% millet. High in protein.
Thank you for listening to my excitement!
Lets see…we added a few temporary additions to the farm this past week. Lets just say it is an early Christmas present for the lady animals on the farm. ;)
This past weekend we brought a boar home for our sows. He will be here for a month and I affectionately call him “Shoulders” Just look at the picture and you will see what I mean…such a stud
We also acquired a male goat for Lulu and Gigi. He will be with us for a few months, if not longer. Hoping to get kids next May with Gigi and lulu…His name is Duffy.
Lots of fun on the farm…No need to teach the kids about life ;) if you know what I mean…
Happy Thanksgiving!! We are so grateful for all that our Lord has giving us. We are grateful for such a great community. We are grateful for all the awesome support of our little farm. We have so much fun here, raising healthy happy animals for our community.
Wishing a wonderful peaceful day to all. Enjoy your time with family and friends. You deserved it. ;)
Food for thought. :)
From Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm
Virginia Gov. Terry McCauliffe and his wife Dorothy have launched a major effort
to fully entrench dysfunctional food in our communities.
Dubbed the "Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide," Executive
Order No. 34 aims to alleviate Virginia's 300,000 hungry children with subsidies, take-home bagged
food, and more free school lunches.
These council members, carefully hand-picked from Virginia's food establishment elite,
are supposed to spend three years developing a solution. "We should not tolerate one child
going to school hungry," said the governor.
Chimed in the governor's wife: access to "proper nutrition isn't a privilege, it's a basic
Pardon me, folks, but may I offer some nonstereotypical ideas? Has anyone seen
"proper nutrition" coming out of any government initiative, any school lunch, any federally
subsidized program? Are they going to offer raw milk, kefir, lacto-fermented vegetables and
sprouted sourdough bread from long-stemmed heritage-based grains? Really? Grass-finished
beef and acorn-supplemented pork?
How about nitrite-free and MSG-free meats? Chlorine-free eggs from pastured non-hybrid
chickens fed NON-genetically modified organism (GMO) supplemental feeds? The fact is that
everything I have mentioned here is despised and rejected by the food establishment.
Furthermore, if the governor and his wife really want to help stop hunger, why don't they
call off their bureaucratic army that tyrannizes affordable local food commerce options? The
state food police intercept raw milk and neighbor-to-neighbor trade as if it's a drug transaction.
With twice as many obese as hungry, perhaps more food orthodoxy isn't the answer.
Perhaps we need a fundamentally different food system. One that is highly integrated rather
than segregated. One that enjoys freedom rather than criminalization. Right now several initiatives
are wending their way into the General Assembly to unshackle direct producer-to-consumer food
trade from the governor's food extortionists. The Food Freedom Act is one, and a constitutional
amendment guaranteeing every Virginian the right to choose their food is another. Both of these
initiatives would propel integrity food entrepreneurism in local communities.
No society can food bank its way or free lunch its way out of hunger. The answer is to allow
freedom of food choice in the marketplace so that a homemade quiche or cottage-industry lunch
meat does not have to be wrapped in five licenses, a ton of stainless steel, concrete and infrastructure
in order to serve a neighbor's food needs. In this context, the governor's new council simply solidifies
wrong-headed thinking and turns it from paradigm to written policy. That's despicable. Unfortunately,
it's also bi-partisan.
Now let's switch gears a little. Does someone have a right to nutritious food if they're spending
money on lottery tickets, soda, coffee, ci******es, alcohol, iphones, Taco Bell, KFC, and McDonald's?
Highly processed food is not only nutritionally deficient, it's extremely expensive. Potato chips run
about $4 a pound; organic heirloom potatoes average $1.50 a pound. What is in hungry people's
homes? Several years ago, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank gave their left-overs to us to feed to our
pigs. After bringing home two tons of premium sweet potatoes, I asked the manager why people didn't
use them: "They're poor man's food. Our people want processed foods," he said. We quit helping not
long after that.
Frankly, it offends me that the governor and his wife use violence (try not paying your taxes
and see who gets violent) and demagoguery (you should feel guilty that a child is hungry) to
make me give industrial inhumanely raised chicken nuggets to a family who voluntarily chooses to
spend their money on inappropriate things. I'm tired of being told I'm responsible for people who
choose to stock their refrigerators and homes with junk that I would never buy.
I love to help people. I won't go into all the charitable things Polyface does because it would
sound self-aggrandizing, but these are situations with which we're familiar and have a relationship.
The good governor and his wife, and this establishment food council, tyrannize food relationships.
If you don't believe it, try selling a glass of raw milk to a church friend. Try making some baloney
and selling it to a fellow-Rotary Club member. You'll be arrested before the end of the day.
Or, or, or how about being a single mom in a food desert and making quiche or raw egg noodles
in your kitchen and selling them to your fellow-tenement dwellers? How long will the governor's food
police abide such voluntary relationship commerce? Not a day. The gun-toting violence machine of
the governor's cronies will be on your doorstep to arrest the heretic. The one who would dare develop
a liberty-based affordable nutrient-dense transparent integrated food system.
Be assured that this new council, touted and praised by decent, duplicitous food rights advocates,
will neither promote nutritious food nor tackle the endemic causes of hunger amidst obesity. No, it will
simply convene with many taxpayer-funded trips, dining on taxpayer-funded meals, in taxpayer-funded
meeting rooms only to further entrench the status quo dysfunction.
If the governor really wants to do something creative, he should put me on the committee. But he
can't afford to do that, because whatever he does and whatever he thinks, Tyson must be helped.
The industrial food complex must be applauded and encouraged. That's the way things work. And that
is why true solutions will not and can not come from the enslaved orthodoxy.
Meanwhile, the rest of us who dare to think liberty creates security, who dare to think that integrated
community-based food-choice systems are better than top-down violence-dependent government systems,
can enjoy our domestic culinary arts and honest farmers. We can participate in a dysfunctional food system
on many levels. The most important is getting in our own kitchens, preparing, processing, packaging and
preserving whole foods ourselves. We can patronize local farmers who get it and who practice an open
door policy for final customers.
Any food producer/processor who greets you with a security force and "No Trespassing" signs is
part of the problem, not the solution. If the governor and his wife really want to do something innovative,
they will distance themselves from the industrial food complex and embrace the heretics. Only then can
real change occur. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
The chickens are good at photo bombing!
Piggies are growing big and loving life. Notice even the chickens love hanging out around the piggies.
Who says these animals don't have the life! ;) relaxing, good food, good care and peaceful surroundings.
Just so you know. :)
You all are welcome to swing by the farm to check out the cute little piggies, of course only if you are interested. :) But when do you ever get a chance to see 4-5 day old piglets. Just pm me and we can set it up.
It's been awhile. What a busy and fun summer we have had, lots happening around the farm. We just finished raising our last batch broilers for the year(350 in all) turkeys are almost ready to be processes(just in time for thanksgiving) and or two mommy pigs had there piglets this last weekend. So oooo cute!
Between the two mommies we had 16 piglets. The kids are loving it and learning a lot.
Thank you all very much for your support! We are loving what we do. Loving the fact we can provide good healthy food for our customers and family. Loving the fact we get to wake up to farming. We are very blessed!
We are very excited about next year as we look to expand our operation. We are toying with the idea of getting bees for good local honey. Joe wants to raise rabbits for meat, we are looking to process more broilers and more pork in addition to raising piglets for other farmers.
Like I said a lot going but we are loving it. :)
Oh, almost forgot, a new little farmer will be joining the family next June!
What an exciting day! We picked up our very first batch of pork today from the butcher.
A milestone for Hambleton Farm.
We were so excited to eat the pork that we made BLT's for dinner tonight. We used the bacon that we proudly raised on our own land, as well as lettuce and tomatoes from our garden to complete the tasty sandwich. Mmmmm....
Happy Monday Everyone!
I just signed the petition "VA State Legislators: Pass the Virginia Food Freedom Act" on Change.org.
It's important. Will you sign it too? Here's the link:
Happy day on the farm. Such gorgeous weather! Out picking wild raspberries with the kids.
Happy Independence Day! What a glorious day.
Long time no talk. :) We have had a lot going on lately, but don't worry the farming has continued. We have been hard at work raising the pigs, goats, laying hens and broilers. Yes, broilers!!!! Broiler is a term used for meat chickens.
About 5 weeks ago we put our first batch of broilers out to pasture so they could enjoy the weather and forage for bugs and eat grass. We supplement the foraging with non-gmo feed.
Last week we did our very first processing. Hooray!! It was a very exciting event for us. You can imagine raising little chicks up to 8 weeks old, processing them and then the next day eating fresh chicken that was alive 24hrs ago. Oh it was awesome and very very tasty. :) Good food makes for happy farmer.
Don't worry we won't horde all the chickens...We want you to be able to enjoy great food as well. Hambleton Farm is now selling whole pastured chickens for $3.85/lb. These delicious chickens were raised on our land by our family. They are antibiotic, hormone, chemical, vaccine-free and supplemented with non-GMO feed.
We are also offering a bulk discount....if you buy 10 or more birds the price is only $3.50/lb.
We are really looking forward to making this farming endeavor a permanent reality.
Happy Memorial Day!!
Let us all remember those that have served and died to protect our many freedoms we take for granted.
Let us also keep in our prayers the families of loved ones that did not make it home.
God Bless America!
Happy Feast Day of St. Isidore the Farmer! Born in Madrid Spain. St. Isidore was canonized in 1622.
He is the patron saint of farmers.
Our 50 new broiler chicks we received on Wednesday. They are so cute
now but in just 8 short weeks they will be older and ready for processing
into yummy meat. We start our first processing June 27th-28th. They sure are
tasty and definitely do not come with all the additives or commercial
processing that you get with chicken from the store. We will be selling about
45 chickens as whole birds this time around. If you are looking for pasture
raised, non-gmo feed, well cared full and farmer loved chickens let us know!
The price is $3.85 per lb. The birds should range from 4-5 lbs each after
processing. Send me an email if you want more info. [email protected]
Happy Easter Monday from Hambleton Farm!
Our newest little farmer! Sebastian James. Not much help now but
maybe in the future.
Our Laying hen (future Glenda's) pullets are getting bigger. They
will be ready for egg laying in August/September.
Yes! We are still here. :) We are busy setting up the farm and figuring out logistics to be able to offer more items. We will be moving Lulu and Gigi to their new, more permanent location this Saturday. We will also be figuring out what area would be best, on our property, to raise our pasture poultry.
You got it! We will be raising about 350 Broilers this year, spread out over six months. This is something new for us. We had not decide on this until about week ago. We are really excited about this. We will be offering them for sell by the lb as whole chickens. They will run about 5lbs. More details to come. "The Farmer" out.
"The Farmer" Building our new goat house. Right now Lulu and Gigi are
in temporary housing, which I am sure they want to move from...anyway we are
building them a more permanent space to live and eat. The pigs are going to
be jealous. Ha ha
Had to Share. We do take farming seriously. :) with lots of fun mixed in.
Happy Feast of the Annunciation!
Quote of the day. Angela was talking with Maggie and was kind of joking about how we are crazy becasue we just got 50 baby chicks, two new baby goats, and that we are about to have a baby ourselves. Maggie's reply was, in a matter of fact kind of way "mom we are not crazy, we are farmers" now what dad wouldn't be proud hearing that from his daughter? I thought that was the best quote ever. I love it.
More photos of them playing around.
Our new goats Gigi and Lulu. Lulu is the brown and Gigi is the white
one. They are 12 days old right now. These our first goats we will start to
milk next year. They are so cute and playful. Great with the kids.
We finally received our 50 chicks for laying eggs. They will be ready
to lay in about 20 weeks from now. What cuteness.
First day of Spring! Yay!
5212 Hillside Dr
RHambleton Farm is a small, family owned farm located in beautiful Fauquier County where Stephen Hambleton "The Farmer" and his wife and kids raise goats for milk and cheese, forest foraging pigs, pastured raised chickens and free range laying hens. We do not use any chemicals or antibiotics for our animals and although they love moving about and grazing the land we do supplement the grazing with Non-GMO feed. We are passionate about providing to the local community great quality food that is not only healthy but tastes amazing too. For more information visit our website at hambletonfarm.com
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