Where fine food begins... Since 2001, David & Cindy Krepky have owned and operated Dog Mountain Farm which has served the Snoqualmie Valley community and Seattle area by providing farm-fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs, herbs, flowers, eggs, poultry meat, and pork. We use sustainable growing methods without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or commercial fertilizers. We strive to produce nutrient dense food that is superior in flavor and shelf life and provides a broad range of health benefits. Our livestock are humanely raised on pasture without antibiotics or hormones. Building a strong biological system in our soil is the focus of our agricultural management.
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Where to find us off the farm
Seattle Broadway Farmers Market
Mercer Island Farmers Market
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Food & Farming Resources
For those of you that want to learn more on your own, I'm providing this list of my favorite websites, books, and magazines.
The Omnivore's Dilemma and In
Defense of Food, Michael Pollen
Paul Harvey's "God Made a Farmer"
Local author, Jerry Mader, has published a beautiful book "Saving the Soil--The New American Farmer" about the farmers here in the Snoqualmie Valley. And he also has a blog you might enjoy!
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Now taking orders for Fall pork.
April, 2013--Season Opens
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Demand Labeling of GMO ingredients...and then let's eliminate GMOs from the planet!
I am working at the grassroots level to campaign for GMO labeling in our foods. I spoke to the Food & Water Watch volunteers at their Day of Action. Here is my presentation on Corporate Control of the Food System and the Environmental Impacts of Genetically Modified Plants.
Download my poster of Maria Rodale's "So God Made an Organic Farmer"
It's starting to feel like Spring even though I know darn well we could still get snow in April and our last freeze date is May 15th! Maybe it's just that February brings the anticipation of Spring for me. I have spent December and January planning, planning, planning, so now it's time to put action to the plan.
Thanks to our early CSA subscribers, I've been able to place our entire poultry order for the beginning of the season. We're increasing our chicken egg laying flock with 400 new girls, coming in two batches in March and April. Don't get too excited, they won't start laying for 26 weeks! We'll start with 200 Freedom Ranger broilers later this month and a batch of 50 guinea fowl. In March, 60 Pekin ducks for meat and 80 new additions to our Khaki Campbell duck egg laying flock will arrive. (60 of these are what is called a "straight run," meaning they have not been sexed to separate the females. Probably 30+ of these will be drakes that we'll process for meat.) We are busy prepping the nurseries and coops. The new laying hen house WILL be constructed this year.
The King Conservation District awarded us a matching grant to do the cross fencing for our livestock. We're over 1/3 finished and most of our pigs have been moved to fresh pasture. I say most, because Bryna gave birth to 10 piglets on January 23rd before we got her moved. Adorable as usual and growing fast (see photo below), these pigs will be ready for your freezer in August. Bonnie is due soon. Her piglets will be registered to sell as breeding stock. We have 11 pigs that will be processed for meat this Spring--it's not too late to order a 1/2 or whole hog! Not enough room in your freezer? Join our Protein CSA and get just enough meat for the week. Or let us hold the meat in our meat locker...another addition coming this year.
I still have much to do to get our milking facilities constructed and approved. The dairy goats are beginning to "show" and our first kids are due April 15th. I'll be hand-milking nine does this year. The goats are on a grain-free diet, which means we won't get the kind of milk production that results from feeding grain. However, with all the food allergies people are suffering from, we know there is a need for it. We expect to have raw goat milk available by June for customers in addition to being included in our Protein CSA. We will be selling it at the Mercer Island and Seattle Broadway Farmers Markets on Sundays and BB Ranch butcher in Pike Place Market will carry it.
The greenhouse beckons to be cleaned up, seeds started for our Produce CSA, and it's not a bad place to be on these wet, foggy days. But I haven't made a lot of progress there yet. I've been working on 2012 taxes, applications, and marketing. So many hats I must wear!
But probably the biggest reason I haven't gotten to the greenhouse is that I've been hanging out in the kitchen. I'm testing the 100+ recipes I'll be using in our Carbohydrate CSA and selling at the farmers market. Breads, sweets, and preserves without high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives, or dyes, and made with wholesome ingredients including fruit and herbs from the farm.
Well, I better get on with it! Please join our mailing list and follow us on Facebook to keep up with the latest. I may not get back to this corner until next year!
To good health and happiness through good
Bryna and her piglets