A farm in suburbia {Heritage Hen Farms}

September 20, 2012

“As for butter versus margarine I trust cows more than chemists.” ~ Joan Gussow 

Makes you think, doesn’t it?

I certainly enjoy some real, raw butter a lot more than some margarine you buy at the store.

Imagine my surprise when hubby told me that there was a place close by where we would be able to get such raw butter. Made fresh. Hubby and the boy had a boys weekend a while back and went to a local restaurant that is self-sustainable. (More on that later.) There, they found out about Heritage Hen Farm. A local farm that sells fresh, raw milk, eggs that are only hours and not weeks old, homemade kefir and raw butter to name a few.

This fellow welcomed us with his loud moos. He’s kind of pretty.

We pulled in through the gate and parked right on the side of the dirt road. Heritage Hen Farm is a family farm in Boynton Beach, Florida. The hens are raised outdoors with the highest welfare standards. The farm is Animal Welfare Approved — check the site to learn more.

While we looked around and waited for the store to officially open this fellow made it known he was not happy to have his snack interrupted. It was funny to see the kids react to his mooing.

Svetlana, the lovely lady who welcomed us, told the kids they could feed the bull if they wanted too. The kids were a bit skittish so hubby took a turn and gave him some banana to munch on.

Middle got over herself and finally managed to get one banana into his mouth.

Seems he was happy with his snack if that lip smacking was any indication.

Waiting for more? I think so…

Here are my city slicker husband and kids with the up close and personal bull. Certainly a bit different than seeing them in pens at the county fair!

And here it is, TrΓ¨s FrΓ¨sh, the farm gate store. After we were done feeding the bull and I had snapped enough pictures, I laughingly made a joke about my family not being used to having cows and chickens roam free… but that I had grown up near such things in Germany. So, Svetlana and I got talking and turns out she speaks some German and her aunt who lives in Germany was coming to visit. (Yes, I’ll be back to say “Hello” and get some of that raw yogurt the aunt makes.) πŸ™‚

We bought a gallon of raw milk, a jar of homemade kefir, a dozen egss, only hours old and all different colors. Little One liked the “blue” ones best. We also got a mozzarella cheese making kit but ended up drinking the milk instead of using it! My favorite was the jar of raw honey with a piece of honey comb in it. Little One thoroughly enjoyed the milk, much more so than the normal milk I usually buy.

The chickens were roaming free and clucking around. While we were there a few more people came by to pick up their provisions and you could tell that they had been coming for a while by the easy banter between the owners of the farm and the customers. I am so happy that hubby found this place and we will most certainly go back to get more yummy goodness soon.

For more information check out Heritage Hen Farm’s Facebook page. The about page is very informative and explains the way the farm is run much better than I could.

Do you have farms like this in your area? Leave a comment and let me know!

*Note: This is not a sponsored post. The cow and chickens may have told me to take pictures and write about them but I was not compensated in any way other than with some yummy food which hubby happily paid for!!! πŸ™‚

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  • Stranger September 20, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Buying organic and local foods is important for us and the environment. Not just a few times out of the year but also slowly adapting your buying power towards a sustainable way of living. Buying organic/local foods is the easiest way one can influence the market and its environment in a positive way. So, keep it up!!!

    • Susi September 20, 2012 at 10:10 am

      We will certainly try. I like to look at labels and buy “local” as much as possible. Thanks for commenting. πŸ™‚

  • Jessica September 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    What an awesome place to take the kids. I’m hoping one day we can have a little farm like that on our property.

    • Susi September 20, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      Jessica, I wish we could have a little farm like this but don’t think that will happen anytime soon. But it would be sweet and a lot of work! πŸ™‚

  • RoryBore September 20, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    oh this makes me so homesick for the farm! Feed a bull….heck, we used to ride ours! LOL
    but isn’t it great when you find an amazing place like this…..all that freshness. especially since I think some States are banning the sale of raw milk. Geesh, I grew up on that stuff – my family is one of the healthiest I know. everyone just eventually dies from old age – seriously, no diseases, cancers, nothing. Raised on wholesome goodness!
    man, I really want a cold glass of milk and a fresh poached egg now! LOL

    • Susi September 20, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      Ha ha… I was really very happy that hubby found this place. I can’t wait to go back and explore it some more. Later in the year they offer cheese making classes etc. πŸ™‚

  • Julia September 20, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    We have something similar we visit called Picket Fence Creamery in IA. I have to say though that I have never fed a bull a banana! Looks like a fun family day.

    • Susi September 21, 2012 at 6:59 am

      It was fun. Just to have the chance to show the kids was awesome. Can’t wait to go back! πŸ™‚

  • TBM September 21, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Cows have the sweetest eyes.

    • Susi September 21, 2012 at 6:58 am

      They do. I never really considered that but you are right! πŸ™‚

  • Kimberly September 21, 2012 at 5:58 am

    That is pretty awesome!
    We live on the outskirts of the city and very close to the country so we do have a lot of farms nearby. however there is a house on our street that has chickens. They hold them like pets and play with them so Im not sure if they’re used for eggs. It’s weird. You’ll see the chickens hanging out in the front yard.

    • Susi September 21, 2012 at 6:58 am

      That’s kind of cool. Whatever floats your boat!!! πŸ™‚

  • Beth Ann September 21, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I loved the tour!!! Great pics and a great story to go with it! I loved it!!! The bull looked much happier post banana!!!

    • Susi September 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      Yes, he sure does!!! I think, he enjoyed his little snack a lot. We certainly enjoyed our goodies. πŸ™‚

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell September 21, 2012 at 11:07 am

    That place is really neat. Now you really do have me wondering whether there are places like that around here too. How fun (and scary) to feed the bull!

    • Susi September 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      He was really quite gentle and behind a barbed wire fence!!! It was just great to be so close to him. πŸ™‚ You should see if there is a place like that around. πŸ™‚

  • Mimi September 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I love how beautiful the cows are. It would actually be fun to feed them…banana? lol I wonder if there’s any fresh dairy stands near me. I’d LOVE fresh milk, butter and eggs!

    • Susi September 21, 2012 at 11:40 pm

      I do too and I was very surprised by how much my little one liked it!