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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, Très Frèsh, 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.) 🙂

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!!! 🙂