Parker Family Farms

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February 2010

Posted by parkerfarms on February 5, 2010 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (1)

The new year has brought much more rain and especially snow.  As the snow and ice melt that means much more MUD. It is snowing now and they are calling for flash flooding. Needless to say, we are definately out of our drought.  Despite the mess all animals are doing well.  We have to keep the pig huts refurnished with hay to keep them dry.  We have had a couple of sows have babies when it was below freezing but our God provides and protects and they did fine.

We have a new member on the farm.  A little black lamb named Sid.  We have been bottle feeding him for a couple of weeks.

We will be getting more chickens in the coming weeks so that will mean a few more mouths to feed and take care of. We're not complaining, we love the animals and we love what they provide.

November 2009

Posted by parkerfarms on November 29, 2009 at 11:39 PM Comments comments (0)

Wow, time does seem to fly by. Fall is here!! Almost winter actually. Crops are all in and cover crops have been planted. This has really been a wet fall. Animals are all doing well. The kids have already gotten their steer for the show in April, 2010. We are consistantly having piglets born. The Cary Market is closed for the winter, although Scotty Spahr will continue to atten every Saturday with his produce.  I will be taking preorders through the winter and making once a month drop offs at the market. 

In case I don't get to post soon, MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Posted by parkerfarms on July 19, 2009 at 9:31 PM Comments comments (0)

We carried a pig to processing the week and I picked up some new products. We now have bratwurst and chorizo.  I have cooked them both but still have some more experimenting to do. I have heard of some good recipes to try. We also have lots of ground pork as well.

We started pulling tobacoo this week so everyone is pretty tired and worn out for the first few days or week. Ground pullings are always pretty tough.


Posted by parkerfarms on June 14, 2009 at 11:28 PM Comments comments (1)

We have started selling at the CARY DOWNTOWN MARKET on Saturdays 8-12:30 am. Come by and see us for some tasty pork.  We have a variety of products ready.

Spring has sprung

Posted by parkerfarms on May 26, 2009 at 3:59 PM Comments comments (0)

Spring has sprung and with it so has lots of babies.  We have lots of new babies on the farm.  New calves are enjoying being able to run, romp and play.  Little piggies are loving to root around in the fresh mud that all the rains have brought.  Baby chicks are learning to peck at new grass and chase bugs.

We tried to incubate chicks in 2 incubators.  One was very successful while the other did not do too well.  We are learning still.  The best incubation is with a mother hen.  The natural way is always best, the way God planned it.  There is nothing cuter than baby chicks peeking out from under a mothers wing and watching the clutch of chicks following her around.

Baby pigs are way too cute.  Right now we have lots of red piggies. They look like they have been saoked into the Orange County mud we have.  Funny how the boar color can be so dominate sometimes.

Posted by parkerfarms on March 7, 2009 at 11:23 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello All.  I'll try to keep you updated on our farm. 


Today is beautiful in the 70s.  Just last weekend we were dealing with lots of rain and then it changed over to snow.  Fortunately none of our sows had babies during that time.  Grass is looking greener which is nice to see after all the  brown this winter.


Our pullets are just starting to lay so egg production is on the way.  The chickens are liking the new grass especially after trying to figure out what in the world snow is.  Chickens are funny when it snows.  They don't know what to do.  Some of our game birds will stay in the trees all day long not knowing whether to fly out of the tree or not.