Get your Thanksgiving turkey from us! Pre-order your turkey well in advance, as we sell out every year. The price per pound for 2016 is $4.95/lb (FarmShare members receive 10 cents off per pound).
We raise broad-breasted white and bronze turkeys on pasture, where they are able to roam in the sun (and rain - they don't seem to mind), eating clover, grass, bugs, and certified organic grain.
We process the turkeys here on the farm on the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving, and then our customers come to pick them up on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. This way, you get a visit to a beautiful farm, as well as securing the most delicious, freshest turkey you could get. Buying your turkey fresh, not frozen, will also speed the cooking on the big day.
Fresh eggs from our happy, healthy hens are available year-round at the farm (self-serve during daylight hours) or at the Troy Waterfront Farmers' Market. $5/dozen.
Our hens live in a mobile henhouse (the "Eggmobile"), which we move to fresh pasture each week. It's mutually beneficial for the hens and the soil- they fertilize the soil, eat weed seeds, and get access to fresh pasture for the tastiest morsels. They dine on our certified organic grain ration, supplemented with grass, clover, the aforementioned seeds, and whatever bugs they can catch.
For meat, we raise Cornish Cross chickens on pasture, where they are moved to fresh grass every day as well as dining on a certified organic ration. We process the chickens on-farm every two weeks from June through October. This means we have fresh chicken available for pick-up on the farm the day after each one of these processing days. For 2016, $4.50/lb for fresh chicken picked up at the farm.
FarmShare is a collaboration between a farm and the people in the surrounding community. When you become a FarmShare member, you agree to support the costs of running the farm in exchange for a share of the harvest. By contributing a membership fee in advance, you become a partner with the farmer in sharing some of the risk as well as the bounty of agricultural production.
In Japan, where this concept first took hold, it was called“food with the farmer’s face,” emphasizing that food does not have to be a generic commodity transported many miles and produced under factory-like conditions. FarmShare allows us to focus on our passion for working with the land to produce the most wholesome, life-giving, best tasting food possible, while building a strong bond with the members we are feeding.
Members of the Laughing Earth FarmShare become an integral part of the farm. Even at the most basic, members pick up at the farm every week. In addition, we love when members make the farm their own.
Join us in the garden for planting or harvesting. Pick your own strawberries, herbs, and flowers. Visit the animals on the farm and become familiar with the benefits of pasture-raised animals. Join our member family for farm events! Hay rides, harvest dinners, food classes….
HOW DOES IT WORK?
◊ Your pre-season payment purchases a “share” of our summer’s harvest. Choose one of 2 pick-up days: Wednesday evenings from 4-7 or Saturday mornings from 10-1.
◊ Come to the farm once a week to fill your bag with the vegetables we harvest for you. (If you cannot make a pick-up day, call ahead to change days, send a friend in your place, or donate to the food pantry!)
◊ Our season is June 1 through the end of October (weather permitting!), 22 weeks. Weekly shares start small with greens in the spring, and are more abundant in summer with tomatoes, beans, cucumbers…. By the fall the shares are heavy with root crops and winter squash. You’ll be eating seasonally, and we’ll help you with cooking ideas and recipes!
◊ A share is designed to feed a family of 2. A share costs $545 and averages 1 FULL grocery bag per week for 23 weeks. Larger families can purchase multiple shares at a discount price.
◊ Members also have the opportunity to order our wonderful pastured turkeys at a discounted price.
◊ Participate in our Community Food Project. We have established a special fund to be used to reduce the cost of shares to members with fewer resources. What a great opportunity for your family, church, or civic group to “sponsor” a family in need!
HOW DO I JOIN?
Fill out the form below and mail it in with a deposit or payment.
We raise largely Tamworth/Old Spot crosses (some are more mutt than that!). They are housed in their movable “pig palace” which is rotated through our lush pastures. We utilize their natural rooting tendencies to control weeds and break up sod prior to planting a field to crops. They are fed a certified organic ration. They also receive a generous share of our "reject" vegetables, efficiently recycling our produce into pork!
Please contact us if you are interested in pork - it is available by the quarter, half, or whole hog in either the spring or fall. Customers are charged a flat per-pound price ($7.95/lb for Fall 2016) and receive the full variety of cuts, from ham and bacon through chops and sausage. Order form here
Every growing season, we find a couple of interns to come stay at the farm. They are here to help us with the work and for us to help them learn about farming, holistic management, and the farm ecosystem. If you are interested in joining us as an intern, or know someone who might be interested, please contact us!
Our interns start around the first of April and stay until the end of October to get the experience of the full arc of the growing season. Our workweek is challenging, (5 ½ days and up to 60 hours), but rewarding. An internship at Laughing Earth is a hands-on working and learning experience. We expect that our interns will participate in and learn all aspects of our farm work, including: initial greenhouse work, grow tunnel construction, planting, weeding, harvesting, animal husbandry, and customer interaction (through sustainable farming education and marketing). One of our goals is to show interns how they can operate a sustainable, financially stable farm in a relatively small area starting with less than ideal soil. We are looking for energetic, enthusiastic, motivated people who are dependable, eager to learn, have a practical outlook on life, and willing to become part of our farm family. We prefer people with a sincere desire to learn farming, and that desire is more important than actual farming experience. A good sense of humor is an added bonus!
Learning Opportunities Our interns participate in the CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) program, which provides them with the opportunity to see a wide range of other farms, and learn from other farmers. This program provides interns with bi-weekly visits to other area farms to study specific agricultural topics, and network with other interns. We consider this an important component in the educational experience and provide paid time to attend these meetings. In addition to CRAFT, we are members of a northeastern New York farmers' network. This local network arranges monthly tours of farms and offers collaborative support to its members.
Compensation In addition to the educational components of the internship, interns receive a stipend each week plus Workers’ Compensation. Interns earn an extra, paid day off for each month worked. These days should be planned at least two weeks in advance, and we encourage interns to be considerate in their requests, limiting requests on our heaviest harvest days. Housing is provided in a rustic woodland cabin on the farm. Shower facilities are at the farmhouse. Our mid-day meal is provided at the farmhouse (with shared clean-up) and fresh garden vegetables for other meals are provided as available, as well as our own meat products and staples.
Application Process Please mail or email your resume including three references to our farm. We also require a letter of interest stating what you hope to gain (your goals) from the experience, and what you hope to contribute to the farm. A visit prior to hiring is always preferred.
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Working in the picking garden.
Flowers and Decor
Along with our vegetables, we grow a large variety of annual and perennial flowers and herbs. Most of these are available to our Farmshare customers in their weekly U-Pick share, but we also create beautiful seasonal bouquets, dried arrangements, wreaths, centerpieces and other decor, which we sell at our CSA/farmstand and bring weekly to the Troy Farmer's Market.
In Spring we sell starts for flowers, herbs, and vegetables, to help you grow your own gorgeous, delicious garden. Our plant sale at the farm happens in the second half of May, and we offer a limited selection of starts from mid-May through mid-June at the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market.
In addition, every November we purchase balsam greens to fashion traditional holiday decor, particularly wreaths and kissing balls. We kick off the holiday decor season by selling our first wreaths at our annual Thanksgiving turkey pickup, and after that, we bring the wreaths and kissing balls to the Troy Farmer's Market with us.