By Analiese Paik
Austin and Kendra Martin of Squash Hollow Farm in New Milford are inviting the public to their farm to learn how to raise and process meat chickens. This course is perfect for anyone looking to take their homesteading to a new level or introduce meat chickens to their farm.
Squash Hollow Farm raises Cornish X and heritage breed chickens for meat and are holding a Raising Meat Chickens course at the farm on May 3 at 10 am. This is not for the meek or faint of heart: as part of the course you will be processing your own chicken and taking it home for dinner.
New this year: This one-day course now includes a Power Plucker Processing Kit, a $60 value. Power Plucker is a “drill-powered plucker that makes removing feathers from chickens, ducks, or any other type of poultry quick and easy. The spinning motion of the rubber fingers remove feathers without damaging the skin or meat. An average chicken can be plucked in under 90 seconds. Works with any 3/8 inch drive or larger drill or drill press. The Power Plucker is constructed with a 10 inch steel shaft and 6, specially designed durable rubber fingers. (excerpted from Power Plucker’s website).
If this class isn’t right for you, head over to the farm anyway for fresh vegetables, eggs and a range of pastured meat and poultry products. Squash Hollow Farm also raises heritage breed pigs – Berkshire and Tamworth – plus Yorkshire landrace crosses.
All of the farm’s meat is all butchered at Tarzia Meat Packing Company, located 5 minutes away from the farm. Austin said this leads to a very low stress transfer come processing time.
If you would like to buy whole, half, and bulk ($50 and up) cut orders, please call or email the farm to place a pre-order since they will be custom cut to your preference. Austin said that they do at times have retail cuts available for purchase on farm, but pre-order is necessary.
Visit their roadside farm stand for eggs and produce.
Squash Hollow Farm
Austin and Kendra Martin