Why Buy from Moonlight Farm?
When you buy from us, you are choosing to eat the freshest, most nutrient packed vegetables and eggs money can buy. They are hand picked, hand washed and hand packed within 24 hours of distribution. No one but our crew of two will have handled your veggies or eggs.
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Pasture- Raised Eggs
We are proud to offer eggs from our 100% pasture-raised chickens. As with the vegetables on our farm, we treat them as nature truly intended. A common misconception is that vegetarian or grass-fed hens produce the healthiest eggs. However, chickens are not naturally vegetarians. There are no animal products or by-products in their feed, but they do forage for bugs and worms. Their feed is free of hormones, antibiotics and steroids. We do not employ any unnatural practices such as beak clipping, wing trimming or forced molting by starvation to manipulate egg production. The hens love to bathe in the dust, dig holes to cool off in in the summer heat and perch on low tree branches. They are able to perform their natural behaviors every single day without limitation. There are no chemicals on the land they roam. There is a simple fence that they fly over around their coops to keep predators away.
Moonlight Farm Eggs are available weekly at each Farm Share pickup and Farmers Market and on the farm by appointment.
Off 'Cides Veggies
Moonlight Farm produce is never sprayed. No pesticides, herbicides or fungicides will have ever touched your veggies. Nothing but compost, manure and a few key nutrients has ever been in the soil.
Alongside our veggies, we grow a small variety of medicinal and culinary herbs.
Since we don't spray our produce, it will have physical flaws. You may find small holes in the greens, beetle tracks on the cucumbers and cracks on the tomatoes. We want to share with you our yummy tasting, imperfect looking veggies!
We cover our crops with floating row covers called Remay or Agribon. These are large rolls of thin, biodegradable fabric. This helps to minimize damage from airborne and flying pests. We also employ beneficial insects, such as nematodes and ladybugs.
We use crop rotation to help eliminate disease and pest problems that would begin in the soil. If plants in the same family were continuously grown in the same spot, pests and diseases would prey on them season after season.
Landscape fabric and plastic mulch are used to suffocate weeds and help eliminate hiding places for pests.
Plant variety also plays a role. We have experience in growing many different varieties and species. This has given us the opportunity to select the best seeds for our region and our pests.
The most important factor in pest management is high quality, all-natural compost. Healthy crops start with healthy soil. We produce some of our own compost, with a goal of supplying all of it one day.
Organic vs. Off 'Cides
A little known fact about organic farming is that you can still use synthetic pesticides! The word "organic" is actually owned and patented by the USDA and they will fine you for using it if you are not in fact certified. An organic certification takes at least 3 years time, plenty of fees, and government inspections. We are committed to growing produce that surpasses the "organic" label. Unfortunately, at this point in time, we feel the label has become a marketing strategy, and allows farms to charge more money for certified organic products. While not every certified organic farm will use synthetics, they are allowed to. The word has become skewed and no longer means what people believe it to mean. Stick with Moonlight Farm and rest assured that no chemicals whatsoever will have ever touched your precious food.
We have 3 sows: Rosemary, Basil and Pear and a boar named Leroy.
For the first time in 2017, we began offering our own delicious, respectfully raised pork!
As mentioned before, co-owner Megan was a vegetarian for 10 years; until her first pregnancy. Aidan is a passionate animal lover, and quite frankly, a pied piper of most livestock. That said, the two believe in raising truly happy animals. Letting them live fulfilling, natural lives is a number one priority. We also choose not to use any antibiotics or hormones on any of our animals. Some common factory farm practices on pigs are tail docking, ear clipping, nose ring use, farrowing crates and a life indoors. We are doing our part to break that cycle! We refuse to employ any and all of these archaic methods.
The one modification we will do is castrate the male piglets. This is to eliminate the possibility of inbreeding and aggression, and some believe the meat of an intact male is tainted, and lacks superior taste.
Our pigs live outdoors on about an acre of woods. They roll around in the mud and root around to their hearts content! They have a great shelter to keep them out of the elements, but as long as they have each other, they stay quite comfortable. Have you ever heard of a pig pile? Oh yeah, those are real... and real warm!
When the sows get close to giving birth, we move them to their birthing pen, our barn. There, we can keep a close eye on mothers and babies at all times.
The pigs eat locally grown and milled GMO-Free grain from Clover Hill Farm in Hardwick, MA. As special treats, they get spent brewery grains from River Styx Brewing and kitchen scraps from Applewild School, both in Fitchburg.
We take our market pigs to Adams Farm in Athol for USDA processing.
Our pork is available for purchase at the Beverly Farmers Market and on the farm at Farm Share Pickups and by appointment.
Cheery Chickens and Turkeys
We began raising chickens in our little apple orchard in 2018. We choose slower growing breeds called Royals and Imperials, rather than Cornish Rocks. These guys take about 10 weeks to get to size, instead of 6-8 weeks.
We will be raising turkeys in 2019 to add more diverse cuts to our new poultry CSA! These guys take 4-5 months to mature.
Just like our layer hens, all of our meat birds are treated with the utmost respect and lead fulfilling, meaningful lives. They are fed locally grown and milled non-GMO feed from Clover Hill Farm in Hardwick, MA.
We bring them to Valley View Farm in Templeton, MA for humane processing.