Red Barn local free range food

We have been OH, SO BUSY on the farm.

Filip is building our new FARM shop.  At the moment he and our staff are laying foundations. We cannot afford readymix – so it’s hard going at the moment, with our tiny little cement mixer.

It looks like this at the moment! We hope to have a deck with a view and a little coffee shop, veggies, plants and lots of cute farm animals for the kids to enjoy.  It’s a dream in creation..watch this space!

More GREAT NEWS.

We have found a GREAT new product.  Dried Blueberries. Made just down the road from us, they are just delicious AND they contain no added preservatives! On special this week so try some. You can leave them in water and they reconstitute beautifully or eat them as is for a huge Vit C dose.Our specials this week are less TWENTY and more PERCENT, that’s a big saving, so we hope it helps with your budget!

Thank you all for supporting our little farm, we won’t let you down, I promise.

Cheers for now,
Lindy and the Red Barn Team

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Raw honey Red Barn

Hello to you all!

We are celebrating our first, large batch of Red Barn Lucerne honey!

I was a little worried when we first started with the hives as there was an occasion before when the bees swarmed and attacked the chickens. (actually killing quite a few!)

However, the bees we have now are not African Bees. They are gentle and calm, working peacefully next to the chickens in the lucerne field. Our honey is bottled right here at Red Barn Farm. We do not heat it and it is completely RAW.

The source of nectar is all important. The reason why some honey crystallizes quickly and others do not, is all down to the type of flower that bees visit to gather nectar. It also shows that our honey does not have any additives!  If the honey is crystallized, all you need to do is pop it in some warm water.

This week: A SUPER SPECIAL on raw honey at only R68 per 500g jar.

PLUS if you buy THREE you will get an extra one free! 

Bee Good, Bee Happy, Bee Kind!

Lindy and the team.

**PLEASE NOTE* we have had an inevitable, yearly price increase. We have kept it to 5-8 percent. We will try our best to give you lots of discounts, when we can.

Get your honey on special now

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carry on regardless“Grit your teeth and persevere”

Hello to you all from Red Barn!

Sorry if I offend anyone, but this is just, real SOUTH African slang and something that made me think about WHY we are so complacent about the current situation in our country?

I decided, it is our mentality, bred into us over generations. I am proud to say that I am a f*k voort” person.  But is that right? It’s pretty similar to ‘n boer maak ‘n plan”, Ne?

But having become more “Global” due to all my kids living overseas, I wonder if our “laager mentality” is outdated? We can no longer hunker down and get on with it as we did in the past, me feels. Perhaps we must rise up and toyi-toyi or something, and stop being so accepting of situations that affect our lives.

What do you think?

We are struggling to run our small business, spending more and more on solutions to the power crisis. Then maybe it will “come right” and we spent all our savings in vain?

As we say in SA, “YA WELL NO FINE”

Smile, carry on and don’t forget your favourite farmers at Red Barn Farm!

PLEASE remember :

Vote for the F*Voort FREE-RANGE Chicken Party, kay? We promise you, we will fuel the power stations with chicken poop and you will never be without electricity again. PROMISE!

Cheers for now,
Lindy and the Red Barn Team

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De-boned whole chickens

Hello Everyone!

I just love to see my team really enthusiastic and excited about their work. We have a “Let’s get Creative Day!”

They are just loving their training sessions with a professional chef.  They have now learnt how to de-bone a whole chicken and roll it up with a sausage stuffing.

This is NOT an easy task and takes about 45 min per chicken! However, we have now practised enough and our speciality de-boned, stuffed chicken rolls are on our website.  You will find them under new products or this week also under specials. (They are Gluten free, as well!!)

Next, we are working on “BUTTER CHICKEN”.  We will provide you with a pack including everything you need to make this popular dish. How does that sound to you?

If you have any ideas on what you would like us to make, please let us know and we will see if we can create something special out of your idea.

Have a wonderful week,
Lindy & the Team at Red Barn

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Free Range Broiler chicken house

Hello to you all!

Last week I had to answer so many queries about what is in our products!  I think people have been watching all the scary FOODIE programs on Netflix!!

From GMO’s to GLUTEN, hormones, PRESERVATIVES, antibiotics, pesticides, irradiated spices and people’s personal allergies, I have been up to my ears in questions.

Right from the start, I have always saidRed Barn is not a Health Shop, our focus is on farm animal welfare”  This has not changed in 8 years.

Our animals are still humanely farmed, with the greatest respect to their animal rights.

The fact that we try to use the finest ingredients in our processed products is important, but at the end of the day, we DO want to make tasty products that people will buy again. We cannot please everyone, although we would love to.

We have introduced new labels with ingredients on our products and these ingredient lists are also on our website.

So let’s celebrate what Red Barn does BEST. Growing Farm animals with respect to their rights as creatures on this planet.

We have some interesting specials this week, especially for your LONG Weekend. Have a good one!

Lindy and the Red Barn Team

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Shushu

We have some tyres in our veggie garden, along the fence and I thought it would be great to plant a Granadilla to climb along the fence, so I gave a plant to Jonathan and told him where to plant it.  He did!

All of a sudden, this “granadilla” was going crazy and basically taking over.  I took my 87-year-old mother to see this really strong plant.  She said, that’s amazing, but where did you plant my Madumbi?  I told here right next to it.

Then Filip was watering the garden from outside the fence and rested his arm on “the plant” he INSTANTLY came up in a HUGE rash and we had to take him to the doctor!  He told Filip to be very careful Never to eat Passion Fruit anything as he is Highly allergic!

So I looked online about allergies to Granadilla. I saw that they had smooth, shiny leaves, this one has furry leaves.

Then the hunt was on.  What the hell is this plant? We asked everyone..

So I went back to my mother and asked her, where actually did your Madumbi come from? “Oh, John, my brother brought it from Natal”  I said, “did you see it, mom?”  She described a gourd type plant with a stem growing out of it!

Then, my mother’s carer, Pinkie, said “Grannie, I am sure John said it is a ShuShu”

CLUE!

Yes, Google said, this is a Chayote  I can’t even pronouce that..but apparently it is a GREAT, HEALTHY, vegetable.

Mystery solved, then I did some research.

What an amazing Plant! It grows over 5 meters tall and wide, and just carries on year after year!

I’m thinking, chicken food… 🙂

Chayote

 

 

Hello to you all!

Monday morning is always challenging on the farm, so when I heard a big commotion, my heart just SANK! What now..?

Charlton and Toelie came up to the house with a couple of these Monster caterpillars on a stick to show me!  (check my dog’s face!)

They were working their way up from our dam in the thousands! This scary thing will actually be an Exquisite, African Emperor Moth soon!


Now that’s TRANSFORMATION for you!

Red Barn is a poison-free zone, so what to do? We love all creatures, but we also love and need our trees!  So we put on gloves and hand-picked them out of the trees that are now almost leafless! (I hope there aren’t more tomorrow!)

Nature, once again, sent me a message:

Life is a moving, breathing thing. We have to be willing to constantly evolve. Perfection is constant transformation.
Cheers for now,
Lindy and the Red Barn Transformational Team          

 

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Today a customer phoned me and said she was rushing to the shop, could I keep it open for her..

She and her husband drove as fast as they could, so as not to inconvenience me!  I am still amazed that people do this, when they could just pop in to the supermarket.. Why?

These are our people.  They trust ME, their farmer.

They explained they could not dream of eating any meat that was not

  • Slaughtered humanely – that means, not transported for miles and miles, stressed and mishandled
  • Raised in a feed lot – no grass, no shelter, no care
  • Antibiotic and hormone free – so their owners could make more money quickly
  • Traceable to source

It is totally heartwarming to think that people understand what it means to be truly free range and humanely grown.

Today my heart is soring, I am making a difference, I am providing something that people are looking for!

My customers explained to me that they are CONSCIOUS EATERS!  They are not at all radical in their ideas, they just really believe in supporting local wherever possible and KNOWING that their meat is humanely reared and most importantly, Humanely Harvested.

We are taking a bit of strain at the moment with the state of the economy, and I understand that January is always a difficult month, but unlike a supermarket chain, I actually care!

Seems silly, but if you are having a hard time and you are a concious eater, I will share what I have with you whenever I can!  I often tell my customers on the farm “go help yourself in the veggie garden” :-).. thank you for supporting us here is a dozen eggs, or as I did today, “here you go, try our chicken biltong”

I realize how tight things are, we have had 2 BIG scam attempts this week.  “I’m phoning from Epol head office, we are changing our bank details” YEAH RIGHT! Then, someone ordered, the order just looked weird to deliver into the location.  He order R2,000 of goods, and send me a (forged) proof of payment for R12,000.. asking for a R10,000 refund.  Thank goodness I am savvy with all to do on the internet. PEOPLE ARE DESPERATE!

Keep up your CONCIOUS EATING, no matter what. It is just simply the right thing to do!

Think of a beautiful RED Barn like this one, and you won’t forget our name!

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Hello Everyone! (on a serious note)

Local is Lekker! Today, the need for a sustainable future for farming is greater than ever!

The impact of industrial farming on the environment and animal welfare, on landscapes and wildlife, on food quality, human health, and on the cultural fabric of the nation is all too apparent.

Presently, food travels too far from the field to the kitchen, in too much packaging, polluting the environment and wasting energy. More and more people are switching to buying locally produced food. (why would anyone support a National Chain or Factory Shop, if you can spend your money locally and get the very best quality?)

YOU ARE a local supporter! THANK YOU.

When you buy from Red Barn you are supporting at least
10 local farms and businesses!

Benefits of supporting local farmers!

Social benefits

  • Local distinctiveness and a sense of belonging;
  • Opportunities for more diverse employment within the community;
  • Well informed consumers, who KNOW where their food comes from, spread the word to others.

Environmental benefits

  • Reduction in pollution from food transport;
  • Increased diversity of landscape and wildlife;
  • A reduction in the risk of pollution from chemicals
  • Understanding and support for distinctive local landscapes.

Health benefits

  • Improved access to fresh, less processed, affordable food;
  • Less transportation of animals;
  • Improved nutrient levels in food;
  • Reduction of potential risk from agricultural additives
  • Opportunities to involve people in healthier eating activities.

Economic benefits

  • Retains money in the local economy;
  • Ensures income goes to the producer, not the chain store;
  • Reverses the decline of rural services by paying local taxes;
  • Increasing local, sustainable enterprises and job creation.

Supporting Local Farmers brings people and communities together.

Thank you all once again, you are precious to us!

Lindy & the team at Red Barn

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Just a few of our specials this week!

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{2019}
In the midst of dawns of sunshine, armed with faith and hope, we enter the splendid and bright New Year.”

Hello to you all, Red Barn would like to be the FIRST to wish you Happy New Year!

This year I got to email you on both Christmas Day and New Year’s day!

We have been “ROCKING IT” on the farm and at the market, I have never seen our stocks so low. But as you know, we have been hard at work growing more food for you! (all through the holidays)

We were very short of time to cut and process all our chickens.

So, we had no choice but to pack them whole!

That’s why we decided to put ALL OUR WHOLE CHICKENS on SPECIAL at less 10%!  Buy a whole lot at this special price! They are just freshly frozen! They can last for months in your freezer. Take advantage now?

Yay, we eventually got some more of our spectacular honey back in stock from our small supplier, Renee at Haelkraal.  Soon we will have our own honey, 6 hives and counting!

2019 is going to be a BIG year for RED BARN, New shop, new DAM, New chicken houses. Thanks for your support which will make this all possible.

Cheers for now!
Lindy & the team.

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