By ALICIA LEONARD
New Leaf Market farm tour organizers and Twin Oaks Farm owner Renee Savary could not have picked a more perfect day to open their doors than this past Sunday. The sun was shining, there was a crispness to the air, and the excitement of many of the kids visiting a farm for the first time was contagious.
Savary, along with a wonderful group of friends helped visitors learn about a 94-acre certified USDA Organic Farm and all that goes into farm life without the use of pesticides or chemicals.
Twin Oaks Farm, located in Bonifay, Fla., produces organic pastured chicken and duck, along with their eggs, 100-percent
grass fed lamb and pastured pork, sheep fiber for knitters, and almost legendary preserves and honey. Their fig preserves made with evaporated cane juice brings back the taste many remember from their grandmother’s kitchen in the South.
Savary balances farm production with being a good steward of the land. Bees are raised in a more natural way, allowing the bees to thrive when many populations are dying. Honey from the bees is only harvested in the spring, allowing the bees to survive on their stored winter honey, rather than feeding them a sugar substitute, like high fructose corn syrup.
The sale of the honey actually goes back to the bees as well, with all money made from honey sales used to increase the bee population.
A small herd of Gulf Coast sheep, a line thought to have been brought with Spanish explorers, roamed the pasture as visitors lunched on the fresh and local menu alongside free range chickens and ducks under the oaks. Light and airy decorations along with hay bale seating completed a beautiful dining experience.
Companies and groups like Moonlight Micro-Farm helped visitors make seed balls and the Choctawhatchee Bay Spinners Guild showed them how to turn sheep fiber from Twin Oak’s sheep into yarn, while other groups learned more about bees and farm life.
Savary can be found most Saturday mornings at the Seaside Farmers Market. Preserves and more can be purchased from the web site.
To learn more about Twin Oaks Farm or to try some great local food, go to www.twinoaksfarm.net or look for them on Facebook under Twin Oaks Farm.