Rusty Plow Farms

Rusty Plow Farms

Sustainably grown produce, poultry and eggs

Recent Posts

Let’s Talk Crops: How to Grow Lettuce

Over the past few years, we’ve learned how to grow a few things in our central Ohio farm with its crazy weather cycles. Two things in farming are certain, weather is never predictable and farmers must deal with it. We get many questions at the farmers markets on how we grow lettuce during the summer months. Here’s a peek at our methods.

How to Build an Ohio Brooder for Raising Baby Chicks

The very first “livestock” animal we acquired after moving to the farm were 25 day-old Buff Orpington chicks. Since that time, we’ve hatched and brooded hundreds of chicks over the years and have learned a […]

Are Pasture Raised Eggs  Really Better For You Than “Grocery Store” Caged Eggs?

For those of us who enjoy eggs from pasture-raised hens, the difference is obvious as soon as you crack open that first egg. The yolks are richer, darker yellow-orange than conventional cage-raised eggs. The whites […]

Raising Chicks in Winter Using a High Tunnel

Raising chicks is an activity normally reserved for springtime and warmer weather. It takes about 5-6 months for a pullet (young female chicken) to begin laying eggs. That means to have enough eggs by May […]

Recipe Spotlight: Homemade Pita Bread

Homemade pita really isn’t as hard as you may think. Plus, when you make them from scratch you can control the type of flour that you use. I have a flour mill and grind fresh whole wheat berries for the wheat flour in this recipe, but store-bought flour works well too, just make sure it’s as fresh as you can get for better flavor.

Recipe Spotlight: Raspberry Rhubarb Crisp

There really is not much better about summer than sun-sweetened raspberries!  Here’s a favorite recipe of ours using two of summer’s fruits: raspberries and rhubarb.

Top 5 Things We Wished We Knew Before Becoming Market Farmers

Yes, it’s idyllic, the farm life.
We’re our own bosses and spend our days planning, planting, tending, weeding, harvesting, prepping, marketing and selling. We are market farmers. As we prepare for our seventh season, here’s the top 5 things we wish we’d known before we jumped headlong into this crazy but seriously rewarding lifestyle.

A Rainbow of Eggs: What Determines the Shell Color in Chicken Eggs

A while back, a potential egg customer stopped by the farm on a sunny Sunday afternoon while we were outside working. I stopped my task at hand to greet him and show him where the […]

Sunday Soapbox: Unwanted Chickens

You all have probably guessed by now…I deeply care about animals of all types. So while it pains me to write this post, I feel there needs to be an explanation. About 6 times a […]

Farm Life How-To: Hatching Chicken Eggs Using an Incubator

It’s almost spring, and that means chicks will arrive soon at the local feed store. However, if you have never watched new baby chicks hatch, it’s one of the coolest things to experience. I’ll give […]