Visitor Feedback

Take a moment to read through all the great experiences at Baxter Barn! We would love for you to share your feedback on your experience for future visitors. Thanks!

 

 Julie H.  We have been going to Baxter Barn for about 3 years now and my girls and I have always adored the experience.  I feel like we are stepping back in time or are a thousand miles away from where we actually are and I instantly feel at peace. The farm store is so charming with an old-timey feel and our girls love to wander and admire the variety of beautiful birds, cats, rabbits, and goats kept in impeccably clean enclosures next to the store.

Brandon and Cory are down to earth and incredibly knowledgeable; they have helped me countless times through a variety of situations with our chicks and hens. I've called in a panic more than once and have been given the right information to address or resolve the issue adequately. One time we needed medication and they gave it to us for free, leaving it bagged up and ready to go to pick-up after hours. If we have had chicks pass (remarkably only 2 out of approximately 20 we have purchased over the years), they have always replaced them without question. Their feed is superior and their prices are fair.

While I can see why some of the less favorable reviewers were put off by Cory's manner, if you have some awareness and understanding it is easy to see past his quiet nature and somewhat flat-affect and recognize his peaceful nature and passion for the well-being of the birds. If he didn't care about the animals, he would sell one chick at a time or chicks of different ages, for example, against his moral and ethical compass knowing it's not in the animal's best interest. While I myself have been disappointed at times to find what I had hoped to transpire did not, I and my young girls were able to recognize it for what it is and that their business is not about me getting what I want when I want it... as we have become so accustomed to in our oft privileged and entitled culture.

Finally, I have been to different parts of the farm - to the back area where older chicks and pullets are kept and to another part back behind the house where roosters and some other varieties are kept.  Both areas were clean, the animals in good shape, and I didn't see anything in question about their care. I love the whole experience and have been more than pleased with the quality of their products and the variety and health of the chicks.  I highly recommend giving them a try AND CALL FIRST if you are looking to purchase birds. You won't be disappointed and may just end up with a new favorite family adventure for a Saturday afternoon.

 

{My New Crush} submitted by Joey

 

Yesterday, I fell in love. The kind of love that made my eyes light up and my heart swell with warmth. The kind that made me want to just put my arms around him and hold him tight. I don’t know if it was his huge brown eyes, that he approached me, or his thick brown fur. Perhaps it was the cute way his ears twitched like TV antennae searching for a signal when I spoke to him, as if he were really listening to my words…

 

Whatever the reason, after meeting him – Christian - I definitely had a newfound appreciation for donkeys. Yes, brown, furry, mini-donkeys to be exact :) Christian and his lady friend Belle approached me at the fence and entertained me as I snapped a few photos and told them how cute they were until I moved on to see the rest of Baxter Barn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jake and I drove out to Baxer Barn in Fall City the other day simply to purchase some pastured chicken eggs. We had been wanting to visit a farm for ages, and finally made the effort to do so. We thought we would simply show up, pay for the eggs, and come home. But we were much more fortunate than that. We were greeted by the owner, Cory, and he gave us a tour and answered all of our questions about his chickens. (Thank you, Cory, for your kindness and your time!)

 

 

 

The chickens at Baxter Barn are true scavengers, they eat bugs and peck the grounds and mill all around the farm with the other animals, and their diet is also supplemented by some organic veggies. This means they lay better quality eggs than the ones from factory farming, which in turn means a healthier you for eating those eggs :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After this experience, I definitely encourage you to visit your local farms. (See yesterday’s blog post to find one near you!) See how the animals live, what they eat, interview the farmers and just soak it all in. Besides being good for your health, being around these animals also feels so good for the soul. I came home with so much more than chicken eggs that day. And I’ll definitely think twice next time before I consider calling someone an ass :)

 

Enjoy some photos from around the farm, and, as always –

 

Happy Eating :) Joey

http://paleogirls.com/

{Where's the Beef?} submitted by Joey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s unfortunate that finding great-sourced protein isn’t as simple as walking in your local grocer these days. Well, unless you’ve done your homework and know where to shop and exactly what you’re looking for. We’ve done our research, and it still feels as though we’re learning something new every day.

 

Even the shops that do source the healthiest forms of meat don’t always make it easy on the shoppers… from terms from like organic to natural to grass-fed but, wait, is that 100% grass-fed or mostly grass-fed then grain-finished beef? And those chickens and eggs – are they free-range, like for REAL on a farm, or do they just get a small window to go out if they want or can even get to it from their crowded barn? Do they eat organic food? And is that organic feed or real bugs and stuff they find on the farms? I tell you, shopping for the best can be simply exhausting.

 

We’re working on a local guide for all of our Seattle friends, but until then I wanted to share two websites that Jake found that have been great resources for us to learn a bit more about where our local food is coming from. We even visited one these farms we found on here today to pick up some pastured eggs, and I’ll have a full post coming up on that shortly.

 

So, to find some great-sourced protein and veggies in your area, check out the following websites. To get the best answers about each farm, visit their websites (links are usually included), and go check the farm out for yourself!

 

{EAT WILD}

{LOCAL HARVEST}

 

Our friends at Whole 9 Life also wrote this spectacular post on  Chicken Eggs recently. Sort of an “eggtionary” to help ease your shopping confusion:)

 

Happy eating! Joey

http://paleogirls.com/

Belle and Christian

A true pastured chicken!

 Pastured eggs, straight from the farm.

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Hours and Information

Closed on Sunday and Monday.

 

POULTRY AND TOURS (By Appointment Only)

10am-4pm, Tuesday-Saturday

(If over 70°, 10am-12pm)

 

FARM STORE (Feed & Supplies):

10am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday

(No Appointment Necessary)

 

Tours Available by Appointment:

$8/per person - $24 minimum

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