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This hay season is turning into the best harvest conditions I have seen in some time. Not in terms of tons per acre or early harvesting, but rather for outstanding hay quality. The cooler spring temperatures and rain are causing the growth timing of our alfalfa and grasses to perfectly align — meaning they are all at peak harvest stages simultaneously.

Each species of forage in a field needs to be harvested just as they first begin to flower. Harvest before this stage, and you compromise the long-term health of the plant. Harvest after this stageĀ and the hay quality declines dramatically.

As a plant begins to flower, it’s energy stores are used to begin the reproduction process — leaving less energy and nutrients in the hay. Late harvesting reduces nutrient density, energy, and palatability, and leaves the hay physically coarse and stemmy.

The trick is to achieve a hay stand in which all the species in the mix reach the perfect growth stage at the same time.

Here are a few samples of perfect growth timing taken from one of our fields today:


This is one of the few alfalfa flowers just beginning to bloom in the field. If more than 10% of the buds have flowered, the hay is past peak harvesting and will be increasingly stemmy. This field is <1% in flower today.


The long and slender Timothy grass seed heads are just beginning to emerge from the flower stem.


Barely ahead of the Timothy grass, the Orchard grass is also in early boot stage with its unique flower just beginning to emerge.

We carefully select our plant varieties to help achieve good growth timing and buy the highest quality seeds to ensure consistency. But nothing is more impactful than the blessing of good seasonal weather patterns!

The hay pictured above was harvested today, and we hope to have it baled early this coming week if the weather holds.

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Lot 523165


This lot is SOLD OUT

Our first harvest this season is in the barn. 20% alfalfa (10% to 20% range) mixed grass hay in 50 pound small square bales with poly twine.

This was an early cutting with the alfalfa at 0% flower, so it has a good soft texture. The hay is completely free of pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers for exceptional palatability. See What To Expect From Our Hay for more information.

Priced at $7 per bale. Contact us to place your order and arrange pickup.



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We are enjoying a cool and wet Spring on our farm, which has delayed the start of our hay season. Based on current hay field conditions, I anticipate we will begin harvesting at the next window with no rain in the forecast — hopefully in the next two weeks.

Our first harvest will be a 40% alfalfa mix with grass hay.

We want to invite you to join us on Facebook and share the excitement of our growing farm! Also, be sure to check out our new Pastured Pork website, Hands-On Hogs.

We look forward to seeing you this year!

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Lot 706152

Update 7/20/15 — This lot is SOLD OUT

Just in time for the rain to resume tomorrow, we put our 2nd cutting from field 2 in the barn this evening. 

50% alfalfa with orchard and Timothy grasses. Harvested at 60% bloom, so this is coarser hay than our premium hay. 50 pound small square bales, poly twine. 

$5.00 per bale. Contact us to arrange pickup. Delivery is not currently available (see here for more details on delivery). 


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Lot 606154

Update 6/9/15 — This lot is SOLD OUT

Our annual Timothy grass harvest from field 4 is now in the barn and ready for pickup. 100% Timothy grass with seed heads just beginning to emerge. Small quantity of clover was present in the field — less than 2%. 

Bales are standard small squares, poly twine, average 50lbs. Priced at $6.00 per bale. 

Contact us to arrange for your order. 


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Lot 523152

Update 6/20/15 — This lot is SOLD OUT

First cutting from field 2 is now in the barn and ready for pickup. 35% alfalfa with Timothy, Orchardgrass and EF-Fescue. Very fine textured hay — see the photo below of a handful from the center of a bale. 

Bales are standard small squares, poly twine, average 45lbs. Priced at $6.00 per bale. 

Contact us to arrange for your order. 

Thanks, and have a great Memorial Day weekend!


Be sure to check out What To Expect From Our Hay to learn about what goes into the hay we grow hay for your horses. 

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Lot 0522155

Update 5/23/15 — This lot is SOLD OUT

We started baling a day earlier than expected, and have 25% alfalfa hay in the barn available for pickup. Mix is alfalfa, Timothy, Orchardgrass and EF Fescue — all Byron Seeds varieties for quality horse mixes. From field 5.

Bales are standard small squares averaging 50 pounds, poly twine. Alfalfa was 0% in flower, so this is young and tender hay. 


Priced at $6.00 per bale. Contact us to arrange pickup. 

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We mowed all of field 5 this evening for the start of our third cutting. This hay will average 35% alfalfa, and is in early budding stage — only 1% in flower — so this will be a soft, sweet hay.

We’ll post available quantities and pricing as soon as the bales are in the barn on Saturday. Some is already pre-ordered, so contact us early if you’re interested in this cutting.


Be sure to take a look at the What To Expect From Our Hay section for important information about our premium horse hay.

Have a great holiday weekend!

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Lot 705144

Final Timothy harvest of the season is in! 60 pound bales, sisal twine, and perfect drying conditions. Excellent hay, priced at $6.00 per bale.

There are only about 100 still available. All remaining Timothy hay has been reserved. Please watch our postings for Teff grass later in the season if you need a hay comparable to Timothy.


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This has been a good cool and moist season for Timothy hay, our highest demand product. More will be in the barn this weekend.


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