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written by

Ben Simmons

posted on

March 2, 2017

This is the LAST weekend to place your order before deliveries NEXT week.

We still have a few pigs looking for a home and are taking orders/ deposits for half beef.

Consider This – Just this week a regular customer called to let me know she was placing her order for half a pig and half a beef. She is a mother of three young boys and each year she invest her tax refund in nutritious and great tasting beef & pork to feed her growing family for the year. She understands the Price + Convenience + Quality model I wrote about a few weeks ago.

Conviction or Belief – I have been wanting to share my thoughts about Conviction verses Belief but I just did not quite have all my thoughts together. Then, in Sunday School we were studying about Joseph and how Potiphar’s wife was tempting Joseph. Then our teacher used the words conviction and belief followed by Test. And that provided the missing piece I was looking for.

So, what am I talking about? Our website has been operating about 1-year now. In that time we have just over 400 folks who have signed up to be a customer. However, only about 50% have placed at least one order. I am sure each person Believes that our industrial food system is responsible (to some extent) for the increase in obesity (MS leads the nation), diabetes, autism, cancer, and etc. I am sure each person believes that the 15-fold increase in the use of glyphosate (1.65 billion pounds in 2014) is destroying our health and environment. And, the list gets longer!

What is the difference between Belief and Conviction? The answer is found in the word Test! People move from belief to conviction when they take action that supports their beliefs. Like Joseph, who had a conviction to do what was right, was able to flee Potiphar’s wife’s temptation – he passed the test of his conviction!

Quotes Worth Re-Quoting –

“The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size.”   ~ Albert Einstein

“Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change.” ~Jim Rohn

Sometimes we are forced to change – like a lady that called this week whose husband is recovering from cancer treatment. She has a strong conviction to improve the quality of her family’s food choices… regardless of the price or convenience. She was thankful we are here to give her a local choice.

We are very thankful for our customers – many have been with us from the beginning as we learned, tried, failed, succeeded, changed, grew, etc. Thank you for your encouraging words, support, and sharing our farm with family & friends.

The question that remains is if you have not purchased from us - what will it take to get you to place an order?

Nature’s Gourmet Farm “Goes To Washington” – A few weeks ago I mentioned we were being vetted by National Sustainable Agriculture for a trip to DC to share our farm story with Congressman Palazzo. Well, our farm was selected and I should be going the middle of March. We are honored to be chosen to represent and be a voice for small family farms in Mississippi.

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Since we started selling via our online store in 2016, the number of visitors to our farm increased. Then, building the on-farm USDA poultry plant in 2019 spurred a lot of interest from folks who were interested in raising pastured poultry and were looking for a way around the MS Department of Ag regulation limiting the number of chickens per farm to only 1,000 per year. Most of the folks visiting were potential customers looking for naturally raised meats to feed their families.

Farmer Musings!

Beth & I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving - and turkey if you purchased one our our pastured turkeys. For our family the turkey did not disappoint. I spatchcocked (removed the backbone) so the turkey would lay flat. Beth then brined it for a day before smoking. It turned out tasty and juicy. Before our Thanksgiving meal each of us shared something we were thankful for. Beth's sister Debra shared the following:

A Day Processing Ground Beef!

Overall rain this week on our farm was about ONE inch! Not a lot in the big scheme of things, but very appreciated. It was enough to make a difference for our winter grass as you can see from this picture. In some areas of other pastures it appears that the seedlings died after germinating back in October. An observation that the heavy dews was not enough to keep them alive.