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Time to Place Your October Orders!

written by

Ben Simmons

posted on

October 14, 2017

Product Update –

1) Chicken - We have some 3# and 4# chicken available on our website for October pickup locations. Last batch for 2017 will be available November
4th. You can reserve your needs by emailing me how many you want.

2) Beef - Have you ordered your Half Beef-Custom Processed yet? Confirm your order with your deposit today! To learn more visit our store at https://naturesgourmetfarm.com/store/product/half-beef-custom-processed

Next Processing Date is October 22nd

3) Pork - We have plenty of pork in stock. For a limited time we will offer Pork Chops on sale. Buy 15 pounds and get 15% off the regular price. Sale price $6.35 per pound. Save $1.15 per pound.

Did you know you can pickup your order directly from our farm? Simply place your order and coordinate a time. We had two customers stop by today.

Farm Update –

Thankfully, Nate was mostly a non-event here at the farm. We had very little wind and only received an inch of rain (could have used more rain for our cool-season pastures).

Otherwise, it has been a very hectic week with much to do. I've continued planting cool season pastures and have another 35 acres planted and have about 60 acres left to plant. 

Seems there have been a lot of things to break this week that had to be fixed before I could finish daily task! I think it would be hard to farm without
skills to fix stuff to include welding, plumbing, electrical, etc.

We picked up beef from Attala Tuesday and delivered Custom Beef Orders to customers. Additionally, we delivered fresh ground beef to a new restaurant customer in Flowood - name is Grant's Kitchen & Grill located behind Lowe's. He is scheduled to open next weekend so when in the area stop in and try his grassfed beef hamburger with meat supplied by Nature's Gourmet Farm. Not only will you have a nutritious & tasty burger but, you would be supporting our regenerative local farm and Mississippi's economy. 

Our egg sales have really been doing good and it has been hard to keep up with demand. We had been looking for more hens and finally found some from an Amish family in MO. On top of processing broilers Friday, we also received delivery of 400 hens. As you might guess our older hens were not impressed with having "new" company to move into their space. The first couple of days have been a bit tense between US and THEM. However, they seem to be settling in a little better today.

Customer Feedback- 

Quote Worth Re-Quoting – "The effects of not cooking are similarly far reaching. Relying upon corporations to process our food means we consume large quantities of fat, sugar, and salt; disrupt an essential link to the natural world; and weaken our relationships with family and friends." Michael Pollan in his book titled COOKED

As always, thank you for supporting our regenerative, local farm.

Ben & Beth

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It may surprise you that I do receive AND read several weekly newsletters from other farms that I know and trust. Last week, Paul Brown who owns Nourished By Nature in Bismark, ND (son of Gabe Brown) wrote a really good article on import beef and he agreed to let me share with my customers. So, here goes! If you recall, the last newsletter we sent out referred to the statistic that today, only 2% of the population in the US produces food for the entire country (plus imports) as compared to 17% in 1940. This is unprecedented and it makes me wonder, what happened over the last 80 years? And where will we be in another 80? No wait, how about 10 years??? Will all US food production be outsourced?

Product Updates & More

First, a quick followup from last week's email where I shared my letter to Sec. Watson. This generated a lot of interest and response from our customers - ALL very positive and thankful for us taking the stand we do. Several customers also shared that they were personal friends with Sec. Watson and would contact him regarding our farm. So far, I have not heard from him. Cindy shared the following: Thank you for speaking out about issues that many of us are very upset about and feel like we have no voice. Hopefully, Secretary Watson will actually do something. In my opinion, Farm Bureau is against most Mississippians. They were against the illegal land sales to the Chinese and other foreign countries who want to harm us. I was at the meeting at the Capitol a few months ago and saw it firsthand. They are against any legislation to protect pets, such as dogs and cats, from animal abusers, in addition to the chicken and dairy issues you mentioned above. I am no fan at all of Farm Bureau. They are a detriment to our state. But they have a powerful lobby and lots of friends in influential places . And lots of farmers, big farmers, are fans. I have always been a fan of ag commissioner Gipson and I expect he will run for governor one day. I’m not sure if it’s a political play, but it seems that he is quiet on most of these issues. One exception is the Land deals, because he did chair those groups and hold the hearings.

Letter To Sec. Watson MS Secretary of State

This week I received an email from Sec. Watson regarding his offices' plan and successes in eliminating administrative and MS Code bottlenecks that hold back business growth. He also asked for input on areas that affect our business. Have you ever heard the saying, "Be Careful What You Ask For?" Well, here is my response to Sec. Watson. I'm still waiting to hear back from him - which I truly hope will happen. Sec. Watson, first let me thank you for aggressively tackling these tough issues. Too many politicians today are mere pawns of