2019 0518 Around The Farm Updates

May 18, 2019

Product Update –

1) Chicken- The second batch will be harvested May 24th. Due to rough handling during shipment we will not have any pieces available from this batch. There may be a few whole chickens available for July & August. Otherwise, our chicken are sold out.

2)Beef - Individual cuts - we are back in stock on all beef items and will be adding more late May

Custom Half Beef - I have added more for processing the week of June 10th. If you are interested in a half beef please follow this link to learn more and place your deposit to reserve your order https://naturesgourmetfarm.com/custom-bulk-orders

3) Pork- We are back in stock on pork (except chops) as I picked up the past group from the processor April 23rd. If you are looking for a half or whole pig we will process again in July

4) Eggs- Egg production is running on ALL cylinders! Lay rate is 95-98% which is outstanding. We have added all size options to our website and can easily fill your orders.

Stew Hens are back in stock. As we processed them we noticed all the rich "yellow" fat". A TRUE Pastured Raised and NOT grain fed animal's fat will be yellow. This is a sure sign that you are buying a true forage or pasture raised animal vs. grain fed.

FARM UPDATE:
Hey, Ben here. Since February, our pastures have really excelled. Currently, the Persian Clover is in bloom. It produces a purple flower with a very sweet lavender smell. Every aspect of this clover supports its reputation for excellent forage quality. Mature stems are soft, hollow and have thin structural plant cell walls, leading it to be more digestible than red clover or alfalfa. Some common forage tests boast CP 16-21%. Not to mention, studies have shown persian clover to be more palatable than rape, alfalfa, fescue or perennial ryegrass. High productivity during March- April, provides excellent regrowth potential into early June following grazing. Given the right circumstances, one could expect Persian clover to naturally reseed and be redistributed by wind/water via its very mobile, light weight, seed pods. Spring flowers are known to also attract flower flies, which larva are a leading predator of aphids.

Our pastures have supported an amazing weight gain on our steers this Spring. We took three for harvest this week that had a really nice "finish" profile. I am sure these families will be very pleased with their custom beef orders.

Providing NON-GMO Project Verified feed to local farms is one of the ways we work to collaborate with other farms to help grow our markets. Currently, we have three Mississippi farms and one each in Alabama and Louisiana buying feed for their farm to support their local communities.Market analysis say that buying NON-GMO is the number one market trend - even above organic. It does make a difference in the quality and nutrient density of your food.

This Thursday, Ashby Foote and his team with Bigger Pie Forum will visit Nature's Gourmet Farm and complete a Podcast Recording. BPF researches and shares educational information encouraging Mississippi’s Economic Freedom while discouraging Crony Capitalism to increase Mississippi’s Economic Growth. Early April BPF completed two podcast with The Flora Butcher who I meet last August when we both testified before the MS Senate Ag Committee Meeting.

At Nature's Gourmet Farm, we thank you for supporting (integrity) regenerative food sources to create a food system that is better for the animals welfare, better for regenerating the land and better for a healthy community. That is the only way to make a positive impact.

Customer Feedback-
"We've tried several different products. The very best sausage and smoked sausage ever! Can't wait to see how great the smoked sausage is in my red beans and rice.
I cooked chuck roast tonight and it was over the top! My husband was very happy with the flavor in that roast.
We really enjoyed the ground beef when we cooked that also. I am sold on this grass fed beef and pork. I can't wait to see how the chicken taste.
With Nature's Gourmet Farm you can not go wrong!" R Ward

Quote Worth Re-Quoting
– “Farming cannot take place except in nature; therefore, if nature does not thrive, farming cannot thrive. But we know too that nature includes us. It is not a place into which we can reach from some safe standpoint outside it. We are in it and we are part of it while we use it. if it does not thrive, we cannot thrive. The appropriate measure of farming then is the world's health and our health, and this is inescapably one measure.” – Wendell Berry

Thank you for supporting our regenerative, local farm.
Ben & Beth

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