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Around The Farm Updates

written by

Ben Simmons

posted on

June 16, 2019

Product Update –

1) Chicken- We process our third batch of chickens this Friday. Currently, whole chickens are sold out for the year. Individual pieces will be back in stock June 22nd for orders just in time for the June 26th pickup date.

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

Custom Half Beef - I have added more for processing the week of June 17th. If you are interested in a half beef please follow this link to learn more and place your deposit to reserve your order

3) Pork
 We are back in stock on pork (except bacon & chops). If you are looking for a half or whole pig I have added inventory for Custom Pork to our store. Process date will be July 21st - just in time for stocking up for fall.

4) Eggs- Egg production has slowed down - mostly from the older hens. We've coordinated to receive younger hens so we can get them acclimated during the summer sales slump.

Hey, Ben here. Just a few quick updates from the farm today!

As you know, we are in the process of building a USDA small on-farm poultry processing facility. This is mostly a self-help project where I have hired a contractor for his skill and expertise and am his helper. Some of the areas we are taking care of ourselves. One of the task required us to extend the metal quinset hut 12'. The steel arrived last Saturday and since the contractor was tied up elsewhere on Wednesday, Beth, her dad and I installed 5 of the 6 arches that span 40' wide and 16' high.

We have been working very hard to get our facility to the point we can process chickens by Friday. This has consumed our time over the past 3 weeks. Fortunately we are well on the way to being ready.

Beth and I took a few minutes to ride over the pastures late Saturday afternoon. Back in January I wondered if some of the pastures would ever dry out. Well, they have dried out and now we could really use some rain. The cows are doing great and the calves have really grown.

People have been asking about when our half and whole pigs will be available? Well, today I have added inventory to our website to receive your orders. Processing date has been scheduled for July 21st. This is a great time to stock up for fall pork. Remember, these are our heritage breed Tamworth pigs known for their great bacon - and they make great sausage as well. Mr. Archie at Attala Frozen Foods cures the meat the old fashion way vs. chemical injections so expect it to take longer to process.

Many folks call to ask about organic! There is an organization called "The Cornucopia Institute". The Cornucopia Institute engages in educational activities supporting the ecological principles and economic wisdom underlying sustainable and organic agriculture. This week a customer shared an article she read on their site about organic certifiers written from the farmer perspective. You can read the article here.

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- "Excellent beef and chicken! Friendly and convenient service. They also provide cooking guidance and are quick to answer any questions. A + !!" J Sours

Quote Worth Re-Quoting – “The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the pantry, the cellar, the backyard.” – Joel Salatin

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

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