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December Farm Video Tour

written by

Ben Simmons

posted on

January 13, 2024

Good Morning from your farmer,

What our country needs are thousands of small family farms serving their communities with healthy food raised naturally and sold locally.

Friday, December 15th I meet up with Olivia here on our farm to make a video that she would then share on their YouTube channel. Olivia and her husband Paul once owned a small direct market farm in Indiana...then sold their farm to travel and interview farmers and share their stories. You can watch Olivia and the other farms they have interviewed at this link.

So, I decided to make the video to support my belief that what our country needs are thousands of small family farms serving their communities with healthy food raised naturally and sold locally. I believe what we are doing should be duplicated around the country and hopefully there will be those watching that might be interested.

Her visit was 3-hours, but Paul did a good job of condencing the conversation to about 55 minutes. In the video you will hear about my background as well as conversation around key activities like soil health, compost, and our plants.

Here is the link on our YouTube channel. Hope you enjoy and please leave your comments or reply to this email.


** Product Availability Update **

NOTE: Restocks are made about 6 PM on the dates indicated below!

Chicken - Next restock will be January 24, 2024. Yes, we will be raising chickens throughout the winter months. NOTE we pushed out the Jan 10th restock as the chickens are growing slower with the weather changes

Turkey - Whole turkeys are sold out. Restocked Ground, legs, thighs, and wings Jan 10th

Eggs - Restock each Wednesday. Received 950 new pullet hens Thursday, Nov 9th. Starting to get a few small to medium eggs

Beef - Fully Stocked. Next restock will be January 19, 2024

Pork -Fully Stocked - except for bacon

Lamb - Restocked September 13th. Scheduled to process lamb in November, but this has been delayed. Probably Mar 2024

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