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Farm Updates

written by

Ben Simmons

posted on

July 12, 2023

Good Morning and hello from your farmer,

The most asked question is When will you have more chicken? Soon, I promise. the batch received two weeks ago is doing outstanding. These will go to pasture on Monday. And, we received another batch Friday morning about 6:15am and they are also doing very good..

There are two batches on pasture now. We have delayed the processing date for the next batch from July 11th to July 25th so they can grow a bit more. This is a good thing because I have had to purchase a new plucker (used processing equipment is hard to find these days). And, like a lot of things, there is not inventory sitting there waiting for an order like there once was. Fortunately, the new plucker will arrive well in advance of the new processing date of July 25th.

Additionally, we will process chicken again on August 1st. This means there will be two processing's BEFORE the August delivery dates - and a third processing August 15th to take care of the Jackson Metro route. Just in time - Right?

Wednesday we harvested 8-beef and 4-pigs. Our team accomplished this in 4.5 hours. They are amazingly good and we appreciate them a lot. Fresh pork will restock next week and beef about July 21st. Did you notice that we added an extra beef this time because we are too tight on inventory. Business has been strong.

Lydia sent me this picture a few weeks ago and told me it was a great teaching aid - a picture is worth a 1000 words as the saying goes. And, she is right. Notice that the cow is at the center of recycling carbon back into the soil where biology can use the carbon as food to grow grass. Do Not believe the folks who try to blame the cow for climate issues. The cow is NOT the problem...the problem IS THE HOW - every time soil is turned carbon is released into the atmosphere as ONE of the many examples of the problem. The cow surpresses carbon into the soil as a FREE solution vs. a technology solution that lines the pockets of a few at the expense of the many.

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On our farm we are also investing in composting. While I don't expect significant results the 1st year, I do expect our soil biology ratio to improve. Cory Miller in MT told me early June he is starting his third year applying compost extract and already he has gathered all the hay he needs to meet his farms needs - and his neighbors grass has not even started growing yet.

We are set with compost so that every time we rotate the cows off a pasture we will spray compost extract on the pasture they just left. That means each pasture should be sprayed multiple times this summer & fall.

You may remember that we had a soil consultant visit us June 23rd. Here is a recent picture of one of the piles we built. This pile will be ready to use by mid to late August and will be enough compost to spray all pasture acres at least one time. All materials came directly off our farm so no purchased inputs....

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The soil is the stomach or GUT for plants. It is very important to enhance soil with natural materials vs. chemicals that cause great harm. The same applies for humans. Your GUT health is key to your overall health. And, to have a healthy gut you have to feed it healthy food - not processed junk food full of chemicals and such. Right?

Lastly, one of our newest products is also one of our most healthy products as well. Since adding Beef Organ Burger to our inventory it has grown to be the biggest seller by number of packs (not counting ground beef bundles). We are glad so many find this items not only very tasty but also nutritious. If you have not tried it yet - what are you waiting for?

At Nature's Gourmet Farm, our intent is to create a community that will evolve around one of the most intrinsically important things of the ages, and that’s the provision of sustenance. That's our passion - to raise healthy food to nourish families and strengthen immune systems.

** Product Availability Update **

Chicken - Restocked June 28th. Next harvest date is July 25th with restock the following day. Processing will continue for twice per month for the balance of the year.

Eggs - Eggs are tight again. Will add eggs each Wednesday at 6pm along with any other items processed (like chicken)

Beef - Restocked June 22nd. Next restock will be about July 21st. Tallow (rendered) was added 7/01

Pork - Restocked April 28th. Bacon was added Monday, May 8th. We plan to restock pork again July 13th

Lamb - Restocked April 28th. Next restock will not be until July timeframe.

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