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Newsletter 2016 1015

written by

Ben Simmons

posted on

October 15, 2016

“Maybe we should stop asking why Real Food is so expensive and start

asking why processed food is so cheap.”

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Upcoming Order Deadlines


MADISON:
Order by Sunday, October 16, 2016
Pickup Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Hattiesburg & Hattiesburg Hwy 98 West
Order by Monday, October 17, 2016
Pickup Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Biloxi & Gulfport
Order by Monday October 17, 2016
Pickup Thursday, October 20, 2016

We believe in transparency, as there’s no better education about what it is we do, how we do it and why, than an honest and straightforward conversation about any aspect of our farm!

Thanksgiving Pork: We still have several pigs available for custom processing. All pigs will be delivered for harvest October 16th and will be ready for pickup the week of Thanksgiving. Treat your family special – serve them Real Farm Food beginning with Nature’s Gourmet Farm Thanksgiving ham.

Christmas Turkey: Our turkey poults arrived Thursday by the USPO along with Black Australorp chicks. The picture above is Beth giving each poult & chick a drink of water upon arrival. My youngest son calls it "waterboarding". Anyway, they are going to be fun. Since arrival I have gone in to check on them and will get down to look under the light. The turkeys run up to me and stretch their necks as far as they can and will try to peck my nose.

Anyway, thank you to all who signed up for a turkey and the encouragement for us to give this a try. I'll be in touch as we get closer to Christmas.

Farm Update – October will be the third month to meet customers at our Pickup Locations. And, we are very thankful how business has grown each month. What a blessing! We really did not know how folks would respond. In many other parts of the country farms have been sucessfully working during the week/ month and then taking a few days to meet customers to deliver their orders. I have thought about this a good bit and come to realize that is probably close to how farms once got their goods to consumers - of course, there were many more small farms then vs. the mega industrial farms we have now. We thank you for your business and support.

This year we have had numerous folks visit our farm to "learn" how we operate so they can maybe one day produce nutrient dense food and direct market in their communities. It has been a pleasure to get to know them and provide assistance. Several couples have been fellow Christians which is a whole nother blessing! We are very open to help folks who have a passion for farming the right way because we believe there is a great need for "clean" food - both meat and vegetables. The best thing consumers can do for their health is to cook from scratch using ingredients you know and when possible from a farmer you know.

Lastly, I was fortunate to be asked to speak about our farm and nutrition at a recent MS Power Wellness meeting. The theme for 2017 is Nutrition - Nutrition - Nutrition - Nutrition. The committee understands the importance of nutrition and employee (family) health and is working to educate employees about the benefits of nutrition.

Did you know Nature's Gourmet Farm has a Facebook page? Never thought I would be saying this but, "you can LIKE us from our website"

Take care,

Ben

More from the blog

Are Foreign Imports "Local"?

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