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Newsletter 2016 1224

written by

Ben Simmons

posted on

December 24, 2016

RECIPE – Round Steak: Recently a customer asked me how I recommend cooking round steak. Then, out of the blue, Stephen sent me his recipe.

Make a roux with extra virgin olive oil, flour and some organic beef broth. Also known as brown gravy. Cook in a black iron skillet.

Then put round steak seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic in skillet and cover steak with 4 sliced onions, put lid on and cook for 2 hours on low heat.

It melted in our mouth and the flavor was like when I was a kid at home.

Real simple, hardest part is to make a roux. Little practice and you get it.

Stephen G.

Customer Comments:

1)   As you know, we bought a half pig back in September from you. It has been very good. My wife monitors my cholesterol very close – even after eating all the bacon and sausage my cholesterol has actually improved! SG

2)   Hello! We purchased a side of cow from you a bit back…I work for a small coop…I am impressed nearly daily with the quality of your product. SM

I receive Newsletters from Pharo Cattle Company, a seedstock producer of grass-based (solar) bulls. Kit recently asked readers to share their experience with needs vs. wants regarding grass-fed beef. One reply is worth sharing.

“The first article in your last PCC Update is absolutely true – but allow me make a suggestion.  People do want beef but there is one reason they need beef and that is for good health.   Beef that is grass-fed and non-chemical provides healthy fats.  When we eat healthy fats, our bodies create ketones in the digestion process.  Ketones kill cancer cells.  Sugar and grains (that turn to sugar) feed cancer cells.  If we eat healthy fats and no sugars, we will be much less likely to get cancer – and much more likely to cure cancer.

Last February, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer with a tumors at L4 stage in the spinal column and lymph nodes.  I stopped eating all sugar and grains and increased my consumption of our grass-fed beef, pastured poultry and pastured eggs.  I also started three oxygen supplements (cancer cannot survive in the presence of oxygen) and in August I was cancer free.  The tumor was gone, the spine was clear, the lymph nodes were clean and the prostate was normal once again.

You are correct that beef is a want for the most part – but it is a health need if grown and promoted properly.  Beans and chicken will never fill this void.  If beef is grazed in a MiG way, we can restore carbon to the soil and produce more oxygen into the atmosphere.  What's not to like about beef?”

 Bob Bard – Texas

Is Sugar Addiction Real? Based on an article in the Fall 2016 Weston A. Price journal by Tiffany Wright, PhD, the Skinny Coach – “of the six hundred thousand products in the grocery store, 80% have added sugar, and 60 percent of the American diet is made up of processed food, the amount of sugar the average American is consuming is phenomenal.

Americans consumed a mere four pounds of sugar per year in the 1700’s; today Americans consume one hundred sixty-eight pounds (168) of sugar yearly.”

Industrial grown meats & vegetables are bland tasting thus companies add chemical flavorings, sugar, and or salt so they will “taste good” to consumers.

Quote Worth Re-Quoting –

“The time is always right to do what is right.”   ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

More from the blog

Website Changes Coming

About two months ago Seven Sons announced they had SOLD Grazecart to POS Nation in Charlotte, NC. Our farm was in the top 5 to signup to use Grazecart back in December 2015. Back then it was very hard to set up... you had to work with the IT guy to program your site. Basically, flying by the seat of your pants. I had learned about Seven Sons and Grazecart during my time on the Board of the Grassfed Exchange Conference where Blaine was also on the Board. Additionally, you may remember that when we decided to add hens to our farm Beth & I visited Seven Sons to check out their operation. But, they (and we) perservered and today Grazecart is very functional and easy to "program" using widgets. So, the sale really saddened me because one of the compelling reasons we chose GC was that it was developed by farmers for farmers who market and sell direct to consumers. A little statistic - last year Grazecart supported about 450 farms. Our farm was in the top 25 largest users of Grazecart coming in around 22 or 23 if I remember correctly. There was no reason(s) given for the sale! The next communication came about a month ago stating POS Nation would transition Grazecart Stripe credit card process to POS Nation Stripe - again, no reason given. Farms were instructed to create an account on the new site and be ready for the migration to happen. All of this we have done. We are prepared, but have not yet been migrated. Then, this week several farms who had been migrated expressed disappointing results and lack of visibility on payments, payouts, reporting, etc. on the POS Nation site. I know when I checked my account status I could not log in. It took 4 email conversations over a 12-hour period AND then a couple of phone calls Friday morning before the issue was resolved. Late Friday afternoon the VP of Grazecart (POS Nation) emailed customers that the migration was put on hold until complaints were resolved. Additionally, this week - DRIP that powers our email marketing function communicated that Google & Yahoo email were cracking down on emails like our newsletters that are not delivered into inboxes. There are many reasons for this, but mostly folks are searching the internet and come across our website. They sign up to "check us out", and after awhile, decide to move on. Most never make a purchase. Some will make only one purchase and probably decide this is not what they are used to and fall away. Instead of using the "Unsubscribe" feature found at the bottom of our newsletter, they "Block" our email delivery. These are the ones that Google & Yahoo are after because these go into Spam folders and not inboxes. I am sure this is a big deal for email providers that cost them big money considering the shear volume of emails sent on a daily basis. That said, next week we will "Deactivate" about 288 DRIP accounts from ever receiving any of our emails. Well, enough of that for now! Remember, we showed pictures of the 23 registered Red Angus cows purchased from a ranch in WY? Well, they have started calving. Two of them this week. Here is a picture of the FIRST one. So glad we can celebrate this birth with our customers. At Nature's Gourmet Farm, our intent is to create a community that evolves 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. If you are new to our farm then maybe you have been looking for premium ALL NATURAL GOODNESS of beef, pork, chicken, and eggs raised on pasture as God intended - with emphasis on Regenerative Principles and NOT conventionally raised animals (with growth hormones, drugs, chemicals, and antibiotics) - and where animals are treated humanely - then you have come to the right farm. Our delivery schedule and product availability are listed below along with order buttons that will take you to our website where you can browse over 90 product choices and place your order from the convenience of your home. It's that simple! ** Product Availability Update ** NOTE: Restocks are made about 6 PM on the dates indicated below! Chicken - Restocked May 8th. next restock will be May 23rd. . Turkey - Only have ground turkey and turkey wings available. Eggs - Restocked each Wednesday. We are well stocked on eggs - especially large at this time. Beef - Restocked April 19th. Next restock will be May 17th. Pork - Restocked fresh cuts Wednesday, May 8th followed by cured items (bacon) about 12 days later. Lamb - April 17th lamb did not work out. They were only 50 lb live weight or about half the weight needed for slaughter.

Updates & Musings From Farmer Ben

Last week I announced that we continue to have strong demand for our half beef custom orders, and that we have scheduled a harvest date for 6 "custom" beef with Homestead Farm & Packing in Lucedale, MS. Here are the key dates: April 27th 6 beef (12 halves) added to our website for orders. First-come, First-served. Customer pays deposit to reserve order. June 1st Cut-sheet due not later than this date. Best practice is to complete within a week of placing order. Cut sheet can be found at this link - scroll to the bottom of the page June 3rd I will deliver the cows to the plant.

Do You Need A Half Beef? Must Read

Before I get into the main topic, let me share that our new mama cows are going great. They are settling in and now curious when we come around. For example, last Monday Jared picked up a load of chips for our chick brooder bedding and while unloading they eased up to see what we were doing. Very cool! Next, we want everyone to know that we are mostly FULLY STOCKED on beef, pork, eggs, and chicken. Its been a long time since we were last able to communicate that. Exceptions are filet, flank, and hanger steaks. Who bought all of those filets?