Product Update –
1) Chicken- The first batch was harvested Friday. All breast & leg quarters were sold in a day. We have limited availability for whole chickens in July and August. Email me to reserve yours today!
2)Beef - Individual cuts - we are back in stock on all beef items and will be adding more on April 29th.
Custom Half Beef - I have added more for processing the week of May 13th. If you are interested in a half beef please follow this link to learn more and place your deposit to reserve your order https://naturesgourmetfarm.com/custom-bulk-orders
3) Pork- We are back in stock on pork as I picked up the past group from the processor Tuesday. If you are looking for a half or whole pig we will process again in July
4) Eggs- Egg production is running on ALL cylinders! Lay rate is 95-98% which is outstanding. We have added all size options to our website and can easily fill your orders.
Stew Hens are back in stock. As we processed them this week we noticed all the rich "yellow" fat". A TRUE Pastured Raised and NOT grain fed animal's fat will be yellow. This is a sure sign that you are buying a true forage or pasture raised animal vs. grain fed.
Hey, Ben here -this week I want to share a story written by another farmer. We've shared other farmer stories from time to time as our belief is as "real food" farmers we should be collaborative and not competitive! Besides, I certainly do not have all the knowledge, ideas, etc. We learn from each other.
The farmer who wrote this piece is none other than the renowned Joel Salatin himself, the farmer/writer/philosopher of Polyface Farm.
Some folks call Joel the most famous farmer in the world, or the most eclectic thinker from Virginia since Thomas Jefferson. Joel calls himself a Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer. I call him my most influential pasture mentor as well as one of my favorite writers. After reading several of his books Beth & I visited his farm July 2011 along with 1,998 other interested folks.
A few days ago I read Joel's latest 'Musings from The Lunatic Farmer' and was startled by the title "ORGANIC GLYPHOSATE." Organic Glyphosate? Now that's a mega oxymoron!
But yes, the unbelievable is true. USDA organic inspectors have sold out organic integrity to the highest bidder... Industrial Organics.
As Joel describes here, the inspectors now allow industrial growers to spray acres of fields with glyphosate herbicide (Roundup) to kill everything and then to grow "Certified Organic" produce in plastic buckets sitting on these killed fields. There is no soil in the buckets. Zero. Nada. Only water with liquid fertilizer.
Did anyone really believe that the artificially cheap organics in the grocery stores was a good thing, an improvement, a dream comes true?
To real organic farmers who grow real foods in real soil on real farms... it's a nightmare.
But I'll let Mr. Salatin tell you the story: Take it away Joel!
By Joel Salatin - April 11, 2019
The Real Organic community is abuzz about new confirmations that organic certifiers are okay with hydroponic plants grown in pots sitting on black plastic over glyphosate-laden soil.
Black pots the size of a 5-gallon bucket sit on acres and acres of land. How do you maintain that land like a sterile table top for those buckets of hydroponic (without soil) blueberries? You kill all the vegetation with Roundup, turning the soil to concrete, and then you place the buckets on top. Organic certifiers are fine with that.
The reasoning is that the herbicide is not actually in the buckets holding the plants; just in the soil on which the buckets sit. But since the plants don't go into the soil, the plastic bucket barrier keeps things on the up-and-up for certification.
Just when you thought organic compromise couldn't get worse, it does. This is a classic case. Not only is the U.S. the only country that certifies plants grown without soil as organic, we're the only country that allows such a deadly herbicide to be used as part of the system. It shows how once you open that door of organic fraud, you head down a slippery slope of more egregious fraud.
A little fraud does not morph into no fraud. It progresses into greater fraud.
Why in the world the organic community ever thought the government could be trusted with something as idealistic and full of integrity as organic production is beyond me and why here at Polyface we don't play the gamesmanship of the program. It is becoming more rotten by the day and proves the best way to know what's going on is to buy from sources you vet yourself. Interestingly, these organic producers often show how they're growing and make no attempt to hide it.
That shows that they believe the brazen adulteration of the National Organic Products Act is now so embedded in the consumer psyche that all of this is broadly and unquestionably accepted.
Why should we pay more for organic blueberries when they're grown on top of Roundup and in buckets without soil?
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, better for the land and better for the community.
Customer Feedback- "I wanted to let you know what a wonderful meal my family shared at my home yesterday, Resurrection Sunday! I oven roasted one of your wonderful chickens, cooked one of your rump roasts in my Instant Pot, and braised two packages of your short ribs in my slow cooker! I can truthfully say it was nothing but “praise to the cook” for me from my meat eating clan!! Thank you for what do to help us eat healthy!" Lydia C
Quote Worth Re-Quoting – “The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.” – Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture
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Ben & Beth