Restock Dates: Please see our Farm Blog where we post our weekly newsletter for the latest updates

Processing Plant Update

written by

Ben Simmons

posted on

October 28, 2021

Good Morning and hello from your farmer,

First, we appreciate the many folks who have contacted us to see if we were okay from Hurricane Ida. We are fine! The farm had minor downed limbs. The only issue really was the flooding of pastures from the heavy rain. Unfortunately, we lost about 130 broilers that were 3-4 weeks old.

We do have many customers in SW Mississippi and in Louisiana that have severe damage. I have had reports of lost of power that may last for two weeks or more. These are the folks we need to keep in our prayers.

If you have been following us the past few months you know we built a red meat processing plant where we plan to age, cut & wrap, make bacon & sausages, and freeze the products that we raise and or sell through our website. We have no intention of processing for the public!

Our plant has been ready since mid-April. In fact, we have processed pigs that were slaughtered by Homestead and then brought to our farm for further processing. This was done as a stop gap until the slaughter trailer was completed.

Several of our long term customers have recently visited the farm and toured our plant. Julie from Madison has bought half beef & whole pigs for almost 10 years now and has been to many of the processing plant to pickup her orders. She said our plant looks AND smells very clean. So much better than any of the other plants.

Rob from Mobile has also bought from us since we started selling chickens in 2013. He was really amazed and very complimentary of what we are doing.

So, what is the latest on the slaughter trailer????

Today, Hugh told me that the inspector has everything he needs to submit his operation to the USDA in Jackson, MS for his "Grant of Inspection". Once submitted, it takes about a week to 10 days to get all the paperwork signed, etc. That means we could be in business as early as September 14th.

Most likely our first harvest will be lamb. We have committed to purchase 10 grassfed lamb from a farmer/friend. Once harvested, it will take us about a week to have them on our website for sale. Obviously, more to follow as we get closer to the date.

Here's a few pictures-


SALE Items:
1) Beef Ribs - Sold Out

2) Pork Shoulder Roast/Boston Butt
- marked down $1.25 from $7.25/lb. to $6.00/lb. Save 17%

3) 3# Whole Chicken - price rollback to $3.90 lb.
We are getting a bit heavy on 3-4# whole chicken inventory and have decided to offer a rollback sale to $3.90 per lb. This will give our customers an extra incentive to maybe test one of the "bragging" recipes submitted by Nature's Gourmet Farm customers. I know many folks are looking for the larger 5+ lb. chickens, but we are cutting most of them into breast, leg quarters, and wings to sell - and still have a hard time keeping up.

As always, we thank you for rewarding our hard work with your trust and support.

More from the blog

Soil Health Academy Reflections

What an honor it was for our farm to have been chosen to host a Soil Health Academy workshop May 21-23, 2024. You can learn more about SHA here. To access a link to SHA's documentary "Destination Regeneration" click here. The final count of attendees was 33. They came from CA, UT, NJ, TX, TN, AL, FL, LA, and MS. Classroom time included learning the actual definition of Regenerative Agriculture which is farming and ranching in synchrony with nature to repair, rebuild, revitalize and restore ecosystem function starting with all life in the soil and moving to all life above the soil.

Food Security @ NGF

When do you give consideration to your Food Security? Maybe at the threat of an impending natural disaster? Or another news headline about bird flu? What about the latest weather warning of a snow or ice storm where folks rush to the stores and buy up all the milk & bread? The fact is, as a nation we are way too dependent on our over-centralized food production system. In some ways it is great at producing quantity - until there is a problem, then it is NOT. Here are a few recent examples: - May 30th Millions of chickens killed in 5-alarm fire at Farina Farms in IL, One of Nation's largest free-range egg facilities - May 30th Iowa Governor signs disaster proclamation order killing 4.2 million chickens - May 30th H5N1 Bird Flu CDC current status 96,565,226 poultry affected - And, the list goes on And, this does not include the massive fires two years ago

Introducing Covenant Heritage Farm

This week I want to use this space to share the Moffetts' introduction of their "NEW" farm "Covenant Heritage Farm" in Perkins, MS. So, sit back and enjoy as McKenzie shares their story and this new journey.