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Short & Sweet

written by

Ben Simmons

posted on

December 25, 2021

Good Morning and hello from your farmer,

Well maybe not sweet but at least short! That is how my newsletter will be today.

Between daily chores, planting cool season pastures, harvesting, cutting up and packing chicken, two trips to the processor in Lucedale, and 8+ hours packing orders for today I find myself tired and short on thoughts to share.

I do want to give a big shout out to our Gulf Coast customers! We will be rolling out with 80 orders Saturday morning bringing nutrient dense food to help nourish your families... all "true" pasture raised beef, pork, chicken, and eggs.

Eric has asked me to pass along that if anyone from our Jackson Metro Route is interested in micro-greens for Nov 20th (just in time for Thanksgiving) that he will need to know NLT Tuesday, November 9th. Please email him at

Well, maybe one story from the week to share.

Matthew, a new customer as of a few weeks ago, picked up his order at the farm. Originally from New Orleans he has just recently completed his masters in music at USM.

He asked a lot of good questions and shared that he was hoping to get at intern position at Polyface Farm in VA with Joel Salatin. As we talked somehow we evolved into our poultry plant and that we process again on November 3rd. Next thing I know he is scheduled to observe and help out as he desired.

And he did really good. Afterwards as he was preparing to leave he commented "man this is really intense". Yep - life on the farm is busy!

Thanks Matthew - I am positive you will make a better farmer than I would a musician... guaranteed! Good luck with landing that intern gig.

Lastly, I want to encourage you to keep up with our Product Update section below where we try to let folks know about availability as well as new items.

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

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Farm Visitors

Since we started selling via our online store in 2016, the number of visitors to our farm increased. Then, building the on-farm USDA poultry plant in 2019 spurred a lot of interest from folks who were interested in raising pastured poultry and were looking for a way around the MS Department of Ag regulation limiting the number of chickens per farm to only 1,000 per year. Most of the folks visiting were potential customers looking for naturally raised meats to feed their families.

Farmer Musings!

Beth & I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving - and turkey if you purchased one our our pastured turkeys. For our family the turkey did not disappoint. I spatchcocked (removed the backbone) so the turkey would lay flat. Beth then brined it for a day before smoking. It turned out tasty and juicy. Before our Thanksgiving meal each of us shared something we were thankful for. Beth's sister Debra shared the following:

A Day Processing Ground Beef!

Overall rain this week on our farm was about ONE inch! Not a lot in the big scheme of things, but very appreciated. It was enough to make a difference for our winter grass as you can see from this picture. In some areas of other pastures it appears that the seedlings died after germinating back in October. An observation that the heavy dews was not enough to keep them alive.