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Some NEW Things For 2022!

written by

Ben Simmons

posted on

December 25, 2021

First, an important ONE-TIME schedule change for January 2022 deliveries.

Consistency instills habits. For example, our Gulf Coast routes always deliver on the 1st Saturday of each month, Hattiesburg/Picayune on the 2nd Saturday, and Jackson Metro on the 3rd Saturday.

However, January 1st, 2022 is the FIRST Saturday which creates a problem for many folks associated with our largest sales route.

So, we have decided to make a ONE-TIME exception to our schedule to deliver our Gulf Coast route the SECOND Saturday, Hattiesburg/Picayune route the THIRD Saturday, and Jackson Metro route the FORTH Saturday. There are also FIVE Saturdays in January 2022 which puts four weeks between the January and February pickups.

This is only for January 2022. February - December 2022 delivery will be on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Saturdays that you are accustom to.

Another advantage is inventory! If you have tried to order beef for January you will notice the stock is low. In fact, I don't ever remember being out of Chuck Roast.

I currently have 6-beef at Homestead for processing. When I delivered them December 6th I was told that they would close for the holidays December 18-26th and my beef would not be cut and wrapped until the week of December 27th. If the Gulf Coast delivery was January 1st then there would be little to no beef available.

However, with the delivery moved to January 8th, 2022 I will have time to restock for folks to place their orders and make the January delivery. YEAH!!!

NEXT - it is apparent that the slaughter trailer is NOT going to work out! YUCK. Homestead, in anticipation of us doing our own slaughter/processing/etc. failed to carry processing dates for me into 2022. Fortunately, one of the new plants that was started earlier this year has been completed and last Tuesday received their USDA Grant of Inspection.

Beginning January 2022 our beef will be processed by Cutting Edge Meat Company in Leaksville, MS. In fact, we have two custom beef there now that will be ready the week after Christmas. This is an amazing plant and I look forward to sharing more with you soon.

LAST - we will adjust our chicken processing from three times per month to two. Basically, every other week on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday. Hopefully, that will better distribute inventory across the month and help prevent stock-outs. The total monthly quantity will remain the same.

So, if you are looking for premium ALL NATURAL beef, pork, chicken, and eggs raised on pasture as God intended - without growth hormones and antibiotics - and raised humanely then you have come to the right farm. Our delivery schedule and product availability is listed below along with several "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!

As always, thank you for rewarding our hard work with your trust and support. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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