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The Buzz Is Growing

written by

Ben Simmons

posted on

April 14, 2018

Product Update –

1) Chicken - The FIRST batch have arrived and will be available FRESH on April 28th (SOLD OUT). Then on May 25, June 22, July 20, Aug 17, Sep 14, Oct 12, and Nov 9. If you would like to reserve some for your family simply let me know how many by DATE.

2) Beef - We have plenty of recently processed beef cuts in our freezer waiting for your order. Do you need larger quantities - then consider our best family value Half Beef-Custom Processed! To learn more visit our store at Half-Beef, Custom Processed

Next Harvest Date is March 11th - if you plan to purchase a custom beef I need to have your order before March 9th. We will process in April. Then, it will be late fall of 2018.

3) Pork - We have plenty of most cuts in stock. However, bacon, ribs and shoulder roast are sold out. We are now taking orders for our Half-Pork Custom Processed that will be harvested mid-March. Only one half is left so don't delay - I need your order by March 16th for processing March 18th.

Farm Update –

Wednesday was our regularly scheduled pickup day and what a beautiful day to be out enjoying the warm sunshine,fresh air and interacting with customers.

Friday, I spoke to the 8th grade science class (about 50 students) at Petal Middle School. They were studying about GMO's and their teacher Mrs. Bilbo had been following our farm and asked if we would share with the students why we do not use GMO's. It was a rewarding experience.

Several of my Hattiesburg Clinic customers told me about Dr. Arthur Martin, Cardiology, who wrote "Dr. Martin's Tips for a Heart-Healthy Diet and Lifestyle." I contacted his nurse who gave me permission to share with my email list. While he has many powerful tips the one that impressed me about him the most was "Eat real food from farm to table and stay away from processed junk." Let me encourage you to read all his Tip's. 

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Customer Feedback- 

I have been getting beef, chicken, and pork from Nature's Gourmet Farm for about three years, and their products are some of the finest available. The most recent half share of pork that I received has been amazing. Some of the best bacon I have ever tasted! The ground beef is lean and delicious. And the chickens are terrific too. The taste of a roasted, freshly processed chicken, before it has ever been frozen, is divine. So happy that they have added eggs to their farm recently.

And best of all - Ben is truly committed to sustainable farming and humane treatment of his animals. I've visited the farm, and the animals really are living the way that nature intended. Amy A.

Quote Worth Re-Quoting –  “When chickens get to live like chickens, they'll taste like chickens, too.”

Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma; A Natural History of Four Meals

As always, thank you for supporting our regenerative, local farm.

Ben & Beth

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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.