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Updates & Musings From Farmer Ben

written by

Ben Simmons

posted on

May 4, 2024

Last week I announced that we continue to have strong demand for our half beef custom orders, and that we have scheduled a harvest date for 6 "custom" beef with Homestead Farm & Packing in Lucedale, MS. Here are the key dates:

April 27th 6 beef (12 halves) added to our website for orders. First-come, First-served. Customer pays deposit to reserve order.

June 1st Cut-sheet due not later than this date. Best practice is to complete within a week of placing order. Cut sheet can be found at this link - scroll to the bottom of the page https://naturesgourmetfarm.com/custom-bulk-orders.

June 3rd I will deliver the cows to the plant.

June 4th Harvest date. Beef will age in cooler for 14 days before cut/pack.

June 18-19th Cut & pack according to customer-supplied cut sheet.

June 21st Approximate date for pickup.

So, if you are looking for a half beef between now and July then you need to take advantage of this opportunity. Follow the same link listed above to place your order. Price is $5.25 per pound based on the hanging weight. Customer will pay Homestead separately for processing costs which is approximately $0.85 per pound.

These twelve halves sold out in less than 5 days. Maybe it's because our prices are much better that the average price ($5.87/lb) in our area. If you missed out, there is a chance I could slide one more beef in on this date.

Please email me if you have any questions.

There are many very positive things happening on the farm. Our soils continue to improve and the forages have been phenomenal!!! Everytime we move the cows to a new pasture we then spray compost extract - stacking biology that go to work creating nutrient dense salad bars for the next time the herd grazes.

There is so much forage that much will become ground cover thus adding carbon to support biological growth and further soil health.

It's hard to believe it is already May! That means our Soil Health Academy is only 2 weeks away (May 21-23). I'm really excited and looking forward to meeting many new farmers. So far, the farmer coming the furtherest is from Idaho. Plus several from New Jersey. If you know anyone that might be interested have them visit www.soilhealthacademy.org.

One of my Flowood customers gave me a book titled "Bitcoin and Beef" by Tristan Scott. As a young engineer he really did his homework and presented areas common to both Bitcoin & Beef like Decentralization. And the chapter titled Chronic Disease: The Real Epidemic defined broadly as conditions that last 1 year or more and require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living, or both. According to the CDC, six in ten adults in the U.S. have a chronic disease and four in ten have two or more.

Tristan poses a powerful question: "But why are we working so hard to find the cure, rather than to find and stop the cause?" You know the answer - right?

Beth shared an interview of Alex Newman on the Glenn Beck show. Now, I'm not a real fan of Beck, but Alex Newman was awesome. The interview is titled "Total Dominance of Mankind" and you can watch it here.

Currently, I am reading a book titled "Facing the Beast: COURAGE FAITH and RESISTANCE In A New DARK AGE" by Naomi Wolf. Beth bought me the book after I watched her interview on Tucker Carlson Network - one of the best interviews I have ever watched. The book is fantastic. Naomi writes:

"The old world I left behind, and that left me behind, is not a post COVID world.
It is a post-truth world. A post-meritocracy world.
The institutions that supported the world, that existed when these 2019 boxes were packed, have all collapsed: in a welter of corruption, in an abandonment of public mission and public trust. I look at them now the way Persephone looked backward at Hades.
I'm living in a new world already-a world that most people can't see yet, as it is still being envisioned and built up."


At Nature's Gourmet Farm, our intent is to create a community that evolves around one of the most intrinsically important things of the ages, and that’s the provision of sustenance. That's our passion - to raise healthy food to nourish families and strengthen immune systems.

If you are new to our farm then maybe you have been looking for premium ALL NATURAL GOODNESS of beef, pork, chicken, and eggs raised on pasture as God intended - with emphasis on Regenerative Principles and NOT conventionally raised animals (with growth hormones, drugs, chemicals, and antibiotics) - and where animals are treated humanely - then you have come to the right farm. Our delivery schedule and product availability are listed below along with 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!

** Product Availability Update **

NOTE: Restocks are made about 6 PM on the dates indicated below!

Chicken - Restocked April 24th. next restock will be May 8th
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Turkey - Only have ground turkey and turkey wings available.

Eggs - Restocked each Wednesday. We are well stocked on eggs - especially large at this time.

Beef - Restocked April 19th. Next restock will be May 17th.

Pork - Will restock fresh cuts Wednesday, May 8th followed by cured items about 12 days later.

Lamb - April 17th lamb did not work out. They were only 50 lb live weight or about half the weight needed for slaughter.

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