RESTOCK INFO: Beef Feb 17, Pork Feb 9, Chicken Mar 3.

February 19, 2021 • 0 comment(s)
January 30th I announce that we are building an on-farm carcass cooler and fabrication room to complement our new freezer! Last week our farm newsletter was about the positive impact this will have on our animals especially at end of life as well as how it positively impacts the quality of their meat and our farm's long term viability. My plan was to continue the discussion today from Your Farmer's Perspective. However, I need to take a brief pause to make sure I fully have my thoughts together. Frankly, this week has caught up with me and Friday evening came way before I was ready.
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February 19, 2021 • 0 comment(s)
Last week I announce that we are building an on-farm carcass cooler and fabrication room to complement our new freezer! To help you understand, your farmer will also be your butcher. Ethan at Homestead Farm & Packing commented this will put our farm way ahead of all other farms! Many of our customers wrote back. A sampling of the comments include: * I love these emails!!! And am pleased and proud to partner with y’all * So happy for your growth and smart business decision * Awesome!! * I am so excited to hear this!!!! Congratulations on this new venture. Am eager to place my whole pork shares with you soon * This is fabulous!
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January 30, 2021 • 0 comment(s)
Late December I mentioned that one of our objectives for 2021 was to improve our interaction with our farm customers. Then, a few weeks ago we mentioned how our current freezer was a bottleneck (to small) and that we are in the process of building a new & larger one. Then we will be able to carry more inventory hopefully to prevent stock outs and allow us to add exciting new items like lamb and seafood. Today, I want to announce that we are also building a carcass cooler and fabrication room to complement our new freezer! This is a real game changer for our farm. To help you understand, your farmer will also be your butcher.
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January 30, 2021 • 0 comment(s)
Hey all, this is Eric, Ben’s oldest. He (Ben) asked me to write for this week’s newsletter. Today I’d like to briefly discuss eggs and the misleading labeling that often surrounds them. As some of you may remember, I started on the farm about a year ago taking over the care of our laying flock. I also care for our broiler (meat) chickens once they are moved to pasture. Guess that makes me a chicken tender! Anyway, some of you probably go into the grocery store and see all the variety of eggs for sale. So many different options, and so many labels—ones like cage free, free range, organic, etc. So what does each label actually mean?
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January 30, 2021 • 0 comment(s)
It is never a dull moment at the farm! There is always something that needs to be done. One of the techniques I learned in the mid-1990's through the Air National Guard was how to set priorities. The demonstration included four (4) different size rocks ranging from large to the size of pea gravel. Oh, they also used a fixed size container. First, the smaller size rocks (the pea gravel) was put into the container. Then the next size, then the next larger size. These three sizes filled the container to where it was impossible to fit the largest rocks inside. Next, they started over. This time the largest rocks were added first. Then ,
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January 11, 2021 • 0 comment(s)
Before I talk about changes coming at retailers let me give you an update on our newest bundle - *NEW* Winter Comfort Bundle. We launched this bundle December 28th to our Coast route so they could make an order before the deadline closed Dec 30th. And then opened to all locations Jan 2nd. The launch closed Jan 4th. Forty-three bundles (almost 1000 pounds) were sold in 5-days. Most customers also bought additional items to include our new Seasonings from Bearded Butcher. Our customers really like bundle options. And, we plan to offer more choices in the future. If you missed out on the launch of this new bundle - no worries! You can find it now listed as Winter Comfort Bundle with all the same products included less the 2# of free ground beef. Since opening our USDA Poultry Processing Plant in 2019 we got on the mailing list of a magazine titled meatingplace
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January 4, 2021 • 0 comment(s)
This week we announced our new Comfort Foods bundle and added a collection of classic comfort foods and delicious new seasonings to our online store. We decided to create this new Winter Comfort Foods bundle that includes roasts, whole chicken, and ground beef for a few reasons that I'd like to share with you today. First and foremost, as the temperatures drop a bit it sure is nice to look forward to enjoying a roast, meatloaf or bowl of your favorite savory stew, chili or soup. It truly is the heart of Comfort Foods season.
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January 4, 2021 • 0 comment(s)
It's a special holiday weekend here on the farm in Petal as we get to introduce our newest value bundle, the 2021 Winter Comfort Foods Bundle. It features 20+ pounds of delicious farm-fresh food including, 5 lbs. of our premium Grassfed Ground Beef, 3 hearty Beef Roasts, a whole chicken and 2 dozen GMO-free, pasture-raised eggs.
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January 4, 2021 • 0 comment(s)
I sure hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful Christmas together yesterday. Mine was spent - aside from the "must do" farm chores - with family enjoying food and fellowship. You may be interested to know the centerpiece of our meal was one of the whole pork shoulders. Beth seasoned it with Butcher Blend Original seasoning and then had it smoked. It was soooo good! As far as my farm news message for this week, I actually have some pretty exciting news to share. At the beginning of 2020, we introduced a new bundle to you called the Best of Farm Bundle, and we had plans to continue to add more new items and similar value bundles throughout the year
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January 4, 2021 • 0 comment(s)
A short TEN years ago we sold our 1st Grass-Fed Beef! That same year we also cleared and prepared 75 acres of additional pasture. By 2012 we started raising pastured chickens and cleared and prepared 35 acres of additional pasture. Pigs came the next year and in 2015 we purchased 52 acres that joined our farm. Beth mentioned the other day that it was FOUR years ago this month that we travelled to Seven Sons to look into raising eggs. By Spring of 2017 we had our first flock. Did you know that our farm was one of the early adapters with Seven Sons and GrazeCart for our website that we started January 2016 - almost FIVE years ago. Followed by our deliveries that summer when we switched from selling custom half & whole beef & pigs to mostly selling retail cuts. And, ALL raised and finished on our farm.
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December 13, 2020 • 0 comment(s)
This week we want to share two items of interest from our farm. The first is a video made last year about How & Why We Feed Our Cows Hay. This time of the year we are in-between grazing seasons - the summer grass is dormant and winter grass is not yet ready for grazing. So, we buy hay from a local farmer, who we appreciate very much, to feed our cows. As described in the video we do not use hay rings like most farmers because we want to spread the manure across the pastures vs. only around a hay ring.
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December 13, 2020 • 0 comment(s)
We so hope you and your family had a thankful Thanksgiving. Today, i wanted to share our Thanksgiving Story. Our Story actually began back in the Spring of this year. As you know, meat was scarce and we had ramped up our chicken production to help meet the needs of our customers. And, the hatcheries were feeling the stress as well with a lot of orders above normal. Well, along about week 5 or 6 in of one of those batches we noticed one of the broiler chickens was not a chicken at all. But was a turkey!
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