Product Update –
1) Chicken - We have some 3# and 4# chicken available on our website for October pickup locations. Last batch for 2017 will be available November4th. You can reserve your needs by emailing me how many you want.
2) Beef - Have you ordered your Half Beef-Custom Processed yet? Confirm your order with your deposit today! To learn more visit our store at https://naturesgourmetfarm.com/store/product/half-beef-custom-processed
Next Processing Date is October 22nd with availability just prior to Thanksgiving.
3) Pork - We have plenty of pork in stock. For a limited time we will offer Pork Chops on sale. Buy 15 pounds and get 15% off the regular price. Sale price $6.35 per pound. Save $1.15 per pound.
Did you know you can pickup your order directly from our farm? Simply place your order and coordinate a time.
Farm Update – "The Case for Pastured Meats"
The two pictures above depict two very different production models. The feedlot picture above shows steers cramped into crowded pens with concrete floors. Animals are forced to lay in their poop & urine, eat a bland GMO corn based diet (that requires huge amounts of fertilizer, chemicals, and water to grow), creates huge ecological & pollution problems, is NOT regenerative or sustainable, mortality rate is 14.2 deaths per 1,000 head (309,560 dead cattle) and 50% of these animals contract respiratory diseases (people tell me you can smell feedlots miles away). Oh, and you are not allowed to visit feedlots and ask questions.
The beef feedlot production model is more than $171 Billion in annual sales.
At Nature's Gourmet Farm (see previous Blog farm pictures) we believe in Authenticity and Transparency! All of our animals (beef, pork, broilers, and hens) are raised on pasture. Chickens are rotated daily and cattle are rotated based on adaptive grazing strategy. This distributes manure across our pastures to regenerate soil health and never creates ecological or environmental issues. Rotation BREAKS the parasite cycle. Thus, our animals are healthy and DO NOT require antibiotics to stay alive. They breath fresh air, drink clean well water, and eat diverse forages and or NON-GMO Project Verified feed. Oh, we welcome your visit to our farm as well as questions about our operation.
The beef pasture based production model is about $5 Billion in annual sales or 2.8% of total beef sales.
Acres U.S.A just published an article by Nasha Winters who is a Naturopath, Researcher and Author who resides in Colorado and is the co-author of a lucid, persuasive book called "The Metabolic Approach to Cancer". Her research is referenced and most of it comes directly from the ACS, WHO, and CDC. She states statistically, we have not made any headway in curing cancer since Nixon declared War on Cancer in the early 1970's. Today, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 2.4 women in the US are expected to have cancer in their lifetime. And, you have a 70% chance of having a recurrence. That is very concerning!
A couple of quotes from the interview with Nasha: 1) We are extremely fanatical about quality. If it has been industrially farmed, do not eat it. It is notworth it. It is loaded with cancer-causing agents. That's where you see the studies saying meat causes cancer. It's been done with that type of meat or dairy or what-have-you. 2) My colleague, Jess Higgins Kelley, who co-wrote this book with me, calls them four-legged Superfund sites (feedlots). And that is exactly what they are. I know my farmers and ranchers here in Durango....I know exactly how those cows and sheep and eggs are raised. If you don't know where that meat's coming from, it's probably not worth the risk of ingesting it.
Read the full interview here: http://ecofarmingdaily.com/ketogenic-diet-fighting-back-against-cancer/
Lastly, a long time customer from Ocean Springs sent me an article regarding Vitamin K2 and its importance in bone health. Interestingly, the ONLY land based source for K2 is from grassfed beef! Imagine that. You can read the full article here: http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/060113p54.shtml
Remember to get your orders in for next weeks delivery.
Your meat is sooo delicious! T. Sours
Quote Worth Re-Quoting – “The earth, which we all have in common, is our deepest bond, and our behavior toward it cannot help but be an earnest reflection of our consideration for each other and for our descendants." Wendell Berry
As always, thank you for supporting our regenerative, local farm.
Ben & Beth