Due to a processing bottle-neck we have temporarily SHUT DOWN our online ordering.
We expect to be able to offer wholes, halves and quarters of our Grass-fed Angus Beef and Non-GMO, Soy-Free Grain Fed Pasture Pork soon. Shoot us an email to get on that list.
As always - thank you for your continued support of our little farm. We will all get through this together.
Along with the healthy food benefits, cooking at home saves you money and allows you to control your portions. Studies have also shown that getting together for family dinner is associated with lower teen use of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana; lower risk of obesity, eating disorders and teen pregnancy; and improved physical and mental health. Add to that list the nutrient benefits of our cooking with our meats and it’s a home run!
Family dinner doesn’t have to be as much work as Sunday’s at Grandma’s house – you can pop a frozen pork butt or chuck roast on low in the crock pot before you go to bed, viola you wake up to the start of an easy and versatile meal.
Keep a supply of our beef and pork in your freezer to make family meals a snap.
Essential Health 74 Park Road West Hartford CT. Essential Health not only offers a pasture-raised meat program (that we participate in) but they also carry an entire line of Natural Foods & personal care items. They are literally a one-stop shop for health. Along with their natural foods they have Far-infared Sauna’s, massage, yoga, a rotating list of clinics and workshops and of course Dr. Allie’s chiropractic care for the entire community. We love working with Allie, Dave & Mike. Check them out online at https://essentialhealthct.com/
Anyone who has visited the farm since September was sure to meet the passel of hogs we raised for The Kendall Co-Op Project. Under the Whole Animals for the Whole Region Project – we were contracted to raise both pork and beef that is destined to feed students at Smith College, Westfield State University, Mount Holyoke and Amherst College. https://www.kendall.org/whole-animals-for-the-whole-region/
The goal of this program was to increase the direct purchase of beef and pork from farms in New England and to introduce nose-to-tail dining to these campuses as opposed to buying individual cuts through distributors as they’ve done in the past.
The direct benefit was pretty great – the students & staff get to eat high quality meat, the farmers were paid a fair fee for their animals and the local slaughterhouses had extra work during their slow months. But the ripple effect is where it gets pretty interesting. First off, the ability to raise additional animals without having to worry about storing and selling the cuts was HUGE!! And, for just our small contribution to this program we were able to help support 7 local farms:
We went into 2019 with that book in hand and a pretty clear goal. You would think that new little farm hands would have blown this all out of the water, but there is nothing like seeing the world through the eyes of a little one to make you slow down and re-prioritize.
One of our biggest changes for 2020 is the end of our poultry operations. Meat birds are the most labor-intensive protein on the farm. Raising them on pasture means they need to be protected from predators and moved frequently to provide fresh grass and forage. While we had high hopes for our livestock guardian dogs - we have to admit defeat that Sarge can ever be trusted around the birds.
We are instead happy to offer our customers chickens that are raised on pasture at The Farm of New Marlborough. We will miss the antics of the chickens, but are excited to use those pastures for our flock of sheep.
Partner of the month: The Davis IGA in Kent, CT. The Davis IGA has been offering our beef and pork to Kent residents since January 2017. Part of what makes local groceries so amazing is their willingness to support local food producers and other small businesses. Many of our partners are seasonal farm stands, having our products at the Davis IGA allows year-round access to many of our customers.
On the average it seems 26 days a month go easy-peasy with only a few little blips ….….. pigs broke their ramp, goats keeping the sheep away from the hay or the bottom broke off the feeder. But those other 4 or so days a month are the ones that test your faith. The hydrant snapped below grade and is flooding the barn, the last 3 pigs refuse to leave the pasture (eliminating the chance of moving the other groups that weekend), the fox & bobcat took all the ducks and geese, the processor rescheduled your dates (again) those things defy all of my list making, planning and preparing and REALLY DRIVE ME NUTS!
While we didn’t have Elf on the Shelf when Farmer John was young, (certainly a good thing because I am definitely not that creative) we always stood by the phrase – “If you don’t believe he doesn’t come”. I think a bit of that is what keeps us going here on the farm for sure.
And in this season of thanks – we are not of complaining!! We know we have so much to be thankful for.
Speaking of Partner Farm Stands, have you checked out Barden Farm Market 510 Main Street New Hartford yet?? Aside from offering our proteins they have baked goods, prepared foods, local crafts, Sweet Pea Farm cheese and milk, and their own seasonal veggies as well. Not only do they have their neat little store on Main Street, but they have partnered with Brewery Legitimus to offer a unique CSACB - a CSA that includes Craft Beer and cheese. (www.bardenfarm.com)
Meat of the month – Boston Butt
Second only to ground beef this is one of the easiest and more versatile meats we offer. Pulled pork is low carb, gluten-free, Whole 30 compliant, dairy-free, low carb, paleo, carnivore and keto friendly. You can toss it in the crock pot (frozen) and come home to an amazing meal.
Real food enthusiast following nature's template