When we shut down our online ordering
in May we could never have guessed it would be fall before we felt we had our heads above water again.
Our little farm has been blessed to survive power outages, downed trees, processing delays and heading out every day to the other “Essential” job, but we know we also failed to meet a lot of folk’s expectations. And if you know me, you know that fact pains me…...
We all have enough negativity to deal with so instead we want to SHOUT OUT
our gratitude for our customers and AMAZING Farm Stand Partners.
Barden Farm ~ New Hartford Bristol’s Farm ~ Canton
Davis IGA ~ Kent Essential Health ~ West Hartford
Freund’s Farm & Bakery ~ Canaan Fort Hill Farm ~ New Milford
Holcomb Farm ~ Granby The Hotchkiss School ~ Lakeville
Marblevalley Farm ~ Kent
The last couple of months have reinforced how important it is to shop local and support local or be doomed to depend upon a broken supply chain. We are working hard everyday to provide healthy, family food and look forward to getting up and running again very soon. Thank you for your patience, your support and your friendship!!!!
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.
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