Barnyard Bull - News & Blog

Posted 1/23/2015 11:31am by Ruth Crane.

Would you like to purchase a succulent whole lamb to stock your freezer? It's time!

You will receive: ground meat, stew chunks, leg of lamb roast, and much-loved lamb chops. The quantity of meat that you end up with is between 15 - 20 lbs. for a whole lamb at $12/lb. This is a nice savings over purchasing all of the cuts individually.

And remember - these animals are NEVER given any hormones or antibiotics and are always fed fresh, pesticide-free grass/hay with a little bit of organic grain. We have (4) available, so please call or email us to reserve your lamb now.

Call: (413)441-4597 or email: ruth@holidaybrookfarm.com

Thanks much and keep warm!

Posted 12/19/2014 2:56pm by Dicken Crane.

Thank you to everyone who came by the farm to buy their Christmas tree; we have sold out not once, but twice! It's never too late, though, to stop by and pick up some Maple Syrup for those last minute holiday gifts. :)

Hold on to your hat, it's getting blustery out there!

 

Posted 11/25/2014 12:44pm by Ruth Crane.

Greetings All ~

I hope everyone is ready for the incoming snow tomorrow; I know that many of us have mixed emotions about that!

Our bulk meat packages are selling well and we've had great feedback on them. We are approaching a beef shortage due to difficulties getting appointments with slaughter houses, but we are hoping that this situation will be remedied soon. Fingers crossed. There may be some additional bulk purchasing options coming soon, so I'll keep you posted.

We have a question for you now - who would be interested in Free-Range, Organic (or not, you tell me) chickens next year? If interested, would you want to order Organic for about $5/lb or non-organic for $4/lb, both would still be free-range, hormone/antibiotic free, all natural, etc. The difference between Organic or non is the feed; Organic feed is GMO-free and much more expensive. Please let us know your thoughts.

CHRISTMAS TREES are available as of today -they are $40 each- any size, and they are all very nicely shaped/pretty trees. They came from a tree farm in Worthington and were just cut on Saturday, so they are FRESH. Come visit and feed the animals, take a stroll around and pick out your tree!

All of us at the farm wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Posted 11/25/2014 11:51am by Dicken Crane.

Come pick out your tree, take a walk around the farm and even feed the animals!

 

Posted 11/1/2014 11:11am by Dicken Crane.

 

Posted 8/20/2014 2:20pm by Dicken Crane.

Don't forget!

Posted 7/29/2014 4:47pm by Dicken Crane.

Pick up some Jus' Jerky PET TREATS  for your dog today!

 

Posted 7/22/2014 11:09am by Dicken Crane.

Stop in, grab some vegetables, wander around to see the animals and just enjoy your visit. We look forward to seeing you!

Posted 10/15/2013 3:39pm by Desiree Robertson-DuBois.

The Food Safety Modernization Act is a new law that will soon affect all farmers who grow vegetables and produce your food across the country. This means ALL farmers, not just the big ones, but the farmstand on the corner and your local CSA too. As a fairly small grower I've known that something like this was coming for a long time, but it may be the first that you've heard of it as a consumer. You've all heard of food borne illness and due to greater media we've all heard a lot more about it when they occur. Spinach, raspberries, canteloupes, peanut butter- all infected with potentially deadly bacterias such as e.coli, salmonella and listeriosis. YUCK. Of course we don't want this to happen- we farmers are painfully aware of the fact that we provide food that you and your children will eat and the very last thing we would ever want is for anyone to get sick as a result of something from our farm.

I have taken classes on food borne illness prevention such as GAP (good agriculture practices by the USDA) and Serv-Safe. One of the incredible things that I've learned is that surprisingly few food-borne illnesses originate from produce grown in the United States. Most contamination results from produce brought in from other countries. However, there isn't a lot of regulation that can be done outside the US and so, the FDA has decided to put limits and regulations on what they can control- in-country food production.

I've been going through the new proposed regulations and while some of it seems to lie on the side of practical common sense, we all know that where the government is involved, we can throw common sense out the window in the implementation. For example- It directly conflicts with the National Organic Program's exhaustively researched and already regulated timing guidelines for harvesting fresh produce after the application of manure/compost. They disregard the simple fact that we have winter in our region, the ground freezes, and therefore many potentially harmful bacterias DIE. Farmers would have to wait NINE months before harvesting food from the field, NINE MONTHS?!? That seems ridiculously long if you take seasons and soil biology into account. 

Therefore, I am urging all of you to check out this website from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and make some comments (don't worry, the NSAC breaks it down into sections to make it easier to understand and get through and then walks you through how to comment and what types of questions the FDA is interested in having specifically answered by farmers, processors and consumers). Support your local farmers! You only have a couple more weeks to make your comments so do this soon- it's your food, your farms & farmers (and your bank account, because all this regulation sure as sure won't be free).