Friday
Mar082019

Act Now! Raw Cream & Butter Legislation

We made it to a Senate Committee!

Thank you for making your voice heard! We are one step closer to legalizing the sale of raw cream and raw butter in Utah through House Bill 182. The bill will be heard by the Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee Monday, March 11 at 8:00am. It needs to make it out of committee to then be voted on the Senate floor.

This bill will be met with opposition from some large agriculture organizations. Both the Utah Farm Bureau and the Utah Dairy Council are against this bill and will be lobbying behind the scenes to kill it or stall it. Any action you can take will help move it to the Senate Floor.

Here's how you can help:

1. Attend the meeting! Our farm will be there to speak in behalf of this bill and we would love to have you join us. This show of support will let the committee know there are many Utah citizens who want the freedom to purchase raw cream and raw butter. There should be an opportunity for public comment when you can also speak to the committee. The meeting will be Monday, March 11th, at 8:00am in Rm 220 of the Senate Building (on the 2nd floor). HB182 is item number ten on the agenda. To view the agenda click here.

If you are unable to attend but would like to listen to the hearing, you can do so by following this link. When the meeting begins there will be an option for the audio/video of the proceedings.

2. Contact the committee members! A simple email, text, and/or phone call to let them each know you support this bill. A list of members can be found here, or their contact information is below:

Sen. Ralph Okerlund | rokerlund@le.utah.gov | 435-979-7077
Sen. Allen Christensen | achristensen@le.utah.gov | 801-782-5600
Sen. Keith Grover | keithgrover@le.utah.gov | 801-319-0170
Sen. David Hinkins | dhinkins@le.utah.gov | 435-748-2828 (Good news! He is the floor sponsor for this bill.)
Sen. Jani Iwamoto | jiwamoto@le.utah.gov | 801-580-8414 (She is also on the Senate Rules committee. We appreciate her assigning this bill to a committee.)
Sen. Derek Kitchen | dkitchen@le.utah.gov | 801-674-6141
Sen. Scott Sandall | ssandall@le.utah.gov | 435-279-7551
Sen. Jerry Stevenson | jwstevenson@le.utah.gov | 801-678-3147
Sen. Evan Vickers | evickers@le.utah.gov | 435-817-5565
 


Thank you again for all of your work in moving this bill along, even in the face of some large opposition. It's exciting to see so much support for not only healthy foods, but local farms and local food too.

Tuesday
Mar052019

Dirty Politics - Raw Cream & Butter (Urgent!)

Currently, House Bill 182 to allow the sale of raw cream and raw butter, is being held in the Senate Rules Committee. Here's an update:

The Facts:
1. HB182 was heard and discussed in the House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee TWICE. It was held the first time so they could discuss it further. At the second hearing it passed with a vote of 8-5.
2. At both of those hearings the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food spoke in favor of this bill. Senator Coleman worked side by side with them to create a bill which would alleviate their concerns.
3. At both of those hearings the Utah Farm Bureau spoke against the bill. They have never been very friendly towards raw milk, let alone raw milk products. They have a lot of influence with certain politicians.
4. At the second hearing the Utah Dairy Council spoke against the bill. They have never been very friendly towards raw milk, let alone raw milk products. They also have a lot of influence with certain politicians.
5. The Chair of the Senate Rules Committee, Senator Gregg Buxton, is not friendly toward this bill.

This appears to be a stall tactic as we are running out of time. There is no reason for this bill to sit in Rules. It should go to a Senate Committee, be heard, and if it passes out, be voted on. Simply holding the bill because someone doesn't like it is dirty politics. This is shutting down the voice of the people and never giving us, as citizens of Utah, the opportunity to share our opinion.

Here's what you can do:

Contact the Senate Rules Committee members! This committee decides if a bill will be assigned to a committee, which committee will hear it, and when. Send a simple email, phone call, and text to let them each know you support this bill and want it to be heard. ASK THEM WHY it is being held. REQUEST they assign it to a committee. TALK ABOUT how it passed out of the House with an overwhelming majority vote. REMIND them time is running out and this needs to be done NOW.

A list of members can be found here, or their contact information is below:

Sen. Gregg Buxton (Chair) |  gbuxton@le.utah.gov | 801-707-7095
Sen. Lincoln Fillmore (Vice Chair) | lfillmore@le.utah.gov | 385-831-8902
Sen. Jake Anderegg | janderegg@le.utah.gov | 801-901-3580
Sen. Wayne Harper | wharper@le.utah.gov | 801-566-5466
Sen. Dan Hemmert | dhemmert@le.utah.gov | 801-380-8262
Sen. Don Ipson | dipson@le.utah.gov | 435-817-5281
Sen. Jani Iwamoto | jiwamoto@le.utah.gov | 801-580-8414
Sen. Karen Mayne | kmayne@le.utah.gov | 801-232-6648
Sen. Dan McCay | dmccay@le.utah.gov | 801-810-4110
 
For convenience here are all of their email addresses:
gbuxton@le.utah.gov

lfillmore@le.utah.gov
janderegg@le.utah.gov
wharper@le.utah.gov
dhemmert@le.utah.gov
dipson@le.utah.gov
jiwamoto@le.utah.gov
kmayne@le.utah.gov
dmccay@le.utah.gov

Time is of the essence and anything you can do will help.

Thursday
Feb142019

Raw Milk: Short Supply Sorrow

It doesn’t happen often, but once in awhile our raw milk demand is bigger than our raw milk production. Nothing has changed on our end - we’re still milking the same number of cows, which are producing the same amount of milk. But we’re selling out day after day and right now is one of those times.


Unfortunately, there’s not a quick fix for this. We can’t order more milk or simply add more cows to our dairy as an overnight solution. We are extremely selective about what breed of cows we add to our herd, also looking closely at their genetics and diet.

 

Here are some things to keep in mind while milk is in short supply:

  1. We have fresh milk stocked each day our farm store is open. We bottle our milk three times each week, right before our doors open. If you visit on a Tuesday or Thursday at 2:00pm, or Saturday at 10:00am, there will be milk on the shelves. How long it will be there is difficult to determine.
  2.  We have the most milk on Tuesdays. When we bottle that day it’s milk from Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, while the other days we bottle milk from two days (Wednesday & Thursday’s on Thursday, Friday & Saturday’s on Saturday). We have been selling out as quickly as 45 minutes on Saturdays.
  3. We cannot pre-sell or hold milk. We understand there are health reasons you need milk. We know some have to drive hours to pick it up. But there are many who share the same needs and we just can’t accommodate them all. The logistics of accepting payments, coordinating pick ups, and managing it would be a large job in addition to the existing farm work we also need to get done each day. We feel our first-come, first-served policy is the most fair to all in this situation.
  4. We post on social media when we are sold out. Check our Facebook and Instagram feeds before you head to the farm to see if milk is still in stock. You’re also welcome to call or text our farm number to find out (801-896-3276).
  5. We will have more milk soon. Both warmer temperatures as we move into spring, and a few dairy cows who are due to calve soon, will increase milk supply.

The amount of milk we have does change throughout the year. Our cows give less in the colder months, usually when demand is higher, and more in the warmer months, usually when demand is lower. It would be nice if production and demand coincided a little better, but we understand it’s just part of the cycle of eating real food from a farm.

 

As we work through these times of short supply, know how much we appreciate your patience and continued support. As a small farm it’s a relief to know we are selling all we can produce - none of it goes to waste. We also value your smiles in our store during an occasional long wait in line, as well as your commitment to healing, local food. Thank you for being part of UNM!

Tuesday
Feb052019

Urgent Legislation - Raw Cream & Butter

Let's make a change!

Did you know raw cream and raw butter are illegal to sell in Utah? Our Representative, Kim Coleman, is trying to change it via House Bill 182, which will legalize the sale of these two products from licensed raw milk producers. (To read the text of the bill click here.) We just learned this bill will be heard by the House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee tomorrow, Wednesday, February 6 at 4:00pm. The bill needs to make it out of committee to then be voted on.

Here's how you can help:

1. Attend the meeting! This show of support will let the committee know there are many Utah citizens who want the freedom to purchase raw cream and raw butter. The meeting will be Wednesday, February 6th, at 4:00pm in Rm 445 State Capitol Building (it is the main building, on the 4th floor). To see the agenda click here.

2. Contact the committee members! A simple email or phone call to let them each know you support this bill. A list of members can be found here, or their contact information is below:

Rep. Keven J. Stratton | 801-836-6010 (no email available)
Rep. Logan Wilde | loganwilde@le.utah.gov | 435-412-4384
Rep. Carl R. Albrecht | carlalbrecht@le.utah.gov | 435-979-6578
Rep. Joel K. Briscoe | jbriscoe@le.utah.gov | 801-946-9791
Rep. Scott H. Chew | scottchew@le.utah.gov | 435-630-0221
Rep. Susan Duckworth | sduckworth@le.utah.gov | 801-250-0728
Rep. Joel Ferry | jferry@le.utah.gov | 435-465-8887
Rep. Timothy D. Hawkes | thawkes@le.utah.gov | 801-928-9008
Rep. Phil Lyman | plyman@le.utah.gov | 435-459-2800
Rep. Michael K. McKell | 801-210-1495 (no email available)
Rep. Derrin R. Owens | derrinowens@le.utah.gov | 435-851-1284
Rep. Douglas V. Sagers | dougsagers@le.utah.gov | 435-830-3485
Rep. Christine F. Watkins | christinewatkins@le.utah.gov | 435-650-1969

For convenience here are all of the available email addresses:
loganwilde@le.utah.gov

carlalbrecht@le.utah.gov
jbriscoe@le.utah.gov
scottchew@le.utah.gov
sduckworth@le.utah.gov
jferry@le.utah.gov
thawkes@le.utah.gov
plyman@le.utah.gov
derrinowens@le.utah.gov
dougsagers@le.utah.gov
christinewatkins@le.utah.gov

This bill will be met with opposition from some large agriculture organizations. We know it's short notice but anything you can do will help. Our farm will be there to speak in support of this and we would love to have you join us.

Here's to healthy, healing foods and the freedom to choose what we eat!

Monday
Jan072019

Eat, Learn, Grow (January 2019 Update)





JANUARY 2019
 
Happy new year! And with it we welcome winter to the farm. Now that the cold has arrived we have trucks that won't start, water troughs frozen over, and a biting wind most mornings when we head out to do chores. Although this season brings it challenges we also welcome a bit of rest. We focus on our highest priority of keeping our animals healthy and fed in the elements, but we also have some time to plan for the upcoming year - the arrival of chickens, turkeys, produce, new products, and new classes. It's exciting as we brainstorm with our team and we look forward to what this urban oasis has in store for us all. We're so glad you're joining us. Welcome to a new year on the farm!

UNM Bone Broth. Full of collagen, healthy fats, and a variety of minerals. It protects your joints, it's good for your gut, and helps your skin & immune system. We love to sip a piping hot mug of it on these cold winter mornings. We brew our broths right here at the farm with our grass-fed and pastured bones, along with a chicken foot for that added boost of goodness.

Beef and chicken are currently in stock - $9.00/quart. Or pick up some bones to simmer your own. All UNM bones are currently $2.00/pound and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. We have beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and turkey, each with their unique flavors and benefits. If you're feeling brave, we also have chicken feet in the store. These are a wonderful addition to any stock you make, giving your broth added collagen. They are peeled and ready to just toss in your brew.

We'll also we holding our Bone Broth class in February if you'd like to learn more. Watch our website or social media pages as we'll have a set date scheduled soon.



Hi! We're the Whitakers! (a.k.a. Shopgirl Kristin :)

Among the many things I am grateful for is all of you I get to visit with at the farm. I love our shared passion for good, healthy food and ethical, sustainably raised meat. I love "talking shop" with you, hearing your health journeys, and sharing tips and recipes together. The kind of people that shop at UNM are my peeps! So I thought I would share what I am most grateful for: my family. You may recognize these smiling faces as I am doubly blessed that my kids get to work at the store with me! They take turns each day. (You'll even find my hubby from time to time in the garden and round about.) I love having adventures with them including hiking, camping, cooking, and scary movies. They crack me up all the time. They love helping customers in the store or to the car, they love interacting with the animals, and they love finding fun wherever they are. My heartfelt thanks to all of you that have been kind to them and made this such a great learning experience! From all of us to you, may the New Year bring light and love, health and wellness to us all. See you at the farm!
 

Here's a fun throwback picture. It's amazing how the landscape has changed around us in the past few years.

In 2010 we began raising and harvesting broiler chickens. We'd set up the equipment a few times each season and spend the day working with our small boys alongside our friend, Troy, who showed us the ropes (it was new territory for us!). Then the law changed and we were required to have a poultry processing facility and harvest the birds indoors. It was a big, nervous leap to build it but we're so glad we did as it now allows us to provide our awesome UNM pastured chickens every year.

Currently our set up doesn't look much different than this. We use the same equipment, same skills. It's just that now we have a processing room to work in, although at times we do miss the chance to be outdoors.
 



There' so much talk about weight loss at the beginning of each year. In her new class, Kristin will walk you through the biology behind it, learning to work with your body to achieve a healthy weight. We'll also chat about Keto this month and learn the ins and outs of beekeeping. Check out what's on the calendar below:

KETO WITH KRISTIN
Thursday, January 10 at 6:30pm
Instructor: Kristin Whitaker - owner at Little Purple Barn, Market Manager at UNM
Tuition: $15 (includes instructional booklet, recipes, samples, and Kristin's contact information for ongoing support)


  Register Here  



THE WAYS OF WEIGHT LOSS
Thursday, January 24 at 6:30pm
Instructor: Kristin Whitaker - owner at Little Purple Barn, Market Manager at UNM
Tuition: $15 (includes recipes, tips, samples, and Kristin's contact information for ongoing support)


  Register Here  




THE ABC's OF BEEKEEPING
Tuesday, January 29 at 6:30pm

Instructor - Mark Ellingson of Neighborhood Beekeeping
Tuition - $25 (includes one jar of Beejuvenate balm)
Mark recommends ordering bees by February so this a great time to begin making your plan for the upcoming year.


  Register Here  





Pork was once marketed as "the other white meat", but pork raised right is full of color and looks similar to beef. UNM Chops come from pigs eating greens and our custom feed mix, spending their days outside to root the earth and wallow in the mud. No corn. No soy. Just clean feed which means clean meat.

We're currently taking reservations for bulk order pick up in January. Our next orders will be available JANUARY 24 & 26. Deposits are due SUNDAY, JANUARY 6 (tomorrow!). Corriente beef, Angus beef, lamb, and pork are all available. Do you want to try our meat before you make a big purchase? Stop by our farm store and pick up some separate cuts.


 Corriente Beef      Angus Beef      Pork      Lamb      Salmon