Thursday
May242018

New Beef Option: 1/8th Angus

We now have a new option for our Angus beef bulk orders! In addition to quarter, half, and whole beef selections, you may now also choose an eighth. Same price per pound but in a smaller quantity.

 
1/8th Angus
- 70 pounds of packaged meat
- $437.50 ($6.25/pound)
- 100% grass fed Angus from start to finish
- $75.00 deposit
 
Our next pick up dates are June 14 & 16 and deposits are being accepted through this Sunday, May 27. Angus beef, pork, and lamb are still available.
 
Corriente Beef bulk orders are sold out for June. We are now accepting deposits for July pick up.
 
Salmon bulk orders are sold out. We still have individual fillets at the farm and will begin accepting deposits for cases of the 2018 catch some time in June. Watch your inbox for more information soon.
 
If you're celebrating with family & friends this weekend, stop by the farm and stock up on your favorite cuts. Brats, steaks, chops, salmon, burgers, brisket - grab some grass fed goodness for your grill or smoker.
Thursday
May242018

Here's To Our Favorite Farm Moms! (May 2018 Update)

HERE'S TO MOM!
Hey all, it's Shopgirl Kristin here! I was too busy momming to get this out on time, but I had to post a Mother's Day shout out to all the Super Moms who walk through the store doors. I am inspired by you every day! I see you going to great lengths to get your kids real food, sacrificing time and money to do so. I see you stepping out of your comfort zones to take a chance on a new way of eating that will heal your family. I see you reading and researching the latest bit of info that could prove the missing piece to your puzzle as you care for your kids. I see you generously sharing your knowledge with other moms on their journeys. I see you setting up experiences for your children to connect with the farm and their food. I see you working hard to nourish them, body and soul. I hope you know all your efforts are invaluable and each day is adding up to amazing things! Your influence for good cannot be quantified. One thing I love most about my job is watching the Moms (and Dads too!) do what they do best. Here's to you!!



 












CURRENT CLASSES
We're excited to welcome Dr. Rick Henriksen, founder of Kestrel Wellness, to the farm for a class on seasonal allergies. Come with your questions - he's ready to answer them! Farmer Shayn will also be offering his poultry processing class again. It's almost full so register ASAP if you'd like to join us in June.

And we're working out the details with Martha at Abigail's Oven to teach us all about sourdough bread! Once we have a date scheduled we'll post it on our site and social media pages.

Below is what's currently on the calendar. Follow the links to sign up!

Natural Solutions for Your Allergies
THURSDAY, MAY 31 at 6:30pm
Instructor - Dr. Rick Henriksen of Kestrel Wellness

Fowl Fundamentals: The How-To of Harvesting Poultry
SATURDAY, JUNE 23 at 1:00pm
Instructor - Shayn Bowler

Don't forget the opportunity to help us bottle-feed our calves! Every Saturday at 11:00am.

 

HOW WE MILK
This bucket milking system is what we use to milk our cows each morning. Our parlor is built for two cows at a time, and as each gal comes in we thoroughly wash her udder and then attach the milker. It can take anywhere from five to fifteen minutes for her to milk out, depending on the cow. The milk flows through the white tube into the bucket, and then it's poured into our bulk tank where it is immediately chilled to thirty-three degrees. It's the same routine each day and our goal is to keep it that way, as content cows are happy cows. And our happy cows give us the best raw milk around!

We're bottling fresh milk this morning and stocking it on our shelves. As the weather continues to warm the cows give more, so we have plenty at the farm right now. It's a great time to make ice cream, try your hand at cheese, or culture a little extra kefir. If you haven't tasted our raw milk yet stop by and pick up some to try! Gallon $9.00 Half-Gallon $6.00


BULK ORDERS FOR JUNE
Our next bulk orders will be available JUNE 14 & 16. Deposits are due SUNDAY, MAY 31. Angus beef, pork, lamb and salmon are all available - our Corriente beef is sold out for this order. Do you want to try our meat before you make a big purchase? Stop by our farm store and pick up some separate cuts.

CHICKEN UPDATE - We plan on having chicken again in June! We don't have an exact availability date yet but we'll send an email when we do. Whole birds will be offered first, and as we then harvest additional groups we will have cut-ups in stock also.

Turkey is almost gone and will not be in the market again until November. We still have bones, fat, tails, and some leg/thighs in stock.


NEW PRODUCT - PLANTS
Raised here at the farm in our underground greenhouse, these heirloom tomato plants are ready for your garden. There's nothing like a juicy garden grown tomato from your own backyard!  Available at the market and $3/each.

If you're unable to grow your own, we're planting here too and will have farm fresh tomatoes available later this summer along with a variety of other produce. No herbicides. No pesticides. Just locally grown goodness.

We also have a great variety of microgreens which come from our greenhouse. Sunflower, peas, radish, wheatgrass, & more. They're great in smoothies, on salads, or sauteed with your favorite healthy animal fat.




BRING ON THE FAT!
Speaking of animals fats - Do you render them? Cook with them? Bake with them? This is a jar of a pig fat/turkey fat combo our market manager, Kristin, rendered and it's delicious! I use it often to roast vegetables which everyone in our family loves. This is yams & brussels sprouts drizzled with the fat and sprinkled with sea salt. So simple and so good.

Our farm philosophy is to use the whole animal so we do carry a variety of fats - currently beef (also known as suet), pork, turkey, & lamb. Rendering them is quite easy. Add your chopped or ground fat to a large pot or slow cooker, set on a very low heat, let cook for several hours & stir frequently. That's it! You'll have a delicious, healthy fat from a local grass-fed animal to add to your diet.

You can find a list of the different organs, bones & fats we carry right here: Organs & Bones

(Chicken & turkey are seasonal & availability is limited)


BUTTERMILK GOODNESS

Buttermilk pancakes topped with buttermilk syrup. This was heavenly!

When making butter you're left with buttermilk, a slightly sour superfood full of bacteria your gut needs, as well as vitamins, potassium, and calcium. It's considered a cultured or fermented dairy product, and the best when made from raw milk - from your local farm of course. ;)

We recently finished a batch of butter which left us with this amazing buttermilk to use! A few ways we like to eat it:

- Overnight oats
- Buttermilk biscuits
- Homemade Ranch dressing
- Meat marinade
- Overnight buttermilk pancakes (recipe linked)
- Buttermilk Syrup (recipe linked)

So grab some raw milk, skim the cream, & try making some butter! Not only will you have the most beautiful raw butter, but this powerhouse buttermilk to use too.

(If you have a favorite buttermilk recipe please let us know! We're always looking for new ways to use it.)


WISE WORDS

Friday
Apr062018

Signs of Spring (April 2018 Update)



 APRIL SPECIAL!

This month we are offering ground beef cases at a 10% discount beginning Saturday, April 7. Here are the details:

- 40 pound box of 100% grass-fed ground beef
- $216 for the case ($5.40/pound)
- One pound packages
- Ready during farm hours


Ground beef is one of those staples that's great to have in your freezer. It can be used so many different ways in so many different recipes.

These are boxed and ready to go - just ask in the store when you stop by.

(Offer good while supplies last. Offer applies only to CASES of ground beef, not individual ground beef packages in the UNM store.)

 

 

CURRENT CLASSES
We have a couple of exciting new events scheduled as well as a repeat of some favorites. Kristin will be preaching probiotics tomorrow and we still have a few seats available. If you haven't been to one of Kristin's classes yet you're in for a treat. Tasty samples, awesome demos, and a fun, lively discussion on the ins & outs of raw milk kefir & yogurt.

Farmer Shayn will be offering two workshops on butter making & poultry processing. Both of these are have very limited seating in order to give each participant individual hands-on training.

Below is what's currently on the calendar. Follow the links to sign up!

Yogurt & Kefir: A Probiotic Party
SATURDAY, APRIL 7 at 1:00pm

Crafting Cultured Butter
THURSDAY, APRIL 12 at 6:30pm

Fowl Fundamentals: The How-To of Harvesting Poultry
SATURDAY, APRIL 14 at 1:00pm

And don't forget the opportunity to help us bottle-feed our calves! Every Saturday at 11:00am.


 

SIGNS OF SPRING
The sun is shining, green is popping up everywhere, and we're busy planting on the farm. We appreciate & value the rainy days, but we love the warmth on our faces now that winter is done.

Farmer Shayn and his favorite guys have been hard at work, discing & tilling & planting. All three are draft horses but different breeds. Pete & Paul (brown) are our two Brabant horses and nine years old. They work flawlessly together and show us what a good team can accomplish. King (white) is our Percheron. He's our farm veteran, in his late 20's(!), and we love his calm steadiness. Not only are they beautiful animals but an integral part of our UNM team.
















 




We've also enjoyed these new, cute faces. There have been a lot of birth days on the farm over the past couple of months!



BULK ORDERS FOR MAY

Our next bulk orders will be available MAY 17 & 19. Deposits are due SUNDAY, APRIL 29. Corriente & Angus beef, pork, lamb and salmon 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.

NEW PRODUCT - VITAL PROTEINS
We love Vital Proteins and many of you do too. Their products come from grass-fed and pastured animals, and help add some awesome nutrition into your diet. We currently have single servings of beef broth and chicken broth, along with containers of beef gelatin (love this for thickening home made yogurt). And beef liver capsules just arrived - a great way to get the awesome nutrients from liver without actually eating liver...for those of us who just can't seem to enjoy it yet. :)

We're also taste-testing different collagens and will have those in the store soon. So far the dark chocolate & berry mix is our favorite!



















THE DARK SIDE
If you picked up milk from us over the past month you'll notice a slight difference in appearance. All of our cartons will now have black lids instead of white. Why the change?

In 2016 our state government passed HB194, requiring that raw milk sold in Utah must now also have "a specific colored label as determined by the department by rule". This was done to further distinguish raw milk for consumers in order to allow dairies to sell both raw & pasteurized milk from the same location. It was decided that this "label" would be black caps and it's now time for us to be in compliance.

So if the jug stating "RAW MILK" doesn't give it away, now you have black caps to assist you in telling the difference. ;)

Silly? We think so. Do we plan on selling pasteurized milk too? No, because...yuck. Instead of adding more laws to raw milk could we look at requiring pasteurized milk to have a "specific colored label"? Hmmm, now there's an idea!

The bottom line is that although the cap color has changed (we now joke that we've gone to "the dark side"), our raw milk is still the same, creamy, grass-fed goodness it's always been. Drink up!





















WISE WORDS
















Monday
Mar122018

Shoulder Roast Special (March 2018 Update)

(**SOLD OUT**)!
For a short time we are offering a handful of beef shoulder roast cases at over a 30% discount. Here are the details:

- 40 pound box of 100% grass-fed beef shoulder roast
- $170 for the case ($4.25/pound)
- Average roast size between 3-5 pounds
- Ready during farm hours
- Limited quantity on hand

These are boxed and ready to go - just ask in the store when you stop by.

Shoulders (a.k.a. Chuck Roast) are one of my favorites to cook. They have beautiful marbling throughout and shred so easily. The meat is tender, moist, and full of flavor. The photo shows one cooked on low in a crock pot for ten hours then shredded to perfection.

(Offer good while supplies last. Offer applies only to CASES of beef shoulder roasts, not individual roasts in the UNM store.)

 

CURRENT CLASSES
We have a couple of exciting new events scheduled as well as a repeat of some favorites. Farmer Shayn will be offering two workshops on butter making & poultry processing. Both of these are have very limited seating in order to give each participate individual hands-on training.

Below is what's currently on the calendar. Follow the links to sign up!

Beginning Broth and Beyond
THURSDAY, MARCH 15 at 6:30pm

The Basics of Backyard Chickens
SATURDAY, MARCH 17 at 1:00pm

The ABC's of Beekeeping
THURSDAY, MARCH 29 at 6:30pm

Yogurt & Kefir: A Probiotic Party
SATURDAY, APRIL 7 at 1:00pm

Crafting Cultured Butter
THURSDAY, APRIL 12 at 6:30pm

Fowl Fundamentals: The How-To of Harvesting Poultry
SATURDAY, APRIL 14 at 1:00pm

And don't forget the opportunity to help us bottle-feed our calves! Every Saturday at 11:00am.


 

WINTER WONDERLAND
We finally received a significant amount of snow after a couple of storms in February. Some of our dairy gals decided to come out and investigate once the powder stopped falling. Our milk cows call the red barn behind them home, but actually prefer to spend the majority of their time outside. During harsh weather they will bed down inside where we have a soft bed of fresh sawdust waiting for them.


BULK ORDERS FOR APRIL
Our next bulk orders will be available APRIL19 & 21. Deposits are due SUNDAY, APRIL 1. Corriente & Angus beef, pork, lamb and salmon 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.





CHICKEN CHECK-IN
We're asked often when we'll have our pastured chicken back in stock. Honestly, we don't know. We've tried to guess on some dates recently, but the birds are taking their time and still have a couple of pounds to gain before they'll be at a good harvest weight. Raising chickens in the winter months is difficult and long. They grow so much more slowly, take extra care, and are more susceptible to the weather. So at this point we don't have an estimated date, but we will send out an email when we know they'll be ready. And we anticipate having them on a fairly consistent basis again beginning in June.


HAPPY, HEALTHY PETS
Your furry friends will love you when you bring home a pint of this. Raw Colostrum just bottled. Some of our cows give extra and it's perfect for your pets. We have a great supply of it right now - $8/pint. Just ask at the counter when you're in the store. (For animal consumption only)



 

WISE WORDS
Food is not just fuel.
Food is about family,
food is about community,
food is about identity.
And we nourish all those things when we eat well.

-Michael Pollan

Friday
Feb022018

New Year, New Ideas, New Products (January 2018 Update)

UNM EDUCATION CENTER
A few weeks ago we sent out a survey asking for your opinion on classes here at the farm. Thank you for your feedback! We've been reviewing the information with our team and we're currently creating a schedule for the upcoming year. In the next few days we'll have all of the details for 2018 classes available on our website. We'll send an email to you when it's ready - just keep an eye on your inbox!

MILK UPDATE
We purchased additional cows, most of them have calved (along with many of our "regulars"), plus the weather has been unseasonably warm, so we have more milk! We haven't sold out at all during the month of January. If you need milk and want to avoid the opening rush, just come a little later. We have plenty of this raw goodness on the shelves!


NEW PRODUCT - TURKEY JERKY
This stuff magic in a stick. Our pastured ground turkey, seasoned and then smoked in our smokehouse here at the farm. Available while supplies last as turkeys are a once-a-year process around here. (Ingredients: Brown sugar, pepper, garlic, salt, hickory smoke)


BULK ORDERS FOR DECEMBER
Going into winter is a great time to stock your freezer with healthy, local meats. Our next bulk orders will be available FEBRUARY 22 & 24. Deposits are due this SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3. Corriente & Angus beef, pork, lamb and salmon 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.

MARVELOUS MICROGREENS
Did you know we have an underground greenhouse here at the farm? And currently there are amazing microgreens growing inside! Pictured here are broccoli, sunflower and peas, and we also have radish & kale in stock. They taste fresh and crisp and make the best salads. Grab some next time you're here - $4 for a bag of healthy goodness.


COOKING WITH KRISTEN
Tried a new recipe last week for dinner and we all gave it a thumbs up. I made a few variations in order to use more products from the farm:

- substituted ground turkey for the chicken (we're out of chicken for a few more weeks)
- homemade chicken broth
- substituted kale microgreens and pea microgreens for the kale
- used Monterey Jack RAW cheese

It was a simple, quick meal with basic, healthy ingredients. Try it out! You can find the recipe here:
CHEESY CHICKEN , KALE & SWEET POTATO SKILLET MEAL


LOCAL EGGS = BEST EGGS
A recent article was a great reminder to buy eggs from your local farm, where chickens are legitimately raised outdoors. Our birds eat green sprouts all year long while they run and scratch and stretch their wings. They are simply given their natural right to enjoy being a chicken.

"The organic label stated that the laying hens were raised 'with outdoor access.' ...Only it wasn’t true, at least not in the way most of us would understand outdoor access. Produced for Walmart’s private label by Cal-Maine Foods in Chase, Kansas, the hens lived in industrial, multi-story barns with tiny portholes and long ramps to access enclosed porches. No soil or vegetation. No fresh air or sunshine." You can read the rest of the article here:

Is Wal-Mart Defrauding Customers Into Spending More for "Organic" Eggs?


FARM HUMOR