Thursday
Jan212016

Food Freedom in Utah (January 2016 Update)

FOOD FREEDOM ACT - YOU CAN HELP!
Over the past few months, we have been working with Representative Marc Roberts and several other local farmers & small food producers in Utah on a proposed bill for this year's legislative session. HB 144, known as the Food Freedom Act, restores the right to consumers to purchase or sell local food without state government oversight. It would give consumers greater access and ability to purchase fresh local homemade foods, and will encourage the expansion of agricultural sales by farmers markets, ranches, farms, CSA’s, and home based producers. HB 144 is proposed by Representative Marc Roberts and will be heard in the upcoming session. There will be a lot of opposition so we need all the support we can find to help get the bill passed! Please help us spread the word. Share on social media, email your friends, and encourage others to join us!

Sign the petition here:
UtahFoodFreedom.org

Follow along on Facebook here:
Farms, Food & Freedom for Utah
Utah Food Freedom

You can also contact your legislators encouraging them to support it.


GOODBYE MAGGIE
Earlier this week we had to say goodbye to our sweet Maggie. She was outside working with Shayn, and as she went to jump down from a trailer, for some reason she made a misstep and broke her leg. After x-rays, our vet told us it would require a complicated surgery to repair, and even then he wasn't sure if it would completely heal. A heartbreaking decision to make, we decided it was best to let her go.

She was such a wonderful dog. She was Shayn's "right-hand man", always around keeping an eye on things. She was kind & gentle, not only with our kids but with our animals too. She had a warm welcome for any who stopped in to visit our farm and many of you greeted her as she would sunbathe on the front steps of our store. She was part of our farm & our family. We miss her.




DAIRY UPDATE
Framing is done. Roof is finished. Metal sheeting is going up. We won't have to work around the weather now that the outside is almost complete. Our goal is to have milk for sale by the end of February!



BULK ORDERS
Our next bulk orders will be available FEBRUARY 18 & 20. Deposits are due Saturday, January 31! Corriente & Angus beef, pork, lamb and Alaskan Salmon are all currently available. Do you want to try our meat before you make a big purchase? Stop by our farm store this weekend and pick up some separate cuts.


EAT HEALTHY!
Did you make a resolution to eat healthier this year? Let us help! We carry nutrient-dense organs meats. Bones for healthy broths. Antibiotic-free chicken. Grass-fed & finished beef. Pastured pork. Delicious eggs. Stop by the market to get what you need!



NEITHER RAIN, NOR SNOW, NOR SLEET, NOR HAIL....
We know this line is normally associated with the postal service, but today it definitely applies to the farmer. Even though it was a blizzard yesterday morning the animals still needed to be taken care of, so Shayn and our great farm-hands bundled up, got to work, and completed the daily chores.



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Thursday
Nov192015

Alaksan Salmon Is In! (November 2015 Update)

2015 SALMON IS IN!
We just received our shipment of fillets from this year's salmon run in Alaska. Wild-caught and flash frozen on site, this salmon is amazing! It's delicious and full of health benefits. We sell it two ways:

1. Farm Market: separate fillets for $15.00/pound
2. Bulk Order: 20 pound case for $260 ($13.00/pound)



THANKSGIVING HOURS
We will be closed for Thanksgiving. Our farm market schedule over the holiday will be as follows:

TUESDAY, NOV. 24 from 2:00-5:30pm
SATURDAY, NOV. 28 from 9:00am-12:00pm


DAIRY UPDATE
We have broken ground and are on our way! It's currently a mess of dirt and concrete forms as we get the foundation in place, but we're excited to see progress. Our estimated completion date is January.


BULK ORDERS
Our next bulk orders will be available DECEMBER 10 & 12. Deposits are due Saturday, November 21! This is the last chance for bulk ordering until February/March of next year. We are sold out of pork, but Corriente & Angus beef, lamb and Alaskan Salmon are all currently available. Do you want to try our meat before you make a big purchase? Stop by our farm store this weekend and pick up some separate cuts.

LATECOMER
Farmer Shayn recently made a trip to check on our mother cows and just as he pulled in he saw this little guy arrive into the world. He, his mom and the other cows were all under shelter that day as it was a little stormy outside. He came late in the year, but he'll stay dry and be just fine.


HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Our turkeys all received a pardon this year, so it will be a happy holiday for them. :) Remember to support local farms as you do your Thanksgiving meal shopping! And thank you for your continued support. We keep farming because you keep coming!

Monday
Nov022015

We're Building a Dairy! (October 2015 Update)

WE'RE STARTING A RAW MILK DAIRY!
At the September Planning Commission Meeting our dairy permit was APPROVED! A huge thank you to those who came to speak in support of us - we have the BEST customers! And a huge thank you also to West Jordan City for their continued support of local agriculture in our community. We just received our building permit and will begin construction immediately. Everything will be on site here at our farm and we will continue to update you as we go.

HALLOWEEN HOURS
We will be open normal hours on Saturday for Halloween: 9am-12pm. What do you need to feed your ghouls and goblins that night? Ground beef for chili? Cheese to top it? Stop in and get your All Hallow's Eve dinner essentials!

FARM TO SCHOOL
Did we visit any of your kids at school last month? Farmer Shayn and some of our farm friends participated in the "Farm to School" program through Jordan School District for three days. We visited Majestic Elementary, Oquirrh Elementary & Riverside Elementary, talking to the kids about where their food comes from and giving them the chance to get up close to our animals.


BULK ORDERS
Our next bulk orders will be available NOVEMBER 19 & 21. Deposits are due Saturday, October 31 (Halloween)! Corriente & Angus beef, pork, and Alaskan Salmon are all currently available. Do you want to try our meat before you make a big purchase? Stop by our farm store this weekend and pick up some separate cuts.

FARMER SHAYN GOES TO IOWA
Shayn spent some time in Iowa in October at the Waverley Midwest Horse sale. It's a huge draft horse & equipment auction and a great place for us to purchase equipment for our big guys to use. One of his last stops was the Amish Community of Bloomfield. Our friend, Ivan, builds, sells and repairs draft horse implements, some of which you can see in the photos. Our Amish friends are always willing to help and share their skills and advice with our horses.

(He passed thousands of acres of corn on his drive along I-80, much of it will probably be fed to commercial animals. He also drove by a cattle feed lot and saw acres and acres of cows with little room to move. Followed by a pig feed lot - not a single pig was outside but you could smell them miles away.  Small, local farms are the way to go!)



CAN YOU SPOT US?
We have a few new signs on our farm to make it easier for you find us. This one is on the west side of our barn, visible from 5600 West. Hopefully we'll be simple to find when you send family and friends our way!



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Saturday
Aug292015

West Jordan Citizens, We Need Your Help! (August 2015 Update)

LET'S START A RAW MILK DAIRY!
Do you live in West Jordan? Then we need your help! We are currently in the process of starting a dairy here at our farm to produce raw milk. In order to do so we are required to obtain a dairy permit from West Jordan City, which involves an in-depth discussion at their upcoming Planning Commission meeting. If you are excited about a raw milk dairy in West Jordan we would love your support! Please attend the meeting and let your voice be heard.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 at 6:00pm
CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS - 3rd FLOOR
8000 S. REDWOOD ROAD
PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA

NEWEST ARRIVAL
It's always fun to have new animals on the farm. One of our dairy cows had a little heifer calf recently!


BULK ORDERS
Our next bulk orders will be available SEPTEMBER 17 & 19. Deposits are due Saturday, August 29 (TOMORROW)! Corriente & Angus beef, pork, and Alaskan Salmon are all currently available. Do you want to try our meat before you make a big purchase? Stop by our farm store this weekend and pick up some separate cuts.

NON-GMO UTAH SWEET CORN!
Our corn is ready! We grilled some the other night and it was delicious. Remember - we don't spray with herbicides or pesticides & the crop is completely free of GMOs.


WATER FOOD - NOT HOUSES
We had the opportunity to participate in this study and the results are encouraging. We are so proud of Utah! Thank you for helping to spread the word on the importance of local farms & food. More and more citizens are listening!

Utahns Willing to Water Less to Get Crops, Not Homes on Prime Farmland


OUR VIEW FROM THE OFFICE
Our third crop of hay from the season was ready last week and we spent a number of hours out here. Blue skies, happy cows and many bales of hay to haul. We have a great supply of hay for our animals this winter.


DON'T BUG ME!
Farm work hazard: bugs crawling inside your shirt sleeve. Fortunately this was just a friendly praying mantis who hitched a ride while Farmer Shayn was picking corn. We returned him to the garden so he could get back to business.


CONVENTIONALLY RAISED BACTERIA BEEF
This latest study from Consumer Reports on the cleanliness of ground beef is unsettling, although not very surprising. Make sure you are buying local, 100% grass-fed ground beef for you and your family! Available at our farm store for $6/pound.

"...[B]eef from conventionally raised cows was more likely to have bacteria overall, as well as bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, than beef from sustainably raised cows. We found a type of antibiotic-resistant S. aureus bacteria called MRSA which kills about 11,000 people in the U.S. every year, on three conventional samples (and none on sustainable samples). And 18 percent of conventional beef samples were contaminated with superbugs—the dangerous bacteria that are resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics..."

Read the rest of the article here: How Safe is Your Ground Beef?

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Wednesday
Jul292015

Monthly Update - July 2015

NEW VIDEO!
In our latest installment of UNM videos, Farmer Shayn explains how we raise our chickens and what sets them apart from other birds. Check it out here!

Local Pastured Chicken at Utah Natural Meat

HAY SEASON
Our second crop of hay is cut, raked, baled & hauled off the fields. It was tricky figuring out the timing of it all this year as July has been wet and cooler than usual. All of our hard work is rewarded with beautiful scenes like this:


BULK ORDERS
Our next bulk orders will be available AUGUST 20 & 22. Deposits are due Saturday, August 1! Corriente & Angus beef, pork, and Alaskan Salmon are all currently available. Do you want to try our meat before you make a big purchase? Stop by our farm store this weekend and pick up some separate cuts.

NON-GMO UTAH SWEET CORN!
Our delicious corn is so close to being ready! We should have it available within the next couple of weeks. We don't spray with herbicides or pesticides & the crop is completely free of GMOs.


FEEDING SPROUTS & WATER CONSERVATION
With the concern over our current water supply in Utah we are utilizing our greenhouses more and more. Growing sprouts uses less than 3% of the amount of water required for standard forage production. We would love to have more open, green pastures for our animals to graze on right now, but the sprouts still give them phenomenal feed and they have space to roam without using more of our precious natural resources.

To find our more about our feed check out our video: Feeding Sprouts

Read more about agriculture & water in Utah: "Study Shows Vast Potential for Cutting Water Use on Farms"


TEEN CHEF MASTERS
We're excited to participate with Utah's Own and Fox13 in this new reality show! Contestants will be cooking with our chicken and pork during the competition, along with products from other local farms & businesses. Check it out!

Reality Show on Fox13 to Feature Local Teens with Culinary Chops Competing for Scholarship

SHARING THE LOVE
Sharing a shout out from one of our awesome customers, Melissa. She wrote a post on why & what she loves about Utah Natural Meat.

Our Daily Legacy: Utah Natural Meat - Shop Here If You Are Able

REAL FOODS MARKET
Awesome news - Real Foods Market is currently offering our chicken at their Salt Lake store cafe! Plus, they're hosting a class next month with Farmer Shayn on the ins & outs of our poultry. Come with questions and learn why these are better birds. We're excited to team up with them and hope you see you there!

Get Tickets Here: Meet Your Meat With Farmer Shayn

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