Thursday
Sep012016

Take a Tour of Our Dairy (August 2016 Update)

DAIRY TOURS WITH FARMER SHAYN
In light of what appears to be a press release by the Utah Department of Health, with an obvious bias for pasteurized milk, we have had some inquiries on the testing of our milk. We follow all of the state testing procedures for on-farm milk sales. We also send milk samples to an independent lab so we can keep tabs on where things are, but the final testing lies with the state lab, and we have a state inspector who comes on a regular basis to take their own samples to be tested.

Ultimately, we feel the health of our milk is dependent upon our cleanliness procedures in our dairy. We are vigilant about the health of our dairy cattle and cleanliness of our parlor, which we believe makes the difference in great raw milk. We do what we can to keep our milk as clean as possible.

In an effort to maintain transparency throughout our farm, we are inviting all who have an interest to take a tour of our dairy barn with Farmer Shayn and ask questions. Those who visit will be able to see the cleanliness of our parlor and get information on our milk testing & procedures. Currently, tours will be available on the following dates:

September 1: 3pm & 4pm
September 3: 1pm & 2pm
September 6: 3pm & 4pm
September 8: 3pm & 4pm
September 10: 1pm & 2pm

Simply meet at our farm store and let us know you're here for the tour.

If you have further questions we're always available by phone or email also. Thank you for your continued support of real, healthy, local food!


MEET YOUR MEAT
Check out this recent article from Utah Business about our farm:

Meet Your Meat: Going Direct to Utah Farmers & Butchers

SLEEPING BEAUTY
This little lady was napping in the dairy barn while waiting for mom to be milked - isn't she sweet? We hope you've had a chance to meet some of our calves. There are always a couple of them hanging out right next to the farm store.


BULK ORDERS
Our next bulk orders will be available OCTOBER 13 & 15. Deposits are due SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24. Corriente & Angus beef, pork, and lamb are all currently 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.

And our salmon will be arriving around the end of next week! We are still accepting deposits for bulk salmon orders. This sushi-grade, wild-caught Alaskan salmon is amazing! Don't miss your chance to stock your freezer with the freshest sockeye salmon around.


MORNING CHORES
Making the rounds one morning on their daily sprout delivery to the animals. Everyone receives fresh sprouts from our greenhouses each day.


WHERE WILL YOUR MILK TAKE YOU?
This time it was Lake Solitude up Big Cottonwood Canyon. Our milk pints are so great to travel with - we threw a couple in our bag with a small ice pack and the kids gulped them down when we stopped at the top. Make sure to get out and enjoy this beUTAHful state we live in!


FARM HUMOR

Saturday
Mar262016

Easter Essentials (March 2016 Update)

EASTER ESSENTIALS
Easter is this weekend - let us help with dinner! We still have a great selection of HAMS to choose from, along with LEG OF LAMB and RACK OF LAMB. We also have our PASTURED EGGS available for traditional deviled eggs or even for coloring. (Yes! You can dye brown eggs.) Fresh eggs can sometimes be difficult to peel when hard-boiling, but we love this method and have found it works well: Perfect Easy-Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs

All cuts are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Shop early for the best selection!
THURSDAY 2:00-5:30PM
SATURDAY 9:00AM-12:00PM



CHICKEN IN STOCK!
We have the following available again beginning Thursday:
Whole Chickens
Chicken Feet
Chicken Liver & Heart
Chicken Necks

Cut-ups and bones will arrive this summer.

NATIONAL PIG DAY
Yes, there is actually a holiday for our favorite swine friends. We celebrated with the KSL News Morning show when Hard Workin' Haley stopped in to get a first-hand look at our pigs. Although they were a little reluctant at first (it was early & they love their sleep), they perked up when Shayn arrived with breakfast. You can check out one of the spots at the following link and watch Farmer Shayn's best pig impersonation (he's a good sport!).

Celebrate National Pig Day at Utah Natural Meat



DAIRY UPDATE
The barn & milk parlor are completed, we're installing the last of the milking equipment we need, and the cows are on their way. We still have two inspections to pass before we can sell milk. Depending on schedules, we could be ready to go in just two weeks. We will post an update when we're officially licensed.

BULK ORDERS
Our next bulk orders will be available APRIL 14 & 16. Deposits are due THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 26! 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.

WORK & PLAY
Last weekend we started preparing the fields for spring planting. Farmer Shayn found a creative way to combine work & play with an old sled and some baling twine. Our boys took turns for two hours gliding through the fresh dirt. We love the sounds & the smells of tilling the earth this time of the year. (Thanks to Chase, Shayn's brother, and the horses for their hard work & help.)



WISE WORDS

Monday
Feb292016

Easter Hams in Stock (February 2016 Update)

EASTER DINNER
Easter will be here soon and we can help with your dinner traditions! We currently have HAMS available! Our delicious, pastured pork is non-GMO and raised without antibiotics or added hormones. We've also restocked our LEG OF LAMB and RACK OF LAMB which have a wonderful, mild flavor from our grass-fed lambs.

All cuts are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Shop early for the best selection!


GRASS-FED GOAT
What's for dinner tonight? We recently had fajitas using our goat meat! Did you know we sell goat? This grass-fed meat has a unique, delicious flavor. We carry everything from chops to riblets in our store - try it sometime!


DAIRY UPDATE
We're close! This is a look inside. The walls to the lower left are the actual milk parlor which includes two rooms. Above is a hay loft and the remainder is a loafing shed for the cows.
We're currently figuring out a septic permit between the city & county. Also this week it's mud & tape on the drywall inside the parlor. As soon as the walls are done we can finish electrical & plumbing & start moving equipment in, followed by a few final inspections for approval. We hope to be ready in a few weeks and we'll continue to post updates as we go.



BULK ORDERS
Our next bulk orders will be available APRIL 14 & 16. Deposits are due SATURDAY, MARCH 26! 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.


CHEESE-WOOD?
According to this article, many grated cheeses have higher levels of wood pulp than currently allowed by the FDA. So you could eat cheese-wood, or you could eat fresh, healthy, REAL raw milk cheese you grated yourself. Pick up a block of amazing raw milk cheese at our farm and say no to the fake stuff!

The Parmesan Cheese You Sprinkle on Your Penne Could Be Wood

ENJOYING THE SUNSHINE!
Our afternoon stroll on the farm peaked this big guy's curiosity. King is one of our two draft horses. Incredibly strong and just as gentle.



WISE WORDS


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.



WISE WORDS

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!