Many of you have been asking when we were going to offer a meat CSA and we've heard you. Beginning this November, we will be offering our new Meat CSA!
Based on your feedback, our new Meat CSA is all about options. First, you will be able to choose at what level you would like to participate, based on your family's individual needs and budget. Whether you are single, empty nesters or a family of 6, we have a participation level that should work for you.
Next, you will be able to select from our available inventory of pasture raised chicken, pork and beef, exactly which meats you want to be in your share each month. This means you never have to worry about getting a cut of meat you have no idea what to do with! All chicken one month, pork and beef the next? Yes, please...
Last, but certainly not least, you will be able to order your share each month at your convenience. Early in the month, middle of the month or end of the month...your choice each and every month. In addition to ordering on your schedule, you will also be able to schedule a pick up time and location that works best for you. Choices will include farm pick up Mon-Fri afternoons, Glenbrook Shopping Center on Saturday mornings from 9:00-9:30, Coleman Park Community Center 3rd Thursday of each month from 4:30-5:30 pm and, based on CSA level, free home delivery.
If multiple share level options. fully customizable share contents and your choice of pick up locations/times sounds like a meat CSA you would like to be a part of, then we would love to have you join us!
When I opened Facebook this morning, the first thing I saw was a “Facebook memory” from 3 years ago. It was a blog post entitled “Why A Farm” and it was the first ever post on this website. (If you’re fairly new to following our farm journey, you may want to take a moment and check out why we decided to start a farm in the first place.)
With all that being said, I thought it might be of interest to share all that you, our friends and customers, helped us to accomplish in 2016:
Have you been missing your pasture-raised, all natural pork, chicken and eggs since the Hendersonville Farmers Market closed for the year? Well, we have great news for you!
In past years, we have only sold off the farm during the fall, winter and spring, but in speaking with many of you, we realized this is not always convenient for our customers who live in and around Hendersonville, Gallatin and Goodlettsville. As a result, we are excited to announce our new Glenbrook delivery option!
Every Saturday morning we will be delivering prepaid orders to the Glenbrook Shopping Center (end near Target) from 9:00am-10:00am. To order, simply shop online on this website!
You can pay online and select when you want to pick up your order. Then all you have to do is come to Glenbrook on Saturday between 9:00 and 10:00 to pick up your order. It’s as easy as that!
If you should have any questions, please call (615-330-3153), or email (email@example.com). Thanks!
Last Friday we began “recycling” our oldest egg layers. These birds were over 2 years old and had served us (and many of you) well, but it was definitely time for them to begin moving on.
Now I know some of you may be asking, just exactly how do you recycle a chicken? Well, we send them off to our friendly processor and they come back to the farm as “crock pot” chickens!
Back in the good old days, Grandma would call them stewing chickens. That’s because Grandma knew the older a chicken was, the tougher it could be if not cooked properly. So she simply put the bird in a stew pot all day long, knowing it would be nice and tender by dinner time.
Today, crock pots have replaced stew pots in most of our homes, but the concept is still the same. Low and slow makes for a tender, tasty “crock pot” chicken. While there are tons of crock pot chicken recipes out there, I thought I would share this one with you. It’s very simple and gives you great flexibility in how you use the pulled chicken once it’s cooked. Quesadillas? Check. Enchiladas? Check. Chicken salad? Check. Any other chicken dish you can think of? Check!
As most of you already know, our egg layers are raised on pasture and fed non-GMO feed just like our meat birds. This means you get all the positive health benefits of an all-natural, pasture raised chicken without all the negatives associated with confinement raised birds. All in all…a win/win!
Beginning today, we will have crock pot chickens available for sale ($3.49/lb). To get yours, you can stop by the farm most anytime, or visit us tomorrow (Aug 31) at the White House Farmers Market or Saturday at the Hendersonville Farmers Market.
Thanks and we look forward to seeing around the farm soon!
I don’t know about you, but we are excited to see fall just around the corner. As you can imagine, summer is crazy busy on the farm. Cultivating, planting, weeding, picking, packing baskets, rinse and repeat over and over. Whew! Getting tired again just remembering!
Fall, on the other hand, signals a time when things begin to slow down a touch and we get a little time to catch our breath. Of course this doesn’t mean there’s nothing happening on the farm. Oh no, far from it. Just means we’re not as crazy busy as during the summer!
Fall also means I now have time to update everyone on all the happenings around the farm. There are new additions to both our animal collection and product offerings. Can’t wait to tell you about ’em, so here goes!
Click here for our fall newsletter…
The pigs have landed at Hill Family Farm! For our first batch, we purchased 3, five-week old, Large Black/Yorkshire cross hogs.
Both Large Black Hogs and Yorkshire Hogs are heritage breeds and we are excited to be playing a small part in helping to sustain these great breeds.
What is so special about the Large Black Hog?
Perhaps the most important thing about Large Blacks is their pedigree. They retain the traits of their ancestors that lived on the pastures and woods of England in the 16th and 17th centuries. They are hardy animals able to handle the cold and heat. They can effectively convert pasture and goodies found in the ground into nutrition. Great mothering ability; good sized litters; longevity. Despite their large size they are well known as very docile hogs. Their dark coloring makes them more resistant to sunburn. And their pork might be the best available; micro-marbled and deliciously Old World flavor.
What is so special about the Yorkshire Hog?
Yorkshires are known as the “mother” breed because Yorkshire sows typically farrow and raise large litters of pigs. They too trace their heritage back to the farms of 18th century England. Yorkshires are white in color and have erect ears. The modern Yorkshire is very muscular, with a high proportion of lean meat and low backfat, in addition to being very sound and durable.
Combining these 2 breeds leads to pigs that thrive outside on pasture, resulting in pork that is leaner, healthier and tastier than anything you can buy at a super market. Starting out we will be selling our pigs in bulk, not individual cuts. In other words, you will be able to buy 1/2 a hog, or the whole hog. This provides you with better value and allows you to choose how your pork will be processed, cut and packaged. (More detailed info to come soon.)
These initial 3 pigs should be ready for market around the end of May, first part of June. We have had numerous folks express interest in our pork and expect these 3 to sell quickly. If you are interested, please call me asap (615-330-3153) or complete the form below to discuss pricing and placing a deposit on your share. (Pork FAQs and Pricing)