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This Week ‘Round The Farm – 02/12/2022

This Week ‘Round The Farm – 02/12/2022

‘Round The Farm

sledding

Our die hard sledding team 🛷

On The James

A moment of zen from on the James.

Being Mocked

 I think Flash is mocking me 👅

Cozy

The coziest pig you ever did see 🐷

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Homesteading Edition

Inexpensive Solutions for Expensive Times

Rendering

When Lexi and I began this farming journey about 6 years ago, it started with a desire to be more self-sufficient.  We wanted to grow our own food, make our own soaps, and build our own systems that would make us less reliant on grocery stores and services.  We learned real quick that you can only do so much, and that time is the one resource we can’t make more of.  Between the farm, raising three girls, and working part time off farm jobs, prioritizing time becomes an art that sometimes we do well, and sometimes, meh.   That and, we’ll, let’s be honest.  There are just some things we can’t produce here.  Coffee, electronics, toilet paper, and fuel are two things that come to mind.  

That being said, we have found some great ways to maximize what we are producing.  Eggs are delicious and versatile, and we scatter the eggs shells around the yard as fertilizer.  The garden provides many great veggies, but also extra veggies are canned or used as supplemental feed for the chickens and pigs.  The spent plants and rotten veggies go into our bin to provide compost for future veggies / fruits.  Below are a few ways we use lesser known products we produce to make abundant amounts of pasture raised goodness.

Beef Broth

We try not to let anything go to waste.  Beef Bones make an amazing broth that is not only good for the body, but good for the soul.   Bones are cheap per pound and one 3-4 lb bag makes 2-3 quarts of delicious broth.  Broth can be used as a hot drink, makes mouth watering soups, or home-made gravy.  Here’s how we make our broth using The Spruce Eats.  Be sure to roast the bones first (listed in the recipe but important not to skip this step).  We also add a teaspoon of turmeric and 2-3 garlic cloves.  

Beef Soup Bones

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Beef Suet

Beef Suet is simply beef fat.  Once rendered (slow-cooked and strained), it’s referred to as beef tallow.  Tallow is great for adding beef flavor to your favorite dishes.  Add to soups, rice dishes, venison, or make gravy.  We love to use a small amount for making scrambled eggs (not steak and eggs but pretty darn good).  We used to render ours and store it in jars in the freezer.  We received a great tip from one of our customers (thanks Mary!) to cut it into cubes (think Ice tray or 1-2 inch squares, then store so that you take out 1 or as many cubes as you need for a specific dish without wasting the whole jar.  Here’s a great article on how to render, make, use, and store beef tallow.

Beef Suet

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Pork Broth

A rarely used but really underrated stock.  Pork broth is super inexpensive, makes a large amount, and great for a number of dishes.  We use it with many different beans (green beans, pinto beans) as well as part of the base for chili and soup.  It adds a richness that really compliments the aforementioned.  It’s also great for many asian dishes (see link below).  It’s also full of collagen, vitamins, and minerals which is always a plus.  

Pork Bones

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Pork Fat

An oldy but goody that’s making a comeback is good ole lard.  Once thought to be the devil, it’s now being used again as margarines and plant based fats have come under fire as less healthy alternatives.  Pork Back Fat is great in dishes when that subtle pork flavor is desired.  Think the same dishes as above for pork broth.  Pork Leaf Fat (fat around kidneys) is prized for making baked goods such as cookies and pies.  Very little pork flavor but super rich.  Prized by chefs and bakers alike.  Below is a great history lesson on lard vs hydrogenated fats as well as how to render lard.  

Pork Back Fat

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Pork Leaf Fat

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Last but now least

Chicken Broth

This really needs no introduction.  Chicken broth is amazing alone on a cold day, a soul-lifting savior when we’re under the weather, and a great addition to pastas and casseroles.  Let’s not forget gravy and soups.  There’s so much it can be used for.  Best of all, it’s an inexpensive product that really stretches a dollar.  We use 3 different ingredients for making stock.  Chicken backs and necks are great for stock and soups.  There are bones to pick out, but you also get a fair amount of meat which tastes amazing.  Feet are really the hidden gem.  If you’ve made broth with feet before, I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir, but if you haven’t, you’re missing out.  Feet are actually peeled during processing, so what goes in your dish has never touched the ground.  Feet are full of collagen.  Forget collagen pills and powders.  The fats and collagen in feet make a perfect broth and it’s our first choice when it comes to chicken broth.  Check this out for some great recipes.  We use the “slow cooker” recipe and add a teaspoon of turmeric in addition to what’s listed.  Enjoy!

Chicken Feet

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Chicken Necks

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Chicken Back Soup Pack

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Chicken Stew & Broth Bundle

$11.30

This is getting lengthy but hopefully this will be a reference of sort when looking for ways to make nutrient rich broths and are inexpensive and delicious.  Do you have any recipes or experience making broths?  Please share and thanks for reading!

Thanks for following us and allowing us to serve you.  If you have questions or would like to share your thoughts, give us a shout!

With Our Appreciation,

Jason, Lexi, and Family

Farmers Markets

Want to pick some Longbottom Farm beef, pork, poultry, eggs, and coffee as well as other locally produced goodies.  These are the places to do it. 

Key’s Corner Indoor Market – Every Saturday from 9 am – 12 noon.  Now open to in person shopping.  There is also a preorder drive through if you prefer to not leave your car.  Just go to Charlottesville City Market To-Go.

A great way to stock up on some local food and treats while enjoying some fresh air.  Thanks to all those that have come out to support local farms and artisans in our area.  Hope to see you there!

Farm Store

It Tastes Right Because It’s Raised Right!

Hand Gathered, Farm Fresh Eggs

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Virginia Raised, 100% Grassfed, Black Angus Beef

Our Virginia raised beef at Longbottom Farm is 100% grass-fed & grass-finished.

Longbottom Farm Pastured Pork

Raised in a combination of pasture and woods, our Pastured Pork produces a flavor like no other. Experience the difference.

This Week ‘Round The Farm – 01/08/2022

This Week ‘Round The Farm – 01/08/2022

This Week ‘Round The Farm

food yay

Everyone prefers the middle of the bale. I’m guessing it’s the equivalent of the center of the cinnamon roll.

May May

 May, just living her best life 😎

bundled up

Me, not so much 🥶

sass

Sledding with sass 🛷.

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Storms and Power Outages: Here’s How We Prepare

Hauling Hay

Just when we’ve gotten through 2020 and 2021, here comes a crippling snowstorm to start 2022.  Downed Trees, impassable roads, and power outages for days on end.  It’s hard to imagine that in this day and age of technology and infrastructure, that power would be out for any extended period.  Yet, here we are.  Our family has been through enough of these that we started looking at ways to mitigate these conditions because it’s not a matter of if, but when.  Now we’re not doom’s day preppers or anything of that nature, but we do try to prepare for real world scenarios such as storms, snow,  and even cyberattacks.  Remember when gas pumps were empty a few months ago from a cyber-attack?  Here’s a few things we’ve put in practice that have helped during these times.

Number 1, we purchased a generator.  I acknowledge this can be expensive, but in my opinion, it’s like insurance in that you won’t need it much, but when you do, it’s invaluable.  Now we didn’t purchase a whole home generator or anything that nice (though that would be nice and is on the wishlist), but a portable version that we can move to where it is needed.  Ours is from Costco and has literally paid for itself in the food savings it’s provided in keeping food cold / frozen.  We paid ~ $700 and it’s one of the best investments we’ve ever made.  Of course you can put food outside with this much snow, but tropical storms, hurricanes, and the like we’re at risk for also create the same situations.   Also running a business that requires food to stay frozen is non-negotiable.  Other things we’ve used our generator for are portable heaters, lamps, TV (we have an old school antenna and pick up all the local channels), toasters / ovens, radio, charging phones / ipads, even running our computer (when connected using 4G from the phone).  You name it, we’ve probably used our generator for it.  If you are thinking of getting one, wait a bit till things settle down as I’m sure they’re scarce and pricey at the moment.  Of course you can buy new, but Facebook MarketPlace and Craigslist will provide you with many options as well.

Water is something you can’t be without.  When the power is out, the wells aren’t working.  What we’ve done is save 2 liter bottles, water bottles, and really any plastic container will work.  Fill up a number of them and put them in storage.  We have a root cellar that we store ~ 50 bottles / jugs of water in.  Once you’re done, it’s set and forget.  This really doesn’t cost anything but a little time to plan, fill, and store.  We try to use BPA free plastics and change out every 1-2 years.  It’s been a big game changer for little investment.  We have water to drink, make coffee (a must!), wipe off (not a shower but better than nothing), and keep the pets fed.    

A new thing we’re implementing this year is fuel storage.  It’s a life hack I heard from a podcaster (Jack Spirco) that sets you up for a good supply of gasoline.  Most of us have cars and when things like this happen, it’s hard to get gas, and here in rural Virginia, it’s not uncommon for pumps to run empty.  Gas also powers the generator we’ll need for extended outages, ATV for chores, chainsaws / power tools for down trees / repairs, and so many things.  Here’s how it works.  This January, buy a 5 gallon gas can, and fill it up.  Label it #1 or January and store away.  Next month, buy another 5 gallon can and fill it up, then label it #2 or February.  Repeat this each month until December and you’ll have 12 cans (60 gallons)! These cans are kept seperate from our everyday use gas can for the mower / weed-eater, etc.  These are strictly for storage / emergency.  When January rolls around next year and you haven’t used it, put the January can in your car, refill the can, and place it back in storage.  Do the same February on.  Of course if you have periods like this, use what you need then refill and store.  This ensures you have plenty of gas that’s no more than a year old and should get you through most any situation you’d experience in our area.   

Another thing we do is try to use social media to your advantage.  I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a big fan of social media, primarily because of privacy issues, data collection, and misinformation, but it does have some great uses especially for times like this.  Facebook has a group feature, and we follow “Scottsville Virginia Group”.  Each City and town has one.  These are our neighbors and friends posting pictures, road closures, updates, and more that help to keep us in the know when we can’t make it out of our home in times like these.  Facebook MarketPlace has also been a great resource for some of the above items I’ve mentioned in addition to being a one-stop shop for a lot of our farm needs.  It’s also a great way to keep in touch with family and friends should you not be able to contact them by traditional means.  If you have satellite or 4G, these services still work sometimes even when the power is out.  

These are a couple of things that have made our life easier during these events.  There are many more such as black-out bags (bag of flashlights, batteries, etc), kerosene heaters, vehicle inverters, wood stoves / fireplaces, etc.  Just google and follow some of the many rabbit holes the subject will take you.  I’ve been down these holes many times and am better for it!  We’d love to hear any suggestions you have about preparing for these events or how you’re dealing with this storm.  Hopefully everyone has power by now if not soon and everyone is safe.  Our thoughts are with all of you and wishing you the best.   

January Farm Updates

sleding

A couple of updates with the farm. 

Grassfed Beef Shares: We currently have a couple shares left.  They are on the website as of today and up for grabs.

Delivery: We’re making a few changes to better serve you guys and streamline things.  Deliveries will be moving to Friday (9a – 1p).  Orders over $50  qualify for delivery ($6.00 fee) and orders over $99 get FREE delivery provided you’re within our Charlottesville / Scottsville delivery area (determined by zip code at checkout). 

New Curbside Pick-up:  Pick-up at the farm will be on Fridays and Saturdays from 11a – 4pm.  We’ve tried to do every day of the week but unfortunately have to be off the farm at times making this difficult and the last thing we want is to get an order wrong or not be here to put it out.  When checking out, you’ll have the option for which day you prefer.  We’ll have the order out by 11 in our coolers with icepacks so you can pick-up anytime between 11am and 4pm.  This way you can order and not have to wait for a confirmation response or schedule a time.  Just order and know your order will be there between those times. 

Key’s Corner Indoor Market: Starts Saturday January 15th.  This will run until April.  Mask will be required as it’s indoors so yay for some heat.  Come see us every Saturday from 9 am – noon. 

Grassfed Beef: We’re pretty much fully stocked so check out what we have at our Online store.

Stay warm and safe out there!

      

Thanks for following us and allowing us to serve you.  If you have questions or would like to share your thoughts, give us a shout!

With Our Appreciation,

Jason, Lexi, and Family

Farmers Markets

Want to pick some Longbottom Farm beef, pork, poultry, eggs, and coffee as well as other locally produced goodies.  These are the places to do it. 

Key’s Corner Indoor Market – Every Saturday from 9 am – 12 noon.  Now open to in person shopping.  There is also a preorder drive through if you prefer to not leave your car.  Just go to Charlottesville City Market To-Go.

A great way to stock up on some local food and treats while enjoying some fresh air.  Thanks to all those that have come out to support local farms and artisans in our area.  Hope to see you there!

Farm Store

It Tastes Right Because It’s Raised Right!

Hand Gathered, Farm Fresh Eggs

Experience the difference and give our free range, premium eggs a try!

Virginia Raised, 100% Grassfed, Black Angus Beef

Our Virginia raised beef at Longbottom Farm is 100% grass-fed & grass-finished.

Longbottom Farm Pastured Pork

Raised in a combination of pasture and woods, our Pastured Pork produces a flavor like no other. Experience the difference.

This Week ‘Round The Farm – 12/19/2021

This Week ‘Round The Farm – 12/19/2021

This Week ‘Round The Farm

Mini

Bob showing off his pedicure 💅

eggs

We’re getting colorful eggs again!!! It’s a smaller Christmas miracle 🎄

foraging pigs

The babies caught on to the treat schedule quickly 🐽

besties

Bottle calves generally have a hard time assimilating into the herd, but our sweet baby has himself a best friend y’all!!! I’m so happy for him! 🥰

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Last Minute Goodies & Stocking Stuffers

The Holidays are upon us and that means celebrating and eating! If you’re looking for some last minute comfort foods or stocking stuffers, we’ve got you covered.  Check out a few of our holiday meal essentials and favorites

Sale!

Classic Comfort Food Bundle

19+ lb assortment of pasture raised beef, pork, and chicken at a 10% discount!

Ham Steaks (Smoked & Uncured)

Smoked and Uncured (no added nitrites).

Honey Ham
Gift Card

Physical Gift Card

Two cards to choose from.  The E-card is directly sent to the reciepient you choose.  All you need is their email address.  The physical card is for when you need a gift or want to surprise someone with a tangible item.

This year is coming to a close and what a year it’s been. 2020 was tough, but 2021 gave it a run for its money. That said, there’s so much to be grateful for and it’s this time of year we come together to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company.

We want to thank you for choosing Longbottom Farm. You have many choices out there, and we’re grateful you went with us. Raising animals right not only means you can eat with confidence, but also that you’re supporting local.

To us, supporting local means so much, as most of what’s wrong with our food system today stems from the short cuts / corner cutting by large operations. Keeping it local means less airplanes / cargo ships, less feed-lots, decreased handling of the product, and the ability to meet your farmer and see how your food is raised. You’re making that happen and we can’t say thank you enough.

Thanks for following us and allowing us to serve you.  If you have questions or would like to share your thoughts, give us a shout!  Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday and see you in 2022!

With Our Appreciation,

Jason, Lexi, and Family

Farmers Markets

Want to pick some Longbottom Farm beef, pork, poultry, eggs, and coffee as well as other locally produced goodies.  These are the places to do it. 

Charlottesville City Market – Every Saturday from 8am – 12 noon.  Now open to in person shopping.  There is also a preorder drive through if you prefer to not leave your car.  Just go to Charlottesville City Market To-Go.

Farmers in the Park – Every Wednesday from 3pm – 7pm – In person shopping with food, arts, crafts, and lots more.

A great way to stock up on some local food and treats while enjoying some fresh air.  Thanks to all those that have come out to support local farms and artisans in our area.  Hope to see you there!

Farm Store

It Tastes Right Because It’s Raised Right!

Hand Gathered, Farm Fresh Eggs

Experience the difference and give our free range, premium eggs a try!

Virginia Raised, 100% Grassfed, Black Angus Beef

Our Virginia raised beef at Longbottom Farm is 100% grass-fed & grass-finished.

Longbottom Farm Pastured Pork

Raised in a combination of pasture and woods, our Pastured Pork produces a flavor like no other. Experience the difference.

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