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This Week ‘Round The Farm – 06/06/2021

This Week ‘Round The Farm – 06/06/2021

This Week ‘Round The Farm

Oink!

We have a particularly chatty bunch of oinkers this year 🐽.

apple

We were shocked to see these adorable baby apples on our first year trees 🍏.

chicks

May is as overwhelmed by the number of babies as I am 🐣.

chicken tractors

I’m pretty sure Noah built the ark in less time, but progress is progress, right?

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Catching Up

baby chicks

Summer is in full swing and we’re still catching up on Spring projects.  I think we all know the feeling.  The juggling of events and projects that gets a little overwhelming at times.  Amazing what warmer weather and a few extra hours of sunlight will do to the to-do list.  But what doesn’t get done will still be there so it’s all good!  A few updates / happenings on the farm.

Pastured Poultry:  Our first group of chicks are almost ready to graduate to the chicken tractors (movable outdoor pens).  Chicken tractors are those incomplete wooden structures seen above.  It protects them from predators while allowing them to grow / thrive on grass.  We’re anticipating offering Pastured Poultry the 2nd week of July.  Whole birds and individual cuts.  Stay tuned!

Eggs: We’ve recently had to increase our eggs price slightly.  Our feed cost has risen 3 times over the past few months.  We’re in the process of doubling our flock to improve efficiency and hopefully offset rising costs.

Beef:  Cattle went to the processor last week so we should be fully restocked in the next 2-3 weeks.  We’ve also secured dates through 2023 with our processor so hopefully you’ll see less sold out signs.

Pork: We’ll be taking pigs in two weeks and should be fully restocked by the end of the month.  Bacon will finally be back!

Coffee: Good news and good news.  We’ve added a decaf variety to the line up, for those that want to awaken your taste buds without staying awake.  We’ve also DROPPED the price of our coffees.  Buying more beans in bulk allows us to get a better price that we can pass on to you!

Check out our online store to see what’s available and what’s coming.  Order online and pick up on the farm, at Charlottesville City Market / Farmers in the Park Market, or have your order delivered if you’re in the Charlottesville / Scottsville area.   Thanks for following and supporting local.

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!  Stay cool out there!

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!

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Longbottom Farm Pastured Pork

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This Week ‘Round The Farm – 05/03/2021

This Week ‘Round The Farm – 05/03/2021

This Week ‘Round The Farm

Shoveling Poo

Getting the nursery ready for baby chicks 🐤.

hiding

German shepherds have a reputation for being extremely intelligent. Ours spent an hour trying to plant herself in the asparagus trench 🌱.

misfits

In every group there are overachievers and there are slackers.

munching on grass

I cannot get enough of these guys 😍.

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The Glory of Ground Beef

Ground Beef Box

What beef cut is versatile, easy, and delicious?  Used to make a variety of dishes?  Affordable and won’t break the bank?  How about easy to store and compact?  If you’re thinking ground beef, you’ve got it!  Ground beef is one of those staple foods that everyone should have.  Not only can you do so many things with it, but more importantly it’s EASY!    That’s important because even though we take time to cook amazing dishes and experiment with recipes, there are always those days where you just don’t have the time.  You still want a healthy and tasty meal yet it’s hard to fit into your schedule or you’re just worn out and don’t have the energy.  I know these days well.  That’s where ground beef comes in.

Around our farm, the day begins with attending to the girls various needs, followed by chores / projects, throw in some home schooling, more projects and evening chores, unless it’s an off farm work day, well, you get the point.  A busy day.  Burgers come to mind as a quick, delicious, and healthy meal (Yes, part of a healthy balanced diet when pasture-raised, consumed in moderation, and with good fixins).  Make some patties, throw on the grill or skillet, and you’re ready to eat in 5-10 minutes.  Burgers are also great for cook-outs and social gatherings (delicious and economical).  Know you’re going to be super busy the next few days?  Cook up some extra patties for burgers later.    

Leftovers are another great use for ground beef and again, EASY! 

Have some leftover mac-in-cheese.  Add some ground beef for an amazing cheeseburger mac-n-cheese (Check out this Dad With A Pan Recipe).  What about some tortillas?   Lettuce, tomato, and cheese and it’s taco night!  One of our favorites is adding cooked ground beef to eggs.   A western style omelet if you will.  Possibilities are endless and it turns leftovers into a new meal quickly and easily.  

Maybe you’re preparing meals from scratch like pasta or chili.  Ground beef is another great addition to already delicious recipes.   We’re heading into summer and canning season, so lots of good marinara and pasta sauces are about to fill the pantry. Adding a bit of cooked, pasture raised, ground beef to your favorite marinara can give that fresh sauce a hearty and savory kick.    

Ground beef can be stored easily and thaws quickly.  At Longbottom farm, ground beef comes in 1 lb packs for convenience.  This is the perfect size to use as much as you need without waste.  If you’re looking for value, we’ve got you covered there too.  Buy 5 and save 5%, or buy 10 or more and save 10%.  Large quantities still come in 1 lb packs for ease and convenience.  

We all want healthy food, that’s a given (ok, sometimes not-so-healthy food too but that’s another topic). 

We want locally raised food where you know how it’s raised and where it’s from.  We’re here as your farmers for this reason.  But sometimes, we just want simple and easy.  Ground beef fits that bill perfect so stock up and be ready for whatever occasion (or lack of motivation) life throws at you.       

Farm Happenings

relaxing

Hi farm friends.  The busy time is upon us and we love it!  The grass is outpacing my ability to cut or the animals ability to eat but that’s a great problem to have.  A little rain would be nice for this pollen.  I’ve never suffered much from seasonal allergies but this year is kicking my butt.  Here’s what else is going on.

Charlotteville City Market:

OPENING BACK UP TO INPERSON SHOPPING MAY 15TH!  We’ve been in a drive through model which has been great, but it’s time to see you in person again.  We’ve missed you!  Mask and covid rules will be in effect.  If you’re out, stop by and see us!  Also, for those who like the drive through, it will continue as well.  Just order and pick-up Saturday, no worries or need to leave your car.

Beef & Pork:

Restocked next month!  Thanks for your patience.

Pastured Poultry:

Chicks will be arrining in 2-3 weeks!  We anticipate offering our pasture raised chicken late July.  Lots of updates and pictures to follow so stay tuned.

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!  Stay healthy and safe!

With Our Appreciation,

Jason, Lexi, and Family

Charlottesville City Market To-Go

Key's Corner

Want to pick some Longbottom Farm beef, pork and eggs, as well as other locally produced goodies.  How about not having to leave your car?  This is the place to to it.  Charlottesville City Market To-Go is a drive-through farmers market in downtown Charlottesville.  Here’s how it works.

1. Go to the online site Charlottesville City Market To-Go.

2. Set up an account and choose a time slot.

3. Shop for some hand-gathered eggs, pork, and beef among other veggies, meats, pastries, and more (Search feature allows you to look for products or your favorite vendor).

4. Show up Saturday morning and just follow the signs.  Stop at each of your vendors where items will be loaded in your car for you.  

That’s it.  A great way to stock up on some local food and treats while enjoying some fresh air in a safe way.  Take your favorite beverage, put on your favorite tunes, and enjoy a Saturday morning drive.  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 – 04/11/2021

This Week ‘Round The Farm – 04/11/2021

This Week ‘Round The Farm

Angus Calf

This weather has everyone feeling good. ☀️

Room Reno

 It’s a bit more subtle, but it’s still wallpaper #cantstopwontstop

Unrolling rolling rolling

Unrolling hay is less laborious, but it’s still a family affair.

Farm Hands

 I can’t get enough of these three.

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Herd Share Program

A New Way Forward

Beef Shares

Hi farm friends.  About two years ago, we began offering our first herd shares.  Bulk packages of beef and pork in quarters, halves, and wholes.  This was a great way to stock up on your favorite cuts of meat and save some money in the process.  As spring arrives, we’re excited to be offering more shares this year and we’ve made a few changes based on feedback from previous years.  These are all changes that will benefit you as well as give us a bit more control over the final product once it’s left our farm to the processor.   

No more complicated cut sheets! 

As a farmer, I myself struggle with these cut sheets sometimes. There are probably 20 different names for each cut and every processor seems to use a different name. We use a few processors in the area, and I’ve found myself having to call or google to get clarification.  To keep it simple, this year we’re going with the best cuts at the most popular sizes and with names you’ll know and recognize.  Stress free, easy peasy.  

No more unknown cost!

Hospitals operate in a fashion where you receive services, and then are sent a bill with no clue how much that bill will be.  As a healthcare provider myself, I don’t think that’s fair and a big problem with our system.  With that in mind, why would we bring that same model to purchasing shares?  Historically, you would place a deposit and then once we took the animal in and the processing was done, you would get a bill for the remainder of the purchase. This could vary by hundreds of dollars depending on the size of the animal, technique of the butcher, hanging time, etc.  This isn’t fair to you and we want to change that.  This year, the cuts and quantity will be listed ahead of time before you spend a penny, so you know exactly what you were getting and how much it cost.  While our shares aren’t available yet, have a look at our share page to see how this works.  The price / cuts will change periodically based on size of animal / cuts received and you’ll know all this upfront before making any purchasing decision.    

Know exactly what you’re getting upfront!

Our cattle can vary by hundreds of pounds. This impacts the size and quantity of cuts you get. Couple that with different cutting techniques by different processors, and it leaves a lot of questions as to what exactly you’ll get back.  The traditional model of paying by the hanging weight does take this into account, but doesn’t always equate to value when applying external factors such as trimming, dry aging, and technique.  So, this year, all cuts will be listed as well as quantity so no surprises.  This also allows us to discount every cut to ensure value.

We will be offering our first shares around June-July this year. 

You’ll see the shares listed (Eighth, Quarter, or Half) as well as the quantity of each cut you’ll receive. We will put these packages together once the animals are back from the butcher to ensure you get all cuts and that every cut is discounted to reflect the bundle savings.

We know it’s a big decision to put this much money into feeding yourself and your family. We want to ensure that your dollar goes the furthest and that you know exactly what you’re getting for your money.  Let us know what you think. Like this, love this, or do you prefer the traditional way of buying shares? We’d love to hear your thoughts and value your feedback!

What Else is Happening at the Farm?

loving on cows

Spring is here and everything is greening up nicely.  Love this time of year.  Not too hot, no too cold.  Life abounds everywhere and color returns to wintered landscapes.  With spring means the farm ramps up as well.  Here’s what’s happening. 

Pigs are on farm!  We’re working with other local farms in an effort to meet demand and keep in stock.  We’ll be fully restocked with pork late June and plan for more restocking later summer / early fall.  Shares will also be available so keep your eye out. 

Pastured Poultry is coming this year.  We’re building chicken houses, brooders, and getting the farm ready.  Our first batch should be ready June / July and should maintain a decent stock from that point on.  It all hinges on processor availability but ironing out work-arounds (i.e. on farm processing) if that falls through.

Coffee is fully restocked (apologies for understocking).  We’re also adding a decaf blend next week so watch for that. 

Beef will be fully restocked in June as well as shares being offered June-July.  We’ll be contacting those on our wait list in addition to adding shares for purchase on our website.    

Last but not least, we’ll be offering farm tours again likely mid – late summer.  As healthcare providers, we both follow the pandemic numbers / trends closely.  Masks and vaccinations are playing a big part in combating this pandemic.  This doesn’t mean we let our guard down of course, so rules will be in effect, but we miss you!  We miss our interactions with you, and also want you to see how your food is raised.

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!  Stay healthy and safe!

With Our Appreciation,

Jason, Lexi, and Family

Charlottesville City Market To-Go

Key's Corner

Want to pick some Longbottom Farm beef, pork and eggs, as well as other locally produced goodies.  How about not having to leave your car?  This is the place to to it.  Charlottesville City Market To-Go is a drive-through farmers market in downtown Charlottesville.  Here’s how it works.

1. Go to the online site Charlottesville City Market To-Go.

2. Set up an account and choose a time slot.

3. Shop for some hand-gathered eggs, pork, and beef among other veggies, meats, pastries, and more (Search feature allows you to look for products or your favorite vendor).

4. Show up Saturday morning and just follow the signs.  Stop at each of your vendors where items will be loaded in your car for you.  

That’s it.  A great way to stock up on some local food and treats while enjoying some fresh air in a safe way.  Take your favorite beverage, put on your favorite tunes, and enjoy a Saturday morning drive.  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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