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This Week ‘Round The Farm – 01/19/2020

This Week ‘Round The Farm – 01/19/2020

This Week ‘Round The Farm

Time to bid adieu to this old beast. It’s the end of an era, and the end of me smelling like a campfire all winter. 🔥

Learning the importance of a kilovolt.⚡

Mama’s watchful eye. 🐃

You know spring is just around the corner when these three show up in your mailbox. Time to start garden planning 🌱

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Why Local Matters

The Principles That Guide Our Farm

As we begin a new year, so begins planning for the days and months ahead.  When to move the cows back to the lowlands? Should we do a garden? When to order baby chicks?  It’s the time of year where everything gets put on paper and planned out so as to visualize the year and make it a reality.

It’s also a time of year where we remember why we became a farm.  A time when we reflect on our vision and principles. These principles guide the decisions we make on the farm.  Decisions such as how to raise our animals, how to improve the land, how to reduce waste, and most importantly, how to share these values with you.

Farm Visits Encouraged

As part of our open door policy, we encourage you to come to the farm to see how the animals are raised.  You shouldn’t be kept in the dark about where your food comes from or how it was produced.  Knowing how your food was raised from start to finish is what you get at Longbottom Farm.

No Shortcuts

Many of today’s commercial operations house animals in buildings, feed only from troughs (not pasture), and provide antibiotics for all (whether they need it or not) in the name of efficiency.  You won’t find these efficiencies shortcuts at our farm!

Stewardship of the Land

In nature, there really isn’t much waste.  Animals eat, their manure fertilizes, plants grow, animals eat.  Throw in some rain and sunshine and viola! Of course it’s not that simple, but the point is that nature has figured most of this out.  We aim to mimic these cycles to improve not only the land, but the health of our animals.

Transparency

This played a big hand in sparking our interest in locally raised food from the start.  Misleading labels, questionable ingredients, and inhumane practices seem to be the norm. We wanted to know what was in our food, how it was raised, and where it came from.  For example, did you know that a “Product of the USA” sticker seen on supermarket beef / pork can apply to any beef / pork regardless of where it’s from.  It only has to be PROCESSED in the USA to get that sticker. Thus beef from another country / continent can be shipped here, processed here, and then labeled “Product of the USA”.  This is just one of many gimics that has me shaking my head.  At Longbottom Farm, you can rest assured transparency is included with your order.

These are the values that are important to us and the foundation of our farm.  We know these values resonate with you as well by our many conversations at the farm and the market.  When it comes to healthy, ethically raised food, we’re here for you. We aim to be the open and transparent farm we searched for before farming.  Thanks for supporting us and letting us be that farm for you! 

Thanks for following us and allowing us to serve you!  If you have questions, want to tour the farm, or would like us to write about something, give us a shout!

With Our Appreciation,

Jason, Lexi, and Family

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Virginia Raised, 100% Grassfed, Black Angus Beef

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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 – 01/12/2020

This Week ‘Round The Farm – 01/12/2020

This Week ‘Round The Farm

Constantly assessing the situation. 🐓

Sometimes I second guess getting the ponies, then the girls spend 3 hours grooming and “riding” those little furry angels all by themselves and I couldn’t be more sure 🐴.

Addie is the embodiment of my post holiday feels (she’s the pajama clad puddle at the bottom of the slide).

Poor little guy has more aunties than he knows what to do with 🐄

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Farm Updates

Ground Beef Sale - $1.50 off / lb

That’s Right!  We know you love a sale and this is the perfect ‘comfort food’ for when it’s cold out (or 70F like this weekend, what the .. ).  Our ground beef goes for $7 / lb, and this week through Sunday, you can get it for $5.50 / lb.  Just use coupon code ‘groundbeefsale‘ at check out at the Longbottom Farm Online Store. Stock up on some delicious, 100% grassfed, Black Angus beef.  Great for burgers, casseroles, soups, or as an ice pack to cool you down when it’s 70 degrees outside in January!

Eggs - Temporarily Out of Stock

Our chickens are on a well-deserved vacation so we are temporarily out of eggs.  OK, actually we have some molting going on.  This has dropped our egg supply significantly.  To meet prior obligations, we will be temporarily out of eggs for the next few weeks.  We expect production to pick back up shortly and will have eggs available at that time.  Thanks for understanding and eggs will be back soon, promise!

Where To Find Us?

At the moment, we are currently not at any markets, but WE’RE STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS.  We offer local delivery to the Scottsville area, regional delivery via Pasture to Porch, or just order online and pick up at the farm.  We are hoping to add another market in addition to the Scottsville Farmers Market this Spring.  More to come!

Thanks for following us and allowing us to serve you!  If you have questions, want to tour the farm, or would like us to write about something, give us a shout!

With Our Appreciation,

Jason, Lexi, and Family

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 – 01/05/2020

This Week ‘Round The Farm

The new fence charger might send ya into afib, but we’re getting tired of finding livestock in the front yard.

Explaining the intricacies of her latest novel.

It still feels weird to take pictures of meat (but beef shanks are 💯).

It’s not the holidays if someone doesn’t escape.

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Braised Beef Shanks

Fall Off The Bone Tender And Packed with Flavor

Beef Shanks are a relatively unknown cut but amazing when cooked slow (time) and low (temp).  Beef Shanks are cross sections of bone-in cuts taken from the lower leg of cattle. These tend to be lean / tough cuts of meat due to the constant use of the muscle, but can be made really tender when braised.  Shanks are inexpensive and delicious.  Follow the recipe below for mouth-watering, fall of the bone, goodness!

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. butter or oil for braising
salt and pepper
2-3 lbs beef shanks (2 shanks)
1/2 sweet onion diced
2 carrots chopped
5 large garlic cloves, peeled, but whole
2 cups stock
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp rosemary
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Instructions:

Heat oil/butter in pan and braise salted/peppered shanks 3-4 minutes each side, then place in slow cooker.

In the same pan, sauté garlic cloves and onion till translucent, then add to slow cooker.

Add stock and tomato paste to pan and heat, stirring frequently to loosen any browned bits from pan and add to slow cooker.

Add remaining spices to slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4.

We like to serve these with mashed potatoes!

That’s it.  Give this a try and you won’t be disappointed!  Need some Beef Shanks?  Just head on over to the Longbottom Farm Online Store where you can find that and much more.

Thanks for following us and allowing us to serve you!  If you have questions, want to tour the farm, or would like us to write about something, give us a shout!

With Our Appreciation,

Jason, Lexi, and Family

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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