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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.

This Week ‘Round The Farm – 02/18/2021

This Week ‘Round The Farm – 02/18/2021

This Week ‘Round The Farm

lava!
The chickens act like the snow is lava and will literally ride each other around to avoid touching it 🔥.
moving feed
The girl’s sled is the real MVP!
snow fun
So grateful for a Gator that does well in the snow ❄️ .
winter chores
We are all done with the snow. Over. It. 👎

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When Life Give You Lemons …

grumpy

Another week, another snow / ice storm.  While I love how it hides the mud we’ve created over the past month or so, the irony sets in that it’s only going to bring more mud.  Snow, freezing temperatures, mud, and short days take a lot out of the fun of farming for sure.  It also makes for creative solutions for challenges we face on the farm.  Let me explain.

This time of year, the grass is pretty much eaten up by the cattle and chickens. We’ve been feeding hay now for about two months.  We scored some really quality hay this year so the cows have been very happy.  The downside of hay is you need a tractor or ATV to get the Hay where you need it which equates to more mud.  

Many of you have told us how much you love our eggs and we appreciate the feedback!  The majority of that quality comes from moving the chickens to fresh areas on a regular basis.  They tend to follow areas where the cattle have been, so this time of year they get hay as well, in addition to leftover grass and non-gmo feed.  Again, to move their structures requires a tractor which equals?   You guessed it, more mud!  I think you’re probably seeing a theme here.

Just like life, farming throws many obstacles in your way.  We love to sit down and plan out the year including which animals will be where, how we’re going to rotate, and so on.  Truth is, it never really goes to plan. Whether it’s snow and mud during the winter, or storms and flooding in the summer, processing dates get canceled, or life events happen, you just never know what to expect.  And you know what, that’s OK!

We’ve learned that whatever is thrown our way, usually the solution lies within the problem. That’s an adage used by many that practice Permaculture (really sustainable farming).  As for the mud, we throw down pasture seed so that the cattle will press it into the ground providing better pastures the following spring.  Pasture seed is also thrown down prior to snow events as the ground will heave and actually take the seed into the ground as it thaws, a practice known as frost seeding.  When we get floods, we move the animals and relish in the fact that those flooded areas just got bombarded with nutrients and minerals that will benefit the pasture once it recedes.  

All this is to say that while 2020 has tested our resolve, it’s also taught me to look for the good within the bad, find opportunity in adversity, and to find solutions within problems.  2020 was a crazy year for everyone, but we’ve found turning lemons to lemonade (or margaritas) makes things a whole heck of a lot better.  Alright, out into the mud and snow we go.  Thanks for reading and stay safe out there! 

Wake Up With Us!

Farm Tour Sampler

Not much gets done here on the farm without a good cup-of-joe.  Thanks to quarantine, the ability to brew a great cup coffee at home has become more important than ever. From the moment that first sip touches your soul and whispers “You can do this”, our coffees are here to get you through your day.  That’s why we’re excited to be offering three varieties of custom roasted coffees to get you up and crowing!

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 warm, 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 up farmers market where you preorder online, arrive & park at your scheduled Saturday time slot, they’ll load you up, and you’re on your way.  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 at your chosen time and park in your designated spot.  City Market staff will bring your order to your car and load it in your trunk / back seat.  No more driving around to each vendor.  Just park, they’ll load you up, and you’re on your way.

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 – 01/23/2021

This Week ‘Round The Farm – 01/23/2021

This Week ‘Round The Farm

painting ingenuity

Please tell me I’m not the only one who rigs up contraptions like this in the name of home improvement laughing

chicken wrangler

On her way to official chicken lady status.

not her best side

This is not Rosie’s best angle tongue-out.

projects 2021

More wallpaper (room #3). What is wrong with me?!?!?

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Home

go team

Here we are. 87 years (or so it feels) into the Covid pandemic and our homes have become the place where all things happen. They are now offices, gyms, schools, restaurants and dance studios. In this time where home has become the central hub of everyone’s lives, I thought I’d tell you a bit about ours.

We came to own the fam in the fall of 2016. It was a whirlwind of an exchange and almost fell through a half dozen times. But after all the negotiations, conditions, inspections, a nearly successful email scam and a whole lot of divine intervention, she was ours.

   Without a doubt the best part of the house is her previous owner.

At 84 he is a man of action, busying himself with chopping wood, delivering apples or hitting the local antique markets. He is a retired military man with a lifetime of farming know-how and a whole lot of sensibility. He was born and raised in this house. His mother and father rest in the family plot on the knoll overlooking the river and he lives just across the street. He knows every hill and valley of the land and when the county records came up short, he filled in the gaps. His family took possession of the property in the mid 1800s. It’s not clear exactly how old the house is, but they lived in the original two-over-two home and had a smokehouse in the side yard. The advent of indoor plumbing led to the addition of a bathroom directly off the backdoor and several porches that eventually turned into a kitchen, a family room and an additional bedroom and bath. Unfortunately these structures were less than sound and were literally falling off the main house when we purchased it (I still have no idea how we got financing!). A 1.5 year renovation effort commenced 2017 and wrapped up just in time for the arrival of our third daughter. While the original owner would never presume to interfere with our updates, we were always cognizant of the fact that this was and is his family home. We made every effort to remain true to it’s farmhouse roots, while making it functional for a family of five and a production farm.

Quarantine has made me come to appreciate this home (and peel and stick wallpaper) more than ever.

I’ve always enjoyed a good makeover, but sprucing up the ol’ gal has become a form of therapy in the passing months.

I highly recommend carving out a bit of time for whatever kind of creative expression that tickles your fancy. Whether it be home improvement, writing, crafting or dressing up your pets for insta-stories, do it! It is so easy to get lost in the chaos of the pandemic, but believe me, the laundry will still be there and the emails can wait. Give yourself a few minutes for creativity and a whole lot of grace and things might just seem a bit less daunting.

Farm Updates – Whats New?

Farm Pick-up

Well, 2021 is here and good-bye 2020.  While 2020 was an … unforgetful year, we forge ahead excited and hopeful for what this year has in store.  The pandemic continues, politics are politics, and life is very different from this time last year, but we’ve set our focus on what we have control over.  That is our family, our farm, and making the best of what life throws at us.

Farm Pick-up: With COVID ramping up, we’re doing our best to keep everyone safe.  The photo above is our pick-up location at the entrance to the farm.  Just place your order online, let us know a date and time in the comments, and your order will be waiting!

Charlottesville Key’s Corner To-Go:  We’re particpating in their winter market that runs through March 27th.  Shop online from multiple vendors, show up Saturday at your scheduled time, and they bring / load your entire order in your car.  Just park, load, and go.  That’s it!

Local Delivery:  We are offering local delivery on Wednesdays for the Scottsville / Charlottesville area.  $6 fee for orders over $50.  Over $99, delivery is FREE!   Just place your order, leave a cooler out Wednesday morning, and we’ll bring it to your between 9am – 1pm.  No leaving the house or social contact required.

InventoryGrassfed Beef if is in stock and should be for the foreseeable future.  Pastured Pork remains in stock but will likely be thin this spring.  Hand-Gathered Eggs are always in stock.  Longbottom Farm Coffee is available in ground or whole bean to get ya going.  Pastured Poultry should be available early summer!  Stay tuned for more!

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 up farmers market where you preorder online, arrive & park at your scheduled Saturday time slot, they’ll load you up, and you’re on your way.  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 at your chosen time and park in your designated spot.  City Market staff will bring your order to your car and load it in your trunk / back seat.  No more driving around to each vendor.  Just park, they’ll load you up, and you’re on your way.

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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