‘Round The Farm
Please enjoy this very photogenic pig 🐽
And this less photogenic horse 🐴
We added these sweet mamas to the herd and cannot wait for some spring babies 🍼
Sharing hobbies with your kids is absolutely one of the coolest things about being a parent ❤️
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How Rising Costs are Affecting Our Farm
And What We’re Doing About It
Inflation has been a hot topic of discussion for a while now, and it has had an impact on both the financial markets and consumer prices. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), beef prices have risen almost 20% between 2021 and now. Egg prices are up almost 50% this past year. We have also seen price increases for pork and poultry. Unfortunately, our farm has also felt the impact of rising costs.
We want to be transparent with our customers about how inflation is affecting our business. Our non-GMO feed represents one of our biggest input costs for raising pigs and chickens, and we have absorbed price spikes as high as 25% above the expected cost. Additionally, materials like boxes / Egg Cartons have increased by over 35% and we have experienced multiple price spikes on processing / butchering, Gas for deliveries and on farm machinery and labor. Every aspect of our business has been affected, and while we try to hold prices consistent, it’s just not possible with the historic rise of our input costs.
Despite these challenges, we remain committed to providing our customers with high-quality, pasture-raised products. While our products may be more expensive in the short term, we believe that they are worth the investment for the long-term health of our bodies, land, animals, and community.
To minimize the impact of rising costs on our customers, we have implemented 3 steps.
#1. 30 Day Price Freeze.
First, we are freezing all pricing for the next 30 days to help our customers stock up on everyday staples.
#2. 5-15% Price Ceiling.
Second, we will limit any price increases to 5-15% on any single item after the 30-day price freeze.
#3. Cutting Costs
Third, we’re working on efficiency items to keep cost’s down that include buying feed in bulk, investing more to growing out herds (which in turn produce more animals cheaper), and continuing to grow our bundle / share selections that save you money.
We know that most companies wouldn’t bother communicating 5-15% price increases to their customers, but we believe in having an open conversation with our customers to keep them informed. Thank you for your understanding and continued support of our farm, mission, and better food. If you have any questions about our price changes or want to learn more about our pasture-raised practices, please don’t hesitate to contact us or chat with us during your next visit to the market or pickup at the farm.
Virtual Farm Tour
Let Us Show You Around the Farm!
One of our big focuses this year is to have people out to the farm for events, tours, and to meet you guys in person. When we moved here, there was nothing but 2 polebarns, the house, and fields. In otherwords, really no infrastructure.
Our barn is nearing completetion and with that, a place to organize events, tours, and more. We’ve thought about using our house, but to be honest, it’s serving as our farm office, cold storage, merchandise / box storage, and more. In short, it’s a mess and noone wants people to visit their messy house.
Until then, check out a quick tour / explanation of our farm and what we do here. I’m a total amatuer at this YouTube thing, but working on learning these skills to bear with me. Until we can get you out in person, enjoy this short video and let me know what other videos you’d like to see!
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 – (April – December) Every Saturday from 8 am – 12 noon. 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!
Curbside Pick-up – Order online and pick up on farm with our Curbside Pick-up. Place your order, choose your day, and pick-up anytime on that day between 11am and 4pm. That’s it!
Locally Delivery – If you are within 30 minutes of our farm (availability is determined by zip code at checkout), we offer home delivery to the Scottsville / Charlottesville areas. We deliver every Friday for orders over $50 ($6 delivery charge) and FREE DELIVERY for orders over $99. Simply Order online and we’ll take care of the rest!