This Week ‘Round The Farm
Getting the girls on fresh pasture. All of them 🐔
The family that fences together stays together? Is that a thing?
Our sweet 80 plus year old neighbor showing off his new wheels 🚗.
It might not look like much, but this sweet mama has taken on our sweet cookie calf and that gives me so much hope 🐄❤
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Times They Are A Changin’
Well, here we are. One week into the first quarantine this nation has seen in over 100 years. The CDC recommendations and government mandates will undoubtedly impact us all, but surprisingly, this challenging time has already had some positive outcomes.
Americans from coast to coast have drawn on the ingenuity and grit we are known for and are making big changes both personally and professionally. Families are educating at home, teaching skills no classroom can provide and making memories in the process. Businesses are changing models, restaurants offering to-go or delivery, breweries now make hand sanitizer and companies are donating much needed protective gear to those who need it most. As healthcare providers, Jason and I have had the pleasure of seeing our colleagues shine in times of great need and this is no exception. Throughout the hospital changes have been made to accommodate more patients with increasingly complex needs. Doctors, Physician Assistants, Nurses, and therapists have all stretched and thought outside the box to make the absolute most of what they have. But that is not surprising, it’s what we do. It’s what we’ve always done and will always do.
The farming community has seen some big changes too. Demand for safe, healthy, locally grown food has skyrocketed and farmers have risen to the challenge, not only for production, but also in how they are getting their products to the people. Local delivery is something that our farm, and many small farms, has always offered. But now it is not just about convenience, it could save a life.
If you have a minute, we would love to hear of some of the positive things you have seen or experienced recently. Please use the link below to share with us your silver-lining stories, I think we could all use an extra dose of positivity.
1. Farmers Markets: It looks like Scottsville Farmers Market will be open BUT, will only allow 10 visitors at a time under the Pavilion. We are still debating on whether to attend and will keep you updated. Charlottesville City Market will likely be closed but no official word yet.
2. We are expanding our local delivery area in an effort to help those who are undergoing quarantine or socially distancing. We’re also dropping our minimum order to $40. You can leave a cooler outside if you desire no contact, no worries. Choose ‘local delivery – Wednesday‘ as your shipping option on the website).
3. Our processor is experiencing unprecedented demand for locally raised meats. In an effort to meet that demand, they are limiting certain services including dry aging and value added products like cube steak and sausage links. This is temporary until May 1st but could extend longer. Keep you posted.
4. You’ve probably noticed a lot of ‘sold out‘ tags on our website. We will be FULLY RESTOCKED on grass-fed / grass-finished beef mid April. That means our value packs will also be back in stock. Concerning pork, we are a number of months out on that. We still have bacon, chops, and most of the goodies (very low on sausage), but are also tripling our pigs this year to improve inventory. Thanks for you patience on this.
Thanks for following us and allowing us to serve you! If you have questions, want to tour the farm, or would like to share your thoughts, give us a shout!
With Our Appreciation,
Jason, Lexi, and Family
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Hi Dawn. Thanks for the kind words. Miss seeing you around the unit! Stay safe and healthy and best wishes!
Hi Longbottom, Thank you for everything y’all are doing for us. We love your products and are excited to hear about more pigs. Thank goodness your considered an essential business like us and thank you for helping our little part of Virginia.
Thanks Andrea! It’s our pleasure and thanks for all you guys do as well. Stay healthy and safe!
We love your products, posts, and everything you do for our community…not only in healthcare but for your dedication to providing for your neighbors. Your ability to meet our needs last weekend was absolutely astounding! We’ve purchased from you at the Scottsville Farmer’s Market over the past couple of years, and you’ve definitely earned our support going forward.
In regards to the Farmer’s Markets, do you see any potential for these to be taken online? We would love to be able to frequent our favorite vendors and purchase from them online. To us, it’s worth paying a little extra to have these goods shipped, especially knowing we are helping our neighbors as well.
Thanks so much Karen for the kinds words and support. Thanks also for being a nurse and your service (especially during these times). I agree with you on the shipping / delivery. Charlottesville is looking at a model like that. Scottsville, being a smaller market, has less staff (one person) and budget for that. If there is anything good to come of current circumstances, it’s that individual farms adapt to meet this need. It’s already a growing trend due to Amazon and other companies that have set the bar and expectations. I think you’ll see more and more small farms delivering / shipping as a result of this pandemic. Thanks again for supporting us, stay healthy, and let us know if you need anything!