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Hide-n-seek champion 2023: Baby Opal 🐮


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Ray is so over this heat 🥵

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From … Petri Dish to Plate? 

FDA Approves Lab-Grown Chicken

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At Longbottom Farm, we believe in providing you and your families with the highest quality grass-fed beef, woodland pork, pastured poultry, and eggs. As a local family farm, we take great pride in the care and attention we put into raising our animals and cultivating our land. Today, we want to shed some light on an important topic that affects both our farm and your food choices.

We recently came across an eye-opening article published by CBS News, titled “Lab-Grown Meat Approved by FDA: Cultivated Chicken Hits the Market“. This piece highlights the FDA’s recent approval of the first two companies to sell lab-grown chicken. While this may seem like a novel development, we believe it’s crucial to emphasize the importance of supporting local farms for a multitude of reasons.

Now, we don’t want to yuck your yum, but we do want to remind you that when you choose meat and eggs from Longbottom Farm, you can enjoy your meal without imagining scientists in lab coats brewing up chicken in beakers!  Here are a few reasons to stick with traditional farming and local products:

We’re a Farm, Not a Lab: We prefer our animals to roam freely in green pastures rather than inside Petri dishes. At Longbottom Farm, we believe that farm-to-fork should involve real farms, not a mad scientist’s laboratory.

Tastes Better Without the Test Tubes: Our secret ingredient is fresh air, sunshine, and a dash of good old-fashioned TLC. We can’t help but think that lab-grown meat might be missing that special “farm-fresh” flavor.

You Won’t Find Beakers in Our Kitchen: When you cook our locally raised beef, pork, and chicken, your kitchen will be filled with the delicious aromas of natural, pasture-raised goodness. With lab-grown meat, you might end up with a whiff of sterile lab equipment. Not quite the same appetizing experience!

The Mystery of the Cultured Cocktail: Lab-grown meat is cultivated in a laboratory setting, where cells are grown in a nutrient-rich medium, then grown out in a bioreactor.  It might sound more like a science experiment than a meal. At Longbottom Farm, we prefer our animals to be nourished by the sun, soil, and nutritious pastures, resulting in a more authentic and flavorful product.

Frankenfood or Farm Fresh: While lab-grown meat is often touted as a solution to various environmental and ethical concerns, it’s hard to shake off the feeling of it being more like a science fiction creation. On the other hand, our farm-fresh products are rooted in age-old farming practices, ensuring a genuine and wholesome experience with every bite.

Combating Climate Change: Our regenerative farm actively combats climate change by implementing practices that promote carbon sequestration, biodiversity, and soil health. Through rotational grazing, holistic land management, and appropriate herd sizes, we help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions while fostering a resilient ecosystem. Lab-grown chicken and bioreactors, on the other hand, may rely on energy-intensive processes that contribute to carbon emissions and lack the natural climate solutions found in regenerative farming.  While lab-grown meat companies often claim to be more sustainable than concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and feedlots, it’s important to note that their comparisons overlook the regenerative farming practices employed by farms like ours.

We understand that these facts can be unsettling, and we want to assure you that our farm is committed to providing you with food that you can trust, sourced from animals raised with care, compassion, and respect for nature (and not from laboratories!).

We want to express our gratitude for your continued support of our small family farm. Your decision to buy from local farmers is more than just a purchase; it is a vote for sustainable agriculture and the well-being of our community. Together, we can create a future where small family farms thrive and nourish our bodies and our planet.

See Us on the YouTubes!

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We would love for you to join us on our YouTube channel. As a farmer who cherishes the beauty of our land and the incredible stories it holds, I am eager to share our everyday moments and experiences with you. On our channel, you’ll witness the joys and challenges of farm life, from playful antics of our animals to lessons the farm has taught us.  We’d love to have you as a part of our YouTube family, as we embark on this journey together, celebrating the wonder and connection found in nature. I invite you to subscribe to Longbottom Farm on YouTube, where you’ll find a warm and welcoming community that shares a deep appreciation for the rhythms of rural life. Together, let’s embark on a journey that brings us closer to nature, cultivates a sense of wonder, and fosters a genuine connection to the beauty of rural life.

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!  Have a wonderful week!

Round Longbottom Farm 2022 Family Photo

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 – (April – December) Every Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm.  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 11 am and 4 pm.  That’s it!

Locally DeliveryIf 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!

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