This Week ‘Round The Farm
Training May to help move chickens 🐔.
Tried my hand at rendering lard and it was so rewarding! Handcrafted soaps coming soon! 🧼
An entire pasture of grass and I find these two making mud behind the barn. They’re basically children 🙄.
Would you believe we found this beauty growing in the middle of a pasture, in October?!??? 🍉
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Inflation’s Effect on our
And What We’re Doing About It
Ok. Can we just talk about the cost of, like, everything? A gallon of gas? A gallon of milk? A sheet of plywood? Things are getting crazy friend, and no one is immune. Not even us.
Sky high cattle market prices have driven up the cost of feeder steers. Thankfully we’re a grass fed operation, so we don’t have to shoulder an increase in feed costs for our cows, but the processors, transport, minerals, and hay costs have all shot up.
Feed cost have affected our other operations. The cost of non-GMO grains have led to multiple increases in feed costs for our chickens and pigs. We were hoping to weather the storm and see things level out, sadly that doesn’t appear to be in the cards.
Packaging, transportation, and labor costs are all through the roof. Unfortunately these factors have left us no choice but to increase the price of some, but not all, of our products.
It is in the spirit of total transparency that I share this with you, but let me also share what we are doing to keep those increases to a minimum.
- Expanding our cattle breeding program. Through added infrastructure we will be able to deliver more calves here at the farm. This will insulate us from fluctuations in the cattle market and pass the savings on to you.
- We are in the beginning stages of planning a pig breeding program. For all the reasons stated above, plus baby pigs are so cute!
- Moving to a bulk feed purchasing plan. This is requiring some DIY farm projects but by buying the same high quality, non-GMO feed on a larger scale, we save money without sacrificing quality. Think Costco, but for farmers.
- Bulk packages and shares. We are trying to offer not only more, but additional varieties of our shares and farm packs to make it easier to stock up! Buying in bulk means less labor on our end so we can pass those savings on.
These are crazy times we are in and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support and patronage. It is your belief in this farm that has kept us going and each and every kind word and comment means the world to us.
Trick or Treat!
No tricks here. Only treats. Here’s what’s happening around the farm.
Beef: Cattle are at the processor now and we’ll be fully restocked at the end of this month.
Chicken: We just got our last batch of birds back so we’ll be stocked for the next couple of months. Also check out our soup and broth packs, perfect for cold days and feeling better!
Eggs: Plenty in stock. We’ve also introduced some bulk options for a few dozen and more.
Coffee: Restocking this week. All of your favorites (ground and whole bean) will be available.
Gift Cards: Holidays are approaching and gift cards make a great gift. Choose from virtual cards (sent to you email inbox) or physical cards (card and envelope) for any occasion.
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 happy and safe Halloween!
With Our Appreciation,
Jason, Lexi, and Family
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 – Every Saturday from 8am – 12 noon. Now open to in person shopping. There is also a preorder drive through if you prefer to not leave your car. Just go to Charlottesville City Market To-Go.
Farmers in the Park – Every Wednesday from 3pm – 7pm – In person shopping with food, arts, crafts, and lots more.
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!