Whether you’re close or far, you CAN get the best chicken and pork anywhere! We have a couple new options for purchasing in our online store, which can be found in the right hand column if you scroll down a bit.
1) Shipping: There is now a shipping location. It originates at the farm (because the system we use requires a physical location), but when you choose the UPS shipping location, we’ll load a cooler and send it to you. Note that the $50 charge is a generality. I will change it to reflect the actual charge since the physical size and weight of the order and where it’s headed make a big difference. In some cases it goes down. If you’re in Texas or California, it’ll likely go up.
2) Cadillac delivery: We are attending the Made in Michigan Farmer’s Market on Saturdays! You can order during the week, identify the Cadillac location as your delivery point, and come pick up your order between 9 and 12 Saturday morning. This can also work if you want a dairy herd share so you can get your own fresh, raw milk. You can just come and see us there, too, and grab what you want then.
And we still have our Traverse City, Kingsley, and on-farm locations, of course.
I’ve had some other good questions lately and thought you might want to know too:
1) Is the cream skimmed off the top? No, the milk you get is exactly as the cow made it.
2) If there’s a vet bill, or a cow dies, will I be billed or have to buy a share in the new one? No. That clause is in the contract because you are a shareholder in the herd, and the owner should care for the needs of the animals. However, you are only getting a part of a herd. The dairy farmer we work with has an 80 cow dairy and he works cows in and out all the time. Part of the reason we work with him as opposed to buying more cows for our personal herd is so that in events like that he has enough buffer that you are protected and it isn’t a calamity. Joe and Brenda work hard to prevent vet visits by using good practices, homeopathic remedies, and other natural remedies to keep the cows in top form. In practical terms, you would not even know if a cow got sick and was pulled out of production or was struck by lightning or culled out of the herd. It’s part of what they do.
3) Should our milk be dated for freshness? All of the milk we deliver is from Thursday morning’s milking and is delivered Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon. The cows are healthy, the milking process is super clean, and the milk is kept in clean and cool conditions until delivery. We’ve found it’s good for at least a week and a half.
4) How often is the milk tested for bacteria? The milk is tested at least twice a week. Joe and Brenda’s cows (and yours) consistently produce milk in the very clean category. this is indicated, in practical terms, in the sweet, clean taste and long shelf life of the milk.
At last, it finally happened! We got some pigs through a USDA inspected harvest and can make our pork available to you all. We weren’t able to get them scalded and scraped, so they aren’t as unique as we’d like, but they are still the best tasting pork in the North country and now you can have some. Order today from our storefront! You can check out as a guest or “put yourself on the map” to order again. We deliver to Traverse City on Fridays. You are welcome to pick up at the farm by arrangement (it’s good to be sure we’re around!). UPS can also bring your order to your door. Let us know what works for you.
Coming soon: CHICKENS! Next week Friday we will be harvesting the first of our chickens for this year. We are so very ready for FRESH CHICKEN. Pork is good, but variety is the spice of life. You’ll see whole chickens available on our store right now. Stay tuned for an update next weekend post harvest when I have a more accurate count. As always, they are GMO free, pasture raised, and harvested on our farm for a stress free kill. Order here to reserve yours for next weekend (June 19)!
The appeals court for the other cases in the Pig Battle has handed down its decision. Here is their decision in a nutshell:
“The rules governing our review of this dispute command us to afford great deference to
the DNR’s method for delineating a particular invasive species. The classification at issue may
be imperfect, but it is neither unconstitutionally vague nor irrational. We reverse the circuit
court’s equal protection and due process rulings, dissolve the injunction it imposed, and affirm
that the invasive species order possesses sufficient clarity to pass constitutional muster.”
You can read the whole document here: Appeals court ruling 2015.
We are unaffected at this time since we have our separate ruling that our pigs don’t fall under the prohibited pig distinction. However, that the unelected and unaccountable DNR can make unilateral rules to make farmers felons has potential to affect us all. This is the crux of the issue and the hill on which Mark fought.
Which is an important point. In a recent facebook “conversation” people took issue with the breed of pig we have and Mark’s character personally. To make this a “breed of pig” argument is the same as arguing about what which type of truck is best: Ford, Chevy, or Dodge. To put it another way, the government agency made a rule about what type of truck farmers could drive. The question is not whether they should ban (say) Fords or not, but whether or not they have the Constitutional authority to make such a rule and send people to jail over it at all. The rule was about pigs, but the idea is the same.
It isn’t just pigs in Michigan, though. Stay watchful, stay involved.
We had the great pleasure of a visit from Renee Martin, who’s Michigansnowpony youtube channel did a great job of bringing the DNR’s most recent foolishness with pigs to the public’s attention. She and her girls picked out a couple of pigs to take home with them, and they enjoyed their tour of the farm. Here’s the virtual version of their visit: