2016 Turkey Time

I find it to be a great comfort that we get to start thinking about the winter holidays in the dog days of hot East Texas summer. July means turkeys are already on pasture, foraging away to build up the centerpiece of the Thankgiving feast. 

20150615 pastured turkey

If you’re new to our operations, here’s a little bit of info on… ... Continue reading

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Meet James and Anna!

Here is a fun article for you. Our apprentices, James and Anna, arrived to the ranch way back in March of this year from South Korea (after a week of visiting James’ family). We had planned to let them transition to farm life gradually, considering that they had just moved all the way from Korea and were still recovering from jet-lag! It was supposed to be an easy week to move… ... Continue reading

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Is Organic Food Making Us Unhealthier?

Have you heard the term “Greenwashing?” Even if you haven’t, perhaps you’ve noticed the vast increase in availability of things at the supermarket that have pretty, healthy-looking little green labels. It’s so nice to have so many healthful options… or is it?

Not all that long ago in the East Texas/Shreveport area, real health foods were hard to find. I remember the days of driving from one farm in… ... Continue reading | 3 Comments

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3 Things You Didn’t Know About Grass-fed Beef

1. The term “grass-fed” beef is no longer regulated as of January 2016.

This is a pretty complicated issue, but honestly, we don’t feel it’s entirely a bad thing. Why? Well, we were never terribly into government regulation of private industries. But when the standard was defined, there were still many loopholes and undefined parameters like antibiotic and hormone use, slaughter methods, and even feedlot use. You might have been… ... Continue reading | 4 Comments

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Help a Farmer Out

Oh, the world of advertising. It seems like a mysterious chasm that only lots of money will get you across as a business owner. We know there are people out there looking for us. So how do we talk to them without spending every last dime we have worked so hard to earn?

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We found a hidden treasure…

This month marks our 6-year anniversary of arrival at Shady Grove Ranch. Six years, in the context of farming, is hardly any time at all, and yet we’ve come a long way and done a lot of cool stuff and been through a lot of intense experiences! But boy, has it gone by fast. It’s especially fun to chat with our customers who have been with us from the beginning, and… ... Continue reading | 2 Comments

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When Optimism Meets 9,000 Pounds of Hungry

Perhaps many of our readers know us just enough to know that we produce yummy meats and eggs, but not much more than that. Well, let me introduce you to a bit of our kookiness by sharing this fun story. Most of the year, our 185-acre ranch is run by Matt alone, with seasonal help through our internship program. I help with farmy stuff occasionally, with Matt’s parents serving as… ... Continue reading | 1 Comment

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Eggs from the Cookie Cutter

We’re members of the American Pastured Poultry Producer’s Association, and part of the membership is being able to participate in an online discussion forum. A few days ago the question arose, “Where could a person find eggs that had been candled to ensure no blood spots, for a customer who was a strict vegetarian and couldn’t eat them?”

As it turns out, blood spots have no correlation with fertile… ... Continue reading | 1 Comment

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The Day The Chicken Paddock Became A Mudslide

Farming often feels like feast or famine. We believe we have exited a 3-year-long drought that started … oh, our FIRST summer of production. We made it. By the Lord’s grace we made it. But the pendulum seems to have swung the opposite direction, and rain has absolutely been dumping on us this spring! It started as two heavy snows with some ice, and then turned into cold rain, and… ... Continue reading | 1 Comment

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Winter Photos and More

Just for fun, I thought I’d post some photos from our snowy adventures and beyond. Here’s what we’ve been up to at the ranch for the past couple of weeks.

 

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