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

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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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How A Kitchen Scale Revolutionized My Baking Life

We talk about meats and eggs a lot, since that’s our business, of course. But I wanted to share a little tidbit that I learned along my cooking journey, and that is to use a kitchen scale for baking measurements.

First some background: One of the things I especially avoid at stores is bread. Store-bought bread, though we’ve all been conditioned to think it’s so tasty, is so unlike… ... Continue reading | 2 Comments

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Three Things I Never Throw Away

I was of a frugal nature before we started farming, and have become all the more so now that we are full-fledged self-employed workers of the land. We count ourselves as highly blessed, despite a tight budget most of the time. We have plenty to eat, sturdy clothes to wear, and a lovely farm to live on and work, so I’m not sure whether it’s the self-employed part or the… ... Continue reading | 2 Comments

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Pastured Meats and Your Health

Report on Pastured Meats and Your Health

We recently put together an event at one of our Longview retail locations: Jack’s Natural Foods. We did a presentation on Pastured Meats and Your Health, and took the time to share Matt’s health story and some of the things we learned about food during his battle with ulcerative colitis. We shared about the Weston A. Price Foundation and Dr. Price’s findings on… ... Continue reading | 2 Comments

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How long do eggs keep?

We get the question all the time, “How long do your eggs keep?” They have an expiration date on them, which we haven’t always done, and actually aren’t required to do, but it does help us to know how old eggs are so we can make sure we’re selling fresh eggs and rotating stock appropriately. But how significant is that expiration, and if you happen to have SGR eggs that… ... Continue reading

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The small ones cost more than the big ones?

I have decided to do more blogging since Facebook is killing off business pages by trying to force us to monetize our ads, else we get seen by less than 1% of our fans. We don’t have a big marketing budget, but we do want to share farm knowledge and stories with our customers. So a blog on our own website is perhaps the next best option. Here is some… ... Continue reading | 1 Comment

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Volunteers help complete walk-in freezer

We are grateful to the energetic and hardworking youth of Faith Baptist Church in Longview that gave up one of their last summer Fridays off from school to come help us finish our summer project–a new walk-in freezer!

The job was to use a bucket brigade to carry concrete into the double-insulated shell of a refrigeration truck-trailer that Matt and our farm hands had modified to meet our… ... Continue reading

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June 21, 2014 – Provenance Farmers Market

Announcement! This Saturday, the regular Shreveport Farmers Market will be closed on Saturday, June 21, to make way for an event in Festival Plaza. Instead, we will be attending a special pop-up market located at Provenance Development in south Shreveport along with 40+ other vendors from the Shreveport Farmers Market. We hope you will join us!

The market is located at Windrush Park and runs from 7am to 1pm… ... Continue reading

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