Steer to be Harvested

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Hi all!

We will be harvesting our final steer for 2017 in mid-November and we are accepting orders now!  We would love to provide your family with a custom order just in time for the holiday season.  What better way to welcome friends and family into your home than with a nutritious and locally grown steak or roast?

Don’t miss out on this round of orders! We won’t have any openings for custom orders (quarters, halves, and wholes) again until spring of 2018.

For details about the start to finish ordering process click on the Beef Order Form 2017 link below.

Thank you all for supporting our farm and our family year after year!

Beef Order Form 2017

Bennett & Rebecca

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Now Accepting Beef Orders!

Great news everyone!  We have held on to some GREAT steers who will be ready for processing in late March and early April.

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We have already started taking orders for quarters, halves, and wholes of beef and don’t want you to miss out.  Below is a link to the Beef Order document that contains all the juicy details you’ll want to know about how to lock in your custom order.

If you’re not quite ready for a large order of beef don’t worry!  We will be selling some of the steers by the lb either from our house or the Rockmart Farmer’s Market to ensure that all our customers get the opportunity to enjoy this delicious beef.

We are incredibly excited about this new venture and can’t wait to share The Falls Farm beef with all our loyal customers.  Thank you for your continued support!  And as always, please let us know if you have any questions.

Beef Order Form

Bennett & Rebecca

Pastures in the Sky

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As farmers, we inevitably all have those days when our favorite animals leave us to chase those almighty pastures in the sky.  Unfortunately, today was one of those days for us.

Big Mama was a one-of-a-kind.  She was one of our original 4 cows and always lead the pack.  Many of you who have visited the farm came to know Big Mama because she never missed an opportunity to be loved on, even by strangers.

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While One Journey Ends, New Ventures Await…

img_0003It is often said that farming is a thankless job and for the most part that is true. With only two percent of the population engaged in producing food, it is very easy for the other 98 percent to forget about farmers. With that being said, there are occasions when those involved in agriculture get a nice pat on the back by some of their own. Rebecca and I have received what is probably more than our fair share of recognition over the last year. The pinnacle of this journey came just this week when we were named National Top 10 Finalists in the Young Farmer and Rancher Excellence in Agriculture Competition by the American Farm Bureau Federation.


This competitive award is designed to highlight the work of an individual or couple who are involved with the Farm Bureau and promote agriculture in a variety of ways, all while making the majority of their income from something other than agriculture subject to production risk. Put simply, those who are not full-time farmers. The competitive process involves lengthy written statements outlining the applicant’s personal history, agricultural involvement, and opinions about the industry’s greatest challenges and their ideas to face them. This is then followed up by a presentation that highlights all of the aforementioned.

Having won this competition for the state of Georgia last July, we found ourselves competing this week in Phoenix Arizona, against the best 28 other states had to send. This was an emotionally exhausting task to say the least. While Rebecca and I were ecstatic to make it to the top 10, it goes without saying that, when you pour your heart and soul into something like this the way we did, you want to win the whole shooting match. Bear in mind, this desire isn’t born simply from the lust for prizes and glory (in this case new trucks and tractors), but for vindication. This award is not given for one or even a handful of tasks applicants have achieved. It is given for the sum total of their life’s involvement in agriculture. You’re literally putting your life story out there to be judged against others. That’s heavy stuff!!

I can honestly say that it was a punch in the gut when we stood on that stage in front of thousands only to hear others names being called as the winner and three finalists. Having now had some time to reflect more on the matter, I have lost that competitive focus and settle back into the knowledge that what Rebecca and I do is good and right and exactly what we are supposed to be doing in life. I am so glad that we decided to put ourselves out there and have zero regrets about doing so.

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank those who were such critical players in making it all possible. Taylor Sills (GA Young Farmer Coordinator), Ricky Lane (Farm Bureau District Rep.) and James Casey (Polk County Farm Bureau President) were all sources of valuable advise and constant encouragement. It is important to note that, while Rebecca and I both had agricultural roots in our families, we entered into this lifestyle having no mentors. It is through involvement with organizations like the Farm Bureau and others that we have made the contacts that have changed our lives. Our families were obviously huge supporters as well.

So what now? After a nearly a year of preparation for this competition (for which we can only apply this once), Rebecca and I are ready to find new challenges. While raising kids, maintaining jobs, and keeping afloat our current farm operation would certainly be enough to keep us busy, we just don’t operate that way. This experience has only served to steel our resolve to give back to the industry we love. As we stated in our competitive presentation, we view ourselves as foot soldiers for an industry in need of capable spokespeople. While we want to continue to grow our own agricultural business, we would be selfish to give all our energy to just that. We have an obligation to seek out leadership opportunities by which we can spread the positive message of agriculture and help others do the same.

-BSJ

Calling all prayer warriors and rain dance experts!

This drought is taking a nasty toll on our local farmers and the forecast isn’t calling for a drop of rain in the next week. Let’s see if we can turn things around through the power of prayer and dance!

 

 

Without an adequate rainfall we cannot grow healthy grass for our cows or pigs.  Please remember all of us farmers in your prayers today and if can, get outside and give us your best rain dance.  We appreciate it!

Back in the Pork!

Customers, we are stocked up once again!  We’ve even had the processor break out some new cuts for us including boneless and bone-in rib roasts.  Plus, we have a great assortment of ribs and pork chops.  Don’t worry, we have smoked bacon and ham steaks too!  Contact me through the website, Facebook, or my cell phone if you’d like to come grocery shopping in our freezers.  We are back at the Rockmart Farmer’s Market each Thursday from 2-6pm and would love to see you!

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The Importance of Buying Local

At our recent Rockmart Farmer’s Market Farm-to-Table dinner I heard a statistic that I knew I had to share.  Our presenter announced to the crowd that for every $1 you spend in your community $0.47 stays in your community.  BUT for every $1 you spend at your local Farmer’s Market (or with your local farmer) $0.63 stays in your community.  While that may not seem much on the surface, I assure you it is.  I can tell you first hand that those dollars spent at our farm help pay for diapers, birthday parties, and fencing for our growing business which are all purchased or sourced locally as much as possible.  american farmland infograhic922d00f34a24658944b5e071118ccf6a

Drought Conditions

This summer is shaping up to be a tough one.  We depend on rain in order to grow grass nutritious enough to keep our cattle healthy.  This summer we have been experiencing severe drought.  We are lucky enough that we haven’t had to start feeding our cows hay yet but some of our good friends have.  This is hay they would normally be saving for the dead of winter and without rain we may not get another hay crop.  Please say a prayer for some rain to head our way over the next few weeks; all your local farmers will thank you!

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I came across this image today and it’s a great representation of what’s happening in Georgia right now.  The dark orange color signifies severe drought. 

Halves and Wholes and Market Update

Beloved Customers,

We will begin to harvest our next round of pigs towards the middle to end of July and we would love to hear from you!  What are your favorite cuts?  Let us know so we can make sure we get you what you want.

If you are interested in a half/whole pig please get in contact with us ASAP! We don’t want to run out before you get a chance to sign up.  The price breakdown is listed on the Pastured Pork page but please contact us via email or a phone call if you have any questions.

Here’s a list of the cuts we plan on requesting from the processor:

Bacon

Jowls

Hot, Medium, & Mild Sausage

Boston Butts

Center Cut and Boneless Pork Chops

Babyback and Spare Ribs

Ham Steaks (Smoked)

Cubed Ham (great for cooking like Country Fried Steak)

Tenderloins

We can’t wait to be stocked up again and selling at the Rockmart Farmer’s  Market!  See you soon!

**We’ve posted some of our favorite recipes so be sure to check them out!

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Our pigs have a pretty great life.  Being raised on pasture allows them to root around, waller in the mud, and enjoy the shade during these hot June days.  

 

 

Pastured Pork Prices

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For those of you that a whole or half hog was just a little much for, we have lots of individual cuts available for all your holiday cooking needs. Whether it’s sausage, bacon, or country ham for Christmas breakfast or hog jowls or ribs for New Years, we’ve got you covered. Check out the price list in the link above and give us a call! Thank you and Merry Christmas!!