Thanksgiving Pasture Bites

Pasture Bites
Musings and News from Our Sustainable Livestock Farm
Volume I. Issue 9

Dear fellow Americans,

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, hopefully we are able to slow down to appreciate and recount our many blessings.

God has blessed Pasture’s Delights with 3 new additions to the cow herd! Hef, Bad-Night, and Shelby all gave birth to really nice, healthy calves.

Turkey

Like many of you, we will be having turkey on Thanksgiving. The nice thing about our turkey this year is that it will be one of our own: a pasture-raised all-natural turkey from our educational, experimental test batch. With interest in Pasture’s Delights turkeys, we decided to raise a small batch this fall to see how things go. We started with 15 babies and ended up with 9 big turkeys. On processing day, this past Saturday, we realized we grew them a tad too big! I’ll let you know how the turkey tasted in the next newsletter. If we can grow a delightful turkey, we’ll make turkeys available to you next year.

Delivery Service Survey

I want to personally thank the people who completed the Delivery Service Survey. You have indicated to us that there is significant interest in a Delivery Service!

Just as you know there are fewer farmers today, resulting in a disconnect between consumers and farm producers contributing to the current state of health and food ignorance, I observed from the survey results that there may be an even larger disconnect between consumers and business economics – this time due to fewer people managing their own business anymore. I realize that times are rough, but it is interesting to note the following: After putting together our financials for a delivery service to Seven Sons Farm, near Ft. Wayne, on average it costs each person nearly $18 to make the same drive to and from our farm, and yet most people are only willing to pay a Delivery Service $1.00 per gallon. Does this make sense, especially in financially difficult times? This does not even consider a person’s time, and of course we would have to pay people. This is to give you an idea of the (economics) gap and how long it may be before the Delivery Service is a viable, more cost effective option for you. We look forward to diligently thinking about how we can make this work for all of us. The Delivery Service is instrumental in connecting Pasture’s Delights and other farmers with people who wish to eat healthier food of the earth.

One other thing about the survey, it was anonymous. Unless you indicated your name in one of the write-in answers, we have no idea who answered the questions, and prefer it that way. A couple of people assumed we knew who they were and asked us to contact them. We simply don’t have that capability without some sort of identification.

Business Opportunity!

Do you have a desire to create a business and possess a penchant for management? The Delivery Service has good potential and is a wonderful opportunity for the right person(s). If you or someone you know would be a superb candidate for managing or assisting with the Delivery Service, please send your résumé and description of qualifications, interest level, ideas, etc., via email to mgrieshop@pasturesdelights.com I will reply with more details about the position and business arrangement.

Honey Bears full of HONEY!

We have in stock from local honey producer Rekeweg Honey, of Decatur, Indiana, the following honey items:

12 ounce Honey Bear – $3.00
22 ounce jar of RAW Honey – $5.50 / jar

Grass-fed Angus Beef

We included apples with the usual grass diet for our beef cows this fall. Looking forward to having a lot of great-tasting hamburger patties to sell, our processor mistakenly gave us bulk hamburger. You can benefit NOW from our processor’s mistake. $3.50 / 1 lb package. Try a package, and if you like it I recommend buying before the end of the year, as prices will be going up in 2011. We need to move this beef soon to make room for more beef. Buy 10 lbs, get 1 lb FREE! A bargain deal for tasty, Grass-fed beef!

Gift Certificates are here!

It is obvious in our hard times that food is a blessing and a gift to share with others. Perhaps there is someone on your list who is barely making ends meet but who would enjoy our all-natural products. This Thanksgiving and Christmas season, why not give the gift of quality food while putting the “sustain” in your sustainable Indiana farm! Gift certificates can be redeemed on all products sold in the farm store or applied to purchase of a herd-share or to boarding fees. You may pick up the gift certificates either from the Pasture’s Delights farm store or you may order gift certificates by indicating number of gift certificates, dollar amount each, and remit along with payment to Pasture’s Delights; 4579 N. Salem Rd; Decatur, IN 46733.

Cans and Cases of Canned Beef

In the past, we’ve mentioned the convenience advantage to having a supply of canned beef for quick cooking. For long-term food storage, canned beef also makes sense! Our beef maintains quality and edibility for years, and it is a good idea to have a few cans, or even a case, on hand. Food and meat prices are likely to rise in 2011, as are energy costs, so some meat that doesn’t require a freezer is a great investment. Especially if this meat contains cancer fighting CLAs, mind-enhancing Omega 3 fatty acids, and great Angus flavor!

Prices per can:
14 oz. can–$4.00
27 oz. can–$7.50

Prices per case:
24 cans (27 oz.)–$171.00
That’s over 40 pounds of canned, grass-fed beef at a great price!

p.s. In this season of giving thanks and sharing harvest blessings with our loved ones, our cans and cases of canned beef are very thoughtful gifts.

We at Pasture’s Delights are blessed, and are grateful to be able to serve you.

Wishing you a bountiful, healthy Thanksgiving,

Mark Grieshop
Bio-Entrepreneur
Pasture’s Delights
http://www.pasturesdelights.com

Ellen Rice
Editor of Pasture Bites

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About pasturesdelights

Mark is the founder of Pasture’s Delights. Raised on an east-central Indiana farm he attended Purdue University where he milked cows at night while taking classes and flight lessons during the day. He gained valuable organizational leadership experience in different capacities as Purdue University Flight Team coach and an airline captain. For the past 15 years in his “spare” time he has been studying various farming methods as well as progressive ethical business practices. As a child he remembers the RAW milk experience and the not-so-wonderful experience of drinking the milk at school. Possessing a real enthusiasm for farming, business, and the ideals of our Founding Fathers he combines these 3 interests for a powerful vision in Pasture’s Delights.
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