Zettel Family Farms
Spring has sprung, and by looking around the farm you’d never know it was winter. Animals and plants are everywhere! Read on!
Scroll to the bottom for NEW PRODUCTS and our spring pork sale!
On the Grass
Of all the pleasures of life on a livestock farm, one of the sweetest is watching the animals go out into the pasture field for the first time in the spring! This usually happens in May. Traditionally, May 24th was the deadline for getting fences fixed and cows out. That was also the date when the vegetable garden should be planted, when it was safe to put tomatoes out and not have them freeze, and the first day we could go in the river with Mom’s approval. Quite an important day!
In recent years, as we have learned to manage our pasture fields more intensively, and are more keenly aware of the health benefits to man and animal, we have stretched the pasture season from April to November. This year they were “on the grass” on April 12th. Not much to eat out there yet, but boy are they happy just to smell the grass and kick up their heels! Seeing a mature, 1200 lb. mother cow kick up her heels is quite a sight!
Our nice herd of cattle is excited about spring too!
Why grass-fed is better
Our animals are on pasture from April to November. This includes our beautiful Tamworth pigs!
It is our belief that the more people know about what we do on the farm, the more firmly committed they will be to buying our pastured, organic meats. We hear over and over that there is a world of difference between our products and those purchased at the supermarket. Cooks tell us that if they run out of our product and substitute with something else, the taste, texture and satisfaction is noticeably lacking. There is very solid science proving the nutritional benefits. For those of you who like to dig into this more deeply, a couple of good articles can be found here: https://chriskresser.com/why-grass-fed-trumps-grain-fed/ and here: https://robbwolf.com/2014/10/09/5-reasons-switch-pastured-pork/
But to be honest, what we find most convincing is our observation of cows, chickens and pigs outside, in the fresh air, eating fresh green grass, getting lots of exercise, behaving according to their natural instincts. It is so obviously right and good! What a stark contrast to the total confinement barns where all other farm animals spend their entire lives, never stepping out onto the earth or seeing the sky.
Our Annual Farm Tour
See for yourself!
We will be very pleased to welcome you to the annual Zettel Family Farm Tour and Barbecue on the afternoon of August 13th. This is a ‘Save the Date’ invitation so mark your calendars. Our farm tour is intended to be fun and informative. A great opportunity for your family to meet our family, see the fields and the animals, and enjoy some great food. More details in the next newsletter.
Our chickens are growing fast! Ordering ahead helps us make plans for the future. Have you placed your order yet?
New and Featured Products
Beef and Pork Patties – $70/10lb box
Our excellent all-beef patties now have a sister product. Combined with our succulent ground pork for a tasty, juicy burger. Try it on the barbecue and let us know what you think!
Pure Organic Pork Lard
500 g. $5.49
1 Kg. $9.00
Natural all-beef summer Sausage
750g – $25
Pan-boiled, old-fashioned Maple Syrup
1L – $20.00, 500mL – $12.00
Spring Pork Sale Continues
Pastured, Certified Organic, Heritage breed pigs.
Sides of Pork – $3.00/lb. Gross Hanging Weight. (Saving of ~$80/side)
20 lb box of farmers sausage – $100.00 (Saving of $40)
Barbecue box – 8lb. sausage, 5lb. smoked ham steaks and 5 lb. grilling chops – $100.00 (Saving of $30)