This week we picked up two steers from our butcher. Our freezers are full of beef, with limited selection of pork (mostly sausage and ribs), and lamb.
Please stop by from 10-2 this Sunday 4/26/15
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I want to thank you for all of your support. It is uplifting to watch the local community, foodies, and fellow farmers support us through this challenge.
We will be selling meat from our farm house at 2884 West Glenville Rd, Amsterdam, NY 12010 on Saturday 10-2 and on Sunday 12-2pm. We have a great selection of chicken, pork, and beef available.
We have also set up a gofundme to help keep our horses, and help with our lawyer fees.
Tonight I will be headed to court to face 12 charges. Our animals are well cared for, in great body condition, and are all healthy. Most likely I will be processed and have to post bail tonight. Please share pics of our farm, and stories about visits or our products. Thank you for your business and support. Please share this post Please check our FB page
I feel as if I have just been existing for the last 5 years, and for the last 3, since we lost our baby girl Alyena I have just been doing what I need for our family to survive. Late in December I decided it was time for that to change, I vowed to myself, Stefanie and the boys that I would do whatever it took to have abundance in every part of our lives.
I started the year off on fire, up at 4 am 6 days a week, sending emails, posting to social media, and making new contacts, creating more action in the first 2 hours of the day than most people do in a full 8 hr day. I kept this up for almost 8 weeks. The results are amazing.
So far in 2015 I have had coffee meeting with almost two dozen business professional who were complete strangers. We have started 5 new drop points throughout the Capital District, including 2 gyms, and a health food store. Our CSA has grown by more than 25% in the first 2 months of the year, with the potential to continue. We have also set up appointments with several fine restaurants in the region.
This year we are in the position to hire at least 1 full time employee to care for the animals. We have applied to several farmers markets as well.
The winter has brought some challenges, but I have remained positive and pushed through them until last Wednesday evening.
On Wednesdays our boys spend the day with me, Hunter has preschool for a couple hours in the morning and then I spend a little quality time with them afterwards. In the morning after dropping Hunter off at daycare Roman and I headed to the farm, where we watered the sheep and dogs that were in the barn, and the pigs that are in a paddock with no natural water. We continued our day to have lunch with Stefanie at work, and returned home for nap time. The boys slept from 1:30-4:45. I planned to stop at the farm to do afternoon chores shortly after they woke up.
While getting the boys ready, I looked out to find a Glenville Police Officer and 2 animal control officers. I greeted them in the front yard, where they asked a couple of questions about our dogs not all being licensed and then asked if I'd mind taking them to the farm to see the dogs. I was hesitant as I knew the dogs water would possibly be frozen since I hadn't yet done afternoon chores, but in the spirit of transparency I offered to bring them to the farm.
Upon arrival we toured the farm, they witnesses a large steer stick his nose through the snow to access the running water below, I fed the sows, and then took them to the barn. I had told them the water would most likely be frozen and it was. I asked if they could do a hydration test on the dogs which they did, and stated that they were very well hydrated, seconds later the police officer handed me a ticket for failure to provide proper sustenance. They also voiced concern over Thea favoring her left leg, and Julius being introverted.
I called Mandak Veterinary Services on Thursday morning and asked for a wellness check of the farm including a rabies vaccine for Julius, and a check of Thea's leg. They came out Friday morning, I held off on doing chores until after the wellness check so they could see conditions at their worst. See her right HERE
This Tuesday the boys and I left for a slaughterhouse in Rome at 5:30 am, because I would be returning at 10-10:30 I opted to do morning chores upon returning in lieu of 4:30 in the morning, also a neighbor was going to stop to check water for the piglets, sheep, and dogs. We made our trip, dropped the boys at the sitters, and I headed to the farm to drop the trailer so I could go get water. As I pulled up I noticed police presence, 3 police officers, a dog control officer, and a vet, were there to execute a search warrant of our farm, and the house. The search ended at our house with the officers stating that more charges may be brought at court next Thursday evening.
Today I contacted the rescue, and asked that they take Julius back. They wrote a letter to the police department that you can view here.
In the mean time we will be delivering our CSAs next Tuesday. I apologize for the inconvenience of having to delay.
I could really use some extra business shop here this week to help with the added expenses of the vet visit last week. Please place orders for pick up on the farm on Saturday or delivery to local drop points on Tuesday.
Thank you for your business and your support
Good morning! We have had a great February, and look forward to sharing with you in our upcoming newsletter.
This Tuesday we will be delivering our tasty meats throughout the Capital District. We have a great variety of meat and would love to get some into your kitchen for you to feast on.
Please place your orders by 8 pm on Monday for delivery on Tuesday. We have lots of drop point options, and are continuing to add more.
Sleepy Hollow Lake
Delmar near Bethlehem High School
Troy near HVCC
Rensselaer on Rockefeller Blvd
Latham at Fitness Together on Loudon Rd.
Clifton Park near the Town Hall
Malta just off Exit 11
Milton neat Hannaford
Saratoga Springs at Feral Crossfit
Glenville at Vitality on Rt 5
And pick up at the farm is always available
Thank you for your business
Joshua and Stefanie Rockwood
Last year we decided to get out of the egg business for a year or two. Eggs were our original product and always sold well, but I had to much on my plate.
With no on farm laying hens, I found myself at farm stands, farm stores, and the grocery store looking at labels, and trying to understand what I was really purchasing. I have a leg up on most people as I've been to many of the farms, and understand the misguidance of the grocery store, or so I thought.
My quest for a healthy egg started with local farms, and farm stands/stores. Of the farms I visited I found labels like Free-Range, Farm-Fresh, and Local, yet I never saw a chicken roaming around eating grass, bugs, and enjoying the fresh air. So I did a little more research, I found 2 farms that never let their chickens out of the barn or coop and fed them conventional grain, and were labeling them as Free-Range, and I found a "Local" egg giants eggs similar to what you'd find at Stewart's in another farm store. So I headed to the Supermarket to see what misconceptions they would have in store for me.
Here is a quick run down of what I found and the definitions after my research.
Cage Free: The hens reside in a barn they have roughly 1 square foot of space each. These hens are fed conventional feed and produce conventional eggs.
Free-Range, Free-Roaming: Free-Range/Roaming hens are similar to Cage-Free hens however they have access to a very small fenced in area outdoors.
Vegetarian Eggs: This is an interesting label as chickens are Omnivores. These hens are most likely fed corn fortified with amino acids.
Local, Farm-Fresh: Simply put fresh eggs produced close to where you live.
Natural: Natural no longer means as nature intended, but as humans have intended for nature, and how they have been raised for years.
There are many more labels, and much more misconceptions when it comes to food. What I have found is that consumers should take the time to see where their food is produced. Take a look at the animals, see how they are treated, and know what you are eating. Even small local farms are capable of miss-guiding their customers. Partly not because they are dishonest, but because this is the industry norm. They were taught by their grandfather who locked the chickens up after a fox attack, or after a freak ice storm killed them, or when they found if was just easier.
After several months of searching we were able to find eggs close to our standards. Hunter labels them "Ashley's Eggs" and will actually eat them. Ashley's Eggs are local (3 miles away), Cage-Free, Free-Range, Farm-Fresh, Natural, Pasture Raised, Free Roaming, they have a coop to go in at night, and are free to do as they please throughout the day. I have a feeling they will soon be rotated to fresh pastures as soon as the grass starts to grow again.
When West Wind Acres brings a flock to our farm again, we promise that we will treat our hens to life outdoors on fresh pastures all growing season, they will be offered non-gmo grains to supplement their foraging, and they will have a safe shelter for night time protection. One of our trusty Maremmmas will guard them day and night, and we will provide you with the healthiest eggs in the area.
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A few weeks ago I wrote about buying beef in bulk, also known as freezer beef, or freezer trade beef. Today we will discuss aging beef and the different options.
After a beef animal is slaughtered it is hung in a cooler to reduce its temperature, and control the process of aging.
Most of the beef in America is flash aged in a vacuum-sealed bags , this is typically the meat you find in your grocery stores.
Smaller custom USDA slaughterhouses that work with local farms will usually dry age a carcase for 10-14 days. Many of these smaller facilities don't have the room to hang meats for more than 14 days.
Many upscale butcher shops and restaurants believe beef needs to be aged for a minimum of 21 days to start to tenderize. These shops and restaurants may dry age or wet age, many from 21-42 days, and a very select few will age longer than 42 days
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