We have heard it all: no more cows, no more meat to sell, not farming anymore – had to go get a “real” job…we even heard one go so far as to question whether Ben was still living. We DO still have cows, we DO have meat to sell, Ben is STILL farming, and I can promise you – HE IS VERY MUCH ALIVE!!
We do apologize if you have not heard from us lately or as much as you have in the past. We are not raising chickens this year to sell to our customers, so that may be why you haven’t heard from us. We never broke even, much less made a profit, and with 2 small children and hundreds of acres to maintain, we decided to focus our efforts elsewhere and really hone in on what we feel is important to us as a family. We hope that you understand this change, and continue to support us in our endeavors as a local food source for you and your family.
Our meat freezers continue to be stocked with all of the wonderfully packaged meats from Smith Valley Meats near West Virginia, as well as offering sides of both beef and pork as an economical and efficient option. Our store hours are every Saturday from 10am-2pm. Come on out, dig around, and see what delicious meals you can conjure up with what we have to offer. We just got in some Sweet Potato Liver Pate from the world-renowned German butcher from Weeping Radish in NC – it is packaged and sold fresh and I have to say it is absolutely delicious.
Some other tidbits that have been keeping us busy these days:
- Baby #3 is due in mid-October (although if you’ve seen Carly lately, she feels like it could be a bit earlier than that)
- Noah just celebrated his 6th birthday yesterday with a day of apple picking, dirt cake eating, pond swimming, and fishing
- Primrose is being kept company by her calf, Beledene (a girl!!!) and some new friends that moved in: Hope, Piedra, & Timothy
- Our nephew Al has been helping Ben out this summer, as well as learning about farming, nutrition, and ways of the land
- The Sedalia Country Store is hoping to carry Mountain Run Farm burgers sometime in the near future
- Ben is continues to “Mob Graze” the cattle – the fields have never been healthier, the cows are happy & peaceful, and fuel costs are cut tremendously
For the second year in a row, we will also be attending the Heritage Harvest Festival as part of the Backyard Revolution.
Backyard Revolution is a family-oriented celebration of our country’s cultural and agricultural heritage. We bridge from the past to the present by exploring the self-sufficient abilities, ingenuity, and practical wisdom of our forebears.
Founded by Adrienne Young-Ramsey, Backyard Revolution is a program of SurLie Foundation, which endeavors to bring the strengths of our indigenous and colonial ancestors to life by making their knowledge, lore, and credentials accessible to and respected by a broader, more diverse audience.
To learn more, get involved, read updates, see pictures, and join us in discussions about opportunities to connect with our natural world while nurturing self reliant communities, simply find us on the web, or on Facebook, we’d love to be friends! Please visit us at www.backyardrevolution.com.
Ben will be leading a talk at 1:30pm on Healing the Land through Natural Herd Management (i.e. Mob Grazing). He will explain how to rebuild topsoil, sequester carbon at lightning speed, while raising medicinal-grade meats and milk through the art of proper, harmonious cow herd management. Primrose will not be attending this year’s festival, but come on up and support local history – there are SO many great presenters, demonstrations, and vendors all of lawn of a grand historical monument right here in central Virginia. Look for us with the Backyard Revolution!
And now on to the most important news:
SEPTEMBER 10th – SEDALIA COUNTRY FAIR – SEDALIA CENTER (10am-4pm)
OCTOBER 1st – 14th ANNUAL DAY AT POINT OF HONOR – DOWNTOWN LYNCHBURG (10am-4pm)
So, there was a just a few things that have been going on, and I am SURE I left out a hundred other things. It’s never a dull moment around here.