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April 20, 2023

Our farm store just got a major restock! Grilling season is right around the corner and we have a variety of cuts available. Our featured steaks include porterhouse, sizzlers, t-bone and delmonicos. We also have our summer sausages and snacking sticks. 

An exciting change is happening in our farm store. We will soon be accepting credit cards through a self service point of sale system! We currently accept Venmo, cash and check but we know that sometimes a credit card is a more convenient option. Make sure to watch for a future email (as well as on our social media) for information but it should be ready to use by this weekend! We hope this makes our shopping experience even better for our local customers! 

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They are currently in our brooder and will go to pasture as soon as the weather and their development allows. We look forward to watching them learn and grow and enjoy the beauty of their natural environment here at the Farm.From pasture to porch…bringing simplicity to your shopping experienceCome VisitFarm tours will be starting up again soon. We know how much fun seeing the baby chicks can be. We have our spring dates posted on our website for guided visits. Click the button below to get your tickets! We also have openings for private group tours. These are great opportunities for preschool classes, daycares, homeschool groups or scouting troops. For more information on these, please contact us via the email in the link below or send a message to Joe (joesfarm2@yahoo.com)Tickets Stock your freezerA great way to combat the insecurities in our food supply is to stock your freezer. We are always here to answer any questions you might have on what is best to order for your family’s needs. Stop on by at the Farm Store or send us an email. We will be opening pre-orders for quarter, half and whole beef soon. We have already begun collecting names on our interest form. We will be sending out more information on how our 2023 season will work for ordering. If you haven't already, make sure to get signed up using the link below. This is a great way to stock up your freezer and have meat all winter long.Interest Form Final thoughtsIf you would like to have your order included in this week's shipment, please make sure to have those placed by 11:59pm EST Sunday, March 19th. Also, if you you looking to start your own little flock of egg layers? We can help you get started or help add to the birds you have! Quantities are limited, so email Joe at joesfarm2@yahoo.com soon!As always, thank you to all our customers for making this operation possible. 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