Ok, for one I said I would be back sooner... sorry. I am still not a comfortable blogger, but today I woke up and everything pointed to a blog topic. I woke up thinking about our Farmstead Meats business, and then realizing we do not have a huge ranch and for marketing purposes maybe that is necessary. I started worrying that, because we are not rich or never inherited a big ranch from our family that maybe this will put us at a disadvantage. I started feeling like all I have is a small farm, big dreams, a big heart, and a need to educate consumers about healthy meat choices. Then I rolled out of bed did my daily chores and came back in to find RFD TV on with a short story about a small goat farmer and her dream to raise goats. Though goats are not my animal of choice her story gave me just the inspiration I needed! She started with a small piece of property, like under an acre, and then just started going to dairy goat meetings. Learning more and more and was able to get a few goats, make more money from her farm, and now has 40 acres. We have 10 acres and then we rent all of our other small ranches in order to run our small cattle operation. Our other animals are at our small farm and I love to go out everyday and spend hours with these critters, and maybe one day we will not have to lease cattle grazing land, but for now we do. It is ok to be small, to work hard on your own, and to have BIG DREAMS!
Ok folks I am taking a break from setting up the ecommerce. I am not a tech person so all of this has been a huge learning curve for me. In the meantime all the permits have passed and I have the green light to launch the business. I am so excited to get our beef out into the community! We have worked really hard for the past few years to keep more cattle back and grow our ranching practices. What I really like about the program I am starting is that it is local, but also dedicated to working with other ranches and possibly helping them sell their meat in the future. I am not great at blogging and it is not completely comfortable for me, but I will try to keep it up weekly. Ok, back to the painful website building... its healthy to learn something new!!! Just keep swimming, just keep swimming,....
I have been talking to a lot of folks over the past week and so many say, yes I buy my meat local. True, they buy it at the local grocery store, but that store is getting it from a large scale processing plant that is getting the meat from who knows where. We do not know where, because they do not tell you on the packaging. This blog is not to bash on anyone or make anyone feel bad, but just to shed light. Maybe you like the mystery meat you are getting, maybe you are happy with not knowing, and it tastes good to you. I just want folks to start reading labels and becoming aware! I am a huge believer in buying local, working together to trade items, and to supply each other with items we need. I do not want to depend on big box stores to tell me the truth about products I am eating and putting into my body and my children's body. What are your thoughts?