Youngblood GrassFed Farm, L.L.C.

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Posted 10/19/2016 4:00pm by Tracy Youngblood.

It sounds funny to say we're back, because we've never gone anywhere.  We've kept doing what we do here at the farm.  We still research multiple new strategies for grazing animals better.  We continue to implement noble ideas of regenerative agriculture into our soils.  We've added some new beneficial "friends" to our farm. 

The main thing that's changed is our connection to those who were once our customers and friends of the farm.  Since we no longer sell meat, it seems we've stopped connecting with you.  There haven't been posts, pictures, tweets or newsletters.  So I know it's been hard to keep up with us!!  It's easier to be reclusive when you live in the middle of nowhere. 

It's been grand to pull all of that responsibility off and just be a wife, mom, daughter and farmer.  To say I've enjoyed it is a complete understatement.  The pressure of our schedules and work load was literally stealing my health.  Some days I continue to feel defeated.  Most days, I don't.  I press on to new challenges, newer goals and a better way!  

Feel free to join me, I'd love the company. 

 

Posted 11/19/2010 3:15pm by Tracy Youngblood.



~Happy Thanksgiving~

As we look toward to a week full of friends, family and food, our family would like to send a warm Happy Thanksgiving wish to you!  You, dear friends, have blessed us this year with your support, encouragement and patronage.  Your choice of our farm and it's products humbles us and lifts us at the same time!  We pray blessings, peace and love to you this season! 
The Youngbloods


For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Posted 11/6/2010 8:56am by Tracy Youngblood.




Texarkana and DeQueen Delivery

Tuesday, Nov. 9th


DeQueen: by appointment


Texarkana: 5-5:45 p.m.  Gateway Farmer's Market


Email or call your order in~~479-243-5473



We are......................Raising the Steaks!

Posted 10/29/2010 9:04pm by Tracy Youngblood.

With 30 degree nights, we would like to all officially welcome our neighbor, FALL!  The critters are completely at ease with the cooler weather, kicking up their heels, skittering across the fields, munching acorns like trail mix!!  Little do they know, contented animals make for truly exceptional meats!     SSSHHH~ we won't tell if you don't!

Some Farm News and Announcements

October was a great time for the Farm!  We have taken some animals to the processor this week with more to go next week.  We are out of many of your favorite items, but we hope to remedy that very soon.  We expect our fresh meat back just before Thanksgiving.  If different, I will post an update to our
website.   You can also keep up with the Farm on Facebook.

We would like to announce we are now part of the
Russellville Locally Grown market.  I will be delivering every-other week to this market starting on November 4th.  If you know of anyone in Russellville, encourage them to take part in this opportunity for the sharing of local bounty!

Siesta??
Andy and I took a few days off.  We incorporated my birthday, vacation time and a grazing conference.  We attended the PowerFlex Customer Appreciation conference in Missouri. We learned about low-stress livestock handling, mob grazing, fencing solutions, paddock design, and genetics.  We heard from several impressive speakers including Kit Pharo, Jim Gerrish, Neil Dennis and Richard McConnell.  There were also demonstrations, vendors and samples.  Now THIS was Andy's idea of VACATION!!  I can tell you this, he spent a lot more on fencing supplies than he did on my birthday present!! Oh well, at least the fencing supplies can generate wealth, my present just generates warmth!!

Before I make him sound like a crochety old farmer, let me tell you what he strongly encouraged me to do.  Due to his persistence, on November 12-14, I will be attending the
Weston A. Price Foundation Wise Traditions Conference.  This is the apex for traditional, wholesome, nutrient dense foods.  I am thrilled to be going to Pennsylvania with a friend!  Notice the date: November 12-14.  Around these parts that is opening weekend of (gun) deer season!  You don't mess with the calendar in November, but he insisted I go!  So, I am!  Thank you, babe!

Friends of the Farm Delivery Days:

November 9th:  Texarkana/DeQueen 5-5:45 p.m.
November 17th: Mena    5-5:45 p.m.
November 19th:  (tentative)  Ft. Smith   5-5:45 p.m.


Views and Observations
Each year, when school supplies go out in full view, I am drawn inexplicably to the Sharpie markers.  I LOVE Sharpie markers.  I have actually stood in the isle contemplating whether to pay $6-8 for permanent markers.  This was a plausible expense when I was an "employed" teacher.  I was so perplexed at this obsession, I had to know why I love them so much.  After much thought and consideration, I think it is not the markers but what they represent.  To me, they speak to organization, planning, management, structure and unity.  For some reason, if I have these in my desk organizer, I feel a little more accomplished!  (I know, I need a couch!  Thankfully, my best friend is a therapist!) Before I lose you, I wanted to relate this to the enthusiam toward local, sustainable food.  Yes, the food is better for you, it supports a local economy and is healthier for our environment!  But it also speaks to our deeper desire to bridge ourselves to authentic, wholesome practices.  So many of you that I meet have such a genuine desire to join farmers in healing the land, creating a more sophisticated food culture, and regaining a sense of community where we care for each other and the next generation more than our electronics, financial statement or even deer season!  What does local, sustainable food mean?  I believe it is deeper than just supporting your farmer. And if not, then you are more important than you know.  All that from a package of Sharpie markers!

Last But Not Least
I usually promote our meats with a new recipe I have found.  This time, I would like to devote some space to a sweet:  Spiced Apple Muffins.  Sort of reminds me of you guys: warm, pleasant and CHERISHED!!

1/2 c. all purpose or coconut flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
                                           Briskly whisk these until blended.

1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves

Heat on stovetop:
1/3 c. coconut oil
1/4-1/2 cup honey
Melt together, just until melted, then add
3 eggs, lightly whisked

Combine liquid mixture to dry mixture, then add:
3/4 c. finely chopped apples (bananas, pears, etc)

Fill 10 lined muffin cups~ bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.

I used bananas, doubled the recipe (except for the eggs, I used 4) and baked in a loaf pan for 45 minutes.  It is a great, healthy dessert!  Enjoy!

Blessings,
Tracy

P.S. And know I love you more than my Sharpie markers!!
Posted 10/16/2010 4:05pm by Tracy Youngblood.


Youngblood Grassfed Farm


  Friends of the Farm Delivery Club
will deliver this
Tuesday, October 19th to:

Texarkana, AR

Gateway Farmer's Mkt. Pavillion
Jefferson and 9th St.               
   5-5:45 p.m.

     Email me your order
See our specials here, see YOU there!! 

Bulk Pork available, too.

Posted 10/11/2010 12:39pm by Tracy Youngblood.


Youngblood Grassfed Farm


  Friends of the Farm Delivery Club
will deliver this
Thursday (10/14) to:

Ft. Smith, AR

               Z Mart Parking Lot (Corner of Zero and Hwy 45)   5-5:45p.m.

     Email me your order
See our specials here, see YOU there!! 

Bulk Pork available, too.

Posted 10/5/2010 12:37pm by Tracy Youngblood.


Youngblood Grassfed Farm


  Friends of the Farm Delivery Club
will deliver this
Thursday (10/7) to:


      Mena, AR      Depot Parking Lot   5-5:45p.m.

     Email me your order
See our specials here, see YOU there!! 

Posted 9/27/2010 3:52pm by Tracy Youngblood.

Hello Friends of the Farm,

As the farmer's market season slows down, we turn our attention to our delivery season.  We have been contacted by several of you guys and welcome your
orders!   

                                                 HERE WE COME!!

 October 7th      Mena (Depot Parking Lot)    5:00-5:45pm                

 October 14th    Ft. Smith ( Z-Mart parking lot, Corner of Zero and Hwy 45)  5:00-5:45pm

October 21st     Texarkana (Jefferson & 9th, Farmers Mkt pavillion)  5:00-5:45pm

Specials

Special #1  $20  "
Stew Season"

2 lbs. Stew Meat
2 lbs. Ground Beef
2 smoked Pork Hocks


Special #2  $20   "Company's Coming"

2 pkg. Pork Steak (4 steaks total)
1 Pork Roast


Special #3   $15   "Nick-Of-Time Meals" 

1 (1lb) Package Link Sausage
1 (1lb.) All Beef Bologna
1 (1lb.) All Beef Salami


NEW Sampler Packages

We have Beef, Pork, and Mixed sampler packages.  Now, we have a Sizzlin' Steak Package. 

(This is available for Friends of the Farm deliveries only, not available at the ASN, Hot Springs or Village online markets at this time)

Sizzlin' Steak Package                 $60
1 package (2 steaks) Tenderloin Filets
1 package (2 steaks) Rib Steak
1 package (2 steaks) T-Bone
1 package (2 steaks) KC Strip
2 packages (2 steaks) Sirloin Steak

An average of 6 or more pounds of 100% Grassfed Beef Steaks.  Everything for a gourmet Tenderloin dinner for 2, a Ranch-house meal with T-Bone as the centerpiece and enough Sirloin for great fajitas or any recipe you are ready to try. 

Please email me your order no later than 3 days prior to delivery.   We look forward to seeing you.

          KEEP UP WITH THE FARM..............on FACEBOOK!

Posted 9/12/2010 11:34pm by Tracy Youngblood.

Welcome New Friends,

Since many of you are new to our farm newsletters, let me introduce ourselves.  We are a small, family-owned and operated grass farm in Grannis, Arkansas.  We raise 100% grassfed beef, lamb and goat, as well as pastured, heritage pork.  We sell our quality products to a growing community of people who value the quality of their food, want to know where it comes from and what, exactly, is in it!!  

                                 We want to be your farmer!!


As the market season comes to a close, we are truly thankful and blessed.  This has been a year of growth due to your efforts of spreading the word and supporting our farm.  We are sad to see the farmer's markets close, but have some exciting news about the months ahead. 

Friends of the Farm
We have "Friends of the Farm" delivery days set up for each month.  On our website, you will find the dates and city location for delivery.  I will send out a call for orders that will also have specific delivery information.  The delivery will usually be around 5 o'clock in the evening till around 6.  (Ft. Smith may be earlier).  We hope this will be more convienient for you as you leave work to pick up your orders. 

October 7th:      Mena, AR
October 14th:   Ft. Smith and NWA
October 21st:    Texarkana and DeQueen, AR

We have some great specials to kick off this phase of the year. 

Special #1  $20  "Stew Season"

2 lbs. Stew Meat
2 lbs. Ground Beef
2 smoked Pork Hocks


Special #2  $20   "Company's Coming"

2 pkg. Pork Steak (4 steaks total)
1 Pork Roast


Special #3   $15   "Nick-Of-Time Meals" 

1 (1lb) Package Link Sausage
1 (1lb.) All Beef Bologna
1 (1lb.) All Beef Salami


Beef Giveaway

Cindy Jordan of Cove, AR won the 1/8 Beef.  Congratulations!  Thanks to all you who entered. 


A Hard Week
A typical week for our family is busy and stressful.  Last week was murderous.  Our children showed animals at the fair (which is 35 miles away), we had a fair booth to man, normal farm chores and.... we also had 4 cows and 2 stocker calves die!  3 of the cows were actually our son's, Ben.  He only had 3 cows.  They died from mint weed poisoning.  We have some of this broad-leaf, dark green weed in various areas.  Our cows also had plenty of grass.  As we rotate them daily, they have learned to eat some weeds along with the grass.  They also trample some of the weeds and this becomes organic matter; our choice of fertilizer.  To this point, this has been an ideal situation!  We have seen them eat it in the past with no ill effect.  We will be extremely cautious with this weed in the future.  You have to mow it down or spray it.  We chose to mow it down.  We know there is a silver lining that we have yet to see.  In a year from now, hopefully we can look back and say, "That is why............."  and smile! 



Here's the good news: New piglets born this week.  Ruby had 15 piglets in the field without help.  When she didn't come up for feeding time, we went looking for her.  Four had died and she is raising an amazing 11 babies.  Ruby is a 3/4 Tamworth and a 1/4 York.  The piglets are 1/2 Large Black, 3/8 Tamworth and 1/8 York.  We think that will be our best cross yet. 




Know Your Ingredients
Okay, here comes another one!  See if you can guess this "packaged" shelf-stable product.  Let me know what you think it is by either email or Facebook.  Winner recieves a package of Beef Tips/ Stew!

Whole wheat, sugar, tricalcium and dicalcium (provides calcium), salt, malt extract, corn syrup, vitamin C (sodium ascorbate), zinc and iron (mineral nutrients), vitamin E (tocopherol acetate), trisodium phosaphate, a B vitamin( calcium pantothenate), annatto extract color, vitamin A (palmitate), vitamin B6 (pyridzine hydrochloride), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B1(thiamin mononitrate), a B vitamin (folic acid), vitamin B12, and vitamin D.  Freshness preserved with BHT.


Looking to Fall,
Tracy




Posted 8/31/2010 12:29pm by Tracy Youngblood.


Can You Smell Fall? 
 

This week we experienced some fabulous weather.  With cooler days and nights, we can breathe a little easier.  Now we just need a little shower of water to go with that perfect temperature.  But we are truly thankful for what we have at the moment.  But, can you smell fall?  It isn't really a smell as much as a freshness or crispness in the air.  Fall represents more than just a change of seasons for us.  It is also a time of harvest, routines, planning and reflecting.  What does Fall represent to you?  I am going to post that question on our Facebook page.  Please chime in.  

Busy Days

We have a change of schedule for a few weeks.  Both Ben and Matti will be showing heifers this year in our county fair.  Ben will go on to show later in September in the 4 States Fair.  We have also had some illness in our family that has required us to shift some responsibilites.  Here are the market dates for September (Lord willing no more emergencies!) We will continue to service the online markets of Hot Springs Village, Hot Springs (Spa City) and Little Rock.   

September 9th   Polk County Farmer's Market, Mena, AR

September 11th  Gateway Farmer's Market, Texarkana, AR 

September 23rd  Polk County Farmer's Market, Mena, AR

September 25th  Gateway Farmer's Market, Texarkana, AR 

Fall Beef and Pork

We are now taking deposits/orders for our fall harvest of beef and pork.  If you are already on our wait list and I have communicated with you, please send your $100 deposit.  We have pigs ready now.  We expect our beef to be ready in October/November.    This will be first come, first served!  Shoot me an email if interested.   



Grassfed Give-Away

We will be having a drawing for an 1/8 Grassfed Beef.  You can sign up for this drawing at our booth at the Polk County Fair OR by visiting our Facebook page.   Just leave your name, number and email address (optional), I will copy these and add to the ones from the fair!  We will draw for the beef on Sept. 5th or 6th. 

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