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Pasture Prose 

January 2020

Happy New Year from Yellow Hutch Farm! We hope you had a joyous and cheerful holiday season and are as excited as we are for the possibilities of 2020. We are beyond thankful for all your support throughout 2019. We have met many great people throughout the past year, hosted tours at the farm, grew our reach at the Cambridge Farmers Market, and started a monthly Twin Cities delivery, among others. The opportunity to build lasting relationships is what we find most rewarding. Our grass-based system of frequent pasture rotations, working with nature, and not administering unnecessary antibiotics or growth hormones ensures the highest quality, most nutrient dense, cleanest food you can get. An added bonus is that the flavor is like nothing you can find at the supermarket! We continue to be humbled and amazed by the feedback we’re getting about the wonderful culinary and gastronomic experience our food can provide. Please let a friend know about us! 

We have several new and exciting things in this edition of Pasture Prose, and hope you will enjoy reading and sharing with your network. As always, we welcome any and all feedback, questions, or concerns.

We would be remiss if we didn’t give a big THANK YOU to all of our Founders’ Club members in 2019. It helped us immensely as we geared up for production, and we hope you found the investment worthwhile. For those that still have a balance on the books, remember that your investment NEVER expires. You can “cash it in” at any time. With that in mind, we are opening up membership again in 2020, until May 31st. More on this later in the newsletter. 

DID YOU KNOW?

We handle our bulk purchases very differently than other farms. Traditionally, buying in bulk direct from a local farmer is a great way to stock up, support the local economy, and save money too. But, it can also be a confusing transaction for many people. Usually, a farmer sells an animal based on “hanging weight,” the customer then works with a butcher to determine how they would like the animal cut and wrapped, and then they pay the butcher directly for the finished product. This is usually done to skirt around the USDA inspection requirements, and all meat would be labeled “NOT FOR SALE.” Essentially, you are buying the live animal and then contracting with the butcher on the side to have it processed. This process has advantages, but the extra, after-purchase fees often lead to confusion and dissatisfied customers who thought they were paying a low per-pound price. By the time you actually get the meat in your freezer, you have to do some complicated arithmetic to figure out how much you actually paid per pound; you may or may not think it was such a good deal.

At Yellow Hutch Farm, we have a different approach: Bottom Line Pricing! All of our animals are processed by a family-run, USDA-certified butcher, which means we don’t have to skate around the food police with confusing purchase and processing scenarios. This will also allow us to legally sell and ship products across state lines. You pay a bulk discount per-pound price for the finished product. Simple as that. If you buy in bulk, you will still get to fully customize your cut list based on your cooking preferences and family size. And, best of all, you can save up to 40% off the full retail value of your cuts! Every bulk order will also include our Grassfed Beef Cooking guide, including recipes. 

Sign up now and send us a deposit to reserve a whole, half, or split half beef or whole and half hog. As we get closer to butcher day, we will send you a cut sheet to fill out. That sheet will go to the butcher, and your animal will be cut to your specifications. Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you need help or advice!

THE FOUNDERS CLUB 2020 IS NOW OPEN!

Back by popular demand, between now and May 31st, membership is available in the FOUNDERS’ CLUB. Members can sign up and PRE-PAY for farm product in any amount they choose. It could be $20, or $20,000- it’s up to you! We will earmark that money in your name, and you can redeem at any time, for any currently available product, and your investment NEVER EXPIRES! But wait, there’s more…

When you sign up and invest, you are entitled to a 10% BONUS in free product on everything you order (does not include shipping), up to the amount of your initial investment. 10% is a pretty good rate of return on any investment! For example: If you were to invest $1,000, you will be entitled to $1,100 worth of product. And remember, it NEVER EXPIRES! This is good for both retail cuts and bulk purchases (whole, half, and split-half animals, and bulk purchases of whole chicken) – anything! FOUNDERS’ CLUB membership allows us some working capital to better cash flow our production costs until we have product ready for you to eat. The 10% BONUS is a way of saying Thank You for the “loan.” Head over to yellowhutchfarm.com for more information and to sign up. 

2020 OFFERINGS

Below is a brief description of what we are producing in the 2020 season. 

PASTURED POULTRY

These birds come to the farm as day old chicks and begin their life in our brooder where they are started on their trans-organic, non-GMO, corn and soy FREE ration. After about 3 weeks they are feathered out and ready to go out on pasture. They are placed in portable shelters, called Chicken Tractors, and are moved EVERY DAY to fresh grass where they can forage for protein and fertilize at the same time. At around 8 weeks, they will be ready to process. 

The price for whole birds is the same as last year at $4.95 per pound. Bulk orders of 10 or more will receive a $0.70/lb discount. For bulk pre-orders of 10 or more, we are asking for a non-refundable deposit of $50 per 10 pack in order to better control inventory. Remember, we also have a full selection of individual retail poultry cuts as well, if a whole bird is not your thing.

SALAD BAR BEEF

100% grass fed and finished beef is THE most regenerative protein source we have. A cows job is to convert sunshine into food by way of grass. Cattle managed in an intensive rotational system where they are moved every day to a fresh salad bar does wonders to rebuild soil health and animal welfare. Like the bison on the Great Plains, the cattle move together in a tight group, controlled this time by portable electric fencing instead of predators. This creates a short term pasture disturbance followed by a long period of rest. It allows the pasture to rebuild it’s roots and proliferate. Over time this management system builds organic matter and produces a very diverse diet for the animals, hence the Salad Bar moniker; we never have to feed grain, shovel manure, or buy chemical fertilizers! Available by-the-cut, and in bulk. Bulk options include whole, half, and “split-half”. A split-half of beef gives you the same variety in cuts as a half, but in the smaller “quarter” quantity. A bulk purchase can save up to 35% compared to retail. Combine a bulk order with membership in the Founders’ Club and save even more!

We are now taking deposits for 2020. Last year, we had to turn away a few people because we had already sold out (which is a real bummer) so sign up early. Beef will be processed and ready to pick up in mid November. A non-refundable deposit of $500 per half, or $750 for a whole locks you in. First-come, first-served. If we’ve already sold out, you will be first on the waiting list for 2021. 

Prices are the same as last year. A whole beef is $9.00 per pound in your freezer. That is the average of all the cuts; from prime rib and filet mignon to hamburger and stew meat. Each cut will be labeled for retail sale, so you’ll be able to see how much you saved every time you visit your freezer! Whole beef patrons can plan for 300-400 pounds of freezer beef. Go in with a friend and split it up among yourselves! Halves and split-halves are $9.25/pound. Remember, the bulk orders are fully customizable; you can choose your cuts and packaging options! Click here to reserve your Salad Bar Beef now!

BACK FOR 2020: Set Price Split-Half! Is the thought of having to fill out a cut sheet, and wading through the myriad options intimidating? This “all inclusive” price includes high quality, vacuum sealed packaging, free delivery if desired, and only requires 4 cubic feet of freezer space.  The package will include 80lbs of the high quality, local grassfed Salad Bar Beef, including:

  • 15lbs of Porterhouse, ribeye and sirloin steaks
  • 16lbs of brisket, sirloin, and chuck roasts
  • 8lbs of premium stew meat
  • 6lbs of beef short ribs
  • 10lbs of pre-made burger patties
  • 25lbs of ground beef in one pound packages

Every order will also include our Grassfed Beef Cooking guide, including recipes. Please note that weights listed are approximate and each Set Price Split-Half will differ slightly. Each package will contain 80lbs of product, with a maximum of 35lbs ground beef and burger patties.

If you would like to order a Set Price Split-Half, a $300 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your order with a balance of $450 due at pickup.  Ready to order?  Click here to reserve today!

PASTURED AND FORESTED PORK

Pigs are amazing creatures. We love the utility of the animal and the quality of the meat they provide. We raise the pigs outdoors, rotating around the farm protected by portable electric fencing. They start in the garden area rooting and tilling the soil, while foraging any yummy leftover vegetables. Then they will move through the rougher pasture areas helping to clean up the overgrowth and fertilize as they go. Finally, they will finish in the woods, where they can root for morsels and glean anything they want from the tree nuts and leaf litter. They always have access to a balanced, non-GMO, corn and soy free ration. Pork will be available by-the-cut, and as a discounted bulk purchase of a whole or half animal that is custom cut to your specifications. We consistently sell out of retail bacon and pork sausage; the best way to guarantee your bacon is buy in bulk!

Pork will be ready in late September. Bulk price for a whole, (plan for about 150 pounds in the freezer), is $7.50 per pound; halves are $7.75, same as last year. Remember – this is the price for the meat you take home. There are no surprise processing fees or costs after that! Reserve yours today with a $200 non-refundable deposit per half! Reservations are filled first-come, first-served.

Please consider these bulk and volume purchase options to realize the best value for your food dollar. If you plan on eating meat all year, you might as well have it in your freezer! Combining bulk purchase with a Founders’ Club discount will result in huge savings! 

WHERE TO FIND US

On-Farm Store

  • Available 7 days a week by appointment
  • Email or call ahead and let us know you’re coming

Free Local Delivery

  • Call or email to place your order and we’ll deliver right to your door (within 25 miles)
  • Order online at HERE

City Center Market Drop- WINTER ONLY

  • Saturdays at 11:00am in the parking lot in Cambridge
  • Pre-orders ONLY. Call, email, or order online by noon on Friday

Cambridge Farmers’ Market- SUMMER ONLY

  • Saturdays May through October from 9am-1pm at the City Center Market parking lot.
  • Pre-orders welcome, but not necessary; due by noon on Friday if you wish to reserve your meat.

Twin Cities Metro Delivery

  • 3rd Thursday of each month at two locations
  • Pre-orders due by NOON the day before
  • More information HERE

Referrals are our lifeline, so feel free to tell a friend and ask them to sign up on our email list. Please visit our website, www.yellowhutchfarm.com for more information. If you would like a paper version of this letter for yourself or a friend, let us know how we can get one to you. As always, thank you for being with us on this journey!

Cheers and good eating!

Chris and Lauren