Eating blemished fruits and vegetables reduces waste, reduces the need for chemical treatments on crops, and frees up a little more change in your pocket, but it may also be good for your body:
We are trying to improve our business model at Eddy Ridge Grassland. If you live in the greater Rochester area, and are interested in local animal products, we’d appreciate it if you could provide input as a potential customer.
Despite the expanding evidence that GMOs are not inherently dangerous, our farm will continue to avoid them as much as possible.
Conversely, we are not so afraid as to avoid GMOs at all costs, and will make some compromises as needed to keep our farm sustainable:
If you are on my waiting list but wish to pass this year, please let me know that so I can let someone else have your spot this year.
Our lambs are scheduled for butcher. We have two butcher dates available, the first set will be ready right around Christmas (Sorry, I can’t guarantee they’ll be ready for Christmas dinner as I had hoped), the second set around January 8th. When ordering please let me know if you are available to pick up for only one of those dates or both.
We encourage you to come to Marion to pick up directly from the butcher and get a chance to visit the farm. If the weather is below freezing, we can bring your meat to Perinton, NY on a work day. If the weather does not co-operate, you will have to come to Marion to pick up. We are available for farm tours 12/26, 12/27, and 1/10 by appointment. The butcher shop is normally open until noon on Saturdays, I don’t yet know their Christmas week schedule.
This year the price for Tunis cross lambs will be $275 including delivery to butcher and cut & wrap fees. Special butchering requests may incur additional butcher costs. Tunis cross lambs is what last year’s customers had. Cotswold Cross lambs will be $300. Cotswolds are slightly larger and reputed to have very mild flavor.
We also have one adult Finn ram available, $275. The ram is not grain free, he has only been with us a few months of his life. He is being finished on hay, rutabaga, and pumpkin. He will be larger than any of the lambs, but will have a stronger flavor and be less tender due to his age.
A deposit of $125 is required to reserve your lamb or ram. Deposits accepted by mail or in person.
Address for mailing deposits or taking farm tours by appointment:
4513 Eddy Ridge Rd.
Marion, NY 14505
We have a limited supply. If you are on my waiting list, you have one week to claim your waiting list priority, then all customers will be handled in the order deposits are received. After I receive your deposit we will discuss your butcher cut sheet.
This year we have a new website, you can read more about our farm and how we do things up here on the ridge.
Looking forward to hearing from you, please let me know if you have any questions.
Eddy Ridge Grassland
Remember if you live near our farm, don’t throw out those good pumpkins after Halloween! Rocky, Hoppo, Rigel and the girls will thank you kindly for them.
We’re still several steps away from showing a direct link between what we feed our meat animals and positive health outcomes for those that eat the meat, but these blood tests do show an unbroken chain from what goes into the animal’s mouth to what ends up in your body.
The English language has a rich history, and a good part of that history is farming.
Things that make more sense as a farmer:
Farming has also given me a different perspective on some bible verses.
Matthew 18:12-14New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.
In Sunday school this quote was always illustrated with a happy shepherd carrying a wee tiny cute lamb on his shoulders across a sunny pasture.
So yeah, when it’s dusky and the rain is coming down, and I can’t find which hill the ewe is hiding behind, I think “yeah, it wasn’t easy for God to track me down and gather me in, was it? He must really care to go to this much trouble for me.”
This gets a bit wordy and technical, but it has some very solid information if you’re into that sort of thing.