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New Offerings This Year

I hope this note finds you well and in good health during this unprecedented time. We’ve been keeping busy around these parts by doing a little something new and trying our hand at handmade soaps! It started as an effort to use more of what our cows provide. I decided I was going to use the tallow and make tallow soap. As I realized the enjoyment of soap making, and my supply of tallow dwindled, I decided I’d start making vegan friendly soaps as well!

Autumn Spice Tallow Soap

With the holidays right around the corner, I thought I’d share with all of you to ability for you to order some of our small batch, handmade, tallow and vegan soaps. They can all be found in our online shop.

The tallow soaps are made with tallow, olive oil, coconut oil, lye, distilled water, and essential oils.

Our vegan soaps are made with ZERO animal byproducts. We use olive oil, coconut oil, rose hip oil, avocado oil, or almond oil in a variation of percentages along with lye, distilled water and essential oils.

Geranium and Rose Vegan Friendly Soap

And as a housekeeping item – I haven’t forgotten about our delicious grass-fed beef! This next round of cattle will be off to greener pastures at the end of May. I’ll be reaching out to previous beef customers in the next two weeks to give them a chance to put in their reservations first and after that will take orders from the public starting around February. Be on the look out for more updates!

In closing, I’d like the give a sincere thank you to any and all who support their local farmers by buying local. In these times of uncertainty- whether its health, our food supply chains (or even TP supplies!)– now more than ever it’s a good practice to know your farmer, know your food, and buy local!

Warm Regards,

Jenn Albright

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Sold Out for the 2020 Season

Hi Friends –

I am completely humbled and honored by the response we’ve received this year for our beef. We are sold out for this season. We will have more available in June of 2021 and our herd size is doubled so there should be plenty to go around.

I can’t thank you enough for the response and support of the community wanting to buy local and “Know your farmer, know your food”.

Stay well everyone.

Warm wishes,

Jenn Albright

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Update on Our Inventory

Hi friends!

I hope this finds you well and that you’re staying healthy and positive during this time of social distancing. By now, if you’re a previous customer you’ve most likely received our brochure letting you know we’re now accepting reservations for our beef.

The response has been wonderful! We’re so very thankful that you choose to support your local farms. Right now we have 1 full cow, an 1/8th and a 1/4 left in inventory. The full cow could of course be split in to smaller shares. The cows will head to Smuckers Meats in Mount Joy on June 2nd and will be ready to be picked up most likely the second week in June. Those of you who have ordered– I will keep you posted on exact dates.

The cows are enjoying beautiful green pastures this spring and we’re thankful to now how our watering system up and running. Now I just hope we start to see more sunshine for the solar aspect of it all! This watering system allows us to divide our pastures up in to smaller sections which ensures that there is more of an even grazing pattern (cows like to go and return to the same spots to graze the “good grass” if you let them. Kind of like eating their “dessert” over and over before eating their “veggies”), better distribution of the “outgoing matter” from the cows and will continue to improve our soil which then continues to improve the forages that our cows consume. It’s quite an interesting and symbiotic relationship and never ceases to amaze me.

Again, thank you for supporting our farm! And if you’re on the fence (pun intended) about ordering- I wouldn’t wait! We’ve doubled the size of our herd for next year, but the next round of cows won’t be ready until June 2021.

Take care and stay well,

The Albrights

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Reservations & Extending Discount to Essential Personnel

Hi friends –

In a world that’s unpredictable at the moment, I’m certain it’s hard to feel ready for grilling season or planning ahead, but alas, here we are. Our cows will be headed to the butcher in the beginning of June and will be ready to be picked up mid-June. We are in the midst of accepting reservations for beef. Details on pricing and reserving your beef online can be found here.

If you remember from our last post, we’re now offering a 10% military discount going forward. I’d like to expand that in this time of uncertainty to have it include our essential personnel. Without you, I don’t know where we’d be. Thank you so much for selflessly giving your time to help others in need.

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New This Year- Military Discount

I’d like you to “meet” someone very important to us. Were it not for him (and of course my mother-in-law), Goldfinch Meadows and my husband, would not exist. Allow me to introduce you to the man, the myth, the legend– George W. Albright. Also known as “PopPop” and “Reds”. Here he is working the land on the farm many moons ago:

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PopPop was 51 when my husband Alfie was born. So all Alfie (and I) remember him with is grey hair. But apparently he had red hair at one time, hence the name “Reds”. Even though he never got to meet our little Roman, we see a lot of PopPop in him, which is why we sometimes refer to him as “Little Reds”. We’re fairly certain he’ll be the one to take over the farm one day and keep the legacy of the land alive.

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PopPop was not only a farmer and salt of the earth good man, he was also a veteran.

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PFC Albright served during WWII in the 101st Airborne, was a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge and a Purple Heart recipient. He was laid to rest at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in 2008 which is why we’re so passionate about participating in Wreaths Across America for the last 10 years.

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It’s also why, in honor of him, this year and every year going forward we’re offering a 10% discount to current military and our veterans. We can’t thank you enough for your service. It was an honor and a privilege to know my father-in-law– a hero from The Greatest Generation. We hope that this discount will show how much we appreciate what our military and what our veterans have sacrificed for us. And we hope that as you enjoy your meal with our beef, you’ll think of PFC Albright and smile.

 

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Happy New Year!

Hi friends!

Happy New Year!

This time of year we reflect on what has happened in the past year. We all have our trials and tribulations as well as our successes. I hope that the positives and successes out weigh any of the trials you’ve encountered in 2019.

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We’d like to thank everyone for the love and support they’ve shown to our family this past year! You may not realize how much it means to us that you choose to buy local, but it means the world to us.

Within the next week, we’ll be doubling our herd. The oldest group will be headed to Smuckers on June 2nd so stay in touch as we’ll be taking reservations around March.

We’re hoping your 2020 is filled with good health, many blessings and prosperity.

~The Albrights

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Favorite Time of Year

It’s a toss up between fall and spring for me most of the time. But this year in particular I’m leaning more towards spring.

Perhaps it’s because I’m ahead of schedule with cleaning up flower beds and mulching. (With the help of a handsome little ginger boy)

Or maybe it’s because the toddlers are getting older and we’re getting to do more fun spring things. Like painting Easter eggs.

And trying out the new fishing poles the Easter Bunny brought for us.

It could be that as I’m getting older (I hit the big 4-0 in March!) I’m appreciating my surroundings more than i used to. Whatever the reason, I’m just enjoying this season. We’re getting new visitors to our pond.

Our hens are laying so many eggs that I’ve had to set up a little road-side egg stand. And I’m actually getting customers!

Speaking of the hens– they’re fully enjoying their foraging for bugs. I just wish they would all take a cue from this pretty girl and forage more in the PASTURES, then digging through the mulch in the flower beds and kicking it in to the yard.

The cows are happily grazing. In fact the grass is growing faster than what they can keep up with! Which is a nice problem to have. I just wish it stayed that way all year.

If you follow us on Facebook, I’m sure you know that this spring hasn’t been without sad moments. We lost our precious off track thoroughbred– Aisle Ring.

While we’ll never know what happened, I’m thankful for the time we had with him. And I’m glad he was in a familiar place. He took his first and last breath here on the farm. And we loved him dearly. I never claimed to be a horsewoman, but i hope my mother in law would have been proud of me for at least trying.

Anyway friends, that’s all for now. I leave you with a beautiful aerial photo that was taken recently of the farm. I hope you’re enjoying your spring as much as we are!

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Tis the Season

Here we are again! It’s that time of year for us when the rubber hits the road and we set out looking for customers to enjoy our labor of love.

We kept our herd small again this year while we get our watering system established, so we only have 5 cows available to the public.

This is the part that always makes me anxious if I’m being honest. We lovingly grow our calves, but now we need to find the customers to enjoy them. We never have trouble finding customers, but still, it makes me nervous. I have a feeling that part of this process will never go away.

This time of year also makes me sad. The cows develop personalities and we name them a lot of the time so it’s sad to see them go. The part that gets me by is knowing they were loved while they were here, and now they will provide nourishment to others.

On a happier note, if you follow along with us in Instagram and Facebook, then you probably know that Aisle is quite the celebrity here on the farm. He’ll soon be expanding his reach and will be stealing hearts of folks all around Pennsylvania as “Mr. December”. What I mean is he’ll be featured as December in the Pennsylvania Grazing Lands Coalition’s 2019 calendar. 😊 This is the shot you’ll see:

Such a stud muffin….. this was taken last winter while he was out enjoying the snow.

Anyway! That’s it for now on our end! If you have any questions or are interested in reserving some of our beef, please let me know!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season! And thank you for supporting your local farms!

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Fall Update 2018

Life has been busy on the farm these days! If you’ve been following along on our Facebook page, you already know that since our last post we’ve hosted two preschool groups from Welcome Little Ones in Palmyra

We had the honor of having our church family at Holy Trinity Lutheran in Lebanon hold a church service on the farm

And we’ve seen a new batch of baby chicks arrive. We think the mama hen had her nest in our garden since there was no shortage of cover with all the weeds we weren’t able to get to! 😊

After our sweet corn was harvested we let the cows come in and “clean things up” for us. They’re the best workforce!

Our Red Angus has quickly become my favorite in the herd. I’ve lovingly named him Bobby Flay.

We’ve also been dealing with lots and LOTS of rain this year. Here are the two littles playing in “River Albright” in the middle of our large pasture earlier in the summer.

As you can see, the babies are getting big fast! That means it’s time for farm chores! 😊 Alfie has been showing Roman what it means to fix fence. He better be a fast learner! We have lots of fence. Lol

As we head in to fall we’re getting things ready for winter weather. The cows are meandering through our bigger pasture and we’re stockpiling three of our smaller paddocks for the winter months so they hopefully have plenty of grass to enjoy along with the hay.

This next round of cows will be ready in March and we have new arrivals coming at some point this month to join our little motley crew.

Thank you to all of you who read our posts, enjoy my recipe ideas on Facebook and Instagram, share our page, and have been customers of ours. We’re very blessed to have you!!

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The Good Life

This week we had the opportunity to attend a grazing school in our area. I just have to put out here in to internet land that the PA Grazing Lands Coalition as well as the NRCS have been an invaluable resource to us as we’ve ventured in to the world of being graziers. As we were at this workshop, there were times when I was so overwhelmed with how much we still have to learn, and yet being there in fellowship with other like-minded farmers– it put more wind in my sails. What a great group of people we have the privilege of spending time with!

It got me thinking…………….

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Farming can be frustrating!! Learning what it means to be a farmer can be frustrating!! Working with your husband or wife every day can be REALLY frustrating!! Especially when it comes to having differing opinions on when to move the cows, which pasture to move them to next, etc.

But ya know what…….. we wouldn’t have it any other way. After leaving corporate America in April of this year and having lived in that environment from the moment I graduated– I’ll take the frustration of losing some hay due to rain or fixing fence at 10 o’clock at night any day. It just plain feels better.

This thought process was solidified even more for me today while Alfie and I were in the field with the kids checking on the condition of our pastures planning our strategy for the cows for the next two months before they head for harvesting.

The first thing we happened upon was a monarch. While it was sad that she appeared to be in her last days, it gave us the opportunity for the kids to be up close and personal with such beauty.

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Next we went to check on the cows.

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After that we went to check on the watering trough and happened upon some frogs hanging out in the water. Abby was braver than I am and decided she wanted to pet them. (blech!)

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And finally, they hung out in the pasture with me as I moved some fence around. We have an area of one of our pastures that just gets to be a soupy, soggy mess. We’re hoping to address it more in the spring when we put our permanent water system in place, but until then we do our best to keep the cows out of the area when we know it’s going to rain or that it’s soft.

While I was moving fence, I hear Abby and Roman giggling up a storm. I look over, and there they are, splashing each other with water from the trough.

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And just about that time……. Roman decides he’s thirsty and takes a drink. That boy…… so far in his 16 months of life, he’s eaten chicken feed, horse feed, alfalfa pellets, apple & oat horse treats, and has now taken a drink from a watering trough. I’m fairly certain he’s going to have a bionic immune system.

As I stood there watching the kids, I couldn’t help but think– this is the good life. No matter the frustration– the endless to do list, things that constantly need fixed on an old farm, the chores that get neglected at our home, etc. How fortunate are we to be able to watch the kids frolic in nature, and work with nature, and watch how nature works together and the end result be that we feed our family and other families as well.

I hope our kids will one day look back and smile, and appreciate the childhood they’re living. Not every kids gets to be ::this close:: to a cow, or hug a chicken, or collect eggs to take back to the house for breakfast. Simplicity…… the good life.