USDA Application for Federal Grant† of Inspection Web Page
A few minutes ago I submitted the application for USDA inspection for our on-farm butcher shop
. This is a milestone moment nine years in the making.
In the spring of 2008 the butcher we were working with at the time told us that he was going to retire. He offered to sell us his butcher shop. It was too far away to be manageable and frankly it was a disaster of a dinosaur left over from the last century before modern sanitation. We said no thank you. That moment was the beginning of our journey to on-farm butchering.
Make Your Own Homemade Bacon!
For the past year I’ve been subjecting my family to the trials and tribulations of having to eat lots of bacon. Not quite tons but 64 different batches of bacon as I tested ingredients, cook times, cutting and more to produce the perfect bacon.
This June and July we’ve been fulfilling Kickstarter backer packages for people who live outside Vermont but are able to meet us either along our delivery route in Vermont or here at the farm. We contacted people in NH, ME, MA, RI, CT, NY and NJ for this round of fulfillment but if you are coming to Vermont and in another state feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can fulfill your package.
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Mossy Brick But Not Mick Jagger
We have a winner for the June Poll
. A big hand for Walker S. of Burlington, Vermont who has won a delicious box of pork from Sugar Mountain Farm!
I’ll be putting up a new poll soon. You can still do old polls at the Poll Archive Page. Entries get a chance to win great prizes, adulation, fame and contribute to the ever expanding human knowledge base.
Sugar Mountain Farm Pig Roast
Now is the time to plan your events and order a roaster pig. Roasters can vary from the intimate ~10 to 35 pounders that can be cooked in an oven up to larger spit roasters up to 200 lbs to feed a village. Be sure to order at least two weeks in advance of your event, further in advance is better in the busy roaster season.
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After completing† Kickstarter packages to Vermont backers we contacted everyone in the great states of NH, ME, MA, RI, CT, NY and NJ – that is to say the greater New England area. If you are in these states but haven’t gotten an email from us yet then please let me know by emailing me at email@example.com so we can connect.
We’ve also been filling the CSA Pre-Buy packages so if you’re one of the pre-buyers for a quarter, half or whole pig – completely separate from the Kickstarter project – and want to get your pork now let me know.
We are still only Vermont state inspected which means we can only deliver within the borders of Vermont. But if you want to meet us along our weekly delivery route or come to the farm we can fill out of state orders now. That saves shipping costs on Kickstarter packages – we’ll give you a big bonus of extra meat to enjoy!
†I say completed with a qualification because there are a couple of people who have scheduled their pickups but not yet actually gotten their meat yet or have gotten partial delivery with more to come.
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Butcher Shop in Snow
Fear not! The snows have indeed melted and the butcher shop has emerged from the glacier of Winterfell. Although, just a few days ago we had another snow fall – Winter Is Coming…
But for now it is spring and the fields are greening up again. Pigs are frolicking. Chickens devouring bugs. Along with the warming weather, we’ve delivered to all† of the Kickstarter backers in Vermont. Thank you to all of you for all of your support! It was great to meet you and hear all the wonderful feedback.
Water Line Road under last of winter’s snow…
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This year we have been getting settled with our Vermont State Inspection license and are almost done filling the Vermont Kickstarter rewards and CSA Pre-Buys. A big thank you to everyone for all your support and patience and it’s been great meeting for meat and then hearing back from all of those of you in Vermont who have already gotten your meat!