Sugar Mountain Farm on TV
October 30th 2015 – Judy Simpson with cameraman Lance of WCAX-TV reported on the opening of our new butcher shop West Topsham Farm Builds New Facility to Process Locally Raised Pork. Here’s your chance to get a little video tour of our new on-farm butcher shop and see some pigs in the fields!
This week we did our sixth week of cutting meat here at our farm in our new butcher shop. The last three of those weeks were under Vermont state inspection while the first three were custom exempt. There are many different levels. After 90 days we will have completed our verification and validation process. At that point I’ll be applying for the next level up: USDA Inspection.
This week we had a new inspector, Kelly, filling in for our usual inspector Eric. There had been a wind storm Wednesday night that had brought down trees and damaged Eric’s car so he was marooned in the mountains of Vermont. After the wind storm is the time I like to go out and cut deadwood, trees that have died standing, are ultra dry and make great firewood without having to cut living trees. The fierce winds shake out the loose limbs so they are less likely to fall on me while I cut down the tree.
But back to inspector Kelly… Like everyone who has seen our butcher shop he was very impressed. We get comments about how everything is designed to be easy to clean and sanitary as well as the finishing touches like the stencils on the walls, all the stainless steel work Will did, the granite sills Ben carved and the brick arches I did over the doors and windows that add a homey old world touch. Looking over our HACCP Plan Kelly remarked that other places he inspects don’t do half what we do – he was very impressed. He said that we “go above and beyond” the requirements. We like to hear that. This is part of why we’re doing our slow startup, to get things right, so we can learn from small mistakes and fix them before we go into full production mode.
We have already started shipping some of the the CSA Pre-Buys and Kickstarter Pre-Orders. I’m contacting people to schedule their orders over the coming months. If you’re one of those roughly 500 people who helped us finance the butcher shop with your pre-buys then watch your email for a missive in the month of November!
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