Monday afternoon I got a call and an email from the USDA verifying various items on our application for federal inspection at our on-farm butcher shop. A little while later the agent called back to inform me that we had preliminary approval and she would be sending out the official letter which would have our USDA Establishment number and the name of the supervisor for our area. The next step is a visit from the supervisor to review our food safety plan.[1, 2, 3]
One more step along the journey to USDA inspection!
New loading dock’s first use
This spring Ben and I built a new granite unloading dock for the farm. It allows a tractor trailer truck to backup to a stone slab wall out by the gate. Then I can easily unload pallets from the truck bed using the forks on our tractor. This makes a huge difference because when the forks are up high they have a reduced capacity. By raising the tractor up to the bed level of the trailer our tractor can lift over a ton.
Missing Dog – Romula
Black, White, Brown
No Collar ~45 lbs
Last seen in Orange
Reward for Return
Here is the poster if you would like to hang one: Romula Poster
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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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.