We have, slowly but surely, grown.
Until now, mostly what we have been selling has been quietly moving from farm to freezers as freezer beef and pork. Customers purchase a quarter, half or whole animal, I deliver it to the processor, and they pick up their meat cut and wrapped to their specification at the butcher. Which means I haven’t done many farmer’s markets, and you won’t find our products at grocery stores or co-ops.
This year I have expanded my production a bit, and while I’m still very small, I will be selling individual cuts both at my farm, and at weekly Farmstand Fridays held on the front lawn of Fit America PA Weightloss & Wellness Spa. To learn more about our practices and methods, check out our website.
The Fit America PA Weightloss & Wellness Spa location is super-convenient for those in the North Hills. It’s right on Perry Highway, at the intersection of Montclair, just across from Sheets. Parking is easy, both on street, and just behind the building.
Here’s a little more about what you can expect from the farm stand:
First, local. As local as possible. Sustainably raised from some of the best local farms.
We are still a tiny bit ahead of the growing season, and inventory will vary from week to week as the season rolls along. I will be placing my orders on Monday for Friday Pickup, and setting up at the Fit America PA front yard for a 3pm start. I will be leaving at 7pm, and will typically have to hit it so I can get the animals fed and do a headcount.
Meats will be available from my farm, Auburn Meadow Farm. I raise pastured beef, pork, chicken and eggs from heritage breed animals. My inventory is seasonal, which means my meat offerings will vary week to week.
I will subsidize as needed with meats from like-minded, often female-centric farms like Old Time Farm, and Dream Thyme Farm among others, and have posted ordering menus on my Facebook page, Auburn Meadow Farm Virtual Farmstand. If you’re interested in following along, join the Virtual Farmstand group to get detailed updates. You may preorder from the posted menus, and I will bring your order to the farm stand.
Since I do not grow produce, I will be picking up produce to stock the farm stand from two sources. First, Kretschmann’s Organic Farm near Zelienople. The Kretschmann’s have long been an inspiration to me, generous elders sharing freely their deep experience with younger farmers and the public. The Kretschmann’s run a CSA program – a curated box of weekly vegetables.
I will be picking up items to sell ala carte, but if you would like to sign up for one of their boxes, I can arrange to use the farm stand as a drop point. We will have to work through some details with the Kretschmanns, and you will have to pick up your box on Friday – we do not have room to overnight boxes.
To get an idea of what will be coming on from Kretchmann’s farm, here is a link of their seasonal schedule. To get a sense of why I like them so much, check out their lovely blog. They do a great job of sharing what goes on behind the scenes and share some really good recipes too.
My second source of produce and local goods is Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance. Penn’s Corner is an alliance of sustainable Pennsylvania Growers. They aggregate and package and distribute locally raised goods, and through them, I am able to bring to you local things like cheeses, homemade pastas, and some processed foods like jarred chopped tomatoes made from sustainably grown local tomatoes.
I can’t always operate as a pre order business, but will certainly do my best to make sure I have what you need and to set aside pre-orders for you; email me through my www.AuburnMeadowFarm.com contact form with requests.
For payment, my preference is always cash or check, though I will be prepared to accept credit cards as well via square. My preference to avoid cards is for several reasons, partly because of my own weird luddite ways, but mainly because this is really not a profitable venture, so anything unnecessary that adds to overhead adds also to the price of the items. My goal is always to do my best to make the highest quality nutrition available for an attainable price.
Okay, I’m excited, I hope you are too. If you know someone who would be interested, please send the info along via Facebook, Twitter or whatever your favorite social media platform.