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Winter.

I don’t know about you, but we slow down a bit at the farm during winter. It also seems a bit lonely here in the rural north, except on those rare bright warm days when we have extended time in the sun.

Winter is also a time that we reflect on the previous seasons and plan for those to come. We’re gearing up for another year on the farm and need help from you. Would you look through and see what you’d like us to produce for you at the farm this year? Is there anything you’re in need of right now? We sure enjoy our work and are happy to produce food to fuel you, your family and your friends!

Time to order! The following will be available on a first come basis:

  • Grassfed Beef
  • Pastured Chicken
  • Pastured Pork
  • Grassfed Goat
  • Pastured Turkey

Send us an email or print and mail our order form with what you’d like to order. To see pricing, click the link below to download our order form:

Printable Order Form
Did You Know?
We have whole chickens and pork by the pound available at all times both in Aitkin and in Fridley, MN right off 694 and University.
No need for a large freezer. It’s always available. Give us a call and we’ll hook you up with some nutritious pastured and non-GMO meat!
We look forward to serving your needs in the 2018 growing season! Please feel free to share this email with those to whom you wish health and long life.*

*We do not claim to extend the life of our customers, only to make your taste buds happier with quality food to fuel you and those you love.

 

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Five Years and What’s to Come

If you didn’t get our latest email, here’s the link: Click Here!

Can you believe it? It’s been five years.

Yes, five years ago we came to the family homestead to start Righteous Oaks Farm. Looking back on pictures helps us remember God’s faithfulness throughout the many successes and failures we have faced. Below are a few memorable aspects of our time on the farm. From our first chicks to our goofy pig stories, our bloated steer that made it to our frostbite cow that didn’t; farming is filled with extremes of all sorts.

   Thank you to those of you who have spread the word about our farm and for those of you who have purchased some of our meat and other products. We couldn’t have gotten this far without you.

As we started Righteous Oaks Farm we had the desire to bring young men and women that had been discipled in Christ, but were still in a hard spot, up to the farm to continue to be discipled and learn the value of work and where our food comes from. Others came alongside us and pushed us this way. And now we’re here working out what it means to glorify God in farming day to day. We started with savings and the conviction to stay debt free. Mat’s family already had the land and some equipment that was necessary. Our objective was to become profitable within five years in order that we could then focus on our other goals of internships.
It’s been five years, so where do we go from here? Unfortunately, we have been unable to raise the farm to a point of supporting both our family and the farm. Mathew has found a job off the farm that fits him well. Though Mathew will not be around as much, most of the farm work can effectively be maintained by Katie and the boys (especially Peter who is now taller and on the way to being stronger than Katie). We will continue to host visitors and young men and women as our schedules see fit.

Here’s a link to a more detailed version of our story: Click Here!

   As for the farm, we plan to maintain our current undertakings such as pork, chicken, beef, turkey, goats, maple syrup, and high tunnel production. If you order it, we’ll produce it. Just let us know. Call(218.927.1425) or email, we’d love to hear from you.

Meat delivery to the Minneapolis area this month is January 23rd. Please let us know by Monday the 22nd if you’d like us to bring anything to your door.

We hope you enjoyed our collage of memories. If you can’t tell which boy has eaten the most dirt or have any other questions about the pictures, let us know.

DIY Stocking Stuffer

I don’t know about you, but I grew up opening a stocking of little goodies on Christmas day. It’s still one of my favorite traditions. I especially enjoy thinking of and finding things throughout the year that my family will enjoy. Don’t tell, but I will be including some of my favorite handmade lotion in the stockings that I’ve made for extended family. I know they love this stuff and it’s the perfect winter gift.

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I know most people don’t have tallow lying around, but if you’ve saved some from deer or beef cattle, I’ve got the recipe for you:


Do-It-Yourself Tallow Lotion      Time=1 hour       Difficulty=medium


1 cup tallow, beef, deer, sheep or goat (with the addition of lavender oil I did not notice the scent of the deer tallow)


2 Tablespoons olive oil or sweet almond oil


1/2 tsp essential oil (be sure you test a drop on your skin first so that you don’t have a batch of lotion that will irritate your skin – e.g. cinnamon oil often irritates skin)


Place tallow in double boiler or other pan and warm it on low heat until it is just melted. Once melted, remove from heat and add olive or almond oil. Let it cool to room temperature then add the essential oil(s).


Once the tallow, olive or almond oil, and essential oil(s) are combined, pour the mixture into a container if you are not going to whip it. Otherwise, place your pan into the fridge until it is just hardened. It takes about 30 minutes. Then remove it from the fridge and whip it with a hand mixer until it is the consistency you desire (Usually 3 minutes for me). Scrape it into your final container and enjoy!

 

If you don’t have tallow, you can buy it online or sometimes find it at a local meat processor. We also have some beef tallow for $3 per pound. And if you’re not up to making it yourself, our tallow lotion is $2 for a 4 ounce jar. Email or give us a call.

Also, one last reminder for orders before Christmas. We can make gift certificates or provide pork and chicken by the pound or in large quantities. Let me know by Saturday if you’d like me to make you up some lotion. Let us know before December 23, 2017 and we can even deliver to the Aitkin or Crosby areas and anywhere between here and the Twin Cities.

Don’t forget our $15 off promotions run until the end of December 2017. Read more by clicking here: $15 off!

We hope you are enjoying this advent season!

$15 off from Righteous Oaks Farm

Who doesn’t like a good deal? And giveaways don’t get tastier than this! Now through December 11th, we have a giveaway on our Facebook and Instagram pages (just click the links to see), plus we’d like to share another deal with you for sharing our product with others, keep reading —>

New customers! We’d like to give you $15 worth of pork or chicken with your purchase of $125 or more.

Existing customers! We’d like to give you $15 off your next order of pork or chicken of $125 or more for finding us a new customer.

Please share this deal with those that might enjoy some high quality, nutrient dense pastured pork and chicken. As always, we are use non-GMO and soy free feed with our animals. Take care and many blessings to you this Christmas season.

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Deal good through the end of December, 2017.

Contest open to anyone willing to meet us in our drop off locations: Twin Cities area, Brainerd, Aitkin, Duluth, and Fergus Falls. We often deliver along highways 210, 169, 47 and 65 as well. If you don’t meet that requirement, prize may be gifted to someone who does.

Contest closes Monday, December 11, 2017 at 11:59 pm. $15 off must be ordered by January 1, 2018.

For the contest, we will compile the names and email addresses of all commenters who enter into a spreadsheet. We assign each commenter a number, and check to remove any duplicate entries – such as when someone adds a note to their own comment, replies to someone else’s comment, or inadvertently enters twice. Then we ask random.org to choose a number from the amount of entrants and whatever number is picked, that’s our winner.

Fall Wrap Up

This is a repost of our most recent newsletter for those of you not on the list:

We hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!

If you’re anything like our family, you’ll have your fill of turkey and pie on Thursday and then have leftover turkey themed meals the rest of the week. Once you have your fill of turkey, give us a call, we have some tasty pork and chicken for your table the rest of the year!

As always, we offer pastured animals raised on non-GMO and soy free feed. We strive to have careful dominion over God’s creation rather than exploit the animals, land, and community entrusted to us. This may not produce the cheapest product, but produces healthy meat that sustains the community in which we live and the land and health of those we do business with.

Pastured Pork

Over and over I’ve heard customers say our pork chops are the best they’ve ever had and I have to agree. One family who got a half hog last year upgraded to a whole this year and asks for a two-inch thick chop so they can have stuffed pork chops most every week. I personally love to grill them, but, of course, our other cuts are super good as well ;).

This month we have three and a quarter more hogs available, so order your half or whole today. You may even wish to split one with a friend. You can customize your cuts with the butcher so you get just what you want (Sorry, the butcher can’t make bacon out of the whole animal!). The price is $3 per pound based on hanging weight plus butcher fees. A whole hog is around 200 pounds and a typical butchering fee would be $180 for a whole hog.

Pastured Chicken

We’d love for you to try our broiler chickens. The taste and texture are hard to beat. As you can see from the picture of slow cooker bone broth, these chickens are packed with dense nutrition.
Our frozen broilers are between 3 to 5 pounds and are $4.00 per poundlocally, with an option for delivery to the twin cities at $4.25 per pound.

Pork By The Pound

Also available are 1-5 lb. packages of pork. Available cuts include:
  • Ground pork, chops, steak, roast, and ribs at $6.50 per pound
  • Ham hocks at $5 per pound
  • Ham at $7 per pound
  • and Pork fat at $2 per pound

Thank you for being an important part of our lives and for supporting our family and sustainable agriculture. May you have a blessed Christmas season.

Fall Update and Great News

IMG_4390Wonderful news. We have been given a great gift and long-awaited happiness in our lives. On September 21, Asher George Nix was born to us. Asher is the first Hebrew word of the Psalms and one of Jacob’s sons in the Bible. The word means Blessed or Happy! George is Mathew’s amazing dad and the name also means farmer, rather appropriate huh? Please rejoice with us.

In farm news, we are still plodding along and continue to enjoy the fall harvest. Today was our first big frost with the temperature last night reaching 23 degrees F. With the high tunnel, we still have a bit of a growing season, but most of our produce is done. We’re also stocking up on hay for winter so the cows and pigs have plenty to enjoy.

Available products on the farm still include pork and chicken. We will also have tomatoes, spaghetti squash, peppers, watermelon, possibly purple potatoes, and tallow

lotion until they are all sold or the high tunnel gets too cold. Spaghetti squash is a wonderful keeper. The seeds we planted this year were from a squash I cut up in March that was still good from the 2016 harvest. Small are $1.50 and large are $3. Our tomatoes are down to $.75 per pound for seconds and $1.75 per pound for unblemished tomatoes. I highly recommend my favorite green zebra tomatoes. Our peppers are Marconi and $0.50. They are long and a lot like a green pepper, but without the belly ache that some people get from green peppers. Tallow lotion is great for winter skin and only $2 for a 4 ounce jar.

IMG_4249We ordered more chickens than were sold, so we still have some chicken in the freezer. On farm purchase of chicken is $4.00 per pound. Delivered to the Twin Cities is $4.25 per pound. USDA inspected chicken is $4.50 per pound.

Pork! We still have six hogs available for October and IMG_3488November butcher dates, mainly because our main marketing person recently had a baby… We sell in half or whole hogs. Some people have ordered with a friend and split up half a hog. Hogs are normally around 200 pounds. We charge $3 per pound hanging carcass weight plus the butcher fees which varies with your custom order of ham, bacon, pork belly, sausage, pork chops, roasts, etc. As with chicken, we also have USDA inspected pork in 1-4 pound packages for $6.50 per pound. There are still some tasty pork chops, roasts, ground pork and side pork. Small hams are available for $7 per pound and 1 lb. bacon packages are $8 per pound.

As always, our chickens and hogs are pastured and moved regularly. They are fed non-GMO feed and are soy free. We grind the grain ourselves and source much of it from within 30 miles. That also means the grain is fresh increasing the nutrient quality of the food given our animals.

Thanks for being part of our farm family. Without your supporting local, sustainable agriculture, we couldn’t strive to exercise careful dominion over the resources that have been entrusted to us.

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Enjoying the heat? – plus a recipe link!

Do you enjoy the heat of summer or would you rather sit in mosquito-free air-conditioning? This heat can be wonderful and joyful for little boys who love to frolic in water. However, constantly feeling 80 – 90 humid degrees for us full-blooded Minnesotans can become an exercise in endurance. I think that’s why so many enjoy pulling out Christmas songs and dwelling on the coolness of the Minnesota winter during the month of July.
For those of you who enjoy farm fresh food and supporting small farms, now is also the time to think about what foods you’ll want to have through the winter. Being small and seasonal we produce most of our meat when the weather is warm and the pasture is flourishing with extra nutrition for our animals. Are you going to want a ham or roast chicken for your holiday meals?
IMG_3488     Now is the best time to order your half or whole hog. We normally sell out. I am very proud of the pastured pork we produce and can say these are the best pork chops I’ve ever had. If half is too much for you (80-100 pounds of meat), some people get friends together and split it up between themselves.IMG_8795
You can also still get your broiler chickens and maple syrup, while the supply lasts. Though our beef is sold out for the year, we have some grass-fed goat available still. The meat is an excellent source of essential nutrients for your family and we have some by the pound if you wanted to give it a try before your buy a whole animal.

IMG_3486     The farmer’s market has been a big part of our summer schedule this year. We’d love to see you if you’re in Aitkin on a Saturday morning. We’ll have pork and goat by the pound, whole broilers, our maple syrup and lots of veggies to enjoy. You can also order tomatoes for your canning needs, so give us a call, set up a time to visit the farm, or send us a message by email, Facebook or Instagram. We look forward to hearing from you.

Flashback Recipe idea: Grill up some Maple Mustard Chicken!