Various photos from Summer ’12 at the farm.
In 2005, after considering several different breeds, we added eight Katahdin sheep to the farm, chosen because of the quality of their meat. The sheep obviously enjoy our green pastures and pleasing environment, as we have had many generations of lambs born on the farm since then!
In 2010 we became stewards to seven head of Dexter cattle. Like the sheep, the cows enjoy our green pastures and we welcome several calves each year. The native home of the Dexter is in southern Ireland, where they were bred by small land holders and roamed about in an almost wild state of nature. In recent years there has been a worldwide surge of interest in Dexter cattle because they thrive in hot as well as cold climates and do well outdoors year round.
Our animals live a natural life–eating naturally and behaving naturally. They graze on green pasture, and are fed no hormones or antibiotics. Meat from grass-fed animals is lower in fat and lowers LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). Additionally, there is 2-4 times the amount of Omega-3s in meat from grass-fed animals compared to those fed primarily grain. Omegas-3’s play a vital role in every system in the human body. Learn more about the benefits of grass-fed meat at eatwild.com.
When you purchase meat from us you are buying beef and lamb that is locally raised and processed humanely. Your purchase makes a difference!
|ITEM||DESCRIPTION||RETAIL PRICE PER POUND||PRICE PER POUND > $135 RETAIL||PRICE PER POUND > $300 RETAIL|
|ROASTS/RIBS/STEW BEEF||Chuck Roast||$7.00||$6.30||$5.25|
|Sirloin Tip Roast||$7.00||$6.30||$5.25|
|GROUND BEEF||Ground Beef||$6.00||$5.40||$4.50|
|SOUP BONES||Soup Bones||$3.00||$2.70||$2.25|
|ORGAN MEAT||Liver, Heart, etc.||$5.00||$4.50||$3.75|
|FAMILY VARIETY PACKS (Distribution of cuts matched approximately the distribution in the whole cow)|
|20 LB FAMILY PACK||Variety||$7.25|
|40 LB FAMILY PACK||Variety||$6.75|
|60 LB FAMILY PACK||Variety||$6.25|
New South Food Company is a Southern food blog run by Chef Jad Driggers. He recently started a local farm review series on his site so he stopped by the farm last week for a tour. “I was looking forward to the long Labor Day holiday this past weekend. Our typical week is filled with work, school, studying and LOTS of cooking! The crazy workweek while trying to maintain New South Food Company can be a little overwhelming and a two day weekend flies by way too fast. My sister and family came into town to attend the American Warrior 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. While they were away at the race, which they accidentally arrived to 8 hours early, I took this time to visit Cane Creek Farm, which is a certified naturally grown farm in our area that provides educational classes and produce, meat and CSA shares to the local community.” Read the rest of the review here.
My introduction to locally grown and appreciation for good food came from my grandmother. She was only in her 40s when diagnosed with late stage malignant breast cancer that was beginning to spread and given only 6 months to live. The doctors wanted to do intensive chemo and radiation but she really wanted to have qualitative time before she died. So, she decided to take an integrative approach and follow some of the doctors orders but more prominently she started a macrobiotic lifestyle.
The principles of macrobiotics are to live in balance with the earth by eating produce grown within a 50 mile radius of where you live and by cutting out all chemicals and highly processed foods. Basically, just eating whole nutrient dense foods and being truly conscious and connected with what you are putting into your body. This was in 1980s Los Angeles so you can imagine how difficult this was for her. As a widow, she decided to move in with my parents and so they also adopted the macrobiotic lifestyle. My parents wanted to quickly give her a grandchild before she passed since that was one of her longtime dreams. My Mom soon become a sort of holistic living wingman for my grandmother. She has some great stories about the adventurous hunts they’d go on to find locally grown produce and the long car rides to the few health food stores that existed at the time. I was in utero when all of this was happening and born into my mom making all of my baby food from scratch and going to a holistic pediatrician that would have her use alternative and natural remedies.
Some of the concoctions she would use as substitute for medicine sound more like an appetizer than a viable health alternative. But it worked, and my grandmother went from only having six months left to living for 6 more years. The doctors were flabbergasted. She literally prolonged her life and the quality of that life with whole healthy foods. That’s the power of eating locally and being conscious of how your food is grown. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype and fashion of locally grown but the heart of the matter is this lifestyle can literally save your life and bring so much goodness into the world. I got to have a relationship with my grandmother who otherwise would have existed only as a memory my parents would share with me . And although the time was short, we got to spend some great years together and she impacted my life in such a profound way. I truly believe that feeding people good healthy food gives them a better life. And if they feel good then they’re going to go do good things in the world. I think that’s one of the most loving things we can do for each other and for ourselves. My grandmother’s life and her legacy that she passed down to her family is a living testament to that paradigm.
Her story is one of so many that shed light on the truth of healthy growing and eating. Society is becoming more aware of the power behind the saying, “health is wealth.” It’s invigorating to see how popular organic and locally grown is becoming, and how formally called “alternative” lifestyles are becoming the norm. I look forward to the day where we won’t have to say “organic”, “local”, “sustainable”, and we can return to just calling it “food”. Society is seeing more and more people leaving their cubicles for the fields; whether it’s to volunteer, work, support their local farmers through CSAs and markets, or to garden in their own backyards. I think with everything the world has experienced in the past 50 years, we’ve collectively become conscious about the uncertainty of life and long to find something that is directly meaningful. For a lot of us, it’s going outside and learning how to not only be self-sustaining but to help sustain others, and that’s through organic growing. We’ve also seen the high price paid for not taking proper care of our health and we seek to remedy this mistake.
For me, the farm is where there is a shared vision that we strongly believe in and work effortlessly to make a reality. It’s a place where all can come and enjoy the literal and figurative fruits of our labor. Every good thing that happens is of our own creation and that’s what makes it easy to push through the challenges. I’m one who is really nostalgic for the old Americana way of life. I yearn for that small town, a community that cares, a local gathering spot where you can see old friends or meet new friends, to connect with things and people that are from your area and/or are of a similar mindset. There’s such synergy in that. It’s all symbiotic and sustainable and the way I wish the world would work. Life metaphors run rampant. And you can find that on a farm, where everyone and everything has a place and a purpose. Everyday, I think of my grandmother, I feel grateful for the opportunity to be outside growing healthy food, and feel such joy when I see all of the wonderful people who come to be a part of the farm. I encourage everyone to seek this in some way for themselves and to see the endless riches in a more natural way of life.
– Jessica Gutierrez
The acronym CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is a system in which members of the community pledge money each season in support of a local farmer to grow high quality nutritious food typically through organic growing. This style of food production and distribution began in 1965 Japan when a group of mothers from the same neighborhood decided to pay a farmer in advance to grow healthy produce for their families. The concept occurred to them when they noticed how many farmers were leaving their fields for the cities and how food and farmland were moving from local goods to imported commodities. The CSA model not only proved popular but it kept farmers successful in their professions, protected fertile land, and supplied consumer demands.
In 1984, this way of agricultural life arrived in North America. The steady rise of CSA farms in the U.S. runs parallel with society’s growing concern with the the environment and human health. At the core of the CSA is the strong and important relationship between the consumer and the farmer, since each side sustains the other in this mutually beneficial operation. With the member declaring it’s financial faith in the farm each season the farmer is able to estimate how much to grow therefore eliminating food waste and giving much higher amounts of time and care to their crops than at a conventional farm. This also allows for the farmer to grow a variety of different vegetables and fruits for members to experience a wide array of nutrient dense foods.
As a farm apprentice at Cane Creek, this quantifiable data is a fascinating and informative glimpse into the best form of agriculture (in my opinion). But it is the intangible component, the unquantifiable elements, that are most exciting to me. Having experienced the spring and summer seasons I have watched tiny seeds sprout into small greens that grow into prolific and beautiful vegetables. The best example for me was taking small matte squash seeds no bigger than my fingernail and placing them gently into tiny greenhouse pots. I watered each day and waited patiently as they sprung up from their little soil nests and became vibrant green transplants. Then, when they established a strong network of delicate white pearlescent roots, it was time to place them into the warm rich Georgia soil. From there, they grew large and abundant. It almost felt like magic. For several weeks we harvested thousands of pounds of bright healthy squash. One afternoon harvesting 1,000 pounds alone! We munched on it raw, made it up in delicious dishes, and swapped many recipes.
Each week, families would come with their children to play in the sunshine and pick up their vegetables delighted to see the monstrous amounts of squash that were available to them and hear colorful stories about how they were harvested, how they could be prepared, and even how to grow a plant at home. Knowing that this was one vegetable out of the seemingly countless grown at Cane Creek illuminates the power of the CSA model. That a group of people from the same community can come together and take mutual joy in the in the natural world and feel themselves such a big part of it. The connections that are made, to the earth and to each other, are the best part of being in a CSA. I encourage everyone to try it!
– Jessica Gutierrez