Entries in Heritage Turkey (20)

Thursday
Feb042016

Why do Families Buy Their Food from Us?

We find there are several reasons people buy their food from us.  

1) Welfare of the Animals
2) Healthfulness of the Food
3) Amazing taste of the Food
4) Farm Fresh and Local
5) Convenience 

Most of our customers buy from us for some medley of the above reasons.  Although most are aware of all of these positives  -- most customers have one of the above reasons that outweighs all of the others.  The one that if I asked, "Why do you choose our meat to feed your family?" it would be their answer. 

But the reality is a little more complex than that.  All of these things are intertwined and reliant on the others. Our animals do live a fantastic life just as they would in nature -- outside in harmony with nature.  This produces an incredibly nutritious meat because the animal has eaten the food on which it has evolved to flourish - therefore, keeping it's own body in balance and creating the most nourishing food possible.  

This healthy balanced food also has an amazing taste for those very same reasons -- it's diverse and nature-chosen food sources create complex and deep taste sensations that go beyond the bland meat we have become used to buying at the store and having to work a virtual magic show of spices and rubs to give it flavor.  Meat raised correctly already has this flavor in every bite.  

Raising food this way takes immense effort however and can only be accomplished on small local farms that sell directly to the consumer.  Large industrial scale agriculture simply cannot care for the animals in the way locally supported farms can.  By knowing the farmer directly, you are able to buy the food very conveniently and stock up for the season.

So although you may choose to buy Synergistic Acres' Meat because of one reason above all others, please know that as an added bonus, you are also accomplishing a lot of other goals all at once.

Why do you buy your food from us?

Wednesday
Jan062016

Do you know how to buy our meat?

We try to make it as easy as possible.

  1. SEE WHAT WE HAVE! The right hand sidebar of our regular emails shows you our current availability.  Or use this link to see an up to date list anytime.
  2. TELL US WHAT YOU WANTUse the order form to order online or just send us an email at jeff@synergisticacres.com with what you want to eat.
  3. GET YOUR FOOD!  You can always come out ot the farm to pick up your food or we make weekly deliveries up to the city on Wednesday afternoons at various times and places in the Lenexa and Overland Park areas.  
Sunday
Jan032016

You are the KEY to Synergistic Acres' success

Happy New Year!

We are VERY excited about the prospects of what 2016 holds for our customers and our farm.

Our farm just reached a milestone in Late November as we had our official 4 year anniversary.  4 years means we have had just enough time that not everything is new anymore -- but not nearly enough time to not be continually surprised by new challenges.  Because they keep coming!

2016 will be a VERY IMPORTANT year for Synergistic Acres.  The farm has grown to a size now where it's customers will be a driving force in the direction it takes. We have spent four years acquiring breeding and raising stock to get our numbers up to where we have sufficient product to support farm operations. We have put in 10s of thousands of dollars in infrastructure to allow us to efficiently raise these animals outside on pasture in natural environments.  We have developed systems that allow us to run the farm as fluidly as a farm allows.  We have spent 1000s of hours developing relationships with hundreds of customers earning their trust and respect and support. 

This is the year where all that comes together and we begin to LAUNCH this farm into a new phase.  This phase will quite honestly have an ultimate effect on our farm and t's very near future.  This is entirely driven by YOU -- our customer.  

Our farm and the animals we raise rely on you doing a lot of weird stuff.  We know this.  

  • We require you to realize that cheap food is a lie and that the prices we have become accustomed to at the store are only possible because of a huge embedded cost paid by the environment, the animals, our health and our future.
  • We force you to look outside of the grocery store for your meat.  To plan ahead and to buy your family's food before dinner is an imminent thought.
  • We ask you to cook.  Sounds weird.  But only 65% of meals are eaten at home in America and more is spent on food from restaurants than from grocery stores.  Our food is much higher quality than any food you'll buy at a restaurant and much cheaper when compared to similar restaurant bought meat, but it does require an investment of time in the kitchen.

But with all these requirements comes great benefits.  When you serve your family our food you have deep amount of certainty.

  • You know EXACTLY where and how your food was raised from the very beginning.
  • You are ASSURED that the cost of your food is supporting the type of farm that you value.
  • You can be CERTAIN that the meat you are feeding your family is the healthiest that you can feed them.
  • You FEEL GOOD because the food you are eating is nutritionally dense food.  Eating healthy is never a sacrifice.


This is where we take our farm's future and put it in your hands.  WIll you support the farm by making our meat a regular part of your family's meals?  Will you be weird enough to make the changes necessary to ensure a long life of our farm.  The only support that ensures this is buying the products we sell, even if it's just a little on a regular basis.  

Every time you use your fork you are casting a vote for the type of farms we will have in the future. We have put all our chips on building a farm that raises healthy nutritious meat and connects with customers in a completely honest and transparent way.  Now, we wait anxiously to see if our customers will come through and ensure that they want farms like ours to continue raising animals in this way.  You cannot count on everyone else supporting the cause -- it has to come from you.

Even if you can't commit to spending 100% of your meat buying budget on honestly-grown, clean meat, then commit to serving one meal a month with food from our farm.  Or maybe one meal a week is do-able.  It'll make a difference in your health, it'll be delicious and it will ensure our farm can continue to grow more food in a way you want it to be grown.

Wednesday
Nov182015

Beneficial Bone Broth in the News

Bone broth is making the news again.  It's that time of year when a warm cup of tasty goodness starts to sound good to many people again.  I pretty much have a pot of broth simmering on the stove most days of the week.  If you haven't tried bone broth yet, this is a great time!  Not only do we have beef bones and pork bones, but we also have a few chickens available - so after you enjoy a great meal, you can use the bones to make a nutrient dense broth!  Yes, you can mix bones!

In this first article from Craig Fear guest posting to Azure Standard, he reviews the basics of making broth, how to store it, and shares a couple recipes that use broth.

The next article by the same author, featured on The Healthy Home Economist, details how to incorporate broth into your breakfast routines and why that is a good idea.  He shares more recipes and even shares a way to add broth to your oatmeal or eggs.  

My favorite way to include broth is so simple and filling.

1.  Fill your cup 2/3 with broth and then pour it into a saucepan to warm that amount on medium-high.  This usually takes less than 3 minutes for mine to warm up.

2.  While waiting for it to warm up, sprinkle a little salt, pepper and optional desired spices into your cup.

3.  Pour the warmed broth into your cup and top the final 1/3 of your cup off with cold broth.  This gets the broth to drinkable temp right away, while still providing that deep warmth.

4.  Stir and enjoy!

Yes, homemade broth is more nutrient dense and yes, pasture raised animal bones are, too.  Get the best for your broth and enjoy the amazing benefits of a wonderful broth!

NOW AVAILABLE Pastured, Heritage Pork cuts, 100% Grass fed Heritage Beef and Pasture Raised Chicken

And of course, make amazing broth from our Heritage, Pasture Raised turkeys!!!  Order your Heritage, Pasture Raised Turkey Now

 

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AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW

We will be taking some of our very special fall Heritage Pork in for processing.  You can read all about it here and place your order.

 

Monday
Oct192015

Final Class of Fall ::: Learn how to Raise and Butcher your Own Chickens

RUSH -- No time to lose to register for Learn how to Raise and Butcher your Own Chickens Class

 

Raising and Processing Pasture Raised Chickens on Any Scale

Sunday November 1, 2015 8a-4pm

 

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We have had several people say they really wanted a chance to learn how to raise and process their own chickens and were hopeful we would have another class this Fall.  We had not originally intended to do a fall class, but have decided that we can can do one to meet people's desires. 

Our scheduling is very tight since this is the time we butcher our farm's fall chickens AND our Thanksgiving turkeys! We MUST know by this Friday the 23rd in order to reserve chickens from our last customer processing this weekend.

 

Information is below or REGISTER HERE
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 Former attendees commented this class helped them feel comfortable with the idea of raising their own chickens and seeing the butchering process up close and personal.   Attendees ranged from curious eaters to serious potential farmers.  All left with positive comments and new ideas!

 

Chickens are an iconic part of the family farmstead and have even evolved to be a popular and valuable part of suburban, urban and rural areas of Kansas City. Chickens have gained this status because they are immensely useful and important. 

In this workshop, we will cover all the basics of raising chickens from brooding new chicks all the way to butchering and preparing them for meat.   All topics will be taught hands-on with examples of what has worked on our farm along with plentiful anecdotes of things that haven't turned out so well.  We will have birds in all stages of development, so you will get to see exactly what it could look like on your farm.  We will give clear examples of how this can be managed at a working-farm scale like ours all the way down to the homestead minded person just keeping a flock for their family.

Topics will include:

  • Choosing breeds of chicks and turkeys (meat birds and egg layers)
  • Raising Turkeys on your farm - differences from chickens
  • Brooding chicks and poults
  • Feed rations, options, and schedules
  • How, when, and why of pasture raising chickens and turkeys
  • Raising egg layers on pasture
  • Keeping Heritage Turkeys on Pasture
  • Dealing with predators
  • Humane slaughter; butchering; packaging
  • Regulations
  • Waste disposal

 Jeff and Laura, I did not adequately thank you for your time on Saturday. Your class was very informative and I learned a lot. Thank you both again! -Ruth

 The class will be divided into two sessions.  The morning session will be a hands-on chicken butchering workshop. Each person will have to the opportunity to learn each step of butchering a chicken and then be able to butcher their own chicken to take home after class.  You will get to see how to butcher using modern commercial equipment such as automatic scalders, dunkers and pluckers as well as how to do it with minimal equipment that you would have at your own home.  

 

The afternoon session will include a hands-on tour of each step of the chicken raising journey as well as a guided tour of the farm seeing the brooder, the pasture pens, the egg mobile, electric netting, etc.  We will also look at how turkeys fit into our farm's poultry operation. There will be a short "classroom" setting where we talk about the finances involved with raising poultry, marketing ideas, and the laws surrounding poultry in Kansas.

In-between the sessions there will be a full lunch with pasture raised meat from our farm where we will be able to sit down and talk farming with other lunatic farmers. 

 

You may choose to attend either of the sessions individually or you may attend both sessions for the whole picture on pasture raised Poultry.  If attending both sessions, the cost is $100, a savings of $25!

 

Morning Session - How to Butcher a Chicken (8-noon) $75

When finished, you will have the skills needed to butcher your own chicken in a humane and respectful way.  In addition to learning the steps, you will complete the entire butchering process on an organic fed Pasture Raised chicken that you will be able to take home to share with your family ($25 value).

Lunch (12-1) Included in the price of either session

Lunch will be served farm style with pasture raised meat from our farm.  It will be a time to visit, get to know each other, share ideas and ask questions.  

Afternoon Session - Raising Chicken for Meat and Eggs (1-5pm) $50

This portion of the class will be focused on learning how to raise healthy and productive chickens. We will start by learning all of the details for brooding your birds from newly hatched chicks.  Then, we'll discuss the important factors for transitioning your birds to pasture and what differences exist if you are raising them for meat or eggs.  You will get to see up close the different shelters we use for each and we will discuss construction details including what has worked and what has not worked in our farm experience.  We will discuss how chickens fit within the overall structure of our farm's systems by cleaning up parasites behind the cattle and by intensively fertilizing targeted pasture areas.  We will wrap-up with a classroom session where we will discuss marketing your products and local laws affecting the selling of your products.

This workshop will be outside so dress accordingly.  Although you may be surprised at how clean you stay during the chicken butchering portion of the workshop, you may want to dress in layers so you can peel your top layer off when that portion of the workshop is done. Waterproof footwear is suggested for all participants.

To register for this class, please click here and fill out the form.  The form will include directions for payment.  

There are very limited spots available, so register early to ensure availability.

Click Here to Register

Synergistic Acres - 21733 Iliff Rd, Parker, KS 66072 - 913-735-4769
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