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Farm Photo Update and Specials! – Pasture Posts #64

Here’s the weekly roundup from Watson Farms and your direct connection to your farmer. Enjoy the latest edition of Pasture Posts!

Our delivery routes have steadily gotten bigger over the last year so we have added a new van and a new driver over the last few weeks. Many of you have met Sam Lozier as he has been executing our Charleston and Greenville routes and some of the Columbia routes as well. He does a great job for us, so be sure to show him some appreciation next time you see him!

I’ve had some good helpers lately as we have been mob grazing some excellent spring pastures. With a little help from Abby and Noah, we can move 170 head of cattle into a new paddock in about 45 minutes. That includes moving their mineral and drinker tank which is fed through an underground network of water pipe with quick couplers installed at certain intervals. This pipe network allows us to water cattle in any of the hundreds of temporary paddocks that we make with polywire and step in posts. This flexibility allows us to adapt our paddock size to meet the needs of the cattle and the forage. In the end it translates to a grazing system that mimics nature and regenerates soil while producing the best beef in the world!

Did you know that the cattle herd pictured here can drink over 2000 gallons of water on a warm day?

Speaking of the best beef in the world, here’s a couple London Broils we prepared the other day as we took advantage of our London Broil Sale! Here’s the marinade that we used which made it really exceptional. There’s other recipes on the product page as well.

Lastly, with a lot of meat in the pipeline and a growing list of customers who want local regenerative food, we thought we would share a popular option we have in our Beef Family Bundle. And to make it even better, save $10 on it while it’s on sale!


Product Spotlight

In addition to our Beef Family Bundle being $10 off, we’re also offering some discounts on a few other beef items that we’re “long” on right now. The first is Bones – both marrow and our assorted “bag of bones.”

The assorted bag of bones is about 10 lbs per bag and it has all kinds in it from knuckle bones to a few marrow bones. Some have a little meat on them which dogs love. These assorted bones allow us to use more of the cow and not just throw it away. So help us move our surplus (there’s a lot of bones in a cow) and save some money while they’re half off!

It’s a great time to take advantage of this Beef Rib sale as well where you can save over 30%!

For some of our recommended products, check out our Featured Product Page.  You might find something that you didn’t even know we had!


Produce Boxes Available Now!

Our partnership with Wild Hope Farm continues this year as they are working hard to provide you with superior organic produce that can be delivered to your door right along with anything else that we deliver on our van. (Not available for UPS Shipping at this time.) In order to provide you with the freshest produce possible, we have implemented the deadlines below.

Produce Box Order Deadlines:

CHARLESTON/COLUMBIA HOME DELIVERY – SUNDAYS at 9pm

GSP HOME DELIVERY AND FARM PICK UP – TUESDAYS at 9pm

LOCAL HOME DELIVERY- THURSDAYS at 9pm

Head over to the product page below to order now.


New Subscription Box Name

A while back as some of you will remember, we held a contest for the re-naming of our Subscription Meat Box.

We’re pleased to announce that we have a winner in the name Pasture Picks. We will be reaching out to the person who made the suggestion to award them their free one-time 15-pound Pasture Picks Box!

It will take some time for us to get the new name propagated throughout the website, but you can visit pasturepicks.com already!

Thanks to everyone who participated. It wasn’t an easy decision. Here’s some of the most interesting suggestions:

  • Farm Fresh Feast
  • Pastured Provisions
  • The Watson Farms Crafted Crate
  • Bountiful Bundle
  • Watson the Box
  • Freezer Filler
  • Farm-tastic Freshness Box
  • Carnivore Collection
  • Raised to be Braised
  • Regenerate Goodness Box

These are just a few of the many suggestions. This was really fun! Thanks again for the suggestions.


Help us spread the word!

It’s now easier than ever to Give $15 and Get $15 through our Referral Program.  We don’t spend a lot of money of advertising, but rather we focus on producing products that people love and are willing to tell others about.  So we depend on word of mouth to find new customers and ultimately to heal more land.  

So in an effort to streamline this process we have made it easier to tell others (via email, Facebook, or Twitter) about Watson Farms.  And it’s all automated on the backend, so you don’t have to rely on us to issue the store credits manually.  Just head over to our Referrals Page and start sharing!


We re-use packaging!

We’ve seen a good response to our efforts in re-using packaging! Thanks and keep it up.  

You can help us reduce our carbon footprint by returning your CLEAN egg cartons and meat boxes. 

The main reason that we switched to plastic egg cartons a while back was because they are so much more durable than paper which could only be used once.  They also protect the eggs much better!

So if you have some egg cartons or boxes to return, you can just place them on your porch on your home delivery day.  Farm pickup customers can, of course, drop them off when you come to pick up your new order.  

***We can only re-use OUR cartons or boxes. Please re-use or recycle other boxes or egg cartons elsewhere.***

We redact your personal information found on your meat boxes when we re-use them, but feel free to redact to redact it yourself without damaging the box if you would like.  

Thanks for helping us re-use our packaging!


Order Deadlines and Store Hours

Charleston and Columbia Areas: 12 noon Mondays

UPS Orders: 12 noon Mondays 

GSP: 12 noon on Wednesdays 

Charlotte/Fort Mill/Rock Hill Areas: 12 noon Fridays

Farm Pickup: Please wait until you receive an email stating that your order is ready to be picked up (usually 1 business day from when you place your order).  Farm pickup is done during store hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10am to 6pm
Saturday: 10am to 2pm
Closed Sunday and Wednesday


Did you know that we have a webpage that displays all the reviews we have received?  

Check it out!

Check out this ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review:

We just ordered our 4th cow from Watson Farms. High in Omega 3, lean and good for your health! Local grass fed, grass finished beef born right on the farm. They rotate the cattle to new pastures every few days to make sure that they have the best grass possible. Interested in a tour of the farm? You can do that. You can submit a custom order cut your way OR you can by part or a while cow cut standard at a cost savings. They might even have beef available right away. They also sell eggs, chicken and pork, all raised right on the farm. This is a family run operation. Great People!

We would greatly appreciate it if you would be kind enough to leave us a review.  It helps first-time customers purchase with confidence.


Thanks again for being partners in this endeavor of local, pasture-raised proteins that has truly transformed our farm.  We look forward to continuing this transition while serving you long into the future.

Sincerely,

The Watsons


Pasture Posts is written by Matt Watson.

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Another Way to Beat Inflation! – Pasture Posts #63

First of all, we would like to wish all of the mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day! Mothers are oftentimes the food buyers of the household and their role in procuring wholesome food for their families is invaluable.

Here’s the weekly roundup from Watson Farms and your direct connection to your farmer. Enjoy the latest edition of Pasture Posts!

Spinning off of Pasture Posts #61 from a couple weeks ago where we discussed the true cost of eating out rather than preparing meals at home, let’s look at another way to lessen the impacts of inflation on your household: buying in bulk.

Everyone knows that you can usually save money by purchasing larger quantities. We see this at stores like Sam’s Club and Costco, and even some grocery stores. Manufacturers can charge less per unit if they sell more units.

Bulk customers have been a backbone of our beef enterprise from day one when we sold our first grass-finished steer in 2007. Back then our only option for bulk beef was a custom cut half or whole beef, but we have since added what we call our Standard Bulk Beef options which bundles the most common cuts into a virtual quarter, half, or whole beef equivalent package. These have been very popular over the years as many customers feel more comfortable with a pre-determined set of cuts at a pre-determined discounted price. Check out those Standard Beef Bundles here.

If the ability to customize is your thing, then our Custom Beef Options are for you! We have actually recently rolled back our prices a bit on these so now is a great time to take a look at them if you’ve been on the fence. And if you needed a little more encouragement, for a limited time we’re offering $100 off a custom half beef and $200 off a custom whole! These discounts will be applied to your final invoice that is paid before you take delivery.

So what is the process of purchasing a custom cut half or whole beef? I’m glad you asked! Here’s the step by step process:

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Farm Day Success!

Here’s the weekly roundup from Watson Farms and your direct connection to your farmer. Enjoy the latest edition of Pasture Posts!

Our Spring Farm Day was a great success! We would like to thank all the vendors who participated and helped promote it as well as our team who prepared for it all week.

But perhaps most of all we are grateful to all of you who came out to shop local and get to know your farmer a little better. The hayride tours as always were really fun, and we enjoyed talking and laughing with you all as we looked at the chickens, pigs and cows.

The conversations that are had are one of the best parts of these farm days because of the like-mindedness of our well-informed customers. On the tours, we talked about topics such as the life cycle of our pigs, the downfalls of confinement poultry systems, and the ability of cows to heal the environment rather than harm it.

One question from a customer that stuck with me the most was:

“Do you see regenerative agriculture continuing to increase in the future?”

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Spring Farm Day 2022

hayride tour rig

To see in-person how we manage our animals, make plans to join us for our Spring Farm Day!

We will be holding it on Saturday, April 30 from 10am – 2pm. This will be much like the last one we held in October. It was a great success and we hope this one will be the same.

We will be offering hay rides where we will show each group as many of the animals as possible. We love the discussions that break out on these hay rides and it re-assures us that our customers are the most-informed and enlightened people on the planet.

We will have a kids zone set up again for this tour. There will be games, a corn tote to play in, and more!

Vendors will be set up as well so that you can stock up on some locally produced arts, crafts, and other unique products. A food truck and coffee truck will also be on site!

We will also be continuing our HUGE Ground Beef sale through Saturday, so you can take advantage of 20% off as you shop at the Farm Store during the event!

Vendor List

Little Bills Concessions – Food Truck
Sweet Southern Java – Coffee

We are excited for all the vendors we will have! We have lots on new ones this time!!! COME SUPPORT LOCAL!

White Wolf Rubs – seasonings and rubs
Sappy Artist – jewelry, paintings, and macramé
Carmichael Corner Creations – natural bath and spa products
Johnson’s Sweet Shop – homemade cakes, cookies, and more
Fox Creations – unique hand turned wood products
Eunice Calderon – pottery
Holly Penza – hand stitched accessories and woodwork
Smith Farm and Table – homemade bread
Creative Imaginations – bird feeders
Kristen’s Creations – monogram items (monograming on site)
Erin’s Granola – homemade granola
Rocking Rags – handmade dolls and more

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Beat Inflation with our Ground Beef Sale! – Pasture Posts #61

Here’s the weekly roundup from Watson Farms and your direct connection to your farmer. Enjoy the latest edition of Pasture Posts!

Beating Inflation

You’ve probably heard a lot in the last year about inflation, and you’ve probably heard that meat prices are seeing some of the largest increases of all. All of these things are generally true, but what you don’t hear as much about is how informed consumers can takes steps to mitigate the effects of inflation in their households.

This week I listened to the latest episode of the Beyond Labels Podcast with Joel Salatin and Dr. Sina McCullough titled How We Fight Food Inflation. They gave some excellent tips that families can use to save money especially in relation to food purchases during these turbulent times.

For this edition of Pasture Posts, let’s focus on one source of high food costs in particular – eating out. It’s estimated that the average family spends about $3,000 per year with restaurants.

To be clear, we like restaurants, and we frequent them probably a little too much due to convenience (or the illusion thereof which we’ll get to in a moment). Our farm serves many restaurants, especially with our eggs, which are distributed through several wonderful distributors in South Carolina. There’s definitely a place and time for restaurant eating, but if you’re like our family, it’s good to get some perspective every once in a while.

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Cows aren’t the enemy – Pasture Posts #60

First of all, the Watson Farms team would like to wish all of you a Happy Easter as we celebrate the risen Savior.

Here’s the weekly roundup from Watson Farms and your direct connection to your farmer. Enjoy the latest edition of Pasture Posts!

Not all cattle have the same environmental impact

There is definitely a lot of chatter now days about the perceived pitfalls of eating meat. Lots of statistics get thrown about rather loosely in support of meat alternatives. You often hear or read things like “a cow releases 23 times more greenhouse gases than a car.”

What a statistic like this leaves out is in what manner this cow was raised. While this could be true for feedlot cattle, there have been studies showing that this is very likely not true at all for grass-fed, regeneratively-raised cattle like you find with Watson Farms.

The graphic below is based on a study by Quantis that shows cattle raised at White Oak Pastures in Georgia actually sequester more carbon than they emit. We raise our cattle in a very similar fashion to White Oak Pastures.

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Building efficiency into pastured layers – Pasture Posts #59

As we expand our pastured egg enterprise, we are seeing the need to build in some efficiency into our production methods – especially in how we feed while the birds are on pasture.

The efficiency solution for industrial farms has involved stationary housing and immobilized hens. Let’s take a quick look at some ways the egg industry has increased their efficiency over the years as their operations scaled. Then we’ll look at how we are dealing with some of the same issues while still preserving the pastured environment that our hens and our customers favor.

On most poultry farms, efficiency increases the more you can restrict the birds’ movement. For laying hens this meant confining them to a large house where they could be better controlled and less labor was needed. Feed and water were mechanized which saved a tremendous amount of time while their operations scaled. Another step the industry took toward efficiency was caging birds which forced the eggs to roll onto a belt instead of hens laying eggs in obscure locations in the confinement house. While this greatly reduced the amount of floor eggs (which are laborsome to pick up), it severely diminished the ability of the bird to so much as stretch it’s legs.

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Things start happening when the grass grows! – Pasture Posts #58

Farm Updates

When the grass is growing things start happening here at Watson Farms. Here’s some things that have happened this week.

pasture raised broilers at Watson Farms near Lowrys, SC
We now have about 1350 broiler chickens on pasture! They are now experiencing what we think is the best life a chicken can have. They have fresh air all the time, but still have shelter from wind and rain. Their entire shelter is moved every day to a fresh spot where they get a brand new plate full of grass and bugs. And they are supplied with fresh water and non-GMO feed each day as well.
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The Watson Farms Subscription Box – Pasture Posts #57

Since we launched our Subscription Boxes in 2017 they have grown in popularity every year. Many customers love the dependability of a box coming every month without having to think much about it. And when you add eggs and home delivery to it, it’s even better.

They also love that the price is relatively stable. In this time of high inflation, subscribers appreciate the fact that we have never raised the price of existing subscriptions. This gives a buffer against inflation that can be a real benefit to families.

The Watson Farms Subscription Box is also unique in that it is filled with products that are raised with honesty. This honesty allows our customers to see exactly how we raise our animals. (See the Farm Day section below for more info on how you can take advantage of a special tour day that we are offering.)

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Subscription Box Signup Coupon Terms

Save $15 on your first Subscription Box when you sign up in the week of March 27. Here’s the terms of the coupon:

  • Valid March 27, 2022 – April 2, 2022.
  • A discount $15 will be applied to the first payment, then automatically removed from subsequent recurring payments.
  • Can only be used once per user.
  • Can only be used on the following products: