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Weekly Home Delivery for Columbia area

We are pleased to announce that in February we will be launching a weekly Home Delivery service for 32 zip codes in the Columbia area. Here’s some highlights of this new opportunity:

  • Home deliveries will occur each THURSDAY starting July 21, 2022 unless otherwise announced.
  • Our current Columbia-area pickup locations (Northwest Columbia and CrossFit Soda City) will be discontinued.
  • We will be serving 32 zip codes which cover all of our current Columbia customers. If your shipping zip code matches one of these 32 zip codes as you checkout, then you will see the “COL Home Delivery (Thursdays)” option appear. Select this option and your order will be put on the van the following Thursday for delivery to your doorstep.
  • The Columbia-area zip codes that we service are:

29016, 29033, 29044, 29045, 29053, 29054, 29061, 29063, 29070, 29072, 29073, 29078, 29147, 29169, 29170, 29172, 29201, 29202, 29203, 29204, 29205, 29206, 29207, 29208, 29209, 29210, 29212, 29223, 29225, 29229, 29729, 29036

  • If you are unable to be at home when we deliver, you may leave an adequate-size cooler for us to leave your order in or provide other instructions.
  • You will receive a text message the day before the delivery as a reminder that a delivery to you has been planned with an ETA. You will also receive a text message when the delivery driver is within a half hour from your address. Finally, you will receive a text message when the driver marks your delivery as complete. Please make sure that you enter your mobile number accurately as you checkout.
  • We will deliver to the shipping address you provided in your account on our website. Please keep this up to date so that your deliveries are successful.
  • If you live in a gated community please provide us with the necessary information to get to your house.
  • Home Delivery is carried out by Watson Farms in a refrigerated vehicle. Therefore, your order will not be packed in insulated containers. All orders will be left at your doorstep on the delivery day unless you have made prior arrangements. Our delivery driver cannot wait until someone comes to the door at each house due to time constraints. 
  • The deadline to order is 12 noon the day preceding the delivery day.
  • Subscription Box customers choosing Home Delivery will receive their orders on the first delivery day after their payment has occurred.
  • The home delivery fee for retail orders is $12.95 per invoice. If you place multiple orders before a certain delivery day then we will waive additional delivery fees and combine the orders. The delivery fee for bulk orders may be up to $20 to compensate for additional handling.
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10 Differences between Grocery Store Pork and Watson Farms Pastured-Raised Pork!

This is part of a multi-part blog series comparing the benefits of pasture-raised proteins from Watson Farms with the industrial food system counterparts.

Today we come to you with some truths explaining what goes on with industrial pork production and grocery store pork and how it is different from Watson Farms Pasture-Raised Pork!

This is how we believe hogs should be raised. ON GRASS. This is the life we choose for our hogs on our farm, but this is not how 90% of hogs in the U.S. are able to live.

Hogs raised on pasture are healthier and produce a better product that consumers are seeking. 

Here are 10 way s that our hogs live a different life than conventionally-raised hogs.

Ours: Mother pigs live and birth naturally and are never confined to crates.
Theirs: Mother pigs confined to crates for the entirety of adult life.

Ours: Raised in an outdoor immune-building environment.
Theirs: Raised in sterile environments promoting weak immune systems.

Ours: Strong immune systems that negate the need for medications. 
Theirs: Weak immune systems that require drugs and antibiotics for survival.

Ours: Allowed to grow naturally and accumulate healthy body fat.
Theirs: Fed drugs like Paylean to promote lean muscle growth.

Ours: Enjoy the sunshine and fresh air daily.
Theirs: Subjected to artificial lighting most of their life.

Ours: Raised in smaller groups outdoors.
Theirs: Raised in large building housing a few THOUSAND pigs at a time.

Ours: Natural breeding when they are ready.
Theirs: Planned artificial insemination in crates or gestation pens.

Ours: Time tested hardy Heritage genetics.
Theirs: Fragile hyridized industrial genetics.

Ours: Regenerative mindset: Happier – Slower – Better Health
Theirs: Industrial mindset: Fatter – Faster – Bigger – Cheaper

Ours: 200+ square feet of rotated pasture space per pig.
Theirs: 7.5 square feet of concrete floor space per pig.

To see some of the differences take a look at the photos below.

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Home Delivery Schedule Update

We have decided that we will not be doing home deliveries on Wednesdays anymore. Today was our last one for the time being. We feel like this is the best decision for the farm right now. Our regular delivery driver (Mason) has started back to college so he is unavailable on Wednesdays now. Kelly has done several Wednesday deliveries over the last couple of months when we have had busy days on the farm but she has started back homeschooling our oldest (2nd grade) so it is hard for her to get away for a day and we don’t want to get behind in school. She is also over the office and answering calls and emails so having her away is difficult. Gary (main boss man around here…lol) has been doing them some but there are jobs around the farm that we can use him for. Matthew is better used on the farm doing chores and whatever else may come up. So as you can see we are all pulled in different directions right now.

So what does that mean for you? If you place an order for home delivery it will be delivered that following Saturday. You are also welcome to come pick up at the farm if you need it before Saturday. Just select Farm Pickup as you checkout.

We do appreciate all of you for supporting our farm. Without you purchasing from our farm we would not be able to do what we are called to do. We love having the opportunity to serve customers. It blesses us that you know where you meat and eggs are coming from and how they are raised.

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Philly Cheese Steak Sliders

1 lb ground beef

Salt and Pepper

1 Bell Pepper – diced

1 Medium Onion – diced

8 slices Provolone Cheese

12 Hawaiian Rolls

1 stick butter melted

 

Brown the ground beef with salt and pepper. Dice up the bell pepper and onion and add to browned ground beef. Once the bell pepper and onion are soft take off heat.

Half the Hawaiian rolls into tops and bottoms. Spread ground beef, onion, and bell peppers over the bottom of the buns.

Place provolone cheese on top of ground beef mixture.

Place tops of rolls on top of cheese. Spread melted butter on tops of rolls.

Cover with aluminum foil and place in a preheated oven of 350. Cook for 10 minutes covered then remove foil and bake another 10 minutes.

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Busy Week

We hope everyone is doing well!! We are happy that we finally got some rain (the animals are too!).

We have a busy week this week. There are lots of things going on this Saturday October 14th.

We will be doing our Daniel Island delivery (9:30 am), Mt. Pleasant delivery (10:00 am), and Goose Creek delivery (11:00 am). If you would like to place an order please do so by Friday at noon.

We will also be setting up at Cotton Hills Farm Fair this Saturday October 14th from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. We will have some of our meats with us so you can purchase them. If you know what you want ahead of time you can place an order and just put in the comments you want to pick up there.

We are still offering the BBQ pigs. They are $2.50/lb on the hanging weight. They will be around 60-70 lbs. Let us know if you would like to get one!! It will be killed and cleaned and ready to cook.

As always you can check our calendar for upcoming deliveries. You can also place orders to pick up at the farm.

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Farm Tour Saturday September 30th

Hey! We have decided to do a Farm Tour this Saturday September 30th at 1:00 pm. We ask that you arrive 15 minutes early so we can be ready to go at 1:00 pm. It is $5 per person and kids under 5 are free.

We will be doing a hay ride to see our grass-fed and grass-finished beef, pastured pigs and pastured chickens. We have broilers (meat birds) and layers right now. We will show you our daily tasks with each animal and explain how we raise them.

We will have beef, pork, chicken and eggs available to purchase. If you want to place an order ahead of time (especially if you are wanting a bigger order) you can do that and we will have it ready for you.

You can email kelly@watsonfarmsbeef.com if you plan to come. This will just help us know what trailer we need for the hay ride.

We look forward to seeing you!!!

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Bulk Beef and Pork

We will be processing beeves on August 22nd and pigs on August 28th. Now is the time to get your bulk orders in!!

It will be a couple of months before we process beef again and it will be several months before we process pigs again.

You have a few different options.

You can choose a custom half or whole beef and pay on the hanging weight. This is where you will tell us your cutting instructions. Here is a link to the pricing.  If you want a half or whole pig where you choose the cutting instructions then you can follow this link and see the pricing for them. If you want to do one of these options you can make your deposit at this link and then Kelly will email you the cutting instructions form to fill out.

If you want to take some of the thinking out of it then you can choose one of our bundles. With beef you can choose an 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 or whole. You can follow this link and it will show you what is included in the package and also the total cost. We also offer pork bundles and you can get a 1/4, 1/2 or whole. You can follow this link and it will show you what comes in the package and what the total cost would be.

If you have any questions or if you are interested in one of these options email kelly@watsonfarmsbeef.com

We would also like to offer an incentive to all of our customers. If you refer a NEW customer to us and they place an order for one of our bulk options then you will get a $75 credit on your account. This will only apply if the customer is NEW. When they place the order they will need to let us know who referred them. Who doesn’t want $75 in FREE product??

We have lots of exciting things happening at Watson Farms.  Check out our calendar below for upcoming deliveries. We appreciate each one of you and thank you for your business and support of our farm!!

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Ag+Art Tour

We are getting very excited about the Ag+Art tour on June 10th! Our farm will be open from 9am to 5pm.

Activities

-wagon hayrides to see the cows, pigs and chickens and learn how and why we raise the animals the way we do

-samples

-lemonade stand with baked goods sold by our oldest and some family friends that are helping with the tour that day – all the money will be given to a local charity

– music by Matt Tucker Band from 12 – 2

– local artisans and crafters:

  • Woodchuck Craft – Roger and Joann Melton with toy boxes, swings, gliders, chairs, saddle stools, pie safe cabinets, hall trees, walking sticks, canes and much more!!
  • Amy Bender with cedar bird houses, varies wooden decor boxes, coasters, and jewelry
  • Lisa Dunn will be selling her books she wrote
  • Vickie Fletcher with Essential Oils
  • Kim Wishert with vinyl work
  • Pallet Creations by Rich and Marie

– we will have our beef, pork, chicken and eggs for sale – make sure to bring a cooler so you can stock up!

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Our freezers are stocked!

We hope everyone is having a great week so far!

We now have all our beef cuts in stock. We just updated the inventory this morning. We also have plenty of pork, chicken and eggs.  You can place your orders by going to this link.

You can check our calendar for upcoming deliveries! If you need something in time for Mother’s Day then place your order and you can pick up at the farm.

Now, take a look at some of our recent photos.

Our layers are out foraging. This makes for excellent eggs.

Grass-finished filet mignon. Order yours today.

Look for this truck on when you pick up your order.

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Deliveries and News

We hope you are all doing great! Hope you all enjoyed the rain as much as we did and the cows! All the rain really helped the grass grow!

We have several deliveries coming up on Saturday April 22nd. We will be at the Clover location at 9:00 am, Lake Wylie at 10:00 am and Tega Cay at 11:00 am. If you would like to place an order for any of these location please do so by Friday at noon.

You can check our calendar for more upcoming deliveries.

Contact us if you are interested in bulk pork or bulk beef. We are also still offering Subscription boxes that you can sign up for.

We are getting plenty of eggs so don’t forget to add them to your order!

We are offering tours for groups of 10 or more. If you know of some people in your family or friends that want to see the farm tell them about it and get a group together. If you don’t know of anyone then contact Kelly to find out if we have a group scheduled that you can get in with. It is $5.00 per person and kids under 3 are free. Email kelly@watsonfarmsbeef.com for more information or to schedule a tour.