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An Interesting Week in Review – Pasture Posts #76

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

It’s been an eventful and productive week! Take a look at some things that have happened at Watson Farms this week!

These pigs have lived their entire lives on pasture with freedom to root and wallow. They truly enjoyed the ultimate standard of living for a pig since they were born about 8 months ago. This cannot be said for their industrial counterparts who spend their entire life on concrete in confinement. We limit their bad experiences to one bad day (processing day) and focus on allowing them to fully express their “pigness” the rest of their days. In preparation for this one bad day, we corral them with our portable pig gates and draw them into a special ground-load trailer. Both the consumer and the farmer can be confident in knowing that our pigs are raised with respect and we are thankful to be able to provide your family with meat raised right.
After moving the slaughter hogs out, it was time a few days later to move our smaller pigs into the finishing paddocks. We noticed a few pigs in a scuffle over by a pine tree in the corral, and realized that the pigs had provoked an aggressive black snake. This pig was struck by the snake before we moved the snake to a different location. No worries, the pig and the snake are both fine.
Our pigs and chickens both eat a lot of corn. Here’s a shot from the top of the self-unloading feed truck as we received a load of non-GMO corn from a local farmer this week. This is local corn from a local farmer who has transitioned away from genetically modified corn to a non-GMO variety in order to supply us and others with grain that doesn’t have to be hauled halfway across the country.

Summer rains can be hard to come by, but we were blessed to receive about ¾” yesterday. That’s over 7 million gallons of water spread over our farm! Check out Pasture Posts #16 for a great discussion about summer rains.

Product Spotlight

We recently re-named our Subscription Meat Box with the help of some creative customers, and we call it the Pasture Picks Box now. But since 2017 when we first introduced it, it has been wildly popular and makes up a significant portion of our sales.

For this week only we are offering a $20 signup coupon that will be applied to your first payment. Take advantage by following the link below or using the code pasturepicks22 at checkout.

(This offer applies to the UPS Eligible Pasture Picks boxes as well, so be sure to tell friends or family who might not be in our Home Delivery areas.)

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

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 Area: 12 noon Mondays

UPS Orders: 12 noon Mondays

New Deadline: Columbia Area: 12 noon on Wednesdays

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:

“So glad we found this place! We purchased a whole cow and whole hog! Matt was very helpful with all of my questions! They were fast and efficient! Helped us get all of our meat into our coolers. The meat is amazing! 10 out of 10 recommend!!”

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.


The Watsons

Pasture Posts is written by Matt Watson.

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