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Improving supply chains to serve you! – Pasture Posts #39

By many accounts the supply chain issues that we are seeing now will likely last long into the future.  The reasons are numerous, and can’t be solved very quickly.  Let’s look at some actions that we, as a farm, are taking to make sure that we have the products your family needs. 

Our farm is definitely not immune to these issues as we have dealt with late-arriving supplies and equipment on numerous occasions during the last year and a half and as recently as this month.  But there are some things that are intrinsic in our business models that insulate us to some degree from the woes that other industries are feeling right now.  

✅ Home-grown forage

The ability to produce forage in great quantities from our land greatly benefits our grass-fed beef enterprise.  As we briefly mentioned in Pasture Posts #36, cows are equipped with a multi-stage stomach that is excellent at breaking down grass into the protein and energy necessary to build muscle and fat.  This unique capability that ruminants have allows us to graze our cattle instead of feeding them grain.  Grass happens to be one thing that our land is able to grow really well, and by using regenerative practices that we discussed in Pasture Posts #29, our land should continue to grow more and more grass each year!

This home-grown forage means that our cattle require a relatively simple and short supply chain when it comes to what they eat.  It’s all grown here on the farm season after season while regenerating the soil!

✅ Local grains and our own trucks

For hogs and chickens we partner with local farmers to source the non-GMO grains we grind for the supplemental feed rations.  We have even added an additional grain/feed truck to our fleet so that we don’t have to rely as heavily on third-party trucks to maintain our grain supplies.  

✅ Local and on-farm processing

Processing has been revealed as yet another weak link in the supply chain in the last year and a half.  We are fortunate to work well with a small, local USDA processor for beef and pork, and we have been able to do better still by processing chickens here on our farm.  

✅ Our own delivery service

Home Delivery on our van is how about half of all our products reach our customers.  This again eliminates other possibilities for disruptions in getting products to you. UPS serves us and our shipping customers very well so far, but anytime we can remove extra complexity we have a better chance of meeting customer expectations.   

✅ More to come!

Our hope is that all of these things come together to provide our customers with a consistent supply of products that you have come to depend on.  We’re not stopping at these things though.  We are currently working on plans that you will see in the future as well!  We want you to know that we are working hard to keep coolers and freezers stocked so that yours can be too.  

Product Spotlight

Some customers over the years have informed us that they enjoy using a pastured broiler or two for their Thanksgiving meal instead of a turkey from the grocery store.  We thought it might be a good idea to give you the opportunity to pre-order these birds and receive them freshly harvested, never frozen since we are processing some on Monday.  

We are able to offer them for Farm Pickup or Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville-Spartanburg Home Delivery on Tuesday, Nov. 23 only.  Please head over to the product page and read the description for more details and to reserve your fresh, pasture raised chicken!

We have extended the deadline to reserve your chicken(s) to Sunday, Nov. 21 at 5 pm.

We’ve got an awesome sale going on Hot Sausage and our Hot Sausage UPS Bundle!  It’s a great time to stock up! 

You can see ALL of our ON SALE products with the button below.

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.  

Thanks for helping us re-use our packaging!

Referral Program

If you enjoy our products please consider passing the word along to your neighbors, friends and family!  We don’t spend a lot of money of advertising but rather depend on customers like yourself to advertise for us if they are amazed by our products and customer service.

All you have to do is refer someone to us and when they place an order for the first time they will get a link to a form where they can say who referred them.  You and the new customer will receive a $15 credit!  So make sure they tell us your name.  Hit the button for more info!

Order Deadlines and Store Hours

Order Deadlines

  • Charleston: 12 noon Mondays
  • UPS Orders: 12 noon Mondays (12 noon Sunday, Nov. 21 for this week due to Thanksgiving. Shipments will go out on Monday, Nov. 22 this week.)
  • GSP: 12 noon on Wednesdays (Click here for more info on the modified delivery schedule for GSP customers the week of Thanksgiving.)
  • Charlotte/Rock Hill: 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

Produce Box Ordering Deadlines

Sundays at 9pm for Charleston or Columbia Home Deliveries
Tuesdays at 9pm for GSP and CLT/Local Home Deliveries

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

Check it out!

Check out this ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review:

Enjoyed my purchase. Delivery was smooth and easy. Will try the subscription plan next. I enjoy knowing my meat and eggs were raised in a pasture and I enjoy supporting a farmer directly.

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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