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A New Set of Calves! – Pasture Posts #99

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

We just received a set of South Poll calves from a like-minded South Carolina producer. You can see them on the right in the photo as they are walking out to the other cattle from the corral.

We keep them penned overnight after we receive them to give them a chance to calm down from the ride, fill up their belly with hay, and find the water. This also lets us make sure there aren’t any problems with any of them such as an injury or one not feeling well. These were ready to join with the other herd and are doing well.

Our goal is to give them about a year of stress-free pasture life as we rotate them through the various fields. They won’t ever be administered growth hormones, antibiotics, or offered grain. They won’t have to slog through knee deep mud coming up to a feed bunk or hay ring. They won’t ever be sprayed with chemical insecticides to rid their flies. If we work with nature then we find that these problems are taken care of.

For example, we have put of dozens of tree swallow houses around the farm, and since a pair of tree swallows can eat 8,000 flies per day, we don’t see our fly population get out of control. Also, since we don’t feed grain, our cattle’s rumens don’t acidify, and our cattle don’t get sick at near the rate of the industry, which eliminates the need for drugs.

Read more about our cattle here.

I took a few minutes on my delivery route yesterday to discuss some details about our Home Delivery service that we offer to customers in 4 metropolitan areas. Delivering to the door has many challenges, but many benefits as well. Hear about it in the video below!

Order Deadlines and Store Hours

Here’s a friendly reminder to get your orders in by the deadline. We have changed our workflow some to help reduce errors, so we have to begin the process of staging orders for the next day’s delivery very soon after the deadlines below. Help us serve you better by ensuring your order is placed in time!

Charleston Area: 12 noon Mondays

UPS Orders: 12 noon Mondays

Columbia Area deliveries now occur on Wednesdays.
Deadline for the Columbia Area: 12 noon on Tuesdays

GSP: 12 noon on Wednesdays

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

Tell a Friend!

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!

Product Spotlight

Who doesn’t want to save money on eggs right now? We are now offering a Subscribe and Save option now available on eggs! Save 5%!

Also, don’t miss out on this great sale on the Carving Hams. We have a limited amount in stock and one they are gone they are gone! Get yours now! They are already cooked. Just thaw and heat up for a easy weeknight meal!

We also have a limited supply of Ground Beef Patties for a little extra convenience!

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!

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

Check it out!

Check out this ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review:

“Ordered a pasture Box and was very impressed with the variety of meats/cuts. We were getting Butcher Box which we really enjoyed but really liked the idea of supporting a local farm but also it is clear the Watson Farms takes exceptional care of the animals and their customers. The delivery was on time and clearly communicated.”

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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