It’s the May Meatmobile! Also quarter beef.

Spring!!!

Spring came so early and so suddenly that we got overwhelmed and had to take a brief break from deliveries. But we’re back! We are taking orders for pork CSA deliveries, to be dropped in Seattle on Saturday May 9 and at Wild Hare Farm on River Road in Pierce County (between Tacoma and Puyallup — formerly Terry’s Berries) on Tuesday the 12.We are also taking orders for beef by the quarter.

Beef by the quarter

Our beef cattle have been raised on our Certified Organic pasture during the summer, and on our own Organic hay during the winter.

Grass-fed beef is typically leaner and more strongly flavored that CAFO-finished, grain-fed animals. The cuts also tend to be smaller than confinement beef. We have not used any antibiotics, hormones, or other medication. We have fed a mineral supplement that is not Certified Organic.

We are selling beef by the quarter. A quarter of beef is typically more than enough for 2-3 people for a year. The butcher won’t split beef up into eighths, but if you want to share your quarter with someone else you are of course welcome to make those arrangements yourself.

You will pay us $4/lb by hanging weight (the weight before it is butchered).

You will also pay the butcher separately for the processing costs (varies depending on your specifications).

Email us at farmers@dropstonefarms.com for more information or to order.

Pork variety packs!

We have a plenty of pork variety packs available this month! These pigs were out on our Certified Organic pastures all summer but came into the barn once the rain started. They also ate Organic grain for most of their lives.

Note that we did feed a locally-milled but non-Organic feed because we were faced with either doing that or raising prices to a point we were not comfortable with. We are not very happy about this and we are looking at alternative feed sources.

Place an order for pork variety packs as soon as you can by emailing us at farmers@dropstonefarms.com.

Our variety packs consist of ten pounds of pork in a variety of cuts. The contents vary every month. As an example, a recent ten-pound assortment included a roast, sausage, a couple of packs of chops, pork steak, bacon, and a small tenderloin.

A ten-pound pack is $85.

(Pint of ice cream for scale only! Our pork variety packs do not include ice cream, unfortunately.)

Sausage flavors! We have: Sweet Italian, spicy Italian, andouille, Polish sausage, breakfast sausage, and a not-very-spicy chorizo (loose, not links — makes great taco meat). We also got bulk plain (unseasoned) ground pork for you to experiment with your own flavorings. When you email us with your order, just let us know what flavor you would like. One pound comes in the pack, and you can add on others if you would like.

This month our Seattle delivery will be on Saturday, May 9. We will be at our usual drop site in Wallingford, 4108 Eastern Ave N, between 12:30 and 1:30. If this time/location doesn’t work for you, get in touch to make other arrangements.

Our Bainbridge Island delivery is dependent on us getting at least four orders on the island. We just can’t justify the ferry trip and the extra travel time to get home when we just have a couple of orders. Sorry :(

Pierce County customers can pick up on Tuesday, February 12th, time TBD, atWild Hare Organic Farm (formerly Terry’s Berries), on River Road between Tacoma and Puyallup. You can also pick up on the farm; contact us to make arrangements.

Extra goodies

As usual, we have some extras that you can add on to your order. We have ham, bacon, sausage, leaf lard (not rendered, but it’s easy to do), ham hocks, chicken feet, pork kidneys, tongue, and liver, and other offal. Special orders available for a minimum of $40 worth of meat.

Happenings on the farm

Our major project this summer is going to be getting a house built. The RV has been a lifesaver but I can’t face another winter in this poorly-insulated tin can. Other major projects are on hold while we attempt to save our sanity and get into a real house.

After the disaster with the first lambs, we have had good luck with the rest. There are five now and we think that’s as many as we’ll get, unless one ewe is surprise-bred.
A brown and black Katahdin lamb and a brown and white Katahdin lamb

The pigs have been very pleased with the sun, too.
Pile of young Tamworth pigs

Geese are on the nest, and our two female free-range turkeys have disappeared, which last year meant they were sitting on eggs. We hope to have new little peepers soon.

Fingers crossed, we should be cutting hay as soon as we get the next dry spell!

Thank you!

As always, we really appreciate your support! You’re why we do what we do. Thanks again! Feel free to get in touch anytime with questions, comments, or just to say hi.

Lauren Manes & Garth Daley Highsmith
Dropstone Farms
farmers@dropstonefarms.com

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