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Keep Your Carcass!

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Happy Thanksgiving! I think that it is wonderful that we have set aside a day to give thanks for all that we have - in spite of the whiplash-inducing change of gears we experience on Black Friday. I want to offer a reminder, though, to not waste the wonderful leftover turkey carcass. The guys over at Kettle & Fire, the makers of packaged bone broth, have a simple recipe for making your own turkey bone broth from your leftover bird. Click HERE for a link to their recipe. And from all of us at the farm, we are so thankful for getting to know some wonderful new people this year. You are so much more to us than customers. Mike Adams, Farmer Viresco Farm

A Few Questions

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So, I have a few questions for our current and future customers. As we begin focusing more on the regular delivery of our farm products to specific drop locations, I would like to learn how we can best serve your shopping needs. I am not going to send out an electronic "survey" because I get annoyed at how many of those pop up on a regular basis. I would ask that you respond to me by email with your thoughts, and that gives me a chance to communicate with you directly if I have any follow-up questions. And do not feel that you need to respond to each question - only to those that matter to you. You can contact me at mike.adams@virescofarm.com . How often do you want deliveries of our pastured frozen meat products? How often do you want deliveries of our farm fresh eggs? Would you like the option of home delivery service? If so, what type of premium would you expect to pay for such service? We currently deliver to public locations, such as business parking lots. Wou

Meeting New Chicks

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Peter, "Hey Mom! Dad's out meeting new chicks at the bar(n)!" I was reminded of my middle son's attempt at humor as my mother-in-law took this picture (above) yesterday. I must admit an affinity for hanging out with my chicks. All kidding aside, this picture is instructive. The chicken on my shoulder is one we kept back from our last trip to our processor. She is still rather small, and she was really too small for processing two weeks ago. Even with two more weeks of growth, she is still very small. So small that the larger hens in our barn scare her. If I sit down, she hops in my lap, runs up my arm, and perches on my shoulder. No kidding! I am not sure if she is an anomaly, or whether she is indicative of our last set of red broiler chickens. For whatever reason, we have a lot of smaller meat birds from our last set. As such, you will notice that I have added a category of smaller sized birds on our order form. When we raised our first set of meat birds

Canon City After-Market Sales Start This Week

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For our Canon City customers, our after-market sales will begin this week. Our pick-up locations has changed, and we will now drop off orders at the Frontier Feeds parking lot, across Highway 50 from Home Depot. Place your orders online by Thursday, and pick-up your completed order Saturday morning between 9:00 - 9:30. If you need directions, click HERE for the location of Frontier Feeds .

Where's the beef (and pork and chicken)?

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The Canon City Farmers Market wraps up the last week of September, and the two Colorado Farm & Art Markets end the summer season on October 13. The question we are continually asked these days is, "Where can I get my meat once the markets close?" No worries! We've got you covered. We will be making regular drops at four locations every two weeks after markets close. These drops will be for pre-orders only, so you will need to place your orders ahead of time through our web site or by phone. On delivery days, simply meet us at a drop location and pick up your order. We are still working out the details of our drop locations, so be sure to check back here for more information. For now, you can keep updated on all things farm related by subscribing to this site above, and by "liking" our Facebook page @virescofarm.

Why Raise and Eat Grass Fed Beef

An interesting article concerning why we should be eating grass fed beef. Your comments are welcomed below.

The Wrong Question

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If you spend much time with me at a Farmers Market, you might note that I try to avoid being controversial with my customers.  Our market stand is not the place for me to preach about the benefits of organic practices to the soil, or the relationship of proper farm animal care to the quality of the final meat product. Unless someone wants such information, I figure that I am selling to the converted, not trying to convert. That desire to avoid too much controversy tends to extend to this blog. Today, though, I have an issue that has been bugging me a bit and I want to share a few thoughts. I typically do not open the Comments section on this page, but feel free to leave any thoughtful comments at the bottom of this post. This issue is, does the whole pastured animal movement in food really matter to the animals? The cattle that go to a feedlot are generally there for only six months to a year, depending on their age at purchase from a farmer. Your typical industrial grocery store

New Order Form

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Our new order form is now available - just in time for our next round of beef. Click on the Place Order link at the top of the home page, place your order online, and pick up and pay for your order at a Farmers Market near you. And remember, more chicken will be available in a week and pork returns the second week in September.

Brief Time Off

Just a quick note that we will not be at the Canon City or Colorado Springs farmers' markets the week of August 19 - 25. My son Peter and I are off at a workshop that week. We will return to markets the following week with more beef!  A week later we will have more (and bigger) chickens available, and pork returns  the week of September 10.

New Meat Choices Coming Soon!

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First, please note that we will not be at markets the week of August 19 - 25. Peter and I will be at a workshop that week. Nevertheless, upon our return the week of August 26 - Beef cuts and roasts return!

About that rain . . .

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Well, my last post stating that the rain wasn't too bad was a bit premature. The Colorado Farm and Art Market ended up closing early because of the storms in the area. Between storms in Canon City and Colorado Springs this week, we will have a lot of eggs available at our Saturday market at Margarita at Pine Creek. Nevertheless, order yours online if you want to make sure that you get a dozen or three. We always run out at our Saturday market. Also, while we had a couple of sales in the rain on Wednesday, the big roll out of our first meat chickens will be this Saturday morning. Check out our online order form to reserve yours before the market opens. Finally, I must admit that I am not a huge fan of social medial. Nevertheless, I did reenter the Facebook  world recently. If you want to stay up with the latest farm news, especially on market days, find us on Facebook - @Virescofarm, and on Twitter @VirescoF. While I do not check messages during markets, I will try to keep

Chickens are here!

Our meat chickens are finally ready and available TODAY at the Downtown Colorado Springs Farmers Market. The rain is not bad, so come see us at the market.

Getting Down to Staples

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It is bitter-sweet for me to announce that we are getting down to some basic staples in our meat supply. I say bitter-sweet because we have been overwhelmed with the positive response from our new customers as to the quality of our meat, especially of our beef steaks. We are very please to provide high quality grass finished beef. However, we are a small farm and cannot (yet) keep up with the growing demand for our products. We will be processing two more beeves in early August. After a 21 day aging period, we should have more steaks in time for Labor Day barbecues. Until then, we have plenty of ground beef (a family favorite) and several arm roasts remaining. (Also, if you like beef heart or tongue, let us know.) We are in a little better shape with our pork, but supplies of some products are getting limited. We still have a pretty good supply of our ground pork and sausages, as well as pork chops. We also have several ham steaks available. We will be sampling our ham steaks

Eggs Are Now Available . . .

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but our supply is limited. We are very please to be offering our farm fresh eggs to three Farmers Markets this summer. Our supply is limited to about 20 to 25 dozen per week, so we sell out quickly. Arrive at markets early if you want to snag a dozen or two before they are gone.

Online Ordering Now Available

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Our online order form is now available. Click on the Place Order page above to open our order form. We will prepare and bag your order for pick-up at your selected market. Pay for your items when you pick them up at market. Please note that we do not have an inventory control system in place with our order form, so we will let you know if your order an item that is no longer available.

Coming to Farmers Markets in Colorado Springs!

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We are very  pleased to announce that Viresco Farm will have vendor space this summer at the Colorado Springs Colorado Farm & Art Market . Come join us downtown on Wednesday afternoons for our pork products. Our full line of beef, pork, chicken, and egg products will be available on Saturday mornings at The Margarita at Pine Creek location.  Coming in late July - whole and cut pastured chicken. Come join us for food, fun, and a great selection of local vendors.

Canon City Farmers Market

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Beginning Tuesday, June 12 we will be at the Canon City Farmers Market each week. Come try our selection of beef, pork products, and eggs. Our beef is grass fed and finished, and our pork and chickens receive only organic feed in addition to access to pasture.  Our meat processor, Westcliffe Meats, just added a smoker to their processing capabilities, so all of our bacon will be hickory smoked. Further, our cured pork products are brine-cured in a mixture of salt and brown sugar - that's it. No artificial flavors or preservatives. Coming in late July: Pastured chicken! We hope to see you at the Canon City Farmers Market.

Why We Do What We Do

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Here is a sobering thought: Nearly three-quarters of Americans age 17 to 24 are ineligible for the military due to obesity, other health problems, criminal backgrounds or lack of education, according to government data.   That's a harsh reality check for the Pentagon’s plan to recruit tens of thousands of new soldiers, sailors, pilots and cyber specialists over the next five years. From Politico .