2022 Introduction to Customers
Our GoalsTo humanely raise and harvest our animals,
To be good stewards of our land,
To grow delicious healthy meat,
To sell that meat at a fair price,
To provide authentic country experiences to our customers.
About the Snake River Farm.
The Farm consists of 240 acres located in the center of Sherburne County.
Sherburne County is east of St. Cloud and northwest of Minneapolis.
The Farm is a mixture of open pasture, native prairie, oak savanna, wet meadow, and lowland.
The Snake River, a small, beautiful stream, winds through the farm for a mile.
We practice rotational grazing and work continuously to improve our soil.
We rotate our herds through the more than fifty pastures, according to the seasons.
We have barns and sheds, a one-room schoolhouse, a museum of farm and household tools, an International Harvester tractor collection, and a playground for kids.
We enjoy using our horses for wagon and bobsled rides as well as farm work.
About the Animals we raise.
We keep only as many animals as our grazing land can handle.
We raise bison, cattle, hogs, sheep, goats and poultry.
We raise animals only for direct sale to consumer families.
In 2022, we will harvest and sell about 15 bison, 100 beef, 150 hogs, 30 lambs and a few goats.
We also raise turkeys, ducks, geese, chickens and rabbits.
We keep eight horses for enjoyment and for farm work.
Most of our horses are mustangs that we adopt. Most are trained to ride and drive.
All of our animals live in a natural environment.
The animals are in herds or flocks that satisfy their social needs.
Our bison and beef eat only grass and grass hay.
We raise our hogs in large outdoor pasture-lots. Our hogs are raised on a special mixed diet as suits their nature.
Our hog feed is mixed and ground from locally grown grains.
We use only natural feeds without medications or antibiotics.
We have no feedlots or handling pens. Our animals have plenty of space at all times.
A typical pasture has both high and low ground, trees for shade and running water.
Our animals are relaxed and healthy. They grow slowly compared to grain-fed or feedlot-fed animals.
How and When we Harvest.
We harvest our animals humanely. Beef and bison are pasture harvested. Pasture harvest means that we kill the animals in their pasture. Then transport them immediately to Foley for butchering and processing.
Pasture harvesting eliminates anxiety, stress, and trauma for the animals.
Low stress harvesting also maintains meat taste and quality.
We harvest bison and beef animals from June through early November.
We harvest our hogs from August through November.
Our animals are processed by Quality Meats, a family owned, state licensed facility in Foley, Minnesota.
How we sell our Meat.
We sell bison and beef by the quarter for cuts, by the eighth for roasts and ground beef, and by the 1/10th for ground meat.
We sell hogs by the half for cuts and by the 1/6th for ground pork.
We price our meat based on hanging weight. Hanging weight is the weight of the carcass after the animal is butchered but before the meat is cut, ground, and wrapped.
The folks at Quality Meats determine the hanging weight on their calibrated scale.
Bison quarters range between 100 and 150 pounds hanging weight.
Beef quarters range from 115 to 190 pounds hanging weight. You can request larger or smaller quarters.
All quarters are mixed. That means all quarters from a given animal are equal. No front or hindquarters.
Hog hanging weight is between 85 and 150 pounds per half. You may request a smaller or a larger half.
You tell Quality meats how you want your meat cut and wrapped. Order by email to Tom.
How you pay for your meat.
We do not require a deposit, just your honest intention to purchase the meat.
We will email an invoice to you immediately after your animal is harvested.
You should pay that amount to us via check upon receipt of the invoice. Please plan to do so.
The folks at Quality Meats are very helpful and easy to work with.
They will process and package your meat according to your instructions.
You pay Snake River Farm for the meat and you pay Quality Meats for the processing.
We work to make this easy and simple for you.
We keep customers informed via twice monthly Farm Updates.
You are welcome and encouraged to visit the farm. We have Winter, Spring and Fall Customer days.
There is no penalty for changing or cancelling your order but please tell us of a change before we harvest your animal.
Do not be anxious if this is your first-time buying meat this way. We and Quality Meats are committed to making it easy for you.
A quarter of bison or beef, or a half of hog will require about three cubic feet of freezer space. It will fit easily into a small chest freezer, the kind that sells for around $200.
If necessary, we can help with delivery of your meat. A majority of our customers pick up their packaged meat directly from Quality Meats in Foley. Some customers meet me at convenient locations in Albertville, Maple Grove, and Andover for drop off. There is no charge for mutually convenient delivery to those drop off points.
Our Prices, based on Hanging Weight.
For current prices and other information please email Tom. email@example.com
Winter, Spring and Fall Customer Days in 2022.
Winter Farm Day is Saturday, February 26. Bobsledding, lard rendering, campfire etc.
Our Spring Customer Day will be Saturday, May 21.
Our Fall Customer Day will be Saturday, September 17.
There are picnic areas, a playground, a farm museum, chickens to feed, a one-room schoolhouse and more.
Of course, you will be able to see all the animals up close, including the bison.
On the Customer Days, we give rides through the farm.
Please email if you have questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
See us on Facebook here. Our visit our webpage here. www.thesnakeriverfarm.com
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