New on the Farm

Cannibalism in the Barn

Remember the tragedy of all the chickens dying? Well apparently we are living in an Alfred Hitchcock movie, because now they are all eating each other. There are times when animals become so stressed or so bored that they begin to consume their fellow barn companions. But we live on planet sunshine and walk through… Continue reading Cannibalism in the Barn

Small Farm Business Plan

In times of a pandemic, everyone is realizing that food insecurity is actually part of a first world problem, if managed incorrectly. How did you feel in 2020? Can I assume you were food insecure? Or at least close to it? Most people were… There are so many problems with our current food system. Just… Continue reading Small Farm Business Plan

The Ultimate Holiday Ham

I had never made a ham before. But I think I have found a new Christmas tradition. Holiday Ham every Christmas Eve!! Check out the recipe below! Ingredients 1 Schoentrup Farms Smoked Ham 1/4 cup Brown Sugar 1 tsp Nutmeg 1 tsp Cinnamon 2 tsp Walden’s Wonder Spice 1/2 cup Orange Juice (I use high… Continue reading The Ultimate Holiday Ham

We Drink Raw Milk

Raw Milk. The most common reaction I receive after telling people we drink raw milk is, “Ew, I couldn’t do the texture”. But the reality is, most of these people have never tried it. Now, don’t get me wrong, I was a little nervous about trying at first also. But after that first swallow, it… Continue reading We Drink Raw Milk

Homemade Chicken Broth

Schoentrup Farms chicken frames, pack of 3 1 onion 3 whole large carrots A few dashes of salt and pepper 2 tbsp crushed garlic Water Fill a large pot, 3 gallons or so, half full of water. Place on the stove on medium / high heat Add chopped onion, cut up carrots, salt, pepper, garlic,… Continue reading Homemade Chicken Broth

Chicken and Dumplings

It’s starting to get cold out and there is nothing better than a warm bowl of thick, satisfying chicken and dumplings! This is Paul’s favorite meal that I make, and let’s be honest, its mine too!! I had scoured the internet; Google, Facebook, and Pinterest, trying to find an easy but delicious recipe for chicken… Continue reading Chicken and Dumplings

Raising Chickens for Meat

You have probably heard about the benefits of raising chickens on pasture, good for the soil, good for the forage, good for the chicken, and good for the humans who eat them. And if you’re reading this, I’m assuming you want to raise them yourself or maybe I’m wrong, and you’re reading this just for… Continue reading Raising Chickens for Meat

When to Cull an Animal

Raising livestock can be an emotional journey. You work their whole life to make sure they are taken care of, fed, watered, on fresh pasture, and happy. You know that they have an end date. So, to make up for the sadness you feel when it’s their peak time, you work extra hard at giving… Continue reading When to Cull an Animal

Raising Cattle for Meat

With the current market, everyone wants to know how to make sure their food is secure. You cant count on the supermarkets just in time supply model and consumers are realizing it’s easier, more economical, and actually kind of cool to go straight to the source, the farmer. So you’ve decided you want to be… Continue reading Raising Cattle for Meat

2 Ingredient Buffalo Wings

Who doesn’t love wings?? In my house, anytime we can get wing, we do!! But we were out of actual wings, so we grabbed some drumsticks and went to town! I am all for making things in the kitchen simple. We don’t need to spend 3 hours using 15 different ingredients to make a delicious… Continue reading 2 Ingredient Buffalo Wings

Grass vs Grain Finished

In the fun world we live in today, there are so many terms, slogans, descriptions, etc out there that seem to impose fear over the products you are buying. For example, what emotions do you feel when you hear GMO, organic, grass fed, antibiotic free, hormone free? It kind of makes it sound like we,… Continue reading Grass vs Grain Finished

Sirloin Tip Stir Fry

*Disclaimer: I wish I would have taken more pictures of me making this recipe, but the reality is my husband was starving and I was trying to get him fed. Maybe I’ll make it again soon and add more pictures, it was quite delicious!!   Who doesn’t love a solid stir fry?! Exactly, everyone does! If… Continue reading Sirloin Tip Stir Fry

Cast Iron Pork Chops

Simple, easy, and cast iron!! I made this recipe up on the fly.. We had set out pork chops to use for dinner but got busy, as sometimes happens, and ended up not making them that night. So Sunday afternoon, my belly is growling and the husband is working on something around the farm and… Continue reading Cast Iron Pork Chops

Accountability & Traceability

Accountability. Traceability. Those can be big words… so what do they mean for Schoentrup Farms exactly?? First, if you haven’t read our post about our processor, you should check it out here. I talk about who we use to process (or harvest) our animals and why. We raise the animals from babies to maturity and… Continue reading Accountability & Traceability

Meet The Mangalitsa!

Meet the Mangalitsa! What?! A pig covered in hair?! But why?! FAT! The flavor-packed, juicy fat is unbeatable! It’s the Kobe beef of pork. If you’re familiar with pigs, you’ll understand that pigs over the last few decades have been bred with the intent of no fat, but just lean meat. But, it turns out… Continue reading Meet The Mangalitsa!

Beer Can Chicken

Do you need an easy way to cook a whole chicken? Are you tired of using chicken seasoning for your chicken?! Look no further! This is soooooo easy! Even Paul can do it ;)….. 4 primary ingredients, 15 min prep, 90 to 120 min cook time, DELICIOUS! Ingredients Schoentrup Farms Chicken * Salt Pepper 16oz… Continue reading Beer Can Chicken

One Large Family Operation

One family farm, two farms, two different names. Olivia’s family has been selling meat product to the community for years now. As a hardworking farm girl, Olivia wanted to take that passion and put it into her marriage. Thus, a close partnership for Golliher Meats and Schoentrup Farms has formed. Although the farms are miles… Continue reading One Large Family Operation

How We Raise Our Chickens

We raise cornish cross on our farm, they typically take 8 weeks to full mature weight, they are a primary meat chicken in the industry. For the first 3-4 weeks, the chickens spend time in the brooder, an indoor living area where they have plenty of heat and no predator pressure. Depending on weather conditions… Continue reading How We Raise Our Chickens

About Me

I am Olivia and this is the Chickabiddy Chatter for Schoentrup Farms. Schoentrup Farms sells meat products directly to consumers straight from the farm! After our third year of raising animals on pasture and successfully selling the meat products to consumers, people started reaching out to us asking how we do things.

I am a firm believer of buying local, knowing your farmer, and farming sustainably. But, these practices will not feed the world. So, we need more and more people like me and you to do just that… FEED THE WORLD! 

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