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Wow. I’m not sure about you, but the last week has been very chaotic. But not to fret, Schoentrup Farms has you covered!! If you’re new here, I am Olivia Schoentrup of Schoentrup Farms. We raise beef, pork, and chicken on pasture and sell the meat directly to consumers, just like you. We use an organic processor that does not use harsh chemical rinses or preservatives like MSG’s and Nitrates. I wrote a blog post going to into more detail here that you are welcome to check out. We also demand a very high quality product and work hard to give you just that.
But we aren’t the only farmers in the world. Our goal is to show the world that buying local is not only good for your local economy but also good for your health. Especially with the chaos we are seeing today!
People think that buying local means buying more expensive, buying more “natural”, or buying more “feel good” stuff.
Well, kind of. Let me tell you a little story…
I grew up on a 300 acre family farm raising beef, pork, corn, and soybeans. I showed in 4H. I worked hard for my animals, even when I barely weighed more than a 50 pound feed bag. Farming is something you live for, not something you do because it sounds cool or could make money (and to be honest, majority of the time, it doesn’t make money, like at all…). When I was in college my dad decided to start marketing his farm himself. You see, traditionally, the farmer raises the animals, sends them to the packers (large butcher companies), and receives a certain amount of money depending on how much they weigh.
Recently, farmers, like my dad, have started marketing for themselves. They raise the animals, take the animals to a processor they know and trust, get their meat back, and sell it directly to consumers. Man, that is so much harder than just loading them on a truck and taking a check. But, it is so much more rewarding!!
One day, my dad had just gotten home from a farmers market. He told people how rewarding it is to grow something and see how great it turns out. He heard stories about how someone is concerned for the food they put in their bodies and want to be conscious of that. He spoke with young people and old people. He came home so proud of the money he had made and wanted to tell the family about all the new people he had met. My siblings and I listened excitedly, thinking about how cool our dad is for helping all these people!
Then, my little sister, she was about 5 at the time, reminded my dad about her upcoming dance recital. She started twirling around and doing some of her learned moves with the biggest smile on her face. My dad remembered they still had not paid for her outfit. He went to his cash box where the money from his sales that day were being held, and got the money out for her outfit.
You see, when you buy local, it may seem a little more expensive than going to the super center, but you aren’t helping a CEO buy a third Maserati. You are helping my little sister have her dance recital outfit. Or a little boy play baseball. Maybe a 16 year old buy their first vehicle all on their own.
Buying local is so so much more than a trend. It should be a way of life.
And with today’s issues… the grocery stores are out of product and overwhelmed. Who can you trust to feed your family? Your local farmer! That is who!
And that is why we are here. But we cannot feed the world alone. We know bee keepers, bakers, and farmers of all types! We are here to help you!
Please reach out to us with any questions about us, the farm, or buying local!