A topic that is somewhat dear to my heart has always been transparency when it comes to buying from and supporting local farms. Renee and I have steered clear from this conversation mostly because we don’t like to be dragged into negative talk or baited into talking badly about other operations. The truth be told i am not ashamed to defend what I feel is right and I do believe that there are those who are willing to exploit the good intentioned family with a marketing scheme. Local farming is not exempt from marketing ploys and untruthful businesses who are looking to cash in on our trust that local is better. While local has built in virtue, it is not all inclusive. Does a pesticide laiden farm who happens to be withing 20 miles of your home make for a better life for our families? How about local re sellers of protein like eggs, beef or pork that they didn’t raise but packaged? Of course not they are taking advantage of us and it is never right to do that.
Some advocate that we transparent hard working family farms preach against this behavior and “name names”, we at the barry farm are not going to do that. This is the alternative. Know us. Let us together, you and I, do the hard work of building a relationship. I want to be your farmer. We want to raise wholesome food for your family and for the things we don’t raise or grow we will introduce you to our friends that do. Lets together reclaim our kitchen and dust of our canning supplies. Let us re discover that extra square footage that is our formal dining room and invite our friends and neighbors over for an actual meal together. To me this is how we fight the disingenuous marketing schemes that are only successful because they keep us apart. We are the hope of transparency and the path to real food. Our relationship will take back the work local from the marketers and demand transparency. Transparent is the new local.
We are praying and hoping we can get more sheep here at the new and improved barry farm! The drought is taking its toll on many ranches west of here but, we are blessed with beautiful cool and warm season grasses and we are understocked! There is a sale the end of the month and we just heard of a rancher who needs to move a bunch of sheep by next week! Having just moved, money is the issue. We are praying god will make a way. We love raising sheep and its livestock our whole family can be part of raising. Did i mention the quality of their meat has been outstanding?
And the pigs! We recently sold all the pork shares we had avialable. Good news… More pigs are coming in the next month! Stay tuned for more pork share availability in the near future! More pigs means more chances to get some of the barry farm’s delicious red wattle pork in your belly!
We’ve been working real hard on planning for the future!
It has been an amazing start to this lamb crop of 2014. This year we added and upgraded our genetics but kept the same process. The grass fed rotational land grazing way has yielded the best lamb in our area and we are really on to something. It has never been good enough for us to worship the process (even though we do have an outstanding method and process ) but continually strive to make a world class product. With our grass fed white dorper Houston is in luck.
I used to think I was doing the right thing by focusing on process. Following my head and heart through husbandry practices like pasturing hogs and feeding our top secret non gmo blend. As we continue to grow as a farm I have realized that process is important but product is even more so. If in the end our pork is not remarkable ( easily re-marked on by others) then the process only makes us better in areas that I’d have to convince you on. Often in conversation I find that we work backwards and people rave about the quality of our products and THEN learn about our wholesome practices. Providence landed us with a local supply of Red Wattles from a good farmer and friend that has grown into a wonderful partnership that benefits farmers and eaters.
Sometimes it is good to stop and watch what he has blessed me with. I lead a good life, an honest, I can sleep at night, proud if my family and our work kind of life.
Pigs with purpose. This is how we solve animal welfare issues for farm animals. Learn to value their purpose not just their products. Did you get that? Pigs till, improve marginal land like overgrown tree lines , add fertility, undo compaction, can eat by products, renovate pastures. The list goes on and on.
This pig is laying in the remnants of a round bale that was feed to cows before we moved to this place. They have tilled and tilled it adding manure and biology. They are making compost for me. The farmer wins most here by gaining more value from his life than from his death.
I tell you this to give you a glimpse into how they live and our daily work with our Red Wattles. It is difficult to participate, and we know it is, directly in their lives as a friend/fan/follower of the barry farm. So please consider buying their product. It is what keeps the farm with our methods that we feel are noble in business. Honor them and us by feeding your family real food, wholesome food and supporting your own community. This only happens because you support us. Oh and we do have Easter Hams and Rack of Lamb ready for you. Email us @ thebarryfarm@yahoo and we’ll deliver too you.