Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Howdy all, its been a busy summer and we've had our ups and downs like everyone else but we are still plugging along.

Our csa is doing great and our turkeys are growing well for thanksgiving which will be here sooner than you think.  We as usual have a bunch of chickens and rabbits and of course a lot of pork.

Elizabeth is picking up some special linked sausage today and we'll have them for Saturday's Market Square so my advice would be to order early. Theyre gunna be delicious.

On a side note there seems to be some confusion lately on our produce production but there is NO confusion because we have NO produce. Sorry no time equals no produce, maybe this fall but.................

One last thing, so listen up. Most of our customers are aware that we USED TO BE CERTIFIED ORGANIC but time, money and the burdens of USDA regulations made that very hard so we let the certification go. We apologize for any confusion we may have caused but rest assured the ONLY thing that has changed is the lack of paperwork and the over site of the USDA.  Our approach, philosophy and practices have NOT CHANGED. As noted above we are not growng anything these days but that will change one of thesr days, if i can figure out how to build a robot army

As always THANK YOU ALL for your support.

John & Elizabeth

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

JEM Farm CSA Discount Open Until March 31

CSA Fair March 31, Knoxville

Because of the upcoming CSA fair in Knoxville, we've again opened up our 10% discount off the CSA Price through March 31.  YEA>>>>YA-HOOOOOO

Use Code JEMCSA at checkout when ORDERING

For a very lengthy explanation of our CSA with charts, graphs and stick figures scroll down to the bottom of this blog OR you can click HERE for the much condensed version that you can read on the potty........or your favorite reading spot.......mine's on the potty...........

John & Elizabeth

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Farms To Families Virtual Farmers Market

Local Farms To me : )

Delivering your farm market favorites closer to home.

We've been working on this for a while now and its open for business. Farms To Families is a virtual farmers market for those who cannot make your local farmers market but still want to participate in the all natural goodness of your local community.

What is it again...?

This is your source for a wide variety of products normally found in your local farmer market, instead you can order the same things through Farms To Families and have them delivered to centralized drop off point close to your location. There are NO membership fees, NO crowds, NO parking problems and you get the same stuff that you would have from the farmers market.

Farms To Families accepts, credit cards, EBT/SNAP and COD......whats not to like about this?

When you click on Ordering you can see the delivery locations, as well, you can contact JEM Farm for alternative delivery locations in the Kingsport/Rogersville/Johnson City locations AND if that wont work you can contact Farms To Families to make specific delivery arrangements that suit your schedule.

So, now there's no excuse for you to get the product you need from your favorite family run ummmm JEM Farm.

Whats the link again?  Local Farms To Families

See you there and thanks.

John & Elizabeth

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

We wanted to take a minute to recognize the following breweries that allow us to pick up thier spent grains to feed our animals. If you love great beer like we do, be sure to visit each of these great breweries. They take great pride in their craft and are wonderful to work with.

These folks seriously help offset our feed costs that in turn keep our prices stable and hopefully affordable to everyone.

We just wanted to say Thanks!

Alliance Brewery

John & Elizabeth

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OK, so I have some time on my hands........ I know, I know.


I wanted to let you know that JEM Farm is offering whole Fresh Ham for Easter. We've allocated several of our Large Black and Red Waddle Hogs for this offer (they may or may not be happy about this prospect but this'll be our little secret.......)

What you'll get? One whole Fresh Ham, trimmed to perfection and ready for your oven. Tired of the same old same old for your Easter feast, I hear you, so are we.

Way, way waaaayyyy back when we were youngsters this is what our family fixed for Easter in the "old country" and whats better that a 12-16 pound chunk of meat from a Heritage Hog that you actually know where it came from, who handled it, what it ate, where it slept.

We will also be posting recipe's on this blog for those of you apprehensive about cooking this but fear not young foodie, we can help. Elizabeth is/was a real honest "paid" Chef in a former life and is truly gifted with the gift of cooking and she can help. Ha, we may set up a "Pork Hot Line" for call in that's a good idea......maybe a youtube video.......... :)

BUT.....again, I digress. These hams available at our online store have to be pre ordered because every pig only has 2 and we will schedule the processing dates so give us a jingle and order one now!

John & Elizabeth

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$50.00 DISCOUNT............$50.00 DISCOUNT......did we get your attention?

We've decided (for a limited time) to offer a discount to our CSA this spring. Hey! things are tough all over and we are right there with you...believe me.

We very much want to help everyone get the freshest food available for your family and save some DOUGH at the same time. We are working hard here on the farm and we want to work hard for you and your family.

Scroll down for a complete explanation of our offering for the csa and what you can expect when you work with us. We pride ourselves of customer satisfaction and returning customers, so take a look umm or read below and find out more.

If your sitting on the fence, hop off and give us a jingle. I guarantee you will Not regret it!

Go to our online store and choose promo code JEMCSA at checkout and you'll save $50.00 Samonlians.

Thanks and if you see a trail of mud at the farmers market, its probably one of your local JEM Farmers so follow the trail and say "hey"

John & Elizabeth

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

JEM Farm as been selected as one of the top
50 Blogs on Agriculture for 2016. All we can
say is thanks, we will wear it proud.

John & Elizabeth

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Hello all. At long last our bitterly slow service finally let me upload this short video about the farm. Enjoy!


John & Elizabeth

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Howdy everyone hope this letter finds you all well and not too tired of this crazy weather, As I write this its 70 degrees and expecting thunder storms. Tomorrow it may snow.....great that's just great!

Anyway as you have probably noticed we've added a CSA section to our blog spot and its pretty awesome, go check it out......Now!!!!!      I'll wait.

Ok, you're back, if your in need of a printed copy to pass around your office, at the gym, while your getting a colonoscopy etc. here it is. Feel free to print away and we can't wait for You to sign up.


John & Elizabeth

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Why lard?

John & Elizabeth

OK- so I melt my pig fat and cook with the lard that results.  I stopped buying any sort of vegetable oil about 3 or 4 years ago, with the exception of olive oil.  Now, as there is more and more proof that the olive oil available to us in the US is adulterated, old, possibly rancid, I am reluctant to buy it also.

So, now the quart jar of lard sits on my kitchen counter, unless I can afford coconut oil.  Just like the coconut oil, the lard has a long shelf life.  It is solid at the lower room temperatures, but soft or pretty liquid when the temperature hits the mid 70's.  It can be refrigerated, but unless you intend to keep it for years, that is not required.  It does not burn easily, and even the regular fat imparts very little flavor to the food you are cooking.  The highest grade of lard comes from the fat around the kidneys, and is called "leaf lard".  I have asked for it a number of times, but our local butchers are so busy, they are not willing to take the time to separate out the leaf lard.  If you are making fine pastries or short cookies that require basic shortening, the leaf lard is what you need, but most biscuits and cornbread, a basic sauté, those are fine with any decent quality lard.

    Now, one of the things that I am most conscious of is the amount of hydrogenated fat in our foods. It is often hidden, but if you look carefully, it is in almost every processed food: all of the
cookies, all of the crackers, most of the breads, every roll, cupcake, muffin, Ding Dong and all of those horrible supermarket cookies and birthday cakes with the pounds of frosting.  Watch the frozen foods as well, especially those that have a sauce, and many of the salad dressings.  Hydrogenated fats have been altered chemically to stabilize them so that they do not spoil easily.  Hydrogenated fats are the fats that add to our load of LDL (or bad cholesterol) and create plaques in our veins and arteries that endanger our hearts.  Hydrogenated fats tend to be harder to digest.

There is nothing hydrogenated about our lard.  I simply melt it at the lowest possible temperature.  It is a safe, healthy alternative available locally, from a known source.

     Finally, I have friends in the departments of public health associated with some of the local universities.  Doctors have been mystified by the recent rise in the incidence of osteoporosis in men. When I was growing up osteoporosis was considered a woman's disease associated with hormonal changes brought on by menopause.  Now, many men get it, and in men, the falls involving the large bones (like hips or femurs) are often fatal in the following year.  Men do not recover from the loss of mobility and independence the way that women can.  But why are men having a higher incidence of osteoporosis any way?  Well, we work indoors now.  We slather ourselves with sun screen when we go out side.  We do less physical labor than ever, especially the kind of physical labor that involves large muscle groups.  As a result, there is a lot of vitamin D deficiency in the general population.  Now, so many products are "fortified" with vitamin D (milk, bread, cereals, ad infinitum) and many folks are getting a prescription for a vitamin D supplement.  This vitamin D added to foods, and prescribed in pills is a synthetic product.  It is not as readily absorbed by the body.  And, the rates of osteoporosis continue to rise.  Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin naturally found in the fat and muscles of pasture raised animals, raised outside in the field.  Before WWII that was the only kind of animal any one ate, and there was no Crisco, margarine or corn oil.  Many folks worked outdoors, most folks did some sort of physical labor on a regular basis, and BINGO!  rates of osteoporosis were low, and virtually non-existent in men.  The studies are not complete, but the correlation seems high!

     In conclusion, give lard a try.  It really is good.  It is easy to measure and cook with, and it is a very safe fat.  Give me a day or so, and I will put the cornbread with cracklin's on the recipe portion of the site, and I am making corn chowder with our bacon, and frozen local corn from this past summer, so I will put that on the recipe portion of the site as well.  Happy cooking!  Healthy eating!

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