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Welcome! on March 14th, 2009

Welcome to This Old Farm’s Website! Here we strive to bring you the information needed to make local, sustainably grown food products as accessible as possible. This Old Farm was first started in 2000 to bring good, clean food to area families from Erick and Jessica Smith’s 88 acre farm. We continue to do that today. We are small enough to care about each and every family. In an effort to make good food more accessible, we have now expanded to process locally raised meats and to represent 20 different farms through a farm alliance so that we can bring clean, local food to not only our traditional retail families but to commercial markets as well. Through the alliance, we are large enough to supply your commercial, school, or wholesale needs for good, locally raised foods. Buying local is one of the greenest things you can do and we want it to be easy to source product. It’s our passion. While you are here, sign up for our e-newsletter. We will keep you up to date on what’s new in local foods and healthy living.

Many Blessings,
Erick and Jessica Smith

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US Develops New Government Label for GMO-Free Products on May 15th, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department has developed a new government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients.

USDA’s move comes as some consumer groups push for mandatory labeling of the genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

The certification is the first of its kind and would be voluntary — and companies would have to pay for it. If approved, the foods would be able to carry a “USDA Process Verified” label along with a claim that they are free of GMOs.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack outlined the department’s plan in a May 1 letter to employees, saying the certification was being done at the request of a “leading global company,” which he did not identify. A copy of the letter was obtained by The Associated Press.

Right now, there are no government labels that only certify a food as GMO-free. Many companies use a private label developed by a nonprofit called the Non-GMO Project. The USDA organic label also certifies that foods are free of genetically modified ingredients, but many non-GMO foods aren’t organic.

Vilsack said the USDA certification is being created through the department’s Agriculture Marketing Service, which works with interested companies to certify the accuracy of the claims they are making on food packages — think “humanely raised” or “no antibiotics ever.” Companies pay the Agricultural Marketing Service to verify a claim, and if approved, they can market the foods with the USDA process verified label.

“Recently, a leading global company asked AMS to help verify that the corn and soybeans it uses in its products are not genetically engineered so that the company could label the products as such,” Vilsack wrote in the letter. “AMS worked with the company to develop testing and verification processes to verify the non-GE claim.”

A USDA spokesman confirmed that Vilsack sent the letter but declined to comment on the certification program. Vilsack said in the letter that the certification “will be announced soon, and other companies are already lining up to take advantage of this service.”

Genetically modified foods come from seeds that are originally engineered in laboratories to have certain traits, like resistance to herbicides. The majority of the country’s corn and soybean crop is now genetically modified, with much of that going to animal feed. GMO corn and soybeans are also made into popular processed food ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup and soybean oil.

The government says GMOs on the market now are safe and that mandatory labels aren’t needed. Consumer advocates pushing for mandatory labeling say shoppers still have a right to know what is in their food, arguing that not enough is known about the effects of the technology. They have supported several state efforts to require labeling, with the eventual goal of having a federal standard.

The USDA label is similar to what is proposed in a GOP House bill introduced earlier this year that is designed to block those mandatory GMO labeling efforts around the country. The bill, introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., provides for USDA certification but would not make it mandatory. The bill also would override any state laws that require the labeling.

The food industry, which backs Pompeo’s bill, has strongly opposed individual state efforts to require labeling, saying labels would be misleading because GMOs are safe.

Vermont became the first state to require the labeling in 2014, and that law will go into effect next year if it survives a legal challenge from the food industry.

A spokesman for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the major food industry trade group that challenged the Vermont law, said, “We are interested in this development and look forward to engaging with the department” on the labels.

by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

MEAT CUTTING CLASS!!!! Make Your Reservation Today!!!! on May 13th, 2015

Meat Cutting Class

May 29, 2015 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Meat Class – $125 per person (Discount for Groups 5+ and/or students)
Included: Class, shirt and take home meat.
Open to the public to attend.
Reservations to be made by 5/22/15 – $50 Deposit

Reception to follow: 4:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.
All Fired Up BBQ will be catering this event!

This Old Farm will be hosting Kari Underly (see Bio below)

Kari Underly
Principal and Muscolo Certified Master Butcher

Kari is a third-generation butcher and author of the Art of Beef Cutting which was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award and International Association of Culinary Professional’s Award in 2012.

As a part of the Beef Checkoff, Kari was instrumental in helping to create and implement several popular cuts, including the Flat Iron steak, Denver Cut, Petite Tender, Chuck Eye, Country Style Ribs and Sierra Cut.

Save the date: May 29, 2015 – Meat Class on May 8th, 2015

Mark Your Calendars: May 29, 2015
2:00-4:00 p.m. Meat Class –
Open to the public
More details to follow:

This Old Farm will be hosting Kari Underly (see Bio below)

Kari Underly
Principal and Muscolo Certified Master Butcher

Kari is a third-generation butcher and author of the Art of Beef Cutting which was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award and International Association of Culinary Professional’s Award in 2012.

As a part of the Beef Checkoff, Kari was instrumental in helping to create and implement several popular cuts, including the Flat Iron steak, Denver Cut, Petite Tender, Chuck Eye Country Style Ribs and Sierra Cut.

Kari

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MAY SALES!!!!! on May 8th, 2015

Grass-Fed Short Ribs (Not Flanken Style) $5.27/lb
Grass-Fed T-Bone Steaks $12.79/lb
Grass-Fed Sirloin Steaks $13.03/lb

4-6# Local Beef Briskets (Boneless) $6.78/lb
Local T-Bone Steaks $11.99/lb
Local Ground Beef 80/20 $5.35/lb

10% off order for ALL Teachers through Wednesday, May 13th for Teacher’s Appreciation Week!

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