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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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Upcoming Alliance Member Informational Meeting on October 29th, 2014

Dear Local Sustainable Farmer/Producer,

As our Indiana growing season comes to a close for the year, a new growing season is quickly approaching. We are already making plans for the new season and look forward to working with you. This Old Farm has gained several new customers and we need you, the grower, to help satisfy these new customers who are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their fresh, local and naturally raised meats and produce.

This Old Farm, Inc. now represents more than 50+ farms throughout the state in which we co-market locally grown meats and produce. We are always looking to work with produce and livestock farms, both new and old. We would love to discuss both our operation and crop planning with you as well as our upcoming new marketing strategies! We want you to join us in supplying Indiana with the best food we can produce!

Meeting 1: Introduction & New Membership
When: Friday, November 14th
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: This Old Farm
9572 West County Road 650 S
Colfax, IN 46035

Meeting 2: Produce
When: Friday, December 12th
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Rockville Public Library

Meeting 3: Livestock
When: Saturday, January 17th
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: This Old Farm

Meeting 4: Existing Member Renewal
When: Monday, February 23th
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: This Old Farm

Meeting 5: Recap
When: Monday, March 23, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: This Old Farm

Alliance FAQ on October 29th, 2014

Alliance Overview

This Old Farm Alliance Mission is to bring healthful, local food to Indiana by sustaining, nurturing, and prospering the family farms through cooperative distribution of local, environmentally conscience foods at a cost that both supports the farmer while representing the true cost and value for the customer.

In order to do this, a board of directors has been established, a processing facility purchased, distribution trucks obtained, and marketing accounts started. The ground work is in place for a great local foods distribution network. Now we need you, the grower, to grow healthful food. We hope you find this marketing channel an effective means to get your product out to the supporters of local foods.

Frequently Asked Questions…

What money do I need to invest to be part of the alliance?
No upfront cash is needed. An informal alliance was chosen as opposed to a cooperative to keep initial cost to producer down. You have enough cash tied up in growing your products.

How will I get paid?
This Old Farm will pay producers monthly as product is sold. The producer covers the cost of raising the livestock/produce. This Old Farm covers the cost of processing. Upon sale, processing is paid and then the remaining sales are covered 80% producer/20% This Old Farm. The 20% covers marketing and distribution. The majority of the produce will be processed and prepared for market by the producer to keep those costs low.

What if I have my product processed elsewhere?
For the most part, all meat products should be processed at This Old Farm Meats and Processing. This is to ensure product consistency.

When should I let you know what I am growing?
Produce: Each week during the growing season an updated pricing list will go out on Monday. We need to know by the previous Thursday what should be on that list. Items need to be marked as available next week and what is going to be harvested in two weeks. If you have price break points let us know that information as well. We need to have as much notice of harvesting schedules as possible so we can keep that information going out. Your initial alliance information sheet should be filled out every season to let us have an overview of what you are growing that season.
Meat: Appointments should be made as early as possible. In the case of poultry, make the appointment when the chicks come in. For pork and beef, let us know a timeframe as well. We can always make changes. The more we know, the easier it is to sell your product.

How is pricing determined?
Our mission is to support the sustainable family farm with the best pricing possible. We strive to keep the cost of distribution down so that the majority of the payment goes back to the producer. We ask you to provide information on what it costs you to grow the product. We take that information, with the information we have from the customer base and develop a natural foods wholesale listing. The price is not going to be what you can get retail for your items but you also do not have 30% of your time invested in marketing the products. We will strive to achieve the best price for your product that the market will bear and thus pass back the best payment we can.

Does my product have to be organic or natural?
We are specializing in a differentiated product type. Your farm product must stand out as differentiated. While we don’t tell you how to grow your product, we insist that you tell us exactly how it is grown so we can best represent it. The facility is certified organic so we can take your certified products and label them appropriately.

How will my products be labeled?
For complete traceability, all product will have the farm name and date on it. We want to highlight the grower.

Can you tell me exactly what needs to be grown and guarantee sales?
We have been developing a customer base since 2010. As we’ve developed more customers, we’ve become progressively more reliable in our market predictions. We can typically give estimates on how much of what produce to grow based off of our customers’ needs.

Do you have a market for my grade B products?
All product being marketed need to be of the highest quality as we are working in a niche market. Produce needs to be clean and unblemished, eggs need to be clean, free of stains and cracks. Meat needs to be of the highest quality possible. There are on occasion however, markets available for #2 products when necessary. Please call ahead of time so we can make arrangements for #2 product.

Together we can make a difference. It is our dream that all Americans would venture to the farm. The reality is that we must bring the farm to them. Local food is about the freshest, most environmentally conscience food possible. Thank you for providing the best for Indiana.

CSAs and the Breakfast Bundle! on October 22nd, 2014

Breakfast CSA

CSA – Breakfast Bundle

OPTION 1: The basic basket will come with 1 lb of bacon, 2 lbs of breakfast sausage (different varieties), 1 dozen eggs & will be delivered in a TOFI reusable freezer bag. Cost: $25

OPTION 2: This option includes the basic basket plus the option to add either: 1/2 pt. of IN maple syrup OR 2 Cookin’ Sister’s Jam (different varieties). Cost: $30

OPTION 3: This option includes the basic basket plus 1/2 pt. of IN maple syrup AND 2 Cookin’ Sister’s Jam (different varieties). Cost: $35

If you have a group you would like to sign up for the CSA free deliver of weekly or bi-weekly, with a minimum of 25 CSA, call Shannon at 765-324-2161 or email her at Shannon@thisoldfarminc.com

If you are interested in purchasing the CSA baskets but don’t have a group to sign up with, you will be able to purchase them individually for just $5 more per basket.

For more info or to sign up just send me an email at shannon@thisoldfarminc.com.

CSA-Meat of the Week on October 22nd, 2014

CSA Basket “Meat of the Week” Option 1: Pork loin roast, cube steaks, chicken breast and hamburger patties or ground beef and Option 2: chuck roast and pork cutlets, chicken breast and hamburger patties or ground. You can order on line or call Shannon at 765-324-2161, or email her at shannon@thisoldfarminc.comMeat of the Week

CSA – Beef Grill Special on October 22nd, 2014

CSA Basket “Beef Grill Special” Steaks and #2 either ground beef or hamburger patties or one of each. You can order on line or call Shannon at 765-324-2161, or email her at shannon@thisoldfarminc.comBeef Grill Special