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The Heritage Farm Locally Grown Market site is now open.

Please visit “The Market” section to review all available products and to build your order for the upcoming week. We have a lot of available products and hope you enjoy using the online store!!

Remember that you have to create an account in the “Your Account” page before you can order.

If you have any questions please contact us at theheritagefarm.info@gmail.com or 770-377-5380.



 
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This Week From The Farm....Store is open


Dear Friends,

Thank you all for your outpouring of support, advice, orders and encouraging words from last weeks e-mail. One of the resounding messages was that you wanted to hear from us more about whats happening on the farm and that we should be more diligent on our marketing, outreach and food related news. We will endeavor to answer that call! It may not be every week but we will begin to use this newsletter as a way to keep you more informed.

This week we started propagating all of our spring transplants and will begin direct sowing seeds next week for the early spring garden. We also moved our ducklings out from the brooder area to the pasture so you should be seeing duck back on the menu in about 6 weeks! Make sure and check out the facebook page Here to see current photos and tidbits……more to come soon.

Have a delicious week!!

Sincerely,
Greg, Lainya and the Hutchins Family

p.s..If you have a suggestion, compliment, complaint or anything you feel we need to hear please contact us h4=. theheritagefarm.info@gmail.com

This week from the farm:

Don’t miss the beef filet special pricing….Only one more week!!

CSA and Farm share order here>>> CSA’s and Farm Shares

Specials
ORDER THEM HERE>>>>> Specials

Important Dates!!!!

Spring/Summer 2017 CSA Starts April 2017
February Winter Meat CSA delivers Saturday 02/25 and Wednesday 03/01
Peachtree City Farmers Market opens for us on March 1st 2017
Peachtree Road Farmers Market opens April 1st
Sandy Springs Farmers Market opens April 15th

Please support your local, small scale, non-soy/non-gmo, pasture raised, beyond organic and customer driven farmers!!
(That’d be us!)

Thanks in advance!
The Hutchins Family
Heritage Farm
770-377-5380

www.heritage-farm.net

theheritagefarm.info@gmail.com

Correction....store still open


Sorry y’all. The online store is open till 8 pm on Thursday night for Saturday delivery.

Sorry for the confusion.

GH

A message from your farmer....Please Read


Dear Friends,

Hope this letter finds you all healthy, happy and prosperous. As is our custom we are sending out this email to alert you to the start of our weekly online offering for next weeks delivery but we also have an important message we need to share with you.

I was recently asked by a longtime customer, and I quote, “why do your emails sometimes seem to have an almost televangelist like plea for business/support?” To say that I was taken aback would be accurate but the more I thought about it the more I thought it warranted an explanation.(even though I don’t agree with the statement).

So here goes….when Lainya and I started the farm as a business a few years ago we could barely produce enough to satisfy the customers we had let alone enough to support our family. What we did have was a commitment to clean, humane, local and organically farmed food. We kept pecking away at it and eventually our effort (and that of many other small farms) were recognized for what we were doing and the sales grew. We were making a pretty good living at it and started expanding our investment in the farm with the hopes of a secure and stable farming future. After a few years farmers like us grew to such large numbers that we actually started drawing the attention of the big box players, the big ag folks and the people with a lot of money to throw at marketing and fancy labels. What has happened over the last couple of years is that the big box guys, with the support of the USDA, as well as the people with lots of money to throw at marketing, have begun to eat away at the trend of farmer to consumer sales with bogus products, marketing, usda subsidized pricing and labeling. The result has been a decided downswing in sales for smaller farms like us. Add to that the upswing of pre-boxed, door to door, ready to eat, so called farm to table meals and you may begin to get a picture of where we are. We NEED your business!

Consider this…..

In the last few months we have seen several similar farms of our size close down. We’ve seen several true farm to table businesses fold and we’ve watched with an insiders view how some of these other, larger, dishonest enterprises are prospering with the general public’s blessings!!! We have had conversations with and personal verification of several of these larger misleading institutions and it is down right shameful. Did you know that……

  • USDA allows grass fed on animals that are feed lot finished?
  • One of the larger pre-boxed meal companies in Georgia dropped pasture raised meats (including chicken) in their meals in favor of confined and industrially produced meats because they could be labeled “cage free”
  • Several of the larger farm to table eateries now get most, if not all, their beef from stockyard based suppliers but they still call it grass fed and farm to table because the cow did eat grass somewhere at some point in time before it was fattened up in a feed lot and sent to the restaurant via the local sale barn? Ditto for the chicken from the confined feeding houses to a table near you.
  • Most all of the chicken, beef and pork you may be buying at the big box grocer (and I mean ALL of them) is coming from industrial farms with fancy labels to make you believe that there is a pretty farm somewhere actually raising your food.
  • We had a collegiate institution ask us to provide poultry for their locally sourced farm to table menu with the caveat that they did not care what it was fed with or how it was raised just that it was local and cheap

We point out all of this not to throw stones but to simply show you the current business environment in which we are trying to prosper. We recognize that farm to table does not fit all budgets but the consumer should not be mislead or be gullible. A lot of people point out that farmer to consumer is too expensive, its not uniform enough, the packaging is not like the grocery store, its not convenient etc…etc..While we acknowledge that some (or all) of this may be true for certain farms and certain customers, it does not hold true across the board and the small entrepreneur, like us, if they are worth their salt, never stops trying to improve, be more competitive and retain/please customers. The truth of the matter is we have BIG hurdles we have to jump to keep that happening.

So for our “televangelist” type pleading we apologize if it has offended or alienated any of you…We mean it when we say “we love you and we need you” because we really really do. For us here at Heritage Farm our 2017 CSA, Farm share and winter time sales have been the slowest they’ve been in 8 years. We have freezers full of product here at the farm and more stored at USDA processors we can’t pick up because we have no where to store it. We are working full time both here at the farm and out in the construction industry to make ends meet and we love every minute of it…..We believe whole hardheartedly in what we do…make no mistake about it… but we surely, surely need you and your food dollars to keep our dream a reality..if that seems tel-evangelistic then pass the plate please!

Sincerely,
Greg, Lainya and the Hutchins Family

p.s..If you have a suggestion, compliment, complaint or anything you feel may help us or we need to hear please, please, please contact us h4=. theheritagefarm.info@gmail.com

This week from the farm:

Don’t miss the beef filet special pricing!!!!!

CSA and Farm share order here>>> CSA’s and Farm Shares

Specials
ORDER THEM HERE>>>>> Specials

Please support your local, small scale, non-soy/non-gmo, pasture raised, beyond organic and customer driven farmers!!
(That’d be us!)

Thanks in advance!
The Hutchins Family
Heritage Farm
770-377-5380

www.heritage-farm.net

theheritagefarm.info@gmail.com

Order reminder and CSA notice


Order reminder——Market closes at 8pm tonight for Saturday delivery.
This is the last week for guaranteed CSA and farm share availability for spring!!!!Don’t miss out…it’ll be here before you know it!
Order here>>> CSA’s

Specials
ORDER THEM HERE>>>>> Specials

Please support your local, small scale, non-soy/non-gmo, pasture raised, beyond organic and customer driven farmers!!
(That’d be us!)

Thanks in advance!
The Hutchins Family
Heritage Farm
770-377-5380

www.heritage-farm.net

theheritagefarm.info@gmail.com

Store is open!!! Come on in


Store is open for orders….Come
see us!!
To skip announcements
and go straight to the
market click here>>>>> Market

Notables for the week

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Turkey Breakfast Sausage
Chicken Breakfast Sausage
Seafood Box orders due NOW for January/February shipments
Closeouts and Specials-Order them here>>>>> Specials*

Important Dates!!!!

Spring/Summer CSA signup ends 02/15/2017
Spring/Summer CSA resumes 04/2017
January box for winter meat CSA delivers Wednesday 01/25 and Saturday 01/28.

Please support your local, small scale, non-soy/non-gmo, pasture raised, beyond organic and customer driven farmers!!
(That’d be us!)

Thanks in advance!
The Hutchins Family
Heritage Farm
770-377-5380

www.heritage-farm.net
theheritagefarm.info@gmail.com

Help.....We need ya!....Please read (oh and don't forget your weekly orders by tonight for Wednesday farm truck)


Dear Friends,

Many of you will remember back in the fall when we did our early bird CSA and farm share sales that I was mentioning how important a part of our overall farm health these two programs were and how the winter season tended to be long, hard and draining on farm operational budgets etc….Well they are and it is!! We are about 1/3 of the way through the 2016/17 winter season and are really feeling the pinch of the seasonal slow down so we are asking for your help. For this sprin we are looking at close to $13,000.00 in startup costs for organic seeds, fertilizer,mulches,greenhouse supplies,irrigation supplies, transplants,livestock purchases and the like. Unfortunately our sales through the winter have been a little sluggish so far and we still have some CSA and farm share slots that are open for 2017. We normally see a HUGE interest in these areas as spring approaches and the market season opens but the time when we need the help is sooner rather than later.

So…..where do you come in? Glad you asked……If you(or someone you know) may be interested in the CSA or Farm share program for 2017 please consider joining or investing sooner rather than later. The link below will take you directly to the ordering window on the online store and below it is a link you can cut, paste and forward to your friends and neighbors. For those of you that have already joined us we THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts and look forward to an AWESOME 2017!

Join us for good food in 2017. Order here>>> CSA’s and farm shares

or cut, paste and send this link to your friends——- http://heritagefarm.locallygrown.net/market/index/89369

Please support your local, small scale, non-soy/non-gmo, pasture raised, beyond organic and customer driven farmers!!
(That’d be us!)

Thanks in advance!
The Hutchins Family
Heritage Farm
770-377-5380

www.heritage-farm.net

theheritagefarm.info@gmail.com

Store is open.....Come on in!!!


Store is open for orders!Happy New Year!!!We look forward to serving you in 2017!!

Notables for the week

Eggs
New Chicken inventory
Seafood Box orders due now for January/February shipments
Veggie CSA Resumes 04/2017
January box for winter meat CSA delivers last week of January.
Spring CSA signup ends 02/15/2017

Closeouts and Specials-ORDER THEM HERE>>>>> Specials

Please support your local, small scale, non-soy/non-gmo, pasture raised, beyond organic and customer driven farmers!!
(That’d be us!)

Thanks in advance!
The Hutchins Family
Heritage Farm
770-377-5380

www.heritage-farm.net
theheritagefarm.info@gmail.com

Delivery Cancellations


All,

We feel that based on current and projected conditions for tomorrow’s weather it is prudent that we cancel all Saturday deliveries for tomorrow. We will automatically carry forward all current Saturday orders to next Saturday the 14th unless you contact us with alternate instructions for your orders.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you but we feel that safety is paramount both for those that may be coming for orders and for those of us that would be delivering.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Sincerely,

The Hutchins Family and Heritage Farm Staff

Store is open....Come on in!!!!


Store is open for orders!!!!Happy New Year!!!We look forward to serving you in 2017!!

Items worthy of note this week
h4=.
Lamb and turkey closeouts
Spring CSA’s
Lots of Eggs
New Chicken inventory
Seafood Box orders due now for January/February shipments

Closeouts and Specials
ORDER THEM HERE>>>>> Specials

Veggie CSA Resumes 04/2017

January box for winter meat CSA delivers last week of January.

Please support your local, small scale, non-soy/non-gmo, pasture raised, beyond organic and customer driven farmers!!
(That’d be us!)

Thanks in advance!
The Hutchins Family
Heritage Farm
770-377-5380

www.heritage-farm.net

theheritagefarm.info@gmail.com

Order Reminder and Reminder to order!!!


Order reminder—-End of season chickens and meat csa’s deliver this week!!!
Reminder to order—-Market closes at 8pm tonight for Saturday delivery.

Specials
ORDER THEM HERE>>>>> Specials

Please support your local, small scale, non-soy/non-gmo, pasture raised, beyond organic and customer driven farmers!!
(That’d be us!)

Thanks in advance!
The Hutchins Family
Heritage Farm
770-377-5380

www.heritage-farm.net

theheritagefarm.info@gmail.com