NEW MONTHLY CSA MEAT BUNDLES

Want to buy locally raised, antibiotic & hormone free, pasture raised meat but don’t have the time or space to make it feasible?  

Check out our NEW MONTHLY CSA MEAT BUNDLES

Not familiar with a Monthly CSA Meat Bundle?  

Here’s how ours is going to work:

Once a month there is a scheduled time block for you to come pick up that month’s delicious meat selection. Not only does this save you time, but you are getting an amazing selection of locally raised meat. 

Some meat bundle’s require you to purchase several months in advance and ask you to prepay for that period of time. NOT US!   We are CONFIDENT you will be IMPRESSED with the QUALITY so are offering The Piglet, The Sow, and The Boar packages on a first come, first serve monthly basis.  Of course, if you’d like to sign up for several months at a time to secure your spot we would encourage that as well. We have a limited supply of each bundle. 

The Monthly CSA Meat Bundle pickup dates will be here at the farm from 8 am to noon on:

October 31st, November 28th, December 26th, January 25th, February 29th  

Can’t make one of these dates or times?  No problem, as you know we are always here and willing to work with our customers at a  more convenient time. 

One common question is “Can we pick what meats we want?”  We will create the packages but if you would prefer a different cut of beef or would prefer this pork roast over another we will DO OUR BEST to accommodate you. Just don’t ask for 10 pounds of bacon HAHAHA! **A sample list of cuts offered is available upon request**

Most of you who would be interested in this Monthly CSA Meat Bundle have been to the farm.  If you haven’t please come by and check us out. We believe in being completely transparent in everything we do and will gladly give you a tour and answer any question you may have.

Where does our meat come from?
Our pork (almost entirely Berkshire) is raised right here on the farm and processed at a USDA facility.  Our chickens (Cornish Cross) are also raised right here on the farm.  All of the chickens in this meat CSA will have been raised and processed by the time this Meat CSA begins.  The beef is raised on a farm in Maine specifically for Birch Rise Farm to share with their customers!
If you have any questions, concerns, or comments please reach out to Kate at birchrisefarm@gmail.com or 603.259.6660

Chicken Orders

 

Meat Special

Birch Rise Farm Sausage & Ground Pork Special!

– Maple Breakfast Links 1lb package 4 Links

– Hot Italian Links 1lb package 4 Links

– Regular Breakfast Flavor Sausage 1lb bag

– Ground Pork 1lb bag

$6 per pound/ each 1lb pound packages

Pasture raised pure bred Berkshire hog.

Violet: A Hard Day on the Farm

On October 4, 2016 our lives changed in a way that I had never imagined. Three souls entered our lives in the form of hooves, snouts, curly pig tails, and hearts that made me realize what we were truly meant to do to better our little corner of this world: farm.

When you work directly with animals every day a bond is formed – one that is never truly forgotten and based on a deep and profound respect. These three pigs have taught us patience, persistence, and trust on a level that is completely different from what we have with our “house” pets. When you rely on a 500 lb (plus) animal to not hurt you while you care for them it’s means…well, it means everything.

In farming there is a responsibility not found in other professions – they rely on us for their health, safe and warm areas to rest, shelter from our crazy New England weather, fresh water, and quality food to sustain them. In turn they will provide our family (and our customer’s families) with food in its purest form. And for this we are forever grateful.

Today one of those souls – Violet – has made her way to Sanford where she will meet the end of her life with dignity. In her years with Birch Rise Farm she provided us with many little bacon seeds and helped us learn and grow as farmers. Last Spring she encountered health issues that made farrowing difficult and her production dropped. We gave her the summer and fall to see how she would bounce back but it became clear to us after her last litter that a full recovery was unlikely. After a lot of discussion we have chosen to let her go while she is healthy as another harsh New Hampshire winter could bring on the illness she had last Spring.

This decision is never taken lightly and for our farm this is the hardest one yet. Her legacy will live on in the form of her daughters, Emma and Molly, that will join the ranks of our breeding program in 2020. It will never get easier but we know she was lovingly cared for every day she was with us. We will be forever grateful for the lessons she taught us and the food she will be providing for our family. #birchrisefarm #violetthesow #farming #newhampshirefarmers #pigfarmer #berkshirepig #berkshirebreeder

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Thank you to all of our customers! 🦃

The Women’s Agriculture Network

Farmer Kate & Birch Rise Farm were chosen as a local VT/NH farm to be featured in the Women’s Agriculture Network. This included a blog post (see link below for article) and a film crew coming to document the farm on Friday, Sept 20th. Once we have the video we will share it here on our website page!

Blog Post Written About Farmer Kate: The Women’s Agriculture Network 

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First-Ever Farm Store Pop Up Shop!

First-Ever Farm Store Pop Up Shop….THIS FRIDAY!!

Come visit the amazing Farmer Kate 👩🏻‍🌾

Friday Sept 13th 5pm – 7pm
Sunflower Natural Foods
390 S Main St #1, Laconia, NH 03246

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Navajo Churro Sheep

The Navajo Churro Sheep

The History:

– descended from the Churra an ancient breed brought over from the Spanish Explorers to the ” New Spain”
– 17th Century Native Indians acquired flocks of Churro for food and fiber
– 1850’s thousands of Churro were trailed west to supply the California Gold Rush
– 1863 the U.S Army decimated the Navajo flocks in retribution for continued Indian depredations until only true blood survivors were found only in isolated villages in Northern New Mexico and remote canyons of the Navajo Indian Reservation.
– 1970’s breeders set to revitalize the Navajo flocks through the Navajo Sheep Project introducing a cooperative breeding program.

Characteristics:

– known for their long-staple of protective topcoat and soft undercoat. They range in a multitude of shades white, tan, black, brown, gray and mixes of those.
– highly resistant to disease and needs no pampering to survive and prosper.
– the flavor of the meat is incomparably superior with surprisingly low-fat content.

Road Trip to Vermont

Sunday morning farmer Ken, Kate, Dave, and Hunter made the two-hour drive to South Royalton Vermont to pick up our breeding flock of Navajo Churro Sheep.

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Upon arriving at Orion Rising Farm the crew started to load up the 4 ewes. The loading of the girls was pretty uneventful until after having them in the trailer Farmer Kate noticed a beautiful darker female in a small group off to the side. Mentioning her to the Bob, the breeder, she learned that the little gal was headed to butcher that afternoon. Farmer Kate didn’t like the sound of that and bought her as well! So with now, 5 ewes loaded up on the trailer it was time to get the rams!

The Girls

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Loading of the big rams was a harder process as there was no ramp and they had to be lifted into the trailer. Farmer Dave and Breeder Bob were able to lift each ram into the trailer with Farmer Ken manning the door so the already loaded one didn’t escape.

The Boys

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The process to grow the Birch Rise Farm breeding program to include Sheep started over 6 months ago when Farmer Hunter and Farmer Kate took a road trip to this breeder and toured the farm. She discussed wanting to purchase rams and ewes to start a breeding program and wanted them to all be from unrelated bloodlines. Breeder, Bob, was very knowledgable and selected two rams and 4 ewes that would be great to start with. All of his sheep for sale are 14 months old and ready to start mating. The others that did not get selected headed to a butcher in NY to be featured in restaurants in NYC!

After arriving home the team separated the sheep into two groups to start the breeding process. Two ewes with the Black Ram and three with the white.

Stayed tuned for more information on the Navajo Churro sheep!

Reserve Your Holiday Turkey Today!

Reserve Your Holiday Turkey TODAY!

Gobble, gobble! It’s time to reserve your holiday turkey for Thanksgiving & Christmas!

$4.50 a pound $20 deposit required
2019 season pounds ranged from 12 to 42 lbs!
farm fresh