New Products! Plus, June Delivery Schedule

Now Available! SRF Charcuterie and Snack Foods
Finally! We’ve been looking forward to sharing with our members some new products, and they’re here! Announcing Southern Ridge Farm’s charcuterie and pre-cooked snack foods. Your farmer worked long and hard to make many things come together that would result in these delicious products from all natural, pasture raised beef and pork.

DolceNola.  Flavored with chives and buttermilk cheddar from Sweetwater Valley Farm, this salami has an authentic tangy snap.

Music City Red.  Intoxicatingly delicious, this salami is flavored with garlic, black peppers, and red wine from Arrington Vineyards and laced with undertones of wild berries, vanilla, and cocoa.

Tribus Oak.  Spiced with fennel, cardamom and Milk-Stout craft beer, this salami boasts a complex and rich taste.

Also, for your next charcuterie board add some Beef Summer Sausage and Old Fashioned Summer Sausage.  For some healthy and delicious snacks, try our new line of Southern Ridge Farm Beef Jerky and Beef Snack Sticks. We also now have our all natural line of beef and pork hotdogs available.

Members can purchase these new offerings as part of your share and/or add them to your cart from the Lock, Stock, and Barrel a la carte section. Enjoy!

Special Deal! Our pork jowl bacon and bacon ends are oldies but goodies. This month, get the jowl 2 pounds for one, and the bacon ends 3 pounds for one. Members can look for this option in all the Custom Shares except Seafood.

We use pork jowl to make fantastic bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches because the jowl is fattier than traditional bacon and generally crisps up really well. However, if you want something fancier, check out these recipes. And bacon ends! Call me Pavlov when it comes to those, because when my family sees bacon ends thawing, they expect company. Bacon ends make a unique and tasty appetizer bite—a fun party food! Just Google bacon ends, slab bacon, burnt bacon—the recipe options are endless!

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If you are a Southern Ridge Farm member, please make sure you are signed up for our newsletter. That way you will always be notified of new products and especially get reminders to order for the month and see your delivery schedule.

JUNE DELIVERY SCHEDULE
If you have not done so already, please place your order for June.

  • NASHVILLE, Richland Park Farmers Market: Saturday, June 13, 10 AM to Noon, 4711 Charlotte Avenue
  • SPRING HILL: Thursday, June 18, 11:30 to Noon, Spring Hill City Hall
  • FRANKLIN, McKays Mill: Thursday, June 18, 1:00 to 1:30, intersection of Oxford Glen Dr. and Liberty Pike across from Publix
  • MURFREESBORO, Rutherford County Farmers Market: Friday, June 19, 8 AM to 12:30, Lane Agri-Park Community Center
  • COLUMBIA, Columbia Farmers Market: Saturday, June 20, 8 AM to Noon, 5th St. and Riverside Drive

Deadline Notice: To better serve you, we need your order in 24 hours before your delivery time!

McKays Mill Delivery: Please be on the lookout for a change in location. That delivery drop has grown! We have to use a bigger vehicle to deliver, and the parking lot where we currently meet is kind of small for maneuvering. We are thinking of keeping it at the same intersection there in McKays Mill, but on a different corner that has more room. We will give plenty of notice!

DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS DUE TO COVID-19. In this, we appreciate your cooperation–we just ask that you continually be in observance of the suggestion to stay six feet apart and avoid crowding. If there are two or three folks waiting right at the delivery vehicle or table, kindly wait before you approach. Be considerate of those around you, love your neighbor.

If you are not a Meat Share Member or regular customer, visit our website at SouthernRidgeFarm.com and see what you’ve been missing!

Jerlene CannonNew Products! Plus, June Delivery Schedule
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Summer Picnic Cuts! Aannnd, May Meat Share Delivery Info

If you are finding it hard to believe that summer is almost here, you aren’t alone (I’m with you). What with all this cool weather and our calendar of celebrations, schedules, and social norms being thrown out the window, it can feel like time is moving on without us. Sometimes food helps! Mark a day on that empty calendar with this: “start summer with summer food”, then click here for some delicious Summer Picnic Cuts. (Available as A la Carte for Richland Park only. Available as add-on for all Custom Share Holders at all locations.) And to help you celebrate, we are having a sale on our Beef Summer Sausage (normally $12/lb) for $10 per pound. Delicious and convenient, it’s an easy addition to any picnic, cookout, or kids-on-a-blanket-in-the-back-yard snacking.

THIS WEEK’S DELIVERIES: RUTHERFORD COUNTY FARMERS MARKET AND COLUMBIA FARMERS MARKET
If you intend to pick up a meat share at either of these markets, NOW is the time to get your order in! We can take orders up to 24 hours in advance of your market, so as of this writing there is still time! Shop here, and see below for locations and times. If you are taking delivery in Murfreesboro AND you ordered seafood, please see the note below about your special pickup location and time.

DELIVERY SCHEDULE FOR MAY 2020*
Richland Park Farmers Market: Saturday, May 9, 10 AM to Noon, 4711 Charlotte Ave., Nashville
Murfreesboro: Friday, May 15, 8 AM to Noon, Rutherford County Farmers Market, Lane Agri-Park Com. Center**
Columbia Farmers Market: Saturday, May 16, 8 AM to Noon, 5th St. and Riverside Drive
Spring Hill: Thursday, May 21, 11:30 to Noon, Spring Hill City Hall
McKays Mill: Thursday, May 21, 1:00 to 1:30, Oxford Glen Dr. and Liberty Pike across from Publix, Franklin

*To better serve you, we need your order in 24 hours before your delivery time!
**Orders delivered to Murfreesboro containing seafood: your delivery is at Tractor Supply, 135 John R Rice Blvd, at approximately 12:30 pm, after the close of the farmers market. We are not allowed to bring seafood on the market grounds.

If you are not a Meat Share Member or regular customer, visit our Shop and see what you’ve been missing!

Jerlene CannonSummer Picnic Cuts! Aannnd, May Meat Share Delivery Info
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The Time Has Come: Place Your May Order!

Hello all! If you intend to get a Meat Share for May, we need your order! The days are finally trending warmer, so to celebrate all that opportunity for grilling, we are having a sale on our Thick Cut Pork Chops. These come two to a package, which weighs approximately 1.25 pounds and sells for $11.25 per package. For a limited time, we are offering these for $10.00 per package if you order five. Check it out in the A La Carte Shop. If you still need to be swayed, here’s a grilling recipe for you. And if you just aren’t ready to grill, try this pan seared method.

Subscription Renewals. We have mentioned your renewal reminders in a previous post. For your convenience and less confusion, we are going to set your renewals for the first of each month. This will serve as your reminder that it’s time to order.

DELIVERY SCHEDULE FOR MAY 2020*
Richland Park Farmers Market: Saturday, May 9, 10 AM to Noon, 4711 Charlotte Ave., Nashville
Murfreesboro: Friday, May 15, 8 AM to Noon, Rutherford County Farmers Market, Lane Agri-Park Com. Center**
Columbia Farmers Market: Saturday, May 16, 8 AM to Noon, 5th St. and Riverside Drive
Spring Hill: Thursday, May 21, 11:30 to Noon, Spring Hill City Hall
McKays Mill: Thursday, May 21, 1:00 to 1:30, Oxford Glen Dr. and Liberty Pike across from Publix, Franklin

*To better serve you, we need your order in 24 hours before your delivery time!
**Orders delivered to Murfreesboro containing seafood: your delivery is at Tractor Supply, 135 John R Rice Blvd, at approximately 12:30 pm, after the close of the farmers market. We are not allowed to bring seafood on the market grounds.

If you are not a Meat Share Member or regular customer, visit our Shop and see what you’ve been missing!

Jerlene CannonThe Time Has Come: Place Your May Order!
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Getting Ready for May Meat Shares!

Hey there Southern Ridge Farm Members and friends~

Some of you may be getting a reminder that it’s time to place your order for May. Can you believe it’s time to start thinking about that? 

A note about the reminders—they are set to automatically remind you to place your order one month after you placed your previous order. With each reminder we will also include your delivery date and location for the month.

CHICKEN
Our pasture raised chicken is a seasonal product and our first batch of 2020 chickens are about ready for processing. The good news is that by mid-May we’ll soon have all the different cuts of chicken you’ll need. Unfortunately, they might not be ready in time for your May orders! But as soon as we get this first batch, we should have plenty for the season, so keep an eye out for them.

FOR MEMBERS ONLY
Vintage steaks on the A La Carte menu. This is a limited quantity, special offering only available to our members. These huge Tomahawk Ribeyes and thick, mouth watering New York strips come from cows that are between 6-12 years old and produce a unique, bold flavor, like big red wine. The fat is not as sweet tasting and, because they contain less marbling, they give a better chew—or, time in your mouth—to extract and enjoy the flavor. 

DELIVERY SCHEDULE FOR MAY 2020*
Richland Park Farmers Market: Saturday, May 9, 10 AM to Noon, 4711 Charlotte Ave., Nashville
Spring Hill: Thursday, May 21, 11:30 to Noon, Spring Hill City Hall
McKays Mill: Thursday, May 21, 1:00 to 1:30, Oxford Glen Dr. and Liberty Pike across from Publix, Franklin
Murfreesboro: Friday, May 15, 8 AM to Noon, Rutherford County Farmers Market, Lane Agri-Park Community Center**
Columbia Farmers Market: Saturday, May 16, 8 AM to Noon, 5th St. and Riverside Drive

*To better serve you, we need your order in 24 hours before your delivery time!
**Orders delivered to Murfreesboro containing seafood: your delivery is at Tractor Supply, 135 John R Rice Blvd, at approximately 12:30 pm, after the close of the farmers market. We are not allowed to bring seafood on the market grounds.

DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS DUE TO COVID-19. In this, we appreciate your cooperation–we just ask that you continually be in observance of the suggestion to stay six feet apart and avoid crowding. If there are already folks waiting right at the delivery vehicle or table, kindly wait before you approach. Be considerate of those around you, love your neighbor.

If you are not a Meat Share Member or regular customer, visit our website at  SouthernRidgeFarm.com and see what you’ve been missing!

Jerlene CannonGetting Ready for May Meat Shares!
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SRF Delivery Time for April

It’s Delivery Time for April!

For the next two weeks, we will be busily working to pack and get our Custom Meat Shares and Curated orders to our members and friends. If you would like a meat delivery in April from Southern Ridge Farm, now is the time to place an order! Delivery for Richland Park is tomorrow, April 11, so orders for that market can be taken only until noon today.

Here is our delivery schedule:

  • Richland Park Farmers Market: Saturday, April 11, 10 AM to Noon 4711 Charlotte Ave., Nashville
  • Spring Hill: Thursday, April 16, 11:30 to Noon, Spring Hill City Hall
  • McKays Mill: Thursday, April 16, 1:00 to 1:30, intersection of Oxford Glen Dr. and Liberty Pike across from Publix, Franklin
  • Murfreesboro: Friday, April 17, Noon to 12:30, Rutherford County Farmers Market, Lane Agri-Park Community Center
  • Columbia Farmers Market: Saturday, April 18, Noon to 12:30, 5th St. and Riverside Drive

To better serve you, we need your order in 24 hours before your delivery time! We can take orders for RPFM until noon on Friday, April 10.

DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS DUE TO COVID-19. In this, we appreciate your cooperation–we just ask that you continually be in observance of the suggestion to stay six feet apart and avoid crowding. If there are already folks waiting right at the delivery vehicle or table, kindly wait before you approach. Be considerate of those around you, love your neighbor.

If you are not a Meat Share Member or regular customer, visit our website at  SouthernRidgeFarm.com and see what you’ve been missing!

Looking forward to seeing you all!

Charissa RagsdaleSRF Delivery Time for April
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SRF New Shop and Richland Park Pre-orders

Announcing SRF Online Shopping

Southern Ridge Farm now provides online shopping! When you access our Shop from the menu
bar, you can scroll through a variety of new products as well as old favorites. First, you’ll see
our line of customizable shares that come with a special membership status. Next, have a look
at our curated boxes, which are selections of our favorites such as Surf & Turf or Grassfed
Grill Samplers. When you purchase from either our Custom or Curated Share sections, you gain
access to our Lock, Stock & Barrel section, where you can add on items of your choosing by the cut. Our new SRF Online Market makes it easy for you to shop at our farm from the comfort of your own home! Shop online, pay online, and swing by to pick up your order.

And HEY, there’s more!

During this unique time of social distancing, we’ve made it easier for our Richland Park Farmer’s Market customers to pre-order for quick pickup at the market with a Richland Park Online Market! This is for those customers who would ordinarily browse around at our wonderful Richland Park Farmer’s Market every Saturday year round. Please feel free to choose items from our shop, pay online, and drop by the market (4711 Charlotte Ave., Nashville) on Saturdays from 10 AM to Noon to pick up your order. It’s that easy!

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Richland Park Market to Remain Open!

Hello from Southern Ridge Farm and thank you for your continued support during this unusual time!

The Richland Park Farmer’s Market will be open this Saturday, March 28! We can remain open for customers so you can pick up essential items, like FOOD. To accommodate our current farmers market guidelines where pre-ordering is encouraged, we are going to open our Ala Carte Shop for roughly 24 hours. Please visit our Shop to pre-order, and we will have your package ready for quick pickup at the market. OR, if you’d rather make a quick purchase from us at the market, we will be ready for that, too.

We are grateful for this opportunity to continue to provide you with healthy meat choices. We’ve been asked to share the above information with you because we WANT to see you at the market!

 

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If I Ran the Farm: In Which I Hand It Back Over

DAY NINE

Sunday, The Lord’s Day. It is an easy chore day, weather is holding clear, the muddy pastures continue to dry up. I called out as I poured the steers’ grain into their trough, and they answered back as they came trotting up. The sheep answered too, but from the confines of the pasture they’d gotten themselves locked into. Still praying that lasts for two more days for easy loading!

Further proof Keith needs to relieve me of my duties: On the way home from church we caught up with a hay trailer slowly lumbering along. I inched closer to count those huge bales—10!—and started calculating the enormous weight on that trailer and what kind of truck does it take to haul that. Just. Stop.

A good day of worship and time with neighbors and friends. All on the farm are safe, healthy, and fed.

DAY TEN

“Today’s the day! The sun is shining! The tank is clean!”

OK, that’s from Finding Nemo, and my oldest daughter texted it to me one day last summer when she boarded a plane for the US after she’d been abroad for five weeks. And that’s how I feel today—my family is coming home!

My commute on this sunny day.

My commute on this sunny day.

Today is the coldest of all my chore days so far. I give the steers their grain, and as much as I don’t want to do it, I need to drop a couple of bales to the main herd so they can make it through tomorrow. That way the travelers won’t have to rush to feed cows on their first day home. Let them ease into it.I drop the bales in their rings and nobody rushes me, no twine is left on, and no hay rings flip over. The water in the waterer is low. But now I know what to do and I take the four wheeler up to the spring to refill that big tank. Everything goes smoothly and the chores are done in no time. Of course, it being my last day and all.

Let them come!

Epilogue

Everyone made it back safely and we are out at first light to load up the sheep into the trailer. Yes, they were still in that field with the gate at one end, and we were able to move a flatbed trailer out of the way and just back the livestock trailer up and herd them in. Although it did not go absolutely smoothly—the sheep take the phrase free range seriously—it was not complicated and went much quicker because they were already in that field. Indeed, we were overdue for getting sheep to the processor because previous attempts to herd them in had failed.

I can’t feel smug about that though, because it was not any of my doing that made it easy, but rather a gift from my Father. And while I did babysit the farm while the real farmers were away, let me tell you that I did only a fraction of what it takes to keep it going. I had time to think about that while I watched my son drag the flatbed trailer away. Using the tractor. He had a hauling chain attached to the trailer hitch at one end and onto the bale spear at the other end. The trailer gently swayed like a swing as he gingerly dragged it out of the barn yard, across the creek, down the driveway, and thru the gate. In reverse. My, but that was impressive.

 

Jerlene CannonIf I Ran the Farm: In Which I Hand It Back Over
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If I Ran the Farm: Restock and Go to Market

DAY EIGHT

Today is market day, so I’m up at the crack of dawn to get the outside stuff done before we leave for the farmers market. I want to get the hay rings topped off today so I won’t need to do anything major on Sunday. Should be easy.

The steers need a bale—maybe that’s why the sheep left their pen? So when I give the steers their grain I shut the gate to the little pen where they eat. That way I can come and go from their pasture and leave that main gate open. That chore is quickly done, and I go reload the tractor with the first two bales for the main herd. The whole time I’m doing chores that morning I keep worrying that I will forget to re-open the gate to let the steers back in their pasture.

I arrive in the main pasture with two fresh bales and hop down to cut the first one. I can’t find my knife. Anywhere. It has to be back where I cut the twine for the bale in the steers’ pasture. Ugh. I drop my bales, chug back to the four wheeler, race around the working pens to where I cut my first bale this morning, and drive back and forth until I find it in the grass. Back around the working pens, back on the tractor, race at tractor speed back to the back pasture, and begin the process of cutting twine and dropping the bales in the rings.

It is very hard to cut the twine when it is frozen to the bales. Even after it is cut it doesn’t want to be pulled away. A small thing, but it was costing me precious time. And my last bale to be dropped was a problem bale. Every once in a while the baler will malfunction and be a little too generous with the way it ties a bale. Instead of being able to cut and lift all the twine off the outside of the bale, the only place the twine is supposed to be, I found myself pulling and pulling twine away from this bale. I don’t understand at all how it happened, but I ended up at the front of the bale, pulling twine around and around, a strand in EACH hand! Both arms were flailing in circles like I was playing double jump rope, me and the bale of hay. It took forever to get to the end of the twine. It just kept emerging from the hay while my arms made the endless circles and two twine piles kept growing at my feet. I felt like I was manufacturing something. The cows were politely attentive but not impressed.

The top pile is my collection  of twine over the past few days. The bottom pile is what I harvested from the one bale!

The top pile is my collection of twine over the past few days. The bottom pile is what I harvested from the one bale!

Once the show was over and I climbed back on the tractor, with lots of twine in tow, the cows lazily strolled toward the rings to sample the new hay bales. Steam was rising from them, and as the cows contentedly ate I felt just like I do when I serve my little son a steaming bowl of oatmeal on a cold day.

With everything done I ran to open the steers’ gate to let them back in their pasture. I noticed the sheep in a nearby rectangular pasture that was recovering from recent grazing. Why were they in there? I didn’t think about it for long, but got back on the tractor and fetched a bale for them. Unlike the field they’d been in all week, the fencing here was made to hold sheep in, so once I shut their gate, they couldn’t get out. Also, because of recent rains there were three watering troughs completely full—more than enough to last them through the next couple of days when it would be time to load some onto a trailer.

Oh, me of little faith. I didn’t ask questions, I just gave them some fresh hay and shut them in, once again with a thankful heart.

Off to the farmers market. Our only winter market is West End Farmers Market, almost an hour away. Our customers are a huge part of why we do what we do, and it’s good to get away from the farm every once in an while and come face to face with the folks we hope to serve by providing a safe, clean, healthy source of great tasting meat. OK, end of commercial.

Since all the chores were done, after market my daughter and I treated ourselves to some lazy browsing at a second hand bookstore. After we unloaded all the coolers back home, I ran out real quick to check the contents in the mineral feeder. Looked like there was plenty, affirmed by the two cows at the feeder licking it off their noses.

Cows at Mineral Feeder Video

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If I Ran the Farm: Oh Yeah, the Sheep

DAY SEVEN

Three days left and they’ll be back. I really need them to come back—I realized that when my first thought of the day, after I’d glanced at myself in the mirror, was that the cows would think my hair was a huge mess. We are getting too close.

My outside chores are minimal today because all of the hay was replenished yesterday. Only the second in line calves needed any attention, and they came right away when I poured their grain in their trough.

I was slightly surprised and a tad disappointed to see that the sheep, who had stayed in that center pasture all week, were out and straying around a little. Each time I glanced around for them when I went outside, or visually located them as I drove down the driveway, I was thankful that I hadn’t had to do that the whole week. They didn’t roam far at all. In four days some of them would be going to the processor, and I had hoped they would stay in their pasture so that we wouldn’t have too much trouble getting them into the working pens. Oh well. At least all the previous days of no-stress-sheep-watching had been a blessing.

 

Jerlene CannonIf I Ran the Farm: Oh Yeah, the Sheep
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