Coarse Ground Beef, Osso Buco, and Caleb

Coarse Ground Beef, Osso Buco, and Caleb

August Delivery Coming Up!

August is just around the corner, and we are taking orders for August Meat Share delivery. Take a look at the Delivery Options to find a delivery near you.

Say Hello and Goodbye

We have a favorite back in stock, Coarse Ground Beef, and are saying goodbye to a cut that we will no longer be offering, Osso Buco. Currently you can find both these choices in our Lock, Stock and Barrel a la carte section.

Coarse Ground Beef. Ground beef can come in different size grinds, and we usually order ours with more of a fine grind. But every once in a while we ask for the grind to be a little larger, called coarse ground. This grind does not break down as much as a finer grind and produces a more moist, chunky texture. The most popular use for coarse ground is in chili, but there are other ways to take advantage of that moist chunkiness in these warmer months. If Sunday dinner calls for a lasagne or beef stroganoff, say, using coarse ground beef will produce a beefier flavor with every bite. For a lighter choice, try it in a taco salad.

Osso Buco. If you’ve never tried this cut you don’t know what you’ve been missing! Cut from the beef shank, the center bone is loaded with marrow that flavors the meat to a buttery delicious taste as it slow cooks to perfection. Osso Buco comes in approximately 2.5 to 3 pound packages. Once these are gone from our a la carte menu, they are truly gone, as we will no longer be providing this selection

Who’s Your Farmer? Meet Caleb

You may have noticed in the past year or so that our son, Caleb, has been running our booth at the Richland Park Farmers Market and making Meat Share deliveries. The oldest of our children, Caleb is now officially a partner in Southern RidgeFarm and heads up our entire Meat Share program. He works with me (Jerlene) to make sure all orders are correct and accounted for, packs all the orders, and then delivers to all but two of the delivery locations. He works closely with Keith on inventory, helping keep track of how much product we have, when processing needs to happen, and tracking trends in ordering so we can project what we need.

And no one works at the farm without working on the farm. Caleb works with rotating the cows, loading the pigs, and any maintenance that has to do with the animals–tagging, weaning, etc. Then there’s the fence building and repairing, tree cutting, all the fun stuff. It’s hard, and sometimes it can be enjoyable, and he’s ready to do both.

Caleb and Keith are working together for the strategic growth of the farm. He’s pretty passionate about doing a job completely and well, whether it’s making sure the cows are on fresh grass or that you are satisfied with your meat share.

Caleb was with us when we first began farming more than 15 years ago, and it is a privelege he is back with us now. He, along with his brothers, is the future of our farm.

Jerlene CannonCoarse Ground Beef, Osso Buco, and Caleb
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Place Orders for July! Plus, Status Update on Processing Issues

Place Orders for July! Plus, Status Update on Processing Issues

Hey all! It’s time to place your July Meat Share order!

JULY DELIVERY SCHEDULE                 

  • NASHVILLE, Richland Park Farmers Market: Saturday, July 11, 9 AM to Noon, 4711 Charlotte Avenue
  • SPRING HILL: Thursday, July 16, 11:30 to Noon, Spring Hill City Hall
  • FRANKLIN, McKays Mill: Thursday, July 16, 1:00 to 1:30, 1415 Oxford Glen Drive
  • MURFREESBORO, Murfreesboro Main Street Saturday Market: Saturday, July 18, 8 AM to Noon, Murfreesboro on the Square
  • COLUMBIA, Columbia Farmers Market: Saturday, July 18, 8 AM to Noon, 5th St. and Riverside Drive

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

Where We Stand
Here’s a brief update on how the Covid-19 paradigm shift has caught up with us. The initial meat panic buying, combined with the news that meat processors were closing down, caused a title wave of farming folk to make reservations with small processors like we use to butcher their few cowsand hogs. These small processors are now booked well into late 2021.

Southern Ridge Farm needs to process about 10 steers and 12 hogs each month to meet our current demands, which includes our growth markets of charcuterie and pet foods. Our processors have pared us down to four steers and six hogs per month for the next few months until they can get caught up on their backlogs. We are thankful even for this.

That’s the reason we’ve asked everyone in our meat share program to consider not taking as many steaks each month and enjoy more of the pork chops and seafood in your premium selection. Steaks will be scarce for the next few months, as will some of our other cuts. Fajita, kabobs, and stew meat requires time consuming knife cutting, and our primary processsor has eliminated all knife cutting for the next several months. The same is true for some of the sausages we offer.

So in the interim, please be patient with us and be assured we are doing the best we can to fill your orders. And if we have to make substitutions, we’ll be using the closest cuts available to give you what you want. If for some reason you don’t like the substitution we give you, please let us know and we’ll make it right.

Here’s what we’re doing to mitigate these issues in the future. We’re in the process of putting in two 12×16 walk-in freezers and a similar size walk-in cooler. All our processor will have to do is process the meat into primal parts and we can bring those back to the farm to cut and package. To that end, we’re drawing up plans for a USDA butcher shop and certified kitchen. This will allow us to hold much more inventory on the farm so that we can meet the growth demands of our membership, and at the same time we can move forward with the launch of our charcuterie and pet food lines.

Jerlene CannonPlace Orders for July! Plus, Status Update on Processing Issues
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Your Membership with Southern Ridge Farm

Your Membership with Southern Ridge Farm

Location Info and Updates

Hello All! We are halfway through our June Meat Share deliveries! If you intend to pick up in Spring Hill, McKays Mill Franklin, Columbia, or Murfreesboro, PLEASE get your order to us as soon as possible. It is really true that we need them in at least 24 hours before your pickup time.

McKays Mill Franklin Orders. We mentioned that we would have to change the delivery location. We will meet you right across the traffic circle on Liberty Pike/Oxford Glen near El Sombrero restaurant (that address is 1401 Liberty Pike—look for our red van!). Your drop is from 1 to 1:30 pm this Thursday, June 18.

Murfreesboro Orders. Please don’t forget that your delivery day and location has changed. We are no longer attending the Rutherford County Farmers Market on Fridays, but rather have changed that to Murfreesboro Main Street Saturday Market on the Square in downtown Murfreesboro. That pickup time is 8 AM to Noon.

Membership is important to us.

Cancelled Membership? If you are having trouble placing a share in your cart, it could be because your membership has lapsed. This would happen if it has been more than 60 days since you placed an order. If this has happened to you, please send us an email so we can help you out and explain how you can keep that from happening. This is just a reminder because when your membership lapses, we need to fill it with someone from our waiting list.

We appreciate you!  We appreciate that you purchase your food from our farm, and we continue to do our best to provide you with a safe, reliable, constant source of clean, healthy meats.

JUNE DELIVERY SCHEDULE

  • 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, Murfreesboro Main Street Saturday Market: Saturday, June 20, 8 AM to Noon, Murfreesboro on the Square
  • 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!

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.

Jerlene CannonYour Membership with Southern Ridge Farm
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Order for June! Plus, Membership News

Order for June! Plus, Membership News

We need your order for June! Plus, Inventory Help, Membership News and Murfreesboro Delivery Change

Hello all! We are busy gearing up for packing your June meat share! Richland Park folks can pick up your shares THIS Saturday, June 13, so if you haven’t done so, please place your order. 

Inventory. Please help us with our inventory control! The new processor we are working with cut our premium steaks differently than we are used to. Consequently, we did not receive as many steaks this month as we intended. You can help us by choosing some of our other delicious cuts such as Porterhouse Chops or some of our wild caught seafood. If you’d still like a steak but are willing to be adventurous, try our Denver or flat iron steaks. If you do select a regular premium steak, we will choose for you a ribeye, NY strip, or a sirloin steak, depending on what we have in inventory at the time. 

Member News! We have reached peak capacity for membership shares—all new signups are being placed on a waiting list. We expect to be able to add more in July, and then again in August. We are encouraging our members to order for a couple of reasons. One, if you skipped last month, the system will automatically place you on the waiting list if you don’t order in June. And two, the reason we close ordering for new members at any given time is so that we can give you a secure meat source for your family—so we need you to maintain your membership by ordering.

New Market and Delivery Location! We are pretty excited to announce that we are now participating in the Murfreesboro Main Street Saturday Market on the square in downtown Murfreesboro. We will no longer be attending the Rutherford Country Farmers Market on Fridays. This means that our members will need to pick up their meat shares on the third Saturday in June (rather than the third Friday). So, just to confirm, if you chose Murfreesboro as your pickup location, the date and time for pickup has changed to Saturday, June 20, at the Murfreesboro Main Street Saturday Market. Hours are 8 AM to Noon. If this change causes a difficulty for you, please let us know!

JUNE DELIVERY SCHEDULE

  • 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, Murfreesboro Main Street Saturday Market: Saturday, June 20, 8 AM to Noon, Murfreesboro on the Square
  • 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.

Jerlene CannonOrder for June! Plus, Membership News
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New Products! Plus, June Delivery Schedule

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!

NEWSLETTER! SIGN UP FOR IT!
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

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!

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!

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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