New Farm Store Items: Local, Good Food Partners

Corinne Kocher

White Oak Pastures is known for meat, for good reason - our farm is centered around using animals and their impact on pasture to regenerate land. Our grassfed beef and pasture-raised poultry, heritage pork, and other proteins are the backbone of our farm, and our business.

But while we are proud of the products we offer, we also always think about how our customers are going to eat them. More specifically, sometimes we think about breakfast: if we’re going to offer baconeggs, and sausage from White Oak Pastures, wouldn’t it be nice to round out breakfast with something like locally ground biscuit mix and jelly?

That’s why we’ve started carrying some new items in our Farm Store - items that complement what we’re producing on the farm, from producers who share some of our same values.

Meet Rebekah Hall, Manager Of The Month

Corinne Kocher

Rebekah Hall became involved with White Oak Pastures in March 2018. "I have always been interested in how the farm operated and wanted to learn more about it," she says. As shipping manager, Rebekah certainly gets to do just that.

Rebekah oversees packing and shipping for all of our different products at our on-farm fulfillment center. This is the last step for a long journey for our product, and Rebekah is one of the people responsible for your White Oak Pastures package arriving at your door safely and in good condition.

Full Traceability In Our Leather: Our Partnership With Pergamena

Corinne Kocher

If you've seen any of the totes, wallets, bags, or other leather items in our general store lately, you've seen the result of our partnership with Pergamena, a family-owned tannery based in southern New York. Recently, the two brothers, Jesse and Stephen Meyer, came and visited White Oak Pastures.

Prescribed Grazing Workshop

White Oak Pastures Team

We love hosting workshops at White Oak Pastures, because, well, we love company. You may have been to one of them, like pastured poultry, valued added goods, and pasture remediation. We've done a lot of hyper-focused workshops - but this June, we're trying something different.

This time, you get the whole dang farm.

The Prescribed Grazing Workshop, coming up June 1st, is designed to be a producer-focused, bird's-eye view of our farm and pasture operations. We're taking the managers from all the departments on the farm who have something to do with pasture, and putting them all in one room.

(As you can imagine with a farm with a whole lot of acres and goings on, it's rare to actually have everyone in the same room.)

Pastured Chicken Eggs: What color is your yolk?

Corinne Kocher

Some of you may have celebrated spring by coloring eggs this month. But as you colored the outside of the eggs, did you give any thought to the color... inside the eggs?

Egg yolks come in many different hues, and the color of the yolk depends on the diet of the laying hen. The yolks from pastured chicken eggs look a little different from your average pale yellow eggs in the grocery store. What a chicken eats can impact the quality and nutritional value of the egg - and you can see it in the yolk.

White Oak Pastures Charcuterie by The Spotted Trotter

White Oak Pastures Team

Cured meat has been around since 3000 BC, and we are so excited to add it to our offering for our customers. We partnered with The Spotted Trotter in Atlanta to develop 3 delicious Summer Salamis: Genoa, Black Pepper & Sorghum, Cured Chorizo. We’re sure you’ll love them! Using our pasture-raised pork and simple ingredients, we could not be more proud to have these available in our online store.

Upgrading To A Compostable Cooler

White Oak Pastures Team

We are proud to announce that Green Cell Foam Insulated Shipping Coolers are now available to protect White Oak Pastures' frozen and perishable products during shipment. The perfect combination of sustainable technology, thermal performance and shock protection, these shipping coolers have thermal protection equal to polystyrene inch-for-inch.

Manufacturing Green Cell Foam requires 70% less energy and produces 80% less greenhouse gases than petroleum based foams. It is also backyard compostable, biodegradable and water soluble (ASTM D6400 and BPI certified). The primary raw material is U.S. grown, non-GMO cornstarch, an annually renewable resource.

How Our Farm Reverses Land Degeneration

Will Harris

Scientists tell us that the planet that we live on was once a lifeless rock, spinning around the sun. It would have been black, and brown, and gray, with a poisonous atmosphere. It would have been incredibly hot on one side, with the water vaporized, and incredibly cold on the other side, with the water frozen solid. And, again, lifeless. [think about the pictures that we see of the surface of Mars, or the moon].

Somehow life began. I won't debate on how that occurred, but the fact that we are here makes it inarguable that it did begin. And that was the beginning of many complex and interrelated cycles that transformed the earth from a lifeless rock.

Gourmet Grinds: For Your Convenience

Jenni Harris

 

Eloise Harris, mother to Will Harris, used to talk at length about the generational loss for cooking at home. Growing up, I remember her saying “I can cook everything from a cow from the nose to the tail. My daughter-in-law can cook hamburgers, roasts and a few steaks, and my grandchildren, well, they are doing good to simply brown some ground beef for a taco.” While none of us liked to hear her talk about our inability to cook, we all knew she was right.

White Oak Pastures’ online store is dedicated to serving the needs of our customers. Whether it’s special seasonings or pet chews or leather bags, we want to be sure that we are stocked to be the one-stop-shop for humane, regenerative products. Our newest addition is a category wholly dedicated to Gourmet Grinds.

We Finally Did It: Meat the Porken

White Oak Pastures Team

At White Oak Pastures, we are always looking for ways to better the land, animals, and people. This mission doesn’t stop when it comes to looking for creative ways to serve our devoted, passionate customers. Over the last 150+ years, we’ve been breeding our cattle for their maternal instincts because we understand how important certain genetic qualities truly are. Since we started marketing meat and poultry to the end customer, we’ve also tried to select animals that have adequate marbling and other taste features. At the end of the day, we know that our customers are the ones we must please, which has kept us marching down a path to find the perfect combination breed to give customers exactly what they want: the Porken. A holy union of poultry and swine, the Porken has two claw-like...

Meet Aurelius Morris, Employee Of The Month

Monica McLendon

Word of Mouth is how Aurelius Morris heard about an available position at White Oak Pastures. The specific opportunity was in the poultry processing department, a field in which he had prior experience. But even though Aurelius had experience with chickens, he describes White Oak Pastures as “educational”. There is a world of information to learn here at White Oak Pastures. A farm raising animals in the most humane manner while continually acquiring new land to regenerate, all the while adhering to our no-waste tenet has an extensive amount of diverse information that our employees need to know. It sounds as if Aurelius is interested. Proud of earning the title of Employee Of The Month, Aurelius may have received this honor not only for his work performance but perhaps because he...

Grow Herbs For Their Beauty And Beneficial Effects On Vegetables

Sarah Jordan

Our garden at White Oak Pastures is a little messy. We battle weeds from April through November and are always on the hunt for whatever pest of the week is trying to take out our cabbage crop, or tomato crop, or okra crop. In the world of farming and especially organic farming, the question of value sits behind many of the decisions that are made daily. How many carrots will I lose if I don’t weed this patch in the next couple days? Will mounding dirt around the base of those broccoli plants make a more successful broccoli harvest? Will the radishes split if I wait to harvest them until next week? I don’t always know the definitive answer, although sometimes I’m closer to right than others. Yet, if I did always know the right answers that might make the challenging job of an organic...

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