White Oak Pastures’ guineas live unconfined on pasture, hunting, pecking, scratching, and dust bathing. This leads to stronger, healthier, and, in our opinion, tastier birds. It also means these birds use their muscles, which should be taken into consideration when cooking a pasture raised animal. Applying some of the same principles for preparing grassfed beef, such as marinating or seasoning one to two days in advance, can help tenderize those more active muscle fibers.
Your superbly-cooked pasture-raised turkey is going to need to be in good company at Thanksgiving dinner. Check out these Thanksgiving side dishes recipes for the perfect accompaniment to a pasture-raised turkey.
This "National Eagle Day", and with the 4th of July just around the corner, we want to provide an update about a very American symbol, who has made a home on our farm: the bald eagles at White Oak Pastures.Around 2010, we introduced chickens to our farm, starting with a small flock of 500. Soon after, we added other poultry - ducks, turkeys, geese, and guinea hens, as well as thousands of more chickens. Soon after that, another kind of bird - bald eagles - was spotted on our farm.
Did you know it's National Egg Day? We're not exactly sure how to celebrate, but we think we'll probably cook up some pastured eggs our favorite way for breakfast (Sunny side up? Scrambled? Poached? Hard boiled? Hard to decide, so we might make them all).
National Egg Day, of course, makes us think about our birds and everyone who works with them at White Oak Pastures. Our pastured poultry staff is the largest field crew on the farm - with good reason.
At White Oak Pastures, we are home to many different species of livestock, but we raise five species of poultry alone: chicken, turkey, duck, goose, and guinea. While, logistically, this can be challenging, leveraging multiple species is central to our land management strategy - because they all have different impact on our pastures.
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.
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.
Jeff Lackey, manager of poultry livestock production since 2016, describes White Oak Pastures as “Enviro-agrarianism”. Prior to White Oak Pastures, Jeff became increasingly interested in raising livestock, producing food, and improving the environment. Those three things led him to White Oak Pastures and Jeff has fascinating information to share!
Look for White Oak Pastures Eggs in your local Whole Foods Market in the Atlanta area!
Helaine works in poultry processing and has recently been given a supervisory role by Lisa Brown. She is one of our Poultry Plant Mentors!
After driving an hour and twenty minutes one way to Phenix City, AL from Cuthbert, GA, for four years to work in a poultry plant, Helaine Gudes wound her way to White Oak Pastures and closer to home. March 2, 2018 will mark Helaine’s second year with us here on the farm. Continue reading to understand what is truly the most important thing to Helaine and why White Oak Pastures is the perfect place for her to be!