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This weekend we had a visit from the sixth grade Environmental Science class of the Roxbury Latin School in Boston.  For weeks, the boys have been studying different ways in which humans have interacted with nature, now focusing on the production of food. They have studied and debated source materials from 19th century native American literature to the documentary Food Inc. The trip to our farm was the culminating experience for the boys, and after touring the farm and helping with some chores, they ended with a cook off between supermarket hamburger and our grass-fed hamburger.

Needless to say, our hamburger won hands down!

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Demand is Up!

I am committed to supplying you, my customers the cuts you want, when you want them. But recently there has been a tremendous increase in orders (partly due to the success of Food, Inc. and FRESH! ) and I have not been able to increase my supply of beef in a short time. I do “buffer” my supply in storage freezers, but until my next butchering date (December 10) my buffer is seriously depleted.

So some of my customers have started planning ahead and ordering in advance in quantities that will last months. I realize this is not how most of us are used to buying food—I am a last-minute shopper, myself. But ordering in advance sure helps your local neighborhood farmer to plan.

I have thought about offering a subscription or “CSA” option whereby a customer can subscribe to a monthly delivery of assorted cuts. I’ve always felt that CSAs limit the consumer’s choice too much. But I’d love to hear your opinion. Would you prefer to give up choice in exchange for a guaranteed, steady supply?

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