“Can’t these dang things just wait for one hour while I try to have a life?!” (The answer is no.)Read More
If local farming and wholesome nutrition encompass the niche market, then fast food may accurately be tagged as the antagonist to the mission, being a product of industrialized production and indiscriminate consumption. Farmers and consumers have to objectively examine the differences between local food culture and fast food culture in an effort to shift the needle of consumer participation.Read More
A small business reflects ownership. No two businesses are the same, and a collection of local commerce centers creates a regional landscape that’s as inimitable as a gigantic fingerprint; it cannot be duplicated.Read More
Headlines mentioning what we all ‘need to know’ about various countries around the world clog up nearly every artery of agricultural media I encounter. The global publicity fits, I suppose, considering farmers today are told they need to be as proficient at world-wide economics as they are at fixing equipment with baler twine and a scrap of metal salvaged from the road ditch.Read More
Shirts sporting a distinctive Clarion County outline surrounding the two bars / steer logo you're familiar with from the Clarion Farms signs are back in stock!Read More
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
That's a mantra we live around here. Every individual has remarkable talent, but that talent is worthless in the absence of other people.Read More
We WILL have some tremendous Strip Steaks, Ribeyes, Sirloins, Flat Irons, Flanks, Filets, Chuck Eyes, Stew Meat, various roasts, ground beef, and more!Read More
Several people have asked me after reading my jottings if I feel threatened by fake foods. Today I’ll address the question.Read More
IT'S WEDNESDAY!! The unequivocal BEST day to live in Clarion, because Wednesdays are the day we re-stock the Beef Barn with all of your favorite cuts.
We're honored to have an influx of new followers who're interested in this bustling farm community we call home. If you're new, welcome! We think you'll love being a part of the family as much as we do.
Let's go over a few details to make sure old friends and new fans alike are on the same page (this is a little lengthy, but worth the read):Read More
Here’s what I notice on the landscape: Farmsteads that have been in the family for generations. A collection of equipment occupying outbuildings. Fancy pickups. And herds of cattle on completely exhausted grass.Read More
“This tastes like fish,” stated my sister, looking a little surprised.
“That,” I responded quite proudly, “is proof of all the extra omega threes found in grassfed beef.”Read More
During a tour of our farm in the late spring I greeted the crowd with the announcement that we would not be having fun during the event. My statement was met with surprised laughter, and when everyone regained their composure I offered an explanation for sounding like such a curmudgeon.Read More
Each time the boom on their front-end loader is lowered from a heightened dumping position, the depressurized hydraulic fluid rushing back to the reservoir makes a wailing sound not unlike a cow experiencing serious distress. Frequently my focus has been snapped away from other tasks as my ears register the sound and my entire body tenses into fight mode, prepared to speed across the farm and aide a member of the herd.Read More
Henry took an animated interest in the fifty bovines of various sizes lounging in his play area. His surprised laughter is infectious, and Gina and I sat in the shade with him for nearly half an hour as he watched the animals. Fear of livestock is not going to hinder that little one.Read More
In other words, this collective mindset is demonizing beef because of crops while promoting fake meat made entirely from crops and sympathizing with pork and poultry that, being the product of omnivores, require crops.Read More
Efficiency has become synonymous with convenience, and convenience is the impostor that’s distracting modern agriculture from honest effectiveness.Read More
In a world plagued by constricted beef options, where steaks from across the country are mutually interchangeable because they share a common industrial template, our farm is the beacon for better eating. EVERYONE sells 'fresh meat', but NOBODY has their own cattle. Where, then, does their beef come from?Read More
I’ve taken up scything to control weeds under our fences.Read More
My after-market routine usually includes a stop to see my apple friend Aaron, my barbecue friend Richard, and my baking friend (really, one of her employees) Eliza.Read More