REAL TALK.

Tips, tricks, recipes, and stories from our farmers and butchers.

  • LUNCHBOX-FRIENDLY HAM SANDWICH

    TIPS FOR PACKING A LUNCH THEY’RE GUARANTEED NOT TO TRADE Sandwiches are the quintessential handheld meal—perfect for on-the-go munching or for stowing away in a lunchbox for school or the office. A sandwich is as quick and easy as you want it to be, but it can also be an elaborate array of flavor and technique. Personally, I don’t think that...
  • BACK TO SCHOOL RECIPE GUIDE

    It’s a hectic time of year, and we’re here to help. We’ve developed all-star dishes that can be quickly prepped into a home-run meal for the entire fam. The only thing we can’t help with is the stress of new schedules, loads of paperwork and never-ending errands. But maybe that’s a job for wine? Just a suggestion. Drumroll, please! WEEKNIGHT P...
  • HERB-ROASTED PORK LOIN

    The latest recipe from Lycia and Taylor at Blackboard Grocery & Eatery. They served this mouth-watering dish at our farm-to-table dinner in June. And we’re still drooling. Because, Peaches. It’s one of the fruits that I anxiously await for in the summer; that, and nectarines. This dish is full….and we mean FULL of flavor. The ingredient...
  • REAL TALK—TIPS FROM A PROFESSIONAL KITCHEN

    CHEF PHILLIP SCHAAF SHARES A FEW SECRETS Resident recipe wizard and chef extraordinaire, Phillip tell us as a chef, what are the differences that you notice when you’re working with pasture-raised meats? I’ve been cooking professionally for twenty years, and I can say without hesitation that a chef is only as good as the ingredients that he ...
  • SLOW COOKER BRAISED PORK SHOULDER

    The pork shoulder is my favorite cuts of meat. Not only is it extraordinarily tasty, it’s also easy to enjoy for a weeknight meal with the family. When it comes to cooking pork shoulder, slow and steady wins the race every time, but once it’s cooking it doesn’t require much attention. This is a low maintenance recipe with just a few ...
  • WEEKNIGHT PALEO CHICKEN NUGGETS

    The chicken nugget is a delicious and crispy, bite-sized mystery that Americans have had a love/hate relationship with for decades. On the one hand, they are the embodiment of fast-food culture. Great to eat on the go, the nugget has been enjoyed by kids and adults alike—although some adults might hide in the shadows when they eat them. Why? T...
  • SPLIT CHICKEN BREASTS WITH BROWN BUTTER, GREEN TEA SAUCE

    If you’ve never of a “split chicken breast” before, boy are you in for a treat. This cut  includes a single breast with the back breast plate pone and the skin still attached. Believe me when I tell you, this cut is like the Cadillac of white meat chicken. It’s lean but full of flavor and fairly quick to prepare. The bone conducts heat and hel...
  • Real Talk—A New Generation of Farmers

    With Farmer Andrea Todt How does mentorship usually work for you? I can generally tell after working with someone a little while whether I think they’d be successful farming on their own.  If you're willing to get up at 2:30 am, work super hard for 3 hours in the dark, and then have a full day of work after that—doing regular farm chores—you ju...
  • DEBUNKING THE GRAIN-FREE MYTH

    WHY PASTURE-RAISED CHICKENS NEED SUPPLEMENTAL FEED Ever heard of a chicken “break-down?” Not a breakdance, break-down. It’s when you “break down” some important and complex facts about raising and eating chicken. Like our pun? Maybe not. But give us some credit, we did just now coin the phrase—largely because a lot of folks have been asking ...
  • SMOKED PAPRIKA CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS

    Another recipe from Lycia and Taylor at Blackboard Grocery & Eatery in Fayetteville, Arkansas. These two helped us throw a wicked on-farm, farm-to-table dinner party and are kind enough to share their recipes from the event so that you can party in your home kitchen, too. This one is particularly delicious, and so simple we recommend it fo...
  • SORGHUM-MUSTARD CHICKEN THIGHS

    This week we’re sharing another awesome recipe from our farmer-to-table dinner catered by Lycia and Taylor of Blackboard Grocery & Eatery in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Enjoy, y’all! This was our first protein-heavy professional gig, but we were thrilled about our maiden voyage. Plus, we were stoked to be working with responsibly raised meat ...
  • VEGGIE-PACKED SAUSAGE SPAGHETTI

    We have a picky eater. It’s the shame of a foodie family. It’s the embarrassment of the “chef daddy.” It started at the beginning of solid foods. She wouldn’t eat jarred vegetables as a toddler unless they were mixed heavily with puree fruits. She wouldn’t eat home prepared vegetables ever. She doesn’t like them raw or cooked, roasted or seaso...