Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fall/Winter Meat CSA Shares now available for Crystal Lake, IL families

For the first time, Riemer Family Farm is offering a meat CSA! CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, which is a fairly common structure used by vegetable farmers.  Our CSA is a subscription for 6 months of delectable, naturally raised, farm fresh meat directly from our farm to your table. 

Each month, you will receive a large or small share, depending on your preference.  It will contain a variety of familiar and easy-to-prepare cuts.  Beef, chicken and pork make up the majority of each share, but we will occasionally include lamb chorizo or gyro spiced lamb brats from our friends at Sandhill Family Farms.  To ensure the best possible meat share, we may include meat from partner farms with equally high standards of animal care.

You have the option of a large share which is 20-22#, or a small share, consisting of 10-11# of meat. Your meat share will be delivered to Crystal Lake United Methodist Church on the 3rd Thursday of the month 4 - 6 pm from Sept.-Feb.

The price for a large share is $700 and a small share is $370. Payments are due by September 1st or two equal payments due September 1st & December 1st

Benefits to CSA Members: No need to pay high prices for lower quality meat at the supermarket. Know that each month you will receive local, wholesome & tasty meats that are safe for your family. Get to know your farmers, ask questions, receive newsletters, recipes, serving suggestions and be the first to know about specialty products and farm activities.
Benefits to Us: We get to know you and hear your valuable suggestions! We share the bounty of our farm with those who care about locally and sustainably raised food. We receive up-front cash flow to help us continue producing excellent meat for you. We are able to have a consistent market and delivery schedule.

All of our animals are raised free of antibiotics, steroids, hormones, and animal byproducts! Our animals are on grass when possible, are always treated humanely, have constant access to the outdoors and are fed rations of our naturally raised grains.  Happy animals = tasty meat. We process our meat at local family-owned butcher shops.

The content and weight of your shares will vary depending on the total value of the included meats.  A large share would feed a family of 4-6 people and a small share is a good option for couples or families that do not eat as much meat. A small share would contain approx. half the contents of a large.

Sample Large Share: 20-22#
5# whole chicken
2-Rib-eye beef steaks
1-Sirloin beef steak
3# Beef Chuck Roast
3-1# packages of Ground Beef
1# Fajita or Stew Meat
3# Pork Shoulder Roast or Ham
1# Bacon
1# Pork Brats
2# Pork Chops

Please click here to go to our website.  You can check your order out from our new website via PayPal online or mail a check.

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