Monday, May 10, 2010

Sunny Lane Farm

Sunny Lane Farm recently made a new flyer describing their operation. We thought you might be interested. Sunny Lane is at the market every market day with beef, chicken and lamb. Our other meat vendors have similar operations. Flintrock Ranch, with buffalo, beef and eggs, and Madewell Pork, with pork products, are at the market every Friday.

About Sunny Lane Farm:

Sometimes doing things the old-fashioned way is the best way. Years ago livestock and poultry were raised as God intended them to be raised: on green grass with fresh water and ample sunshine, using natural resources to produce a very lean and healthful meat. Certainly it takes more time and effort to raise animals this way.... but at Sunny Lane Farm we believe that things that take time and effort are worthwhile both for us and for our customers.

We believe at Sunny Lane Farm that we can bring to your table a very nutritious and delicious product by adhering to the practice of raising our animals the old-fashioned way. This takes time because our beef are handled using low-stress methods. Low-stress animals produce a tender meat. They are not crowded into commercial pens or feedlots. They are not given routine antibiotics, growth hormones, animal by-products or feeds that do not agree with their digestive systems. We never use pesticides, herbicides or commercial fertilizers on our pastures. To ensure that our cattle get the best grass, we use management intensive grazing which means that the cattle are rotated through a system of paddocks in the pasture every few days. With this method, they eat the best of the grass, with the most nutrients, which means the meat you serve on your table has the most nutrients possible. Grassfed beef produces a meat that is lean and full of good things like Omega 3, Beta Carotene, and CLA's (cancer-fighters). We are happy that we can provide a quality beef product using methods that help us to be good stewards of our animals and of our land. We process our beef only at USDA or state-inspected facilities to help ensure safety and quality.

We also raise Katahdin sheep at Sunny Lane Farm using a grazing rotation pattern similar to that for our beef. We interact with our sheep and other livestock daily and enjoy working with them. We have a llama on guard duty to protect our sheep from predators.

We use the same method for our pasture-raised broiler chickens, but they are moved more frequently than the cattle. They are housed in moveable pens that give them access to shelter during bad weather, but allow foraging as nature intended for them to do. They are supplemented with grains that have only plant protein and no animal by-products. We never feed them routine antibiotics or growth hormones, and don't use herbicides, pesticides or commercial fertilizers on our pastures because we do not want these chemicals in our animals. Our poultry is processed at a USDA or state-inspected facility.

We are a family farm, and are members of several organizations that support our beliefs in raising quality natural products and improving our environment by being good stewards of the land. We appreciate bringing a quality product to our customers. We hope you will get to know us, and trust our service to you. We sell our products at natural food stores, farmers markets and from the farm. We sometimes are also able to deliver to you. Please give us a call if you have ques tons, or stop by to see us.

Greg and Nancy Rasmussen
200 West US Highway 160
Lockwood, Missouri 65682
417 637-2991