Down at Wholesome Valley Farm the hogs we raise live most of their lives outside. Pasture raised pigs are allowed to root in the woods and pasture in the hunt for insects, nuts, and tubers. This allows our pigs to act like hogs (tear up the ground and make a mess!) and tillers that aerate…

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Sometimes we take for granted the schedule and activities around a farm. Our tours highlight some of the disconnects that can exist between our customers and us as producers. These are great moments as we find our customers always interested in deepening their understandings of the cycles that bring their food from our fields to…

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When I started Fresh Fork Market I was 21 years old – arrogant and fearless. The trials and tribulations of a startup business are quite humbling. That is why I am grateful for the mentorship of the numerous small farmers we work with. One of the most enlightening pieces of advice I ever received was from one…

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Fresh Fork Market has grown. When we launched in 2009, we only had 40 subscribers. Today that number is in the thousands. Our family of companies now includes a farm and a butcher shop: Wholesome Valley Farm and Ohio City Provisions. In 2018 alone we put over a million dollars back into our local economy.…

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Thanksgiving — our favorite holiday of the year!– is still a few weeks away, but for our farmers,Thanksgiving is really the culmination of a year’s worth of planning and hard work, especially when breeding and raising heritage turkeys. Heritage turkeys are turkeys that can naturally reproduce their same offspring. Most commercial poultry breeds are cross-breeds…

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The fat from grass-grazed animals, either in the form of milk or meat, is one of the most efficient sources of these good fatty acids. Grass-fed beef is no exception: besides being higher in CLAs, you’ll notice in the color alone the mineralization of the meat, which is the result of a more mature animal…

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We only raise chicken on pasture.  That means that fresh chicken is essentially seasonal.  We believe that it is better to sell a frozen bird that was raised on green grass, in the sunlight, and with the bugs and grub of the pasture, rather than keep them in a barn throughout the winter. So all…

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  One of the most fascinating facts about milk, I think, is that the price is fixed by a quasi‐government organization known as the milk marketing board.  In the 1930s, the USDA set up milk market orders to ensure that everyone could afford milk.  Up until the late 1960s, there were over 500 localized market…

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For those of you who followed our Countdown to Summer emails (and if you didn’t, find em here) you know our birds live outside all the time. I stopped down and saw the chickens on Friday that will be in this week’s bag. I was able to capture a couple cool pictures of them. These…

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The ground venison in this week’s bag is a real treat. The Ohio venison meat market is a pet project we’ve been trying to grow over these past few years. More White-Tailed Deer, you might say? What, are we crazy? Well actually deer farming is a really interesting business in Ohio. Formerly, there were really…

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