• This Saturday: see our new calf, hold a chick, talk to a farmer!

    Posted on April 3, 2019 by in Uncategorized

    Chicks come from… where??

    This morning, my four-year-old was helping crack eggs for breakfast and I said to him, “Do you know that baby chicks hatch from eggs like this?” and he didn’t believe me.  (I controlled my panic at this point.)  So we pulled up a YouTube video of a chick hatching from an egg and he was spellbound.  And this feeling rose up in me that it is my job to raise children who understand how nature and our food intersect with each other.  And then I had a moment of complete self-judgement that my child had to learn this significant life lesson from YouTube.  You know this feeling, right?

    There’s no magic formula for helping our kids understand the beautiful process of food and animals and farming.  An egg doesn’t come from the store shelf; it should come from a chicken who lives happily in a field and is lovingly cared for.  And that asparagus you like grows in the spring (not year around, as the store tells us) and real milk is white and whole and wonderful, not brown or pink.  But the fact that we’re recognizing these inadequacies means that we’re headed the right direction.

    I grew up at Jako Farm but now my family lives a few miles away.  I don’t actually do the work, I just get to write about all the amazing things that happen there.  So I can say without boasting that I love what Jako Farm stands for.  I love that Daniel and Robyn care so deeply for every step of the food-growing process.  I love that they are devoting their entire livelihood to re-building the relationship between the people who grow the food and the people who eat it.

    This Saturday, there’s an opportunity for you to do just that– connect with the people who grow your food.

    “Talk to your Farmers” event on Saturday

    This Saturday, April 6, come and go from 10:00am-noon for our first “Talk to your Farmers” event.  Whether you have a list of foodie questions or just want to let the kids run, Daniel and Robyn would love to see you.  Plus, the first baby heifer calf was born this week (her name is Uno, check out her adorable picture below) and we’ve got loads of baby chicks to see.  This event is also great for new members to learn about Jako Farm, so bring a friend!  (Stay tuned for more “Talk to your Farmers” events throughout the year.)

    So this whole idea of connecting your kids to the important things in life… like food and soil and wholesomeness… Jako Farm can help with that.  There are so many things our kids don’t know (and us, frankly).  But we can all learn things together.  One thing at a time, and we’ll keep building a framework of how the world works that doesn’t involve crazy ideas like ‘eggs come from the grocery store’ and ‘Mom taught me about chicks on YouTube. ‘

    We can look at the world differently.  And our kids will be better for it. Come to Jako Farm and we’ll learn together!

    P.S.  Are unusual eggs hiding in your fridge?

    It’s the annual Jako Farm egg hunt!  We’ve hidden several fake eggs in Jako Farm cartons.  If you’ve purchased eggs this week, an impostor may be in your fridge!  When you find an impostor, return it to Jako Farm for a prize.   We’ll keep hiding fake eggs from now until Easter, so keep looking!   But don’t bother looking in every dozen… you won’t be able to spot them until you try to crack one for breakfast.

    P.P.S.  Beef side orders start next week!

    It’s almost time to order your bulk beef!  We’ll have more details next week.  Stay tuned…

    To all the spring adventures!

    Kendra Horst
    Jako Farm

    (If you’re wanting the details about how your JakoPure food is grown or raised, keep reading.)

    The JakoPure Standard

    Your family deserves pure food you can trust,  That’s why, for three generations, Jako Farm has grown grass-based food with purpose and care.  Everything in our farm store is 100% JakoPure– inspected and approved by customers who expect the very best.

    Our Guiding Standards:

    • Our animals live on pasture year-round, in low stress and respectful growing conditions.
    • Our food surpasses organic standards.  We do not use GMOs, chemicals, or growth hormones.
    • Our farming practices strive to improve– not deplete– the health of the soil, water, and ecosystem.
    • We maintain high standards of cleanliness and sanitation.
    • We are transparent in all of our farming practices.
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