Rettland Farm

Rettland Farm

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Rettland Farm-To-You


We know how it is.

You love our farm and products, but it's just too difficult to get to our retail store on a regular basis.

We love getting our products to you, but the traditional farmer's market in your neighborhood doesn't seem to be a good fit for us, for a bunch of reasons.

Good news!  We have found the perfect solution for all!

Rettland Farm-To-You

We are thrilled to announce the beginning of our new retail operation, Rettland Farm-To-You!

Rettland Farm-To-You is a monthly service that allows our loyal customers, those who live a bit too far away to regularly visit our on-farm retail shop, to pre-order any of our retail meats or other available products, and then have them delivered to a central location close to their homes!


How Does it Work??

Easy.
  • Every month, we will post a full listing of all meat cuts and other products that are available for that month.  We'll make you aware of the listing by email and social media.
  • You send us an email order by the deadline, and we fill them on a first come basis.
  • After the order is filled, we collect payment (either by credit card or check).
  • We deliver to you!  Delivery is made to a convenient, central location, on a given day at a specific time.  You simply pick up your order, and you are on your way in minutes!
What's Available?

We will feature a full line of retail pork cuts and chickens, all made from our own antibiotic free, GMO free, seasonally pastured animals here at Rettland Farm.  

To supplement our product lines, we will also partner with other farms to provide other proteins like beef and lamb to supplement our products.  We ALWAYS label the origin of meats produced by other farms, and they ALWAYS meet the same high standards we set for our own products.

All cuts will be processed under USDA inspection, packaged in cryovac packaging, and frozen.  Availability of specific cuts may vary, so check the listing each month for items available that month.

Where Are the Drop Locations?

The following locations have agreed to be drop locations for Rettland Farm-To-You.  Please thank them for their willingness to both support our farm and also to get wholesome, local food into their communities!
We will continue to add new locations in the coming months.  Have an idea for a drop location in your town or neighborhood?  Let us know by email to rettlandfarm@gmail.com. 

Join The Group!

To be sure you don't miss this great opportunity, drop us an email at rettlandfarm@gmail.com and ask to be put on the Farm-To-You mailing list.  That way we can be sure to let you know when product lists are put up, as well as order deadlines and delivery days.  

Hope to see you soon, in YOUR neighborhood!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Rettland Farm Share 2016

It's February.

Groundhogs.

Presidents.

Valentine's.

And the new Rettland Farm Share roll out!

That's right, Farmees.  It's that time of year when we open up our Farm Share for enrollment.  The Farm Share is our version of a CSA, only with more flexibility and options built in for our members!

Here's how it works:

The Buy In Phase:

Like any CSA, we have to start with the buy in, the price you pay for membership in the farm share.

Unlike most CSAs, however, you decide the price you pay for this one.

That's right, there is no set CSA fee for the Farm Share.  You pay what you can based on your budget and food needs.

What we offer you in return for your commitment to the farm for the year is a little "thank you" in the form of a bonus on top of your investment.

  • For amounts up to $499, we will add 3% to the amount of your investment.  
  • For amounts of $500 and up we will add 8% to the amount of your investment.  
  • And for amounts over $1000, we'll simultaneously be impressed and humbled by your dedication to Rettland Farm, we'll give you the 8% bonus, and we'll throw in a Rettland Farm “Taste Freedom” T-Shirt!


You can make your investment anytime between now and May 1, 2016.  However, we’ve added an early pay bonus this year as well:
  • Pay for your Farm Share before March 1, 2016 and receive an ADDITIONAL 3% bonus.
  • Pay for your Farm Share before April 1, 2016 and receive an ADDITIONAL 2% bonus.

Just remember that the Buy-In phase closes May 1, 2015, and Farm Shares will not be available after that date.

When we have received your fees, we will issue you a Share Card.  We’re actually leaping into the 21st Century this year, and the Share Cards will be plastic!  (No more savings books, which, though quaint, were a little cumbersome, we’ll be the first to admit.)

The amount on the Share Card will be equal to your dollar investment plus all of your applicable bonuses, whatever they may be.  At that point all you need to do is to wait for May 2.

Because beginning May 2, we begin the Share phase.

The Share Phase:

After May 2, and until your Share Card balance reaches $0, you are entitled to begin collecting your Farm Share, in the form of ANY of the products that we produce and have available for sale at that time.  No set quantities.  No fixed items. No mandatory pick up schedule.

What’s Available This Year?

  • Pastured Broiler Chickens: Pasture raised, antibiotic free, GMO free, whole chickens and occasionally parts and pieces.
  • Heritage Pork:  Pasture/Free Range raised, heritage breed, antibiotic free, GMO free.  We carry a wide variety of retail cuts, sold frozen in cryovac packaging.  Some cuts include pork chops, boneless loins, roasts, sausages, bacon, cured boneless hams, fresh leg steaks, spareribs, baby back ribs….plus cured, bone in “holiday hams” for the holidays by Special Order
  • Eggs:  From pastured hens, antibiotic free, GMO free.
  • We’re also making arrangements to bring in other staple items like beef and lamb from other farmers.  These products will always be clearly marked with the name of the folks that produce it—we’re going to carry them because they are awesome products that we eat ourselves, and also to broaden your selection when you visit the Larder.
  • And anything else that we can grow ourselves or source from other fantastic local growers.

In short, you can take ANY Rettland Farm product that we have available throughout the season, in ANY quantity that you'd like to have it in.  The idea here is to make your Farm Share more customized to your needs and tastes, and not try to cram everyone into the same mold.

The Point(s) of Sale:

The main point of sale, where you will be able to collect your Farm Share will be the Larder at Rettland Farm, at 2776 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA.  At a minimum, The Larder will be open Saturdays, and we are considering Friday evening hours as well. And access to The Larder is always available by appointment.

**For our Members in Baltimore—We finally have the beginnings of a Buyer’s Club program for you! We have been graciously offered a drop point at Waterfront Kitchen in Fells Point once per month.  We are also looking for potential drop locations in North Baltimore, and we’ll let you know as soon as we find them.  Let me know if you would like more info!

At the point of sale, you will simply select the products that you'd like to buy just like you would do at any farmers' market, and then present them to our Team member at the point of sale along with your Share Card.  The retail price of your purchases will be added up, and the total will be deducted from your remaining balance on the Share Card. 

You'll repeat this process until your balance reaches $0, at which point you are still welcome to shop with us.  You'll just use other forms of payment besides your Share Card.

Additional Perks:

In addition to the cash bonus on the Share Card, you'll also receive a few extra perks for being part of the Farm Share.

  • To give you the best selection of our available products each week, Share members will get first dibs on our inventory, no matter what.  Members will be allowed early access to the Larder each day it is open.  So if the Larder's posted hours have it opening at 12 noon for the general public, it will be open at 10 am for Share members.
  • Share members will also receive early bird tips about special products that we have available in limited quantities, such as holiday hams or Thanksgiving turkeys, before we announce their availability to the general public. You will also get first crack at our Farm Dinners held throughout the year.
  • Finally, we'll give each member one insulated reuseable tote bage that you can use to safely carry your goodies home from your visits to the Larder.


The Fine Print:

Please understand that while we're trying maximize your freedom of choice, we're still a relatively small farm, and sometimes our inventories of certain products are low. It's important to know that this is still a CSA of sorts, and by no means a mega supermarket with seemingly endless supplies of everything.

There will be days that we don't have what you want.  But we will always have something awesome for you to eat.  CSAs are meant to challenge your thinking when it comes to food, and make you step outside your comfort zone when it comes to cooking.  So if we don't have bacon on the shelf when you visit, rest assured that we'll have it next week or the week after, and these pork minute steaks will be amazing on your plate until then.

Plan to take 6-8 months to exhaust your share.  That is certainly the intention, to allow you to experience as much of the farm's seasonality as possible.  If you try to collect your full share in the blink of an eye early in the season, you're going to miss out on some great stuff later in the season. 

How to Join:

Simply send me an email.  rettlandfarm@gmail.com and put “Farm Share” in the subject line.  Let me know that you're interested and the approximate dollar amount you'd like to invest.  We'll take it from there.

Thanks to you all for your continued support.  Here’s to a great Farm Share 2016!





Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Help Wanted: Head Butcher



Want to join the Rettland Farm team?? We're hiring!

Head Butcher
Background: 

Rettland Farm is a small diversified farm in Gettysburg, PA, producing pastured poultry and livestock for direct sale to professional restaurant as well as home kitchens. Our family farm is growing, and as a result we are adding to our team.  We are seeking a motivated, dependable individual to join our team on a full time basis as a Head Butcher for our on-farm, very small, very low volume, USDA inspected poultry slaughter plant.

This position will be full time, year round beginning on or about March 15, 2016, with a set schedule of days per week and hours per day.  Current plans include (4)-10 hour days per work week, but this is subject to change.

Job Description:

The Head Butcher will be responsible for conducting daily operations of a busy, small scale, on-farm poultry slaughter plant.  At a minimum, specific required tasks will include: performing and delegating plant sanitation duties; verifying and documenting that all plant sanitation activities are done in accordance with written preoperational and operational Sanitary SOPs; leading a crew of 2 or 3 additional personnel in performing the slaughter and packaging of poultry for retail sale and wholesale distribution; perform monitoring of Critical Control Points according to plant HACCP systems and recording the results of those observations; perform plant quality assurance observations; following instructions from in-plant USDA inspection personnel; striving to make plant sanitation and food safety a top priority every day;  performing any other tasks that may arise, or are assigned by the Plant Manager (Owner).

Essential Skills: 

The successful candidate will be able to work independently and as part of a team; have exceptional leadership, communication and interpersonal skills; possess a high degree of personal hygiene; work in refrigerated temperatures; be able to lift and carry up to 70 lbs; humanely handle, kill, and eviscerate poultry using approved techniques and procedures; and understand HACCP principles and thoroughly complete HACCP monitoring records.

Minimum Qualifications:

 At a minimum, the successful candidate will:

       Possess verifiable experience in a meat processing plant, with an advantage to those candidates with supervisory experience, and/or experience in poultry slaughter.
       Possess a valid driver's license (non-CDL)
       Be willing to submit to a criminal background check
       Be available for work on a full time basis on a set schedule that will include weekdays.

Compensation:

We offer a competitive salary based upon experience, plus employee discounts on all products in our on-farm retail store. 

Contact:


For more information, please email a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to rettlandfarm@gmail.com.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Farm Share 2015

If you remember, last year we took a little different approach to a typical CSA for our farm.  We discussed the reasons for doing so here.

We came up with a new program we call the Farm Share, and we rolled it out for the first time in 2014.

It worked pretty well.

So, we're going to do it again.

The Rettland Farm Share 2015 is Open for Business!

Here's how it works:

The Buy In Phase:

Like any CSA, we have to start with the buy in, the price you pay for membership in the farm share. 

Unlike most CSAs, however, you decide the price you pay for this one.
That's right, no set CSA fee.  You pay what you can based on your budget and food needs.
What we offer you in return for your commitment to the farm for the year is a little "thank you" in the form of a bonus on top of your investment.

For amounts up to $499, we will add 5% to the amount of your investment.  For amounts of $500 and up we will add 10% to the amount of your investment.  And for amounts over $1000, we'll simultaneously be impressed and humbled by your dedication to Rettland Farm, we'll give you the 10% bonus, and we'll throw in your choice of a Rettland Farm ballcap or T-Shirt.  For amounts over $2000, after we get over being gobsmacked by your awesomeness, we'll give you all of the other bonuses, plus a loaf of sourdough bread, made from our own organic wheat flour, baked by yours truly, and delivered, still warm, to your door.  (Heck, we'll even make you some butter to go along with it!)

You can make your investment anytime between now and May 1, 2015.  You can pay it all at once, or make installments as often as you like.  The schedule is entirely up to you, but the Buy-In phase closes May 1, 2015, and no funds will be accepted after that date.

We can also gladly accept credit cards for your Share.  However we will have to pass along a small 3% fee for that service.

Once you have paid your fees, we will issue you a Share Card, which will be modeled after a savings account passbook.  The amount on the Share Card will be equal to your dollar investment plus your bonus, whatever that may be.  At that point all you need to do is to wait for May 2.
Because beginning May 2, we begin the Share phase.

The Share Phase
After May 2, and until your Share Card balance reaches $0, you are entitled to begin collecting your Farm Share, in the form of ANY of the products that we produce and have available for sale at that time.  No set quantities.  No fixed items. No mandatory pick up schedule. 

What’s Available This Year?

You probably know we produce pastured broiler chickens while the grass is green.  You can take some of them as your share, starting around May 1.

And we also raise pigs that ultimately make some pretty tasty pork, from chops to bacon to hams to all manner of sausages.  You can claim some of that for your share too.


We also play around with some organic grains, and we grind them into flour sometimes.  Or sometimes we sell the grains whole.  So now grains and flour can be part of your share too, if you're so inclined.

Eggs. Yes, the next generation of farmers here are starting up an egg business, and have their birds brooding in our living room as we speak, so look for some pretty special eggs to join the show this year.

Look for some lamb late in the summer.  We’ll have that too.
We’re also making arrangements to bring in other staple items like beef, and maybe some produce, from other farmers.  These products will always be clearly marked with the name of the folks that produce it—we’re going to carry them because they are awesome products that we eat ourselves, and also to broaden your selection when you visit the Larder.

In short, you can take ANY Rettland Farm product that we have available throughout the season, in ANY quantity that you'd like to have it in.  The idea here is to make your Farm Share more customized to your needs and tastes, and not try to cram everyone into the same mold.

The Point of Sale

The main point of sale, where you will be able to collect your Farm Share will be the Larder at Rettland Farm, at 2776 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA.  At a minimum, The Larder will be open Saturdays, and we are considering Friday evening hours as well. And access to The Larder is always available by appointment.
(For our Members in Baltimore, I am willing to put together a Buyer's Club program for you, with deliveries to Charm City throughout the year.  We just need to get a group of the Rettland Farm Faithful together so we can make that trip!) 

At the point of sale, you will simply select the products that you'd like to buy just like you would do at any farmers' market, and then present them to our Team member at the point of sale along with your Share Card.  The retail price of your purchases will be added up, and the total will be deducted from your remaining balance on the Share Card. 

You'll repeat this process until your balance reaches $0, at which point you are still welcome to shop with us.  You'll just use other forms of payment besides your Share Card.

Additional Perks
In addition to the cash bonus on the Share Card, you'll also receive a few extra perks for being part of the Farm Share.
To give you the best selection of our available products each week, Share members will be allowed early access to the Larder each day it is open.  So if the Larder's posted hours have it opening at 12 noon for the general public, it will be open at 10 am for Share members.

Share members will also receive early bird tips about special products that we have available in limited quantities, such as holiday hams or Thanksgiving turkeys, before we announce their availability to the general public.
Finally, we'll give each member one insulated reuseable tote bage that you can use to safely carry your goodies home from your visits to the Larder.

The Fine Print

Please understand that while we're trying maximize your freedom of choice, we're still a relatively small farm, and sometimes our inventories of certain products are low. It's important to know that this is still a CSA of sorts, and by no means a mega supermarket with seemingly endless supplies of everything. 

There will be days that we don't have what you want.  But we will always have something awesome for you to eat.  CSAs are meant to challenge your thinking when it comes to food, and make you step outside your comfort zone when it comes to cooking.  So if we don't have bacon on the shelf when you visit, rest assured that we'll have it next week or the week after, and these pork minute steaks will be amazing on your plate until then.

Plan to take 6-8 months to exhaust your share.  That is certainly the intention, to allow you to experience as much of the farm's seasonality as possible.  If you try to collect your full share in the blink of an eye early in the season, you're going to miss out on some great stuff later in the season.  And make things really stressful for us.

How to Join:

Simply send me an email.  farmer@rettlandfarm.com and put “Farm Share” in the subject line.  Let me know that you're interested, the approximate dollar amount you'd like to invest, and what payment schedule you're thinking about, if any.  I'll take it from there.
(And if you're from the Baltimore area, please let me know that too.  We'll see what we can do about putting together a Buyer's Club there.  Be forewarned though:  I may ask you to help!)
Thanks to you all for your continued support.  Here’s to a great 2015!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Farm Table Dinner at Rettland Farm, featuring 154 Supperclub

You are hereby receiving notice of the first ever Farm Table dinner at our farm!
 
We have teamed up with 154 Supperclub, with Chef Josh Fidler at the helm.  (In his spare time, Josh is also the Executive Chef at Garryowen Irish Pub in Gettysburg.  I hear that sometimes he also does things besides cooking, but that may just be a rumor).
 
The Pertinent Details:
  • We will host this dinner on Sunday, June 22, 2014, beginning at 5:30 pm at Rettland Farm at Far Oakes, located at 2776 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA.

  • Here is the menu for this feast.  It looks insane! 


  • The suggested donation to cover the cost of the food and the culinary talent is $60 per person.  You will need to pay by cash or check, and payment details can be worked out with your reservation. 

  • Please bring your favorite alcoholic beverage to enjoy with your meal, (BYOB) if you wish to do so.  Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

  
This is an extremely limited seating event, so DON"T DELAY if you'd like to attend.  We expect the dinner to sell out very quickly!
 
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me or Josh at the above email address. 
 
I hope you can join us for what is shaping up to be a fantastic evening of food and fun!
 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Rettland Farm Share 2014



 
So we covered the WHY of the new Rettland Farm Farm Share program here.

Now let's talk about the HOW.


1. The Buy In Phase:

Like any CSA, we have to start with the buy in, the price you pay for membership in the farm share.

Unlike most CSAs, however, you decide the price you pay for this one.

That's right, no set CSA fee. You pay what you can based on your budget and food needs.

What we offer you in return for your committment to the farm for the year is a little "thank you" in the form of a bonus on top of your investment.


The Bonuses

 

  • For amounts up to $499, we will add 5% to the amount of your investment. 


  • For amounts of $500 and up we will add 10% to the amount of your investment.

  • For amounts over $1000, we'll simultaneously be impressed and humbled by your dedication to Rettland Farm, we'll give you the 10% bonus, and we'll throw in your choice of a Rettland Farm ballcap or T-Shirt.

  • For amounts over $2000, after we get over being gobsmacked by your awesomeness, we'll give you all of the other bonuses, plus a loaf of sourdough bread, made from our own organic wheat flour, baked by yours truly, and delivered, still warm, to your door. (Heck, we'll even make you some butter to go along with it!)

The Timeline
 
You can make your investment anytime between now and April 1, 2014. You can pay it all at once, or make installments as often as you like. The schedule is entirely up to you, but the Buy-In phase closes April 1, 2014 and no funds will be accepted after that date.

Once you have paid your fees, we will issue you a Share Card, which will be modeled after a savings account passbook. The amount on the Share Card will be equal to your dollar investment plus your bonus, whatever that may be. At that point all you need to do is to wait for April 2.

Because beginning April 2, we begin the Share phase.


2. The Share Phase:


After April 2, and until your Share Card balance reaches $0, you are entitled to begin collecting your Farm Share, in the form of ANY of the products that we produce and have available for sale at that time.

You probably know we produce pastured broiler chickens while the grass is green. You can take some of them as your share.


 
And we also raise pigs that ultimately make some pretty tasty pork, from chops to bacon to hams to all manner of sausages. You can claim some of that for your share too.

Aaaaand we are starting to produce some organic grains, and we grind them into flour. Flour can be part of your share too, if you're so inclined.

How 'bout the new goodies we're working on behind the scenes? You know, the stuff that we're 99% sure we're going to have, but are too superstitious to mention?  Yep, that stuff too if we can get them to work out.

In short, you can take ANY Rettland Farm product that we have available throughout the season, in ANY quantity that you'd like to have it in. (*Please read "The Fine Print..."*)

No more set quantities. No more fixed items. And no more mandatory pick up schedule

The idea here is to make your Farm Share more customized to your needs and tastes, and not try to cram everyone into the same mold. To quote one of my wife's and my favorite movie lines:  "I am a peacock, you gotta let me fly!!" 

So fly, my little Peacocks.  Fly!

3. The Point of Sale:


As of now, the main point of sale, where you will be able to collect your Farm Share will be the New Larder at Rettland Farm, set to open soon on Baltimore Pike, south of Gettysburg, PA. The Larder will be open Saturdays, and by appointment if needed.

(For our Members in Baltimore, I am working on putting together a Buyer's Club program for you, with periodic deliveries to Charm City throughout the year. See special instructions for you at the end of this post)

In either location, you will simply select the products that you'd like to buy just like you would do at any farmers' market, and then present them to our Team member at the point of sale along with your Share Card. The retail price of your purchases will be added up, and the total will be deducted from your remaining balance on the Share Card.

You'll repeat this process until your balance reaches $0, at which point you are still welcome to shop with us. You'll just use other forms of payment besides your Share Card.


4. Additional Perks:


In addition to the cash bonus on the Share Card, you'll also receive a few extra perks for being part of the Farm Share.



  • To give you the best selection of our available products each week, Share members will be allowed early access to the Larder each day it is open. So if the Larder's posted hours have it opening at 12 noon for the general public, it will be open at 10 am for Share members.

  • Share members will also receive early bird tips about special products that we have available in limited quantities, such as holiday hams or Thanksgiving turkeys, before we announce their availability to the general public.

  • Finally, we'll give each member one insulated reuseable tote bage that you can use to safely carry your goodies home from your visits to the Larder.


5. The Fine Print:


Please understand that while we're trying maximize your freedom of choice, we're still a small farm, and sometimes our inventories of certain products are low. It's important to know that this is still a CSA of sorts, and by no means a mega supermarket with seemingly endless supplies of everything.

Be aware that we as producers are flying blind here a little bit, the necessary trade off for this new flexible CSA. So gauging demand for each product is going to take a little practice and finesse on our part.

Please know this up front: There will be days that we don't have what you want. But we will always have something awesome for you to eat. CSAs are meant to challenge your thinking when it comes to food, and make you step outside your comfort zone when it comes to cooking it.

So if we don't have bacon on the shelf when you visit, rest assured that we'll have it next week or the week after, and these pork minute steaks will be amazing on your plate until then.

Plan to take 6-8 months to exhaust your share. That's certainly the intention, to allow you to experience as much of the farm's seasonality as possible. If you try to collect your full share in the blink of an eye early in the season, you're going to miss out on some great stuff later in the season. And also make things really stressful for us.


6. How to Join:


Simply send me an email. farmer@rettlandfarm.com. Let me know that you're interested, the approximate dollar amount you'd like to invest, and what payment schedule you're thinking about, if any. I'll take it from there.

(And if you're from the Baltimore area, please let me know that too. We'll give you more info about how we're going to work the Buyer's Club there)

Hopefully you'll consider being a part of our new Farm Share program! 

We are really looking forward to hearing from you!




Sunday, January 12, 2014

The 2014 Farm Share: Prologue




So we're gonna try something a little different this year.

You know we've done the CSA thing in the past, right?

For two consecutive years, we've had a Chicken CSA. We've also kicked the tires on a pork CSA that we called Share-A-Swine on two occasions, once here at home and once for the good folks of the greater Baltimore area.

Both CSAs seem to be enjoyed by the members who participate, and we always had some repeat members, and lots of questions about when the next one would start from others.

But I feel like we can improve on the whole concept, from nose to tail.

For starters, we shouldn't be limiting the CSA shares to one specific product. I mean, we're a diversified farm that produces a variety of products already, have a couple in the R&D phase, and still more in the "thinkin" stage. So why are we only offering CSAs with one product in them?

It is also really tricky to put together a CSA that appeals to the greatest number of people. Some people would really enjoy chicken breasts one week, and skip the whole bird, you know? And, "hey Beau, we really could have used 3 lbs of the OCC sausage this week for our July 4th party with the in-laws, but there was only one in our share..."

Or picking up the shares.  Or missing shares because of vacation.  Or not being able to participate at all because of the up front costs.

These are legitimate problems, and I worry about the people who have them. They are not getting the experience from our food that I want them to have, and I want to do better for them.

So, we're going to do just that. Offer more products. Offer more variety. Offer greater flexibility for pickups. And offer more value.

It's the NEW and IMPROVED Rettland Farm CSA, designed to run faster, jump higher, and fly further than all previous Rettland Farm CSAs!

Most importantly, I think you're gonna love it.

Stay tuned for the full details. Very soon.