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Top 5 Grass Fed Steak Mistakes

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“Selling grassfed meat at a farmers’ market is great work.  Folks who are inclined to buy our products are also the type of folks I most like to hang out with.  Sometimes these folks have a habit of buying our meat and then inviting us to come by and help eat it.  Amazing!  I mind my P’s and Q’s as best I can on these off-farm excursions, but admittedly, I have a teeny control streak that takes over whenever I learn that steaks are on the menu.  I have a quirky habit of offering to cook them for my guests.

Is that rude?  I don’t mean to be rude.  It’s just that, well, I have a deep fondness for our grassfed steaks, and it wreaks havoc with my inner peace (and my stomach) to see them treated with anything other than complete reverence in the kitchen.  None of my customers ever buys a steak without getting a complete lecture on how to cook them indoors and out on the grill, but I’ve learned that, in spite of my careful lectures, mistakes are sometimes made.  Here are the top 5 steak mistakes I’ve observed, even if folks follow my recipes precisely:”

-Shannon Hayes

To get the tips, visit Radical Homemaker’s direct website. Shannon Hayes is a grass fed beef farmer in NY State, she’s also a writer and community developer! We highly recommend her books “The Grass Fed Gourmet” and “Radical Homemakers”



You Are What You Eat: Dr. Christian Durepos’ Truthful Testimonial

I would recommend to anyone who is looking to eat healthier to strongly consider a short ride down Sandy Falls Road to meet the friendly, family run business of Mattagami Heights. I, for one, do not regret hooking up with Noëlla Farrell several years ago. Noëlla has not only become a friend but and integral component of my healthy eating.
As a physician, I tell clients: “You are the fuel you put in”. Food source is important to me. How that product reaches me, also matters to me. I know with Mattagami Heights that I am getting a high-quality beef product that is, local, grass-fed, without pesticides, herbicides, antibiotic-free, and growth-hormone-free. The beef is not fattened by corn or barley or other grains. The protein is lean, clean and devoid of unnecessary fat. It also tastes damn good. I cannot return to eating steaks marbled with fat or ground beef from an unknown source, with unknown farming practices.
This testimonial will matter to individuals that are sensitive to grains and gluten, as well as those wanting to eat healthier. To community-minded individuals, shopping locally at Mattagami Heights will also matter to you. Lastly, as a global community, we need to drift away from highly boxed and canned foods and revert back to simpler, healthier times of building a relationship with local food sources.
Maybe it is time to slow down the pace, have slow-cooked meals, and maybe go shake the hands of a local food source supplier. I am sure glad to have shaken hands with Noëlla several years ago. In fact, I still shake her hand every 6 months since.
Here’s to healthy handshakes and healthier eating!
Respectfully submitted,
Dr. Christian Durepos
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Jeff Leal and Agriculture

Yesterday, we were proud to host the minister of agriculture, Jeff Leal and his delegates at the farm.

After 23 years of business, we prove that beef farming in the north is not only possible but thriving. It was an honour to be an example to the potential of a growing beef farming sector.

View the entire article here.

Photo cred: Emma Meldrum/The Daily Pres

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Memoirs of the Farmer’s Daughter; Finding My Way Back to the Farm.

Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m the farmer’s daughter. I’ve been using this new fangled technology to help my folks give a voice to the farm. Unofficially, I’ve become somewhat of a narrator for Mattagami Heights Farm as we’ve embarked on this journey to build a name for the family farm.
That’s me pictured above with my proud Dad and my prized calf Betsy, at the Fall Fair. I adored and cared for that calf when she was born many years ago. Born by emergency c-section, when Betsy’s mother awoke from the procedure she didn’t recognize her calf as her own and as a result Betsy almost died. I remember cuddling Betsy the night she was born to keep her warm, and with my own mother’s gentle guidance I bottle fed her every day until she grew to be strong enough to join the herd. Looking back I see this was an amazing lesson in compassion and responsibility, knowing that our constant care could keep Betsy alive. People often tell me how lucky I am to have grown up on the farm. Though there were times in the fog of my teens and my early 20’s that I lost sight of that. Before I had “wheels”, I road my bike. If I had a Fitbit strapped to me back then I tell you……. The neighbourhood kids we’re zoned in a 5 km radius, and there was no pickin’ and choosin’ friends – you just got along with everyone. After the long journey down the dirt road you were just grateful to see another human being. Thus was my introduction to “Networking 101”.
The rows upon rows of hay bails, well that was my main stage. I would leap around singing show tunes from Les Miz, Cats and The Phantom. After show tunes I sang the entire Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill album. Atop those rows of hay bails I invented Parkour.
When friends came over “The Bails” were great for king of the castle, and there was always a whole lotta’ drama. In one particular episode of De-grassy, The Birthday Party Episode I’ll call it, my rambunctious dog set the scene for a memorable ending. That dog loved to wrestle, with me in particular, unwillingly. To onlookers the site of Buddy tossing me around like a rag doll and tugging at every piece of my winter clothes, (my long hat, my mittens on a string, the scruff of my neck, etc.) well that must have been hilarious. I have vivid memories of my party guests chanting “It’s my Party and I’ll cry if I want to” from atop the hay bails while chaos ensued on the ground floor between ol’ Buddy and me. This anarchy of course prompted me to leave the set in order to make immediate travel arrangements for my party goer’s. It went something along the lines of: “Hello Mrs.Cindy? Come get your kid. She’s officially ready for pick up” With this memory I’m reminded of a few things.. #1. My pal Buddy was a good ol’ dog #2. A severe meltdown will put an end to any party no matter how old you are Lastly, #3. It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to. With that I will tell you that becoming the narrator for Mattagami Heights Farm has allowed me to reflect on so many wonderful memories. Beyond that nostalgia, I am also thrilled about the future of farming. As Newbie Media Marketing & Design helps us capture the essence of the farm through our website, we’ve realized that we had so much more to gain from the building experience than we ever imagined. It has brought us to new levels of awareness far beyond sales or marketing. The truth is I was SUPER lucky to grow up on a farm! I believe it made me the woman I am today.
This year our goal to make our farm more recognizable in the community has left me feeling inspired & proud of my parents for going the extra mile, humbled by the hard work of my ancestors and fiercely committed to the sustainability and legacy of Mattagami Heights Farm. When reading this note I hope I sparked some of your own fond memories of times spent on a farm. If I’ve shared this to your personal page, it’s because you’re a part of my farm memories and I know you have a story to tell. Please pass on the memories and add your own farm memory to the comments section below or simply share story/lesson/inside joke of any farm, 4H Club or Fall Fair for that matter. As always, Mattagami Heights Farm welcomes you back to the farm. Come visit with us and create new memories, but stay the hell off our hay bails
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It’s Calving Season

Springtime is an exciting time at the farm. During calving season, the barn turns into an active maternity ward. A farmer has to be vigilant to ensure that every calf born has a fighting chance at survival, while severe fluctuations in temperature can make that a challenge.
So far this year we’ve had an 8/8 survival rate!
Thanks to constant barn checks, our newly installed video surveillance system, sunny breaks in the weather and a farmer’s devotion to the safety & well-being of the herd.
17 calves to go, wish the mamas luck!!

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Cooking Tips

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