Recipes and References

Welcome to GlenHaven Farm!

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Hello! Sweet Pea here! Let me explain a little side note: we are in the process of renovating our site so if things seems a bit disjointed we’re sorry. Please bear with us as we get situated! The techno learning curve for these farmers is almost as big as my pregnant belly! 

 

 

One of the main products we raise is pastured chicken.  Currently they are sold whole and frozen so our customers frequently ask:

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Well, friend, let me tell ya!

There are many ways to prepare a whole chicken. Back in the old days that’s all people had, right?

 

Here are some of the things we do at the farm with our whole chickens.

Stew the chicken (sometimes I’ll even do 2 at a time) in a pot of water with whatever vegetables are on hand and your basic seasonings: salt, pepper, garlic, onion till chicken falls off the bone (about 1.5-2 hours). Let cool, save liquid for stock and then strip the meat from the bone.  Package meat in freezer bags and use to make casseroles, chicken tacos or chicken salad for quick, easy meals.

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We’ve also done beer can chicken on the grill, chicken and dumplings (#1 on the family favorite list)  and crock pot barbecue chicken.

 

Many of you have asked about how to cut-up and or cook a whole chicken. I found this great link to demonstrate the cutting technique along with how to make simple stock.

 


WHY THE HECK SHOULD I BUY THIS CHICKEN

WHEN I CAN GET SOME AT THE GROCERY STORE?

OK –  here’s the deal: there are many benefits to eating pastured chicken but rather than taking time to reinvent the wheel …

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I’m sharing a fabulous, comprehensive article HERE. I would encourage you to read the whole article however it is lengthy (that’s what makes it so comprehensive lol) so I’ve listed some highlights below.

Pastured products are generally higher in nutrients than those raised in CAFO (confined or concentrated animal feeding operation).

> Understand that labels can be misleading. For instance, free-range doesn’t mean pastured. Many times the animal just has access to the outdoors without ever seeing it or they can be ‘free ranging’ into a mud pit.

Pastured animals are raised in fresh air and sunshine, living life the way they were created to live, not indoors in filthy ammonia toxic air eating their own poo.

>80% of antibiotics are used on factory animals because the conditions are so nasty. These antibiotics are passed on to those who eat the product. *

 

There is a plethora of information out there but it is up to us to do our research and be informed about what we are eating and feeding our family. I hope this ignites something in you to become a well informed consumer and support your local farmers!

At Glenhaven Farm we follow the practices of Joel Salatin as best we can. He has written numerous books and has multiple youtube videos regarding this subject. The nice thing is, you’re always welcome to visit us and see how we do things. Factory farms don’t allow that.

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See you soon and happy farming!

Susan, Beth and the GlenHaven Farm Ninjas

 

*All chicken in the US can wear the label ‘antibiotic free” as long as the reside tests under the “certain parts per billion” threshold that the government has established. So, it can be labeled antibiotic freemen if it got antibiotics from the day it was hatched to the day it was slaughtered.

 

 

 

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What’s Your Favor – the Grove 6.25.18

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Lord, open our hearts and minds to receive what You have for us today! In Jesus’ name, amen.

In our last gathering we discussed God’s order  illustrated in Mark 6 and the feeding of the 5000. (Check it out here)

Putting our lives in order requires us to be in a position of surrender. It also positions us for God’s favor.

The word favor is mentioned >100 times in the Bible; mostly where people are humbling themselves to ask, “O Lord, if I have found favor in Your sight…”

Turn to Malachi 1:6-9. Malachi is warning the people that their offerings are not suitable and they’re giving God junk, instead of their best.  Sadly, Malachi is talking to the religious people and much like the church today, we have not honored God the way we should.

He counsels them: “Entreat the Lord for His favor so He will be gracious to us” (v.9).

Malachi is saying, “look, God sees what you’re doing but there’s a way out of your sin! All you need to do is ask God for His graciousness, kindness and generosity with the right heart.

I certainly don’t walk to walk around without God’s graciousness being extended to me! Do you?

Are we giving God our best? Are we honoring Him? Are we giving Him our leftover time, money, service or are we living our lives  in obedience to HIM?

We need His favor y’all!

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Who had God’s favor?

Let’s look at some examples so we can get a clearer picture of why we should ask for God’s favor. Abraham (Genesis 19:21) and Joseph (Genesis 39:21) were both blessed by God’s favor, especially in the tough times.  The Israelites had so much favor  the Egyptians brought them gold and silver! (Exodus 3:21).

Gideon pleaded for favor in Judges 6, Samuel had favor with God and man (1 Sam 2:26), Job and Daniel all had favor.

King Hezekiah though messed up. He missed out on God’s favor due to pride (2 Chronicles 32:25).

But look at Mary – she had so much favor she was chosen to be the mother of Christ! (Luke 1:30). Jesus, like Samuel, had favor with God and man (Luke 2:42)

Check our Acts 2:46-47 … they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added daily to the church those who were being saved.

Think about it!

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What does favor bring?

Answered prayers (Gen. 19:21), fruit, multiplication and confirmation of His covenant (Lev. 26:9), protection (Psalm 5:12), life (Psalm 30:5), strength and the ability to stand strong (Psalm30:7) and possession of land (Psalm 44:3) aka our inheritance! What a basket of goodies!

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How do we get favor?

  1. Through belief in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
  2. By asking from a position of humility.
  3. By honestly seeking good.
  4. Having good understanding.

Sign me up Lord!

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Remember:

God takes pleasure in our prosperity (Psalm35:27). HE wants us to succeed and live in the abundant life He has promised us.

Having His favor is like receiving the cloud of the latter rain (Proverbs 16:15) and dew on the grass (Proverbs 19:12). Both of these phrases are symbolic terms for blessing – the latter rain was necessary for the harvest and the dew on the grass represents the manna that comes from God every morning, His mercies truly are new every day!

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Not having God’s favor can wall us in and limit our view. It can lead to bondage and backsliding.

What in our life is hindering God’s favor?

 

 

 

Let’s humble ourselves, ask for His favor because we need His grace!

 

 

 

PS – This article is a teaching / study time done at the Grove (our Bible gatherings at the farm) so the format is different than my usual blog. I would encourage you to look up the scriptures listed above and sit before the Lord in a spirit of surrender and allow Him to minister to you.

 

We would love to hear what He has done in your life!

G is for GlenHaven

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GlenHaven Farm – brought to you by the letter G! G for GlenHaven, G for God, G for green pastures and great animals. Gee it’s gosh darn hot outside so pass the sweet tea and take  few minutes to chat! Just when you think you can’t take another day of heat and humidity, (I liken it to roasting a wet sponge), God sends the rain! Hallelujah – it happened this morning and today, G is for glorious!

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We’ve got two very pregnant cows scheduled to deliver any day now. My plan was for them to be pregnant at separate times of the year, not at the same time  – somehow they didn’t get that memo so we’ve had no fresh milk since May! Aaagh – difficult for us raw milk addicts around here! So, for them G is for get on with it, already!

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G is also for goats, more specifically, Nigerian Dwarf goats! Their chief job around here is to prove no fence can stand against their escape tactics and then to climb on your lap so you can’t be mad at them! They’re very affectionate and nothing brings comfort like a 10 goat cuddle as the day wanes into night!

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But the best part of the letter G is the great workers we have around here – running a farm like this is definitely a group effort, each person doing their part and we appreciate all they do!

I could GO on and on (see what I did there?) but I will go ahead and save some G words for another post.

Happy Farming!