Shafer Family Farm is a local, quality farm specializing in pasture raised, organically fed meat. We are small business to the core, valuing our customers to produce a reasonably priced, high quality, humanely raised product.
Operating as usual
Stocked back up on Pork at the Plane Food Market today. Chicken will be stocked back up in full next week!
Breakfast links and patties
Shafer Family Farm Breakfast sausage, Bratwurst, Ham Steak, Pork Chops, Chicken ✈✈✈ We have your main dish covered tonight.
Chickens on their final move of the year! It’s been a long, challenging but rewarding year.
We still have some room for our Whole Chicken orders if you are interested. Pick up would have to be at the Farm in Webberville on Friday or Saturday.
If you were put on “a list” and I haven’t contacted you yet, please reach out asap.
Our newest farm additions. These are American guinea hogs and are a heritage breed. They will be around longer than normal, as they take longer to grow. But the meat is premium! We think our pork is great, but this will be better, which is hard to believe.
One of the most rewarding feelings on the farm, the day the meat comes back from the butcher!
Sometimes, according to the chcikens, I’m too late getting out to feed them. And when 400 chickens are hungry, it’s nearly impossible to walk. This is my way to distract.
I never get sick of this view.
Even though these chickens are the most work, have the most challenges, and probably make me the least amount of money for my time, it’s so rewarding seeing healthy chickens on fresh, green grass free to roam.
We have just over one more week for these chickens! Really hoping the snow stays away! 😬
We are excited to share our newest farm plans for 2021!
We are experimenting with a new product!
Chicken Feet Dog Treats!
These are great for people who are looking for a healthy, nothing added option￼ for their lovable pets.
Organically fed, pasture raised, dehydrated chicken feet are full of nutrients for your dogs.
If you will see us in the next couple weeks, or REALLY want to try them, I would consider shipping. Post below 👇🏻 and I’ll make sure you get a sample to try!
We had a challenging week on the farm, but sometimes those happen. Hopefully more good then bad, but it also makes you appreciate the end product.
The chickens are enjoying their break from the rain.
2 more weeks, then done with this long, exciting, challenging, rewarding chicken season.
We prefer chicken over turkey, and a big chicken is perfect for our family for Thanksgiving. We hold over a couple chickens on our later batches.
Here are our “Thanksgiving Chickens”
They are going to be close to 13+ lbs each.
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Hauled the last pigs for the season today.
This $400 trailer has now ran over 4,000 miles, hauled 20 pigs to and from the farm, nearly 2,000 chickens to the butcher this season alone. She ain’t pretty, but she gets the job done.
Whatever happened to 7:30 being a fine time to do chores.
Now I use headlights for my light! Feeding for morning.
I need to brag on my rooster “Big Bird”
It is so important to have a great rooster as King of the Flock. We’ve had a hawk flying over for the past two days. Big Bird signals to not only his flock of over 60 hens, but also to the 400+ meat chickens near by. On his signal, they all run for cover either inside the coops, or under pine trees, or in tall grass. He continues calling out, until the hawk is gone. He then let’s out a couple more “cock-a-doodle-doos” and the hens go back to their business free ranging across the yard.
He’s the only rooster of the flock. He won’t let another in. He does his job in protecting the hens. He is calm in demeanor, and never acts aggressively.
We hatched him from an egg a couple years ago. He is half Barahma, half Leghorn.
I love when “weeds” have an opportunity to be who God has created them to be!
Market season is soon coming to an end.
We still have plenty of meat, although options are less.
Tonight we will have:
Breakfast Sausage ( bulk and links )
4 weeks to go and here is what we have: Peppers, cabbage, onions, garlic, potatoes, squash, herbs and more. Frozen Chicken and pork and local cheese! Honey, eggs, jams, syrup, bread, pies, fabulous baked goods!!! Homemade soaps, candles, herbal items and fresh dried herbs. Whimsical Art and Kettle Corn.
Gary Allen will play jazz guitar for the last time at our Market. Not to be missed!
Come see the light pole competition too.
Next week we start closing at 6:30 due to limited light.
Well, I couldn’t really turn this one down... 80 chicks coming home to the farm.
We delivered pork and chicken to another retail location today! We are excited to provide more people in our community high quality, properly raised meat.
If you are in the Williamston area, stop into LFA Farmers Market & Micro Cafe and check out the many local options, grab a pork roast, pork steak or chicken breast for dinner tonight!
We love all the different shapes, colors and sizes of our eggs. We have many different breeds of chickens including some “barnyard” breeds which means they are a mix of 2 from hatching here at the farm.
Between picking excellent laying breeds, free ranging to get extra bugs, grasses and lots of sunshine and feeding a fresh, local, organic feed, we are told by many that our eggs are the best anyone has had!
After much back and forth, and the start of downsizing our flock, we’ve decided to increase our flock for 2021.
We are excited to announce that our chicken and pork are now being sold at the LFA Farmers Market In Mason! If you haven’t been in this store, you should check it out! They support Michigan farms and businesses and many “Hyper Local” farms and businesses close to your community.
Please check out their page, give them a like, and stop in and support local!
These 400 chickens have quickly outgrown their feeders! More feeders coming this week!
We are currently feeding up to 4 times a day, and over 100 lbs a day. Soon that number will double, and possibly even triple! 😬
Last night, with some friends, we rendered lard and made cracklins. Everyone took home some for their families.
Those cracklins are gonna be a problem. They won’t last long here! 😬
The chickens are always happy to roam.
This is a great representation of Autumn!
Come check out the Chelsea Farmers Market today from 8am-1pm
One Mean Granola has granola
Jacob's Fresh Farm has veggies, honey
Tantre Farm has lots of veggies, flowers
Goetz Family Farm CSA has pumpkins, cut flowers, veggies
Para para creamery has cheese
Dougs Mugs has pottery
Heim Gardens has pumpkins, carrots, watermelons, sweet corn
La Baguette Boulangerie has bread
@brieland shoultz Farm has beef, chicken, eggs and veggies
Kapnick Orchards has baked goods, apples, pies donuts
Fluffy Bottom Farms has cheese and yogurt.
Dexter is selling bird houses and bird feeders
Look at these ducks grow!
These will be ready for a Christmas Roast! We are shooting for a 5-6lb bird.
Who has a Roasted Duck dinner tradition in their family?
We love the online order option for the Chelsea Farmers Market! Order online and pick up in the morning!
Find Shafer Family Farm on our website this week and fill your freezer!
✔️ breakfast sausage
Do you want to fill your freezer with chickens for the winter?
We are 5 weeks away from finishing our last run of Pasture Raised Chickens.
These chickens are growing great! Projecting they will weigh 4.5-5lbs each.
Whole chickens are $4.50/lb.
They are raised out on an open pasture and fed an organic grain.
The chickens are butchered at a State inspected Amish facility that cleans and packages the chickens at the highest quality.
If you would like to be added to our list to conclude 2020, send us a PM with your email and phone number and we will send you more information.
There is always one a little more curious than the rest!
Today was the chickens first experience with the rain. Rain is always the most challenging when it comes to raising meat chickens on an open pasture. They don’t quite understand when they are supposed to take shelter. Today, this batch did great!
Feeding time frenzy! These chickens LOVE to eat. But they still take a break from their grain to chase bugs, to roll in the dirt and bask in the sun!
We enjoy raising our chickens with as much space as they need.
It takes them a little longer to grow, and they won’t get quite as big as they could, but we like to think they are happier, and tastier!
They go inside every night, under protection because of the two mean ol’ owls that come visit EVERY night.
This is one happy pig!
One way to get free pork... be my neighbor and drop off fresh garden scraps!
Our farm dog Peanut out for a ride tonight.
Chickens enjoying their new space! Taking a rest near the tall grass. #pastureraised #freerangechickens #puremichigan #michiganfarmers
Moving our last chickens out on pasture. Thankful for the warmer nights ahead!
Well, we just committed to raising 40+ pigs next year. All the butcher dates are set. 4 pigs per month from March-December. 😳
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Rain or shine, we will be at the Open Air Market of Stockbridge tonight from 4-7pm.
We will have plenty of chicken for you.
If there is anything you would like for a quick pick up, you can pre-order it here and we will put your name on it!
See you tonight!
Wrestling Kittens to brighten your day.
This is what I get entertainment from.
Who needs to see some wrestling kittens this morning to brighten your day?
You are welcome! 🙂
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We are excited for another Friday at the Open Air Market of Stockbridge! We will have pork products, and fresh milled flour as well as our NEW product, Pancake Mix!
If you plan on attending, and have any special pork requests, send us a message and we will see if we can bring it and hold it for you. 🙂
What we will be bringing:
What also we have on limited supply ( we can bring if requested )
Ham Hocks ( fresh or smoked
Planting potatoes on St.Patricks Day!
Celebrating St.Patricks day by planting potatoes!
Check out the video and I want to know if you think these potatoes will grow, or if I was too early.
Here is our Mid-September Garden update video.
Take a walk with me through our garden and see what’s been good, and what’s been not-so-good! 🙂
Showing what I do with some of my volunteer plants. How do you think these tomatoes will turn out? Let me know in the comments what you do in your garden with plants that come up on their own.
What to do when your potatoes start sprouting? Check out my short demonstration.
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In 2010 our family made the decision to begin eating better. We wanted more nutrient dense food, sourced locally. We started shopping locally at co-ops, local heath stores and visiting farmers markets. We noticed such a difference in quality of food, our health and the way we felt after meals. We stopped eating out as frequent and ate fresh!
In 2014 we decided that we were capable of raising meat and veggies for our own family. The only problem was, we were renting, and didn’t have the ability to raise and grow where we were. So, the hunt was on to buy our own farm! This was an adventure of its own and the process was long and hard. Finally, in 2016 we purchased our own farm on 3.5 acres. We began with goats for milk, and a small veggie garden. The Spring of 2017 we purchased our first laying hens. I was supposed to only get 8, but 16 came home with us. We increased our garden space significantly. The Spring of 2018 we added pigs and meat chickens.
By this time, our farm was really growing. We had always had Goat Herd Shares for people to get milk. This helped pay for the feed, and some of the farm expenses for the first few years. But once we started getting into the pigs and meat chickens, our farm expenses started to rack up. We decided we needed to start making some income on the farm. We sold pigs for meat, and partnered with another family to raise chickens for them which paid for ours. But the farm vision was just beginning.
The Winter of 2018 God put it on our hearts to use the farm as a ministry. We valued so much from learning, raising and eating our own locally sourced, nutrient dense food that we wanted to share it with those in need. While serving at local food pantries, we noticed the need for fresh, nutrient dense food. We decided that God had gifted us with the passion and abilities to help our community in this area.
In 2019 we raised 500 chickens for meat. 200 of those chickens went for donation. We raised 5 pigs for meat and continued to grow our garden. Of course, the goats have always been around.
For 2020 we are still finalizing our plans, but one thing is for sure, we are still growing! We are working on many of our efficiencies and working to expand our customer base. We love the life on the farm and all the new people we have connected with. We are excited to see what God continues to challenge us with in the future at Shafer Family Farm.
Just grilled up some of the pork chops we got at one of the open air markets, such a great cut of meat!! Even our pickiest eater asked for more! Didn’t even end up needing the A1. Keep up the awesome work!
Beautiful bread made in part with your einkorn flour!! Thank you!! I will be back for more 😁
I wanted to let you know that our girls just love your chicken feed. They go nuts every time I come in to fill up their feed containers. Thank you for selling great quality chick feed.
Thanks Shafer Family Farm for the providing our chicken dinner passed on from Katie Anibal! 😍 It was delicious 🐔
We love Shafer family farm, great chicken, pork and eggs. Wonderful family too.
Thanks to Michael for the special egg delivery this morning! 🥚
I love the new logo!
Chicken has been cooking all day and my house smells amazing! Can't wait to have it for dinner!
Thanks we have been to the Schafer family farm.Great place.They are the most wonderful friendly people we have gotten to know. We also buy the great organic eggs and have enjoyed the pork. Yum yum. Worth a visit.Don& Joan Swantek.