News from the Grasslands 2016

Spring Newsletter PotterVilla Pastures 2016


Dear Friends and Valued Customers,

You know it might be a mixed up mid-Michigan winter when it takes until the end of February to finally get around to “beginning to look a lot like Christmas!” With the recent snow storms after an extremely mild and unusual “winter,” we nearly forgot that Christmas was in fact past—and actually did slip up and forget that January is a better time to get the annual Spring Newsletter out! Spring must be launching a sneak attack this year—nothing like a couple of feet of snowfall after a green and brown (and very muddy) winter to make you forget that it’s actually springtime…

It has been a busy fall and winter here on the Pastures as we’ve worked to get all the animals safely moved and housed at the new property as that rehabilitation project continues. With much help from family and friends, and by God’s blessing, we were able to relocate all the animals by the end of last year and are looking forward to a lot of fencing project this spring to expand their pastures.

In some ways though, the mild winter has been welcome with spring coming early to the lambing barn—so far we have had 6 ewes lamb and not a single one of fifteen lambs lost! We have also now had two healthy litters of pigs and another sow is due soon. God is good!

Once again this year we are planning for three batches of Broiler Chickens for the months of June, July and August. Prices this year remain steady at $3.25/lb, with last year’s birds averaging close to 6lbs. If you’ve never tried our poultry before ask how you can get a free sample—we think it’s the best local chicken you can get!

Our Premium Pork continues to get rave customer reviews too—we would love to help you experience the best in Bacon this year! We are pleased to again offer these label defying porkers by the half and whole; pork is available in fall and winter months to complement natural growing cycles. Prices this year for Premium Pork will also remain the same at $2.75/lb hanging for whole pig orders, and $2.85/lb hanging for half pig orders which includes the cost for most processing options.

Also this fall Homegrown Lamb will be available, but we will need to know soon if you would like us to save one for you—most of our lambs are sold as feeders and we only finish out what we have orders for ahead of time. Lamb prices will also stay the same this year at $3.95/lb, however please remember that this price does not include processing fees.

We once again look forward to sharing the fruits of our labor with you in the coming year as God continues to bless them.

Matthew Potter—PotterVilla Pastures