September 5, 2017

Why grass-fed meat?

Why you should care about eating grass-fed meat and not commercially raised, grain-fed meat. Jackson Station in Leelanau County offers pastured pork and beef, with local delivery making it easy and accessible for their customers.

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Our animals are not just raised in a humane and loving way for the care of the animal, but for the final product’s health to you and for it’s benefits to the land and environment.

There are important reasons why we are passionate about raising grass fed meat for the health of it. We want to make it accessible too, offering local customers in Northern Michigan a “farm to table” experience, delivering orders right to their door. We know it’s convenient to purchase meat from the grocery store, especially for last minute meals. But next time you see that package of and go to pick it up, consider your choice of meat for the care of the animal, what it is doing for your health and how it’s impacting the environment.

We learned of these benefits long before we started farming. When a fire was put inside my husband to move towards a life of sustainability, better health and raising our own food, we were called to make some tough choices to get where we here now. We’re grateful to be where we are, putting our roots down in beautiful Leelanau County being a part of the change we wish to see in the world!

There’s lots of reading out there, studies have already been done, articles already published, so we compiled some of the stand-out facts for you to note…

Why you should eat grass-fed meat and not commercially-raised,

the Highlights…

• Commercially raised meat, grain-fed are practically synthetic animals. Fed to fatten, the grains are super high in Omega 6’s, which we already have too much of in our system (from foods cooked in oils, crackers, cereal, chips, candies, cakes and more). Did you know too much of these Omega 6’s in our body can cause blood clotting and heart disease – eshk!  (Read more about how most of us have an imbalance of Omega 6’s in our body and why we need more Omega 3’s, here.)

• Pasture-raised animals bodies are able to store nutrients like CoQ10, and especially Omega 3 fatty acids (a natural blood thinner, grass-fed meat is one of the best sources for this, unless you like sardines – but those may have mercury, so yeah, eat grass-fed meat!).

• According to the Mayo Clinic, Grass-fed beef has benefits that other types of beef do not have: Leaner meat, More conjugated linoleic acid (a type of fat that’s thought to reduce heart disease and cancer risks) and more antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin E.

• Not just speaking of beef, but we’re raising better tasting pork on pasture too by this simple recipe: “Sunshine, Grass & Low Stress” (ref: Robb Wolf, Revolutionary Solutions to a Modern Life)

• Pigs raised on pasture have 300 percent more vitamin E and 74 percent more selenium (a vital antioxidant) in their milk than pigs raised in confinement and more natural vitamin D in the lard.

• We offer a reliable product – We do all of the breeding and farrowing on-site throughout the year, offering a more controlled product. While other small-scale farmer’s usually purchase feeder pigs from an outside source in the spring to raise to market in the fall, you may not get the same quality of meat each time you purchase from them.

• Additionally, we give no unnecessary antibiotics or growth stimulators (hormones) to our animals, rather we prefer to use Holistic methods for treatment – when rarely needed.

• Our livestock’s grass is supplemented with only Non-GMO grain/feed.

In addition to your health, our farming practices are better for the land and water too!

• “A lot of unmanageable waste in the form of animal manure is created from CAFO farming. As it sits in large piles or in lagoons, it spills into surface and groundwater. This causes high levels of nitrogen and pathogens, and contributes to fish kills and “dead zones”

• “On pasture, grazing animals do their own fertilizing and harvesting. The ground is covered with greens all year round, so it does an excellent job of harvesting solar energy and holding on to top soil and moisture. As you will read in the bulletins below, grazed pasture removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere more effectively than any land use, including forestland and ungrazed prairie, helping to slow global warming.” -EatWild.com

• Note this photo below from forestland on our farm: After only being on our land for 2 months with the animals, we’re already adding to the biodiversity of the land…see the grass and other organisms growing in the partly sunny woods where the animals have been hanging out!


Articles referenced in this post from:

“Why grass-fed beef?”, on 9/5/2017 found on Personal Liberty

“Grass-fed beef: What are the health benefits?” on 9/5/2017 on Mayo Clinic

“5 Reasons to switch to Pastured Pork” by Diana Rodgers, on RobbWolf.com

“Grass farming benefits the Environment” found on eatwild.com

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September 1, 2017

Farm fresh, Non-GMO Chicken

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Pleased to announce…

We’re now raising broiler chickens on the farm here at Jackson Station in Maple City, MI. Offering you all natural, pastured Chicken fed non-GMO feed and lots of extra love from our little boys!

Whole Chickens will range from 4-6lbs
Offering to you for just $4.25/lb

Limited number available, around 35. Chicken available for pre-order only and will be available for a select pick-up date(s).

Pre-Order Online now

Call/Text (517)518-1961, email: eatlocal@jacksonstation.com

Chicken will be ready for pick-up, select days in Mid-October.

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August 27, 2017

Labor Day is Coming!

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Labor Day is coming up and we know you’re entertaining or going somewhere for a cook-out.

Get some Jackson Station grass fed beef and pastured pork delivered to your home or work this week!

  • Tons of Rib Steaks (pictured here) and Sirloin Steaks.
  • 1 lb packages of Ground beef or ready-made 1/3 lb (4 packs) of our beef burger patties.
  • Amazing Pork Steaks and more.

Call, text or email us to inquire, or place an order inquiry online now using this easy form.

Tell your friends and neighbors too!

Talk to you soon, ~The Jacksons

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August 16, 2017

20% Off Beef Sale

Jackson Station grass-fed non-gmo, antibiotic and hormone free beef raised in Leelanau County in Maple City, MI now on sale 20% Off. Select items while supplies last. Local delivery available.

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20% Off Beef Sale!

• Denver Steak
• Chuck Steak
• 1/3 lb 4 packs of Beef Burger Patties
• Ground Beef (1 lb pk)
• Soup Bones
• Beef Shanks

Call/Text (517)518-1961, email: eatlocal@jacksonstation.com or Order Online now.

Online Order Form

Delivering locally in the Traverse City area and throughout Leelanau County.

August 2017, while supplies last.

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August 16, 2017

New, Coming Soon & Back in Stock

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When we pick up meat from the Butcher in August 2017, we’ll have new stock of…

Pork Tenderloins
Pork Chops (Fresh & Smoked) 1.25″
No Seasoning Ground Pork
Pork Steaks
Beef Arm Roast
Beef Brisket (pictured)
Flank Steak
T-Bone Steak
Porterhouse Steak
Skirt Steak
Pork Spare Ribs
Beef Short Ribs

And guess what?

All of our Steaks, Pork & Beef will be now 1.25 inch!!!

 

Oh, and we can’t forget the Bacon.

We’ll also be getting both Medium (thick) and Thin Sliced BACON!!!

Place your order now for delivery as soon as it’s ready!

All pre-orders get FREE local delivery and will be delivered straight from the Butcher to YOU!!!

Call/Text (517)518-1961, email: eatlocal@jacksonstation.com or Order Online.

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August 16, 2017

Farm fresh, Non-GMO Chicken

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Pleased to announce…

We’re now raising broiler chickens on the farm here at Jackson Station in Maple City, MI. Offering you all natural, pastured Chicken fed non-GMO feed and lots of extra love from our little boys!

Whole Chickens will range from 4-6lbs
Offering to you for just $4.25/lb

Limited number available, around 35. Chicken available for pre-order only and will be available for a select pick-up date(s).

Pre-Order Online now

Call/Text (517)518-1961, email: eatlocal@jacksonstation.com

Chicken will be ready for pick-up, select days in Mid-October.

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June 19, 2017

Meat Boxes NOW available!

NOW offering Meat Boxes! Get our heritage pork and grass-fed beef boxes to sample and SAVE! Pick-up or Local delivery in Leelanau County and Traverse City available. #eatclean #farmtotable

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In addition to purchasing your choice of individually packaged meats or pre-ordering a 1/4, 1/2 or whole animal, we’re now offering an easy way for you to get our farm-fresh, non-gmo, naturally lovingly raised heritage pork and grass-fed beef.

Choose from one of our hand-picked boxes to sample a variety of meat and SAVE! 

To visualize the size of a box, it’s 24″ L x 10.5″ W x 9.5″ H.  We trust you’ll be impressed and want to order your favorite products again soon!

PORK BOX

2 pks Bacon (1 lb +/- pkg)
1 pk Canadian Bacon (1 lb +/- pkg)
4 pks Ground Breakfast Sausage (1 lb +/- pkg)
4 pks Sweet Italian Ground Sausage (1 lb +/- pkg)
2 pks Ground Pork Sausage (1 lb +/- pkg)
2 pks Brats (4 per pkg ~ choose from: Polish, Regular or Jalepeño)

$89
(reg. $109)

BEEF BOX

1 Soup Bone, 1 pk Stew Meat
2 Rib Steaks, 1 Sirloin Steak
1 Round Steak
1 Chuck Steak, 1 Denver Steak
6 pks Ground Beef (1 lb +/- pkg)
2 pks Ground Beef Burger Patties

$149
(reg. $178)

COMBO BOX

1 Soup Bone, 1 pk Beef Stew Meat
1 Sirloin Steak, 1 Round Steak
1 Chuck Steak, 1 Denver Steak
3 pks Ground Beef, 1 pk Ground Beef Burger Patties
2 pks Brats
2 pks Ground Pork Sausage
2 pks Ground Sweet Italian Sausage
2 pks Ground Breakfast Sausage
1 pk Canadian Bacon, 1 pk Bacon

$146
(reg. $183)

Limited number of boxes available.


Use the simple form below to Sample & Save!

We’ll put together your box, create your Purchase Order then follow up with you to arrange for pick-up or local delivery.

Call us to inquire if shipping is available (517)518-1961


Thanks, talk to you soon!


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June 14, 2017

Memorable weekend meal ideas + Other fun stuff

Whether you’re lucky enough to be celebrating Father’s Day with a Dad or not, here’s our top picks for some memorable meals this weekend…Also we have some BIG news to share & some fun “firsts” with the boys.

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Hello friends! 

Give the Dad’s in your life the meat they deserve.

At Jackson Station, we raise all natural, non-gmo, antibiotic and hormone-free, pastured livestock. 


Whether you’re fortunate enough to be celebrating Father’s Day with a Dad or not, here’s our top picks for some memorable meals this weekend…

For Breakfast…

Canadian Bacon, Bacon & Breakfast Sausage

Pair with your favorite style eggs, sautéed veggies and a side of fresh fruit.

For Dinner we recommend…

Porterhouse & T-Bone Steaks


Burgers 

We have ~1 lb. packages of Ground Beef

(stock up for summer – for easy meals. Burgers, pasta, meatloaf and more)

1/3 Burger Patties NOW available!

Or, make a burger like you’ve never tasted: 1/2 & 1/2 ground beef mixed with pork sausage! Seriously. Try it. You’re in for a treat.

Brats

Available in Regular, Jalepeño or Polish.


Good News!!!

We went to closing on a parcel of property! 

We’re privledged to have a slice of Leelanau for the farm and residence. Development will be starting this month! Taking baby steps and planning details; sweat equity and patience will be the name of the game.

If you’d like to learn more about our mission, lifestyle and how you can take part in all the excitement, click here.

 


Just for fun…

A meme of our favorite bearded man during Hay season.
 
The boys already went for a dip in Lake Michigan for the first time this year…brrr!
 

Abraham and Levi had their first go at the Dune Climb with their Aunt & friend Michael. They even brought sand toys to play at the top…
 



FREE DELIVERY!

​Order between now and June 15th
to get FREE local delivery to your home or workplace!
(saving you time & $7)

PLACE YOUR ORDER NOW.

Give us a call, text, email or send a pigeon.

We look forward to hearing back from you, 

The Jackson Family

 

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PO Box 19, Maple City, MI 49664
Make checks payable to: Kevin Jackson​

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May 30, 2017

NEW products + 20% OFF select Items until June 15th

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Hello friends! 

Fresh from the Butcher

We just picked up more pork & beef from our butcher and have TONS of meat…so you can stock up for summer!

Remember, our livestock is raised All Natural, non-GMO feed, grass-fed, and never given any antibiotics or hormones. The meat is high in the good fats because of the animals diet, and has just the right amount of marbling. Lean, but not too lean.

Good News!

You can now shop select Jackson Station​ meats at
Anderson’s Market in Glen Arbor, MI.
Ask one of the Butchers if you have any questions or find us in the fine meat/seafood cooler.
Check it out next time you’re in town!
Pork Chops, Sausage, Porterhouse & T-Bone Steaks. Canadian Bacon coming soon too! 

Save on these “odds & ends”

20% off select items, now thru June 15th.​

Ham Steaks

Great for glazing and throwing on the grill or fry one up in a pan for brunch or any meal.

Beef Cube Steaks

See Pioneer Woman’s recommendations for enjoying this inexpensive, extra tenderized steak.

Smoked Whole Hams

…wonderful to wow crowds at picnics or larger gatherings.
Buy now and save your Ham to use at a later date, like a holiday or event.

Pork Roasts & Boston Butt Roasts
…great for slow cooking to make pulled pork in the summer.
Extra pulled pork can be zip-lock bagged and frozen, ready for another meal.
We love using the leftovers to make tacos!

Shop now.


Check out some NEW & re-stocked items…

NEW!
Chuck & Denver Steaks

NEW!
Beef Briskets, ~6-7 lbs each

NEW!
1/3 lb Beef Burger Patties!
Comes in 4 packs, ready for grilling!

NEW!
Brats in 3 flavors
Regular, Polish & Jalapeño (spicy but not too spicy)

RE-STOCKED!
Ground Pork Sausage
In 3 flavors (Regular, Breakfast & Sweet Italian)
You can never have too much ground sausage handy.
Helps making breakfast or a main meal come together without much planning.

Shop now.


​Place an Order

See our product & price sheets here.

Use our online order form,
or simply call, text or email us to order today!
Kevin (517)518-1961

eatlocal@jacksonstation.com

FREE DELIVERY!

​Order between now and June 15th
to get FREE local delivery right to your door or workplace! 
(saving you time & $7…so go ahead and order an extra lb of meat!)

With love, 

The Jackson Family

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Jackson Station Livestock Co.

PO Box 19, Maple City, MI 49664
Make checks payable to: Kevin Jackson​

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May 26, 2017

Banh Mi pulled pork sandwich recipe

This delectable simply fresh meal is now on our households, almost-weekly, dinner menu. Banh Mi pulled pork sandwiches are loved by the kids too! WARNING: This recipe may prove addictive.

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A world traveler friend of ours introduced us to Banh Mi pulled pork sandwiches. He purchased one of our Boston Butt Roasts (the cut of choice, known for creating the perfect pulled pork) and slow cooked it over night, let it cool, then re-heated it for dinner the next day. He brought it over for one of our weekend potluck dinners, and WOW! After tasting theses delightful open faced sandwiches that explode with flavor of soy sauce and garlic with the sweetness and spice of fresh grated ginger, this delectable simply fresh meal is now on our households, almost-weekly, dinner menu.

We highly recommend pairing with your favorite robust Riesling. 

NOTE: The leftover pulled pork (if you have any – it’s SOOO yummy) can be used scrambled in eggs the next day or use to make Banh Mi soft tacos the next night for dinner – also putting the leftover toppings to perfect use.

WARNING: This recipe may prove addictive. You may be at work finding your mind wandering and your mouth watering while you look forward to the next time you’re able to make these deities.

BÁNH MÌ {Vietnamese-style sandwich}

INGREDIENTS

For the pulled pork:
Jackson Station pork roast (a whole ham, Boston Butt or Pork Roast will all work)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 jalapeno, diced
1 2-inch slice ginger
8 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar

For the pickled carrot:
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups coarsely shredded carrots

For the sandwiches:
pickled carrots (above)
2 long baguettes cut in thirds or 4-6 small rolls, split lengthwise
mayonnaise
pâté (optional)
1 English cucumber, thinly sliced
1 jalapeno (I don’t care for heat but trust me, ultra-thin slices of these are a must)
1 cup cilantro leaves
reserved sauce from pulled pork
hot sauce – we like using Sriracha

INSTRUCTIONS

Season the pork roast with salt and pepper. In the insert of a slow cooker stir together the jalapeno, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, and brown sugar. Nestle the pork shoulder in the liquid. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4-5, until the pork is very tender, rotating once during cooking process if desired. When the pork is ready, shred the meat. Strain and reserve the sauce, skimming any fat if necessary.

Make the pickled carrot: In a medium glass bowl, combine the vinegar, sugar and salt and stir until dissolved. Add the carrots and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Drain well and refrigerate until ready to use.

To assemble the sandwich, slice the baguettes or rolls in half lengthwise. Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise (I like to spike mine with hot sauce) on the bottom half and if you like, some pate as well. Top with the pulled pork, cucumber, cilantro, pickled carrots and sliced jalapenos. Drizzle with reserved sauce and hot sauce. Close the sandwiches and enjoy.


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