November 5, 2017

Football season! Chili and Brats

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Our ground beef and Brats are a perfect pairing for Football season!

You have to try our new and improved Brats, comes in Regular and Polish. Our grass-fed ground beef makes an amazing chili, and we have plenty of it! Click the button below for this delicious easy crowd-pleasing recipe. A perfect meal for serving on these cooler days. Leftovers rock too. Pair with cornbread or a warm, crunchy buttery baguette.

Chili Recipe

Enjoy some all natural, non-gmo, pastured pork and beef, from our farm to your table. 

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#easyrecipe #homemade #chili #kidfriendly #footballseason
October 28, 2017

Chicken in a skillet

Enjoy this easy “Chicken in a Skillet” recipe from Jackson Station. Offering non-gmo, all natural Chicken for sale in Leelanau County, Michigan. Order 1/2 or Whole Chickens for sale, processed in a USDA facility.

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Enjoy a delicious easy dinner, with our Chicken in a skillet recipe.

Chicken for Sale

Although pre-orders are now passed, we still have our fall chickens for sale, from our freezer to yours! Whole chickens average about 4 lbs in weight. They were raised antibiotic and hormone-free, fed non-gmo feed and free-ranged on our property in Leelanau County.

1/2 Chicken | $4.75/lb

Whole Chicken | $4.50/lb

Use our online order form or simply contact us today to order your chicken, ready for local delivery to your door.

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Recipe for “Chicken in a Skillet”

In the am, Defrost your chicken by placing it in cold water in the sink. By afternoon it will be ready to prepare.

Remove chicken from the plastic bag and place in a stainless bowl or glass 9×13 pan. In a small mixing bowl or glass measuring cup, add and mix:

1/3 cup of Grapeseed oil

1/2 tsp of Garlic Powder

1 tsp of Fine Ground Himalayan Salt

Freshly ground Black Pepper to taste

1 tablespoon of Thyme, Parsley or an Italian Herb Blend

Mix this well. Drop a bit of oil in a cast iron pan then place chicken in the pan. Pour oil and seasoning mixture over the chicken, covering all parts, reserving another tablespoon of the mixture for later. Cover pan with tin foil and cook on Med-Low heat.

Check the Chicken so one side does not overcook. Flip two the other side, adding remaining oil mixture. Replace foil and cook until internal temperature reaches the safe 165 degrees, and skin is cooked to desired doneness.

Remove from skillet to a large cutting board and let rest for about 10 min before serving.

Enjoy your cooked chicken however you like! We cooked 2 halved chickens this way and pulled it apart for dinner that night and served it with Rice & Broccoli. This quantity served 3 adults and 2 children and allowed for leftovers to make a soup or chicken fajitas the next day. 

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October 15, 2017

FALL SPECIAL

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From our farm, Jackson Station, we’re offering a FALL SPECIAL on our naturally raised, non-gmo, antibiotic and hormone-free: Pork, Chicken and Beef.

• Get your 1/2 or Whole Chickens this week ~ being processed at a USDA facility here in Michigan. Pre order sales are over but there may still be a few available.

1/2 Chicken $4.75/lb

Whole Chicken $4.50/lb

• SALE on Ground Beef, Beef Burger patties, Soup Bones, Beef Shank, Sirloin Steaks and Beef Short Ribs.

• Also offering a SALE on Ground Pork, Smoked Ham Slice, Pork Steak, Breakfast Sausage Links, Brats, Ground Sweet Italian Sausage and Pork Spare Ribs. Also coming from the butcher this week is more of “The BEST Bacon” and some excellent Pork Chops, 2 pos, 1 1/4″ Cut Bone-In.

Click to view/print the PDF form for pricing…

Fall Meat Special.PDF

Send us an EMAIL or call to get in on this DEAL on Leelanau County raised, Pastured Pork, Grass-Fed Beef and Chicken!

Kevin “Jackson” (517)518.1961

Raquel “Rock” (517)518.4413

We’ll be arranging to deliver orders the end of this week, mostly scheduled for Thursday Oct. 19th, 2017.

Best,

Kevin and Raquel Jackson and Family


 

October 14, 2017

Anderson’s Glen Arbor Market “Fall Harvest Fest”

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During Anderson’s “Fall Harvest Fest,” we will be set up as a vendor, doing a meet and greet, offering a Meat Sale w/ order forms, and pointing you to the deli to try a sample of our Pulled Pork. We will be restocking a variety of our meat for sale in their freezer, located in the Meat Department.

Please stop by and say hello Saturday, October 21st from 2-5pm and check out our Fall Harvest Meat Sale!

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Located at:
6545 Western Ave., Glen Arbor, MI

#jacksonstation #smallscalefarming #glenarbor #whyleelanau #ilovefall

 

September 28, 2017

Sausage Hogs!

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Offering a special on some upcoming pork from our farm. We are “thinning our herd” and offering a selection of what we’re lovingly referring to as “Sausage Hogs” for sale to you at “wholesale pricing.”

A great opportunity to get our all natural, non-gmo, antibiotic and hormone free pork at a really low price!

Select from:

Ground Sausage (any flavor: Regular, Sweet Italian or Breakfast) – $4.25/lb (reg. $6.25/lb)

Breakfast Sausage Links – $5.50/lb (reg. $7.50)

Brats (any flavor: Regular, Jalapeño or Polish) – $5.50/lb (reg. $7.50)

Submit your order below…

Asking a minimum order of at least 10 lbs of meat – you pick variety and quantity of each item.

Local delivery available to your door in the Leelanau County and Grand Traverse area.


After you submit your order, we will follow up with expected delivery dates and your purchase order to remit payment.

Thank you! 


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September 28, 2017

What is a Ham Slice?

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We often get asked what a “Ham Slice” is, as listed on our Pork Product Sheet. Since raising our own meat, we’ve been introduced to different cuts of meat than most are used to seeing in the grocery store meat dept. Simply put, imagine a Whole Ham (like you may have at Christmas or Easter). Most literally, it is a thick cut slice right from the Ham.

We get ours both Cured and Regular. The smoked Ham Slices are quick and easy to cook, require no pre-marinating or thought. The end flavor and texture produced is amazing! We now consume Ham Slices quite regularly and enjoy more than even a Pork Chop.

One Ham Slice, because of it’s large circumference, can feed easily feed 2-4 people for dinner. You may slice thin and serve as is with sides, as shown in this video, or chop up and add to eggs, soup or your favorite rice dish. A very underrated cut of meat, we highly recommend enjoying one of our Ham Slices today!

Kid approved, Abraham says “this is de-licious!!!” (wow – he even ate the cooked cabbage!)


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September 25, 2017

Special Offer: Half + Whole Hogs

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2017 Fall Pork

6 scheduled butcher dates coming up quickly and would like to offer our all natural, non-GMO, antibiotic & hormone-free pork to you for a special rate.

1/2 or Whole Hogs for Sale

For a special rate of only $3.00/lb, hanging weight + you pay the butcher fee ($150/hog +/-)

Yielding you about 100 lbs. of meat (whole hog) cut & packaged to your specifications!

Asking a $200 deposit.

Have the meat you want through the fall, winter and holidays to come!


Please pay your $200 deposit to secure your hog.

Checks Payable to:

Kevin Jackson, 2150 W School Lake Rd, Maple City, MI 49664

Or, feel free to send your $200 deposit money via PayPal, online now:

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We will follow up with you via email or a phone call as we get the pigs to butcher, at various dates throughout the fall. You will get your meat by date in the order in which you get on our list, here, and as we receive your deposit.

Questions?

Feel free to call (517)518.1961 or (517)518.4413 and email us at: eatlocal@jacksonstation.com


 

 

September 22, 2017

Kid-friendly breakfast and lunch ideas

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With school in full swing and busy schedules, easy and healthy breakfast and lunches can be a challenge. Historically, breakfast around our house consisted of yogurt and granola or a bowl of cereal with fruit, but we’ve been looking for ways to diversify the ol staples to include some of our meat (protein) in fun, kid-friendly ways.

A couple of ideas include…

• Breakfast Sausage patties paired with Oatmeal (we like to add: cinnamon, honey or agave to sweeten with a nut, seed and raisins or cherries)
• Farm-fresh Bacon on Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwich
• Scrambled Egg & Ground Pork Sausage in a Gluten-Free tortilla wrap (we’re looking for ways to just limit the amount of wheat we consume) with sour cream and salsa on the side
• “Pork Helper” using Organic White Shells Mac and Cheese, ground Pork Sausage and finely cut broccoli. 

With love,
The Jackson Family


 

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

 

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.