Friday, June 02, 2017

Help! What can I do with my milk when I'm on vacation?

Summer is here and your well-deserved vacation is approaching! Maybe it's a road trip to relatives , or Disney Land or a trek to a far away place to enjoy yourselves. But what about deliveries? How do you keep your share and not worry about milk that's scheduled for delivery?

In this short post I'll explain what you need to do to make sure your family stays connected to nature's perfect food (raw milk from grass-based cows), and still gets to enjoy the vacation you've been waiting for.

Just skim the headings for the option that seems best for you. Then follow the action steps I've outlined below.

You have four options:

1) Donate your milk to a family in need. Here at the farm we believe in helping those who may be facing unexpected challenges leaving them in a place of need. As a part of our farm, we created a Real Food Sponsor program where you can donate to help a family in need.

Action Steps:
a. Contact Bartlett Farms to let us know you would like your milk to go to a Real Food Sponsor family. Email
b, We will make known the availability of the resources to a needy family within our network.

2) Have a friend pick up your order or receive delivery instead of you. This is for you social people who have connections to healthy like-minded moms. Maybe they aren't financially able to get the milk they know is better for their family. Maybe they would just appreciate a treat! Why not pass off some of yours to them while you're away and be a blessing to them?

Action Steps:
a. Confirm with your friend that they will take and use the order.
b. Send an email to to give Peter at the office your friend's address and any special delivery notes. We love to serve, and will do our best to get it to them without a hassle.

3) Have butter, yogurt, kefir, or some other more stable product crafted from your share of dairy products. Yes, you read that correctly. For no extra charge we will take your share of raw milk and transform it into a product that is more stable and will be usable for you when you return. Butter is the most stable option, next comes kefir and yogurt. You may even be able to get a double portion of fresh milk given to you on the next delivery. Be sure to mention your situation and we'll do our best to make it fit your needs.

Action Steps:
a. Email your vacation dates to me at and let me know your preferences. We have five options: butter (which gives you access to buttermilk and skim milk if desired), yogurt, kefir, cream (plus skim milk), and chocolate milk.
b. Get your bonus order delivered at our next delivery after you're back.

4) Put your order on hold. This is great if you're gone temporarily and don't want to bother with any details. You can set your own vacation dates by logging into your account on or send an email to We'll take care of it from there!

5) Temporarily discontinue. If you plan to be away for a year or more, you may find it simply better to cancel your shares altogether. You lose the investment you made at the beginning and would have to repurchase your shares to opt back in. This is a better option if you are in the military and don't know when you may be stationed back in the area again, or if the oil industry takes you out of state.

Action Steps:
a. Check with your boss to see how long your time away will really be.
b. Send an email to me at and we'll erase the shares from your name.

Now before you forget, take action on one of those steps! I know how busy you are. Let me know how we can help you get the most out of your share while you enjoy your summer vacation!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

#RealStories: A Spee-Dee Recovery From Supermarket Pork

It was a crisp wintry day in February when the truck pulled up to deliver feed for the Bartlett Farms layer flock. Out stepped Jerrame, badges, uniform and all. Spee-Dee delivery was on time as usual with the big black and white freight truck.

Growing up on a farm in North Dakota, Jerrame W. of Minot ND is a driver for Spee-Dee Delivery, and has fond memories of gardening and farming as a kid. Jerrame, now about 50, is still extremely active and fit. His passion for simpler lifestyles and creativity shine as he explains how he prepares and serves gourmet meat-based dishes for he and his wife at their Minot area home.

In discussing what Bartlett Farms used the feed for, Jerrame opened up about his struggles with consuming store bought meat products. He described a burning sensation that occurred in his gut after eating a simple pork chop sourced from a typical supermarket.

Between tossing feed bags to Peter who stacked them on the nearby shipping palate for use with the laying hens, Jim Bartlett of Bartlett Farms began sharing problems associated with conventional meat-raising practices. Antibiotics served to animals in the feed, genetically modified ingredients, soy-based rations, and additives make up a large portion of the meat found on typical grocery store shelves. Jerrame had heard some of these things, but to that point he had simply not known where to turn for alternatives.

After that initial conversation in February, Jerrame decided to source pastured pork from Bartlett Farms to see if he experienced the same allergy-type sensations.

To his relief, after eating Bartlett Farms pork, the symptoms were minimal if present at all, and Jerrame was ecstatic the next few times we met for new feed shipments.

"After eating your pork I think my pork allergy has disappeared." -Jerrame W. Minot, ND

After months or years of not enjoying the benefits of pork, Jerrame has finally been able to cook and prepare the tender meat in his own creative way. No longer does he have to pass on eating pork chops, but he can settle in and enjoy the flavor of pork and other meats raised right.

In Jerrame's words, grass-fed meats are simply more concentrated and pure than watered-down versions of store bought meats. Like cool-aid, if you add water to the blend you still have cool-aid, but it's diluted. With grass-fed and pastured meats, you get the best meat full-strength.

Are you experiencing improvement because of a better diet? Share your thoughts in the comments or email Peter at

Real food is making a difference!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

How to Move A Cow

Cows don't speak english. But they do know what you're saying through body language. 

To move a cow you need to think of two things. Pressure and position.

Your body language determines your pressure. Slouch your shoulders, bend down, pick up a blade of grass -- this is low pressure. Stand tall, puff out your chest, wave your arms -- that's high pressure.

To make a cow go where you want, you use just enough pressure from the right position. 

The cow thinks through her eyes, so your position in relation to her head is what matters. It's pretty much like a game of pool from there. Position yourself in the right place and exert the right amount of pressure. She will move! Then adjust. 

That's about it.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Setting Goals

I love to be busy but sometimes I fail to set a goal for where I want to be by the end of the day, month, year and end up doing only "busy work." Work that gets little done and no substantial progress.

Setting and dwelling on goals is important because it gives me a high standard to aim for and an intentional attitude toward getting there.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Temporary Need For Limited Liability

People are the image bearers of God. As such, we have moral responsibility and a duty to obey God in all that we do.

When we create an organization or a corporation, we create another entity that is an artificial person. This person isn't made in God's image.

What I take that to mean is that although the company is bound to conform to the moral responsibilities and obligations of holiness in God's world, the people in charge of the company are the ones given the great task of harnessing the company's actions in obedience to God's commands.

Today I became President of Bartlett Dairy, LLC.

I find it an honor and privilege to be in this position. I also know that limiting liability for the wrong reasons is sin. I must be careful to not allow the business interests to affect my moral judgement.

The way I see it, today's need for limiting liability is for protection from a corrupt judicial system.

There will probably be a day down the road where limiting liability will not be necescary because righteous judgement will protect upright people.

For now, it seems that LLCs provide the best government-approved protection from reckless lawsuits and help keep family businesses afloat.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Simple is Scalable: Real Beef Parcel

Since selling beef, we've only offered customers the ability to buy large amounts through a quarter, half, or whole beef, or various cuts.

The problem with this is that it's hard for busy people to choose what they want. 

The bulk order takes planning, the cuts take knowledge.

So we designed a product that solves that problem. It's not for every consumer, it's for learners.

It's the Real Beef Parcel. In the Standard option, you get a box of beef with a roast, four steaks, and and four pounds of ground beef. It's all you need to be able to say "I'm eating grass-fed beef."

The best part is that I think this model is scalable because it's simple.

Now the job is getting this into the hands of those who know they need it.