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Monday, October 23, 2017

Carlton Farms Newsletter 10-22-17

Delivery News
REMINDER: Order deadline is Noon the day before we deliver:

  • Chicken and Lamb have been freshly harvested and are being listed online today. 
  • The Home Delivery Map has been expanded, specifically around the Lawrenceville/Grayson area. Smaller expansions were made in other areas. Get your Carlton Farms order delivered to your door in a insulated cooler. It's super awesome!  
  • There is a new Delivery option for those of you that live in Tucker. Mother Natures Market will now serve as a drop-off location. Delivery day for this location will be Tuesday, so orders will need to be placed by 12:00 Noon on  Monday. You will be able to swing by Tuesday or Wednesday to collect your order. Orders will be under proper refrigeration until picked up. 
  • We are brainstorming the idea of private drop-off locations. It would work like this:
    • You and at least 4 friends/neighbors/coworkers want to order from Carlton Farms and receive delivery at the same location. 
    • Because 5+ deliveries are going to one location we could significantly reduce the delivery fee.
    • Your delivery location would be private, you would be emailed a link when we set up your location. Only people that you give the link will be able to order for that location. It will not even be visible online unless you sign in with the link provided. 
    • The orders will be delivered in insulated coolers with a proper amount of ice pack to keep the products cold for the remainder of the day. 
    • If you are interested in this concept or have ideas/suggestions, please reply to this email to let us know. 
  • Eggs have beautiful dark orange yolks. They got a little light over the summer when they were laying the heaviest. Now they have slowed down a little bit, and the beta-carotene has caught back up. They look and taste fabulous. 
FarmFan: Get Text Message Reminders and Receive Rewards.
As one of our Farmfans you are able to receive text message reminders, both to place your order and to come pick-up your order. You will also have the ability to check-in when you pick-up. As you accumulate check-ins you will earn rewards such as Grocery Bags, T-shirts, Discounts.

On the Farm

A Rainy Fall Day:
I baled the last 50 rolls of 2017 hay yesterday evening, baling well after dark to get finished.  The reason I worked so late on a Sunday? Because rain was predicted to start overnight. I couldn't help but think about last year. 

***insert harp music to indicate a memory ***
Oct. 2016 we had already been feeding hay for 2 months. A practice that we usually do not start until Early December. The Hay that we thought would get us through the winter was dwindling quickly before Halloween.  Fall is usually dry, but in 2016 the rain stopped in July. We did end up with a mild winter, especially January. Some rain in Early January and very mild temps allowed the grass to grow a little. We had better grazing in January than we had since June. The break we got in January was enough to give us some hope. By the end of 2016 the cows were starting to get thin, and the hay supply was exhausted. 
***harp music - back to current time***
As I was riding around and around on the tractor yesterday, several thoughts kept coming to mind. (btw, the tractor is a great place to think) 
-It was Sunday. I don't usual work much on Sunday. We do what needs to be done and try  to rest some.
- I was missing my family. I would have rather been playing with the kids and spending time with Julie.
- Then I thought about last year, and it changed my perspective. I suddenly became thankful that all of our animals were still grazing lush green grass, and had been all summer. I realized that  we will have ample supply of hay, even in the event of a fairly bad winter. 
All of a sudden, that rain shower in the forecast made me thankful instead of anxious. 
Life moves fast these days, even on the farm. It's tough to find time to reflect, and analyze, and internalize our surroundings. There is great perspective to be had when we do so. For me the tractor seat is a good spot for such thoughts. Where is your spot?               

We are constantly sharing the goings on at Carlton Farms via our social media pages. Become social with us on:  
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Thanks for your continued support. At Carlton Farms we are proud to be your farmer.


Chad Carlton
Carlton Farms
Carlton Farms, 1276 Cartersville Hwy, Rockmart, GA 30153
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