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Turkey Pickup Instructions - November 2017

November 14, 2017

You will be receiving an email confirmation from us by Saturday, November 18th.  If you do not, please call us to confirm your reservation.

 

Turkeys will be processed Monday, November 20th,  and will be available for pick-up Tuesday, November 21st from 9am-7pm at The Farmstand - 731 South Durkin Drive, Springfield, IL 62704. (In the same building as the Trading Post.)

 

If this doesn't work for you, just let us know and we can TRY to make special arrangements. 

We would love it if you are able to give us a small "head's up" before you come via phone (217-899-4562), text or email (info@willowcityfarm.com) so we can dig through the many turkeys to find the one that's yours and have it ready for you.  (It's OK if you don't.)

One of the biggest challenges in raising animals for meat is trying to estimate the finished weight after processing when so many variables are involved.  We allowed people to choose a weight range from 8-15lbs or 15+, and we are going to do our best to provide you with the weight of the turkey you requested, but please know that it's not an exact science!  If this is a problem, or you need your weight to be very precise, please let us know.

If you would like to change your processing preference (USDA or at the farm), now is the time to do so, and if you didn't specify or don't have a preference, that's OK.  We will determine which works best logistically for us!  

If you aren't sure exactly what you ordered, or would just like to confirm, please feel free to contact us.  If you need to cancel your turkey order, that's OK too.

You can contact Tara @ 217-899-4562 or via email @ info@willowcityfarm.com.  We sincerely thank you for choosing to purchase your turkey (and everything else!) from us.  Sustainability raising happy, healthy animals is our passion and we are thankful for your faith in us to provide you and your family with your Thanksgiving turkey.

Slow Food Springfield Film Festival - January 28th @ 5pm - Foundation Hall, Old Staet Capitol Historic Site

Willow City Farm is offering a $5 coupon off your purchase to those that attend the screening of Sustainable that is good until February 14th.  We are passionate about local, sustainable foods and are excited to support organizations like Slow Food Springfield that help spread awareness.  For more information on the festival, visit Slow Food Springfield's website here.

5:00-6:00 p.m.   Top Finalist Shorts from the 2016 Real Food Media Contest

6:00-7:00 p.m.    Light dinner by Copper Pot Cooking Studio & Custom Cup Coffee, available for purchase

6:50-7:00 p.m.    Announcement of the 2016-2017 Snail of Approval Recipients

7:00-9:00 p.m.    Screening of the film Sustainable followed by a discussion with filmmakers Matt Wechsler and Annie Speicher, Marty Travis and Will Travis of Spence Farm and Erin Meyer, Executive Director, Spence Farm Foundation.

 

This year’s festival features the documentary film, Sustainable that is a vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations. The narrative of the film focuses on Marty Travis, a seventh-generation farmer in central Illinois who watched his land and community fall victim to the pressures of big agribusiness. Determined to create a proud legacy for his son, Marty transforms his profitless wasteland and pioneers the sustainable food movement in Chicago.

 

2016 Real Food Media Contest Winners

A stunning diversity of food and farming stories win top honors in the third annual Real Food Films Contest, the food movement’s first and only competition for short films about sustainable food and farming. Founded by author and advocate Anna Lappé, the Real Food Films Contest received 160 submissions from 20 countries this year. Films were required to be four minutes or under and feature original voices that lift up underreported stories at the heart of the food movement. Film styles ranged from documentaries to advocacy films to spoken word poetry shorts. Real Food Films’ prestigious panel of judges—including Padma Lakshmi, author Raj Patel, James Beard Foundation’s Susan Ungaro, and chef Tom Colicchio—selected the prizes from the top ten finalists.   For more information, http://realfoodfilms.org/pop-up-film-festivals/

  • Everybody Eats

  • Mindful Vineyards

  • Farmed With Love

  • A Sustainable Catch

  • McEwen & Sons True Grits

  • Naturali Tea

  • Saving Sap

  • The Kelly Street Garden

  • Home Flavored

  • Beyond the Seal

Lens On Hunger Award: Everybody Eats | Justinian Dispenza, Tanner Presswood, Boone, North Carolina
Addressing hunger with dignity, pay-as-you-can cafes are popping up across the world. This film tells the story of one innovative, and delicious, alternative to conventional hunger relief efforts and reveals the resiliency and compassion of community at the same time.


Mindful Vineyards | Kari Birdseye, Dave Getzschman, Rob Getzschman
United States
Amelia Ceja immigrated from Mexico when she was 12 years old to work in Napa Valley as a grape picker. The daughter of agricultural workers, Amelia met and befriended farmworker union founder Cesar Chavez as a child and honors his legacy today by operating a vineyard that prioritizes workers and the planet.


Best Food Producer Profile: Farmed with Love | Wang Yu, Li Yang
Shanghai, China
Fed up with food safety problems in China, a mother in Shanghai returns to the farm to help rebuild her trust in the local food system through organic farming.


A Sustainable Catch | Biel Calderon, Somrudee Panasudtha
Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand
Confronted with the realities of overfishing, local fisherman in Thailand push for sustainable solutions to preserve the ecosystem that makes their economy thrive.


McEwen & Sons True Grits | Jennifer Davick, Harrison Holmes, Tanner Latham
Up against the pressures of industrial agriculture, meet a family farmer working to preserve the history and flavor of one of the American South’s most loved staples.


First Runner Up + Best Cinematography: Naturali Tea | Jeremy Seifert, Aaron Stair
Fujieda, Japan
After water, tea is the number one consumed beverage in the world. An organic Japanese tea farmer with over three decades of experience shows that soil health is essential for the environment and the future of tea.


Best Underreported Issue: Saving Sap | Ian Maclellan, Eloise Reed, Dylan Ladds
Loudon, New Hampshire
A story of how climate change touches food, Saving Sap tells the tale of maple syrup tapping in New England and efforts to adapt to a warming world.


Best Innovative Initiative: The Kelly Street Garden | Alison Hall Kibbe, Rebecca Scheckman, Sasha Phyars-Burgess, Seyi Adebanjo, Tiana Thomas, Rosalba Lopez Ramirez
South Bronx, New York City
Can a group of dedicated residents rebuild trust and community connections? The Kelly Street Garden in New York City’s South Bronx shows what’s possible when individuals dig deep and commit to transforming neighborhoods through art, wellness – and fresh, healthy food.

 

The 2016 Grand Prize winner is Home Flavored a haunting story of how soda companies impact the lives of Latino families in the United States. Contest judge, Raj Patel, described the film as a “powerful fusion of slam poetry, documentary, essay, argument and anthropology. I couldn’t keep my eyes off the screen, and couldn’t wait to hear the next line… It’s the kind of filmmaking that’ll get food issues to a far wider audience.” Directed by Jamie DeWolf from Oakland, California, Home Flavored features spoken word poet Monica Mendoza and was produced with The Bigger Picture, a collaboration between Youth Speaks and the University of California San Francisco Center for Vulnerable Populations designed to combat the epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes by empowering youth to change the conversation.


People’s Choice Award + Best Student Film: Beyond the Seal | Leah Varjacques and Katherine Nagasawa
El Oro Province, Ecuador
Beyond the Seal peels back our understanding on the most eaten fruit in the United States–the banana–uncovering its toxic production and the people behind a movement to change the industry.

Turkey Pickup Instructions - November 2016

January 01, 2020

Turkeys will be processed Monday, November 21st,  and will be available for pick-up Tuesday, November 22nd from 9am-7pm at the farm - 550 South Koke Mill Road, Springfield IL, 62711.  If this doesn't work for you, just let us know and we can try to make special arrangements.  We may even be able to provide a few people with their bird a few days earlier if necessary.

We would love it if you are able to give us a small "head's up" before you come via phone, email or text so we can dig through the many turkeys to find the one that's yours and have it ready for you.  (It's ok if you don't.)

One of the biggest challenges in raising animals for meat is trying to estimate the finished weight after processing when so many variables are involved.  We allowed people to choose a weight range from 8-15lbs or 15+, and we are going to do our best to provide you with the weight of the turkey you requested, but please know that it's not an exact science!  If this is a problem, or you need your weight to be very precise, please let us know.

If you would like to change your processing preference (USDA or at the farm), now is the time to do so, and if you didn't specify or don't have a preference, that's OK.  We will determine which works best logistically for us!  

If you aren't sure exactly what you ordered, or would just like to confirm, please feel free to contact us.  If you need to cancel your turkey order, that's OK too.  We have a waiting list so it won't go to waste!

You can contact Tara @ 217-899-4562 or via email @ info@willowcityfarm.com.  We sincerely thank you for choosing to purchase your turkey (and everything else!) from us.  Sustainability raising happy, healthy animals is our passion and we are thankful for your faith in us to provide you and your family with your Thanksgiving turkey.
 

Willow City Farm will be Closed for YCHS

January 01, 2020

Willow City Farm will be closed from Thursday, October 6th - Sunday, October 9th.  During this time you will still be able to pick up items at Farmer's Market at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Thursday, October 4th from 4-7pm or Saturday, October 8th at the Downtown market from 8am- 12:30pm.  Pre-orders will also be available.

Willow City Farm is a sponsor of the Youth Charity Horse Show, and our very own Chloe Davlin will be competing with her own Arabian mare, GS Celeste in Hunter and Saddleseat classes, and Marilyn Gleibe's mare, Fleet Dream Girl ("B & W") in Western Showmanship classes.

Chloe will be riding our new horse, Sun in the Sky's Kiowa, in the opening ceremony of the event while Mary Jo Curry sings the national anthem at 8am on Friday, October 7th.

Feel free to come visit us at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and watch some amazing young equestrians and their horses compete, all for charity! 

Fresh Cuts Day!

April 14, 2016

When we sell someone a quarter or side of beef, we often keep one side for our retail customers.  Although these cuts are available for pick up at our farm seven days/week frozen, we offer them unfrozen and fresh the day the butcher processes them.   The dates vary, but we will usually give three weeks notice, and orders must be in a few days in advance.  We can almost always accommodate any custom cut you'd like, even if it isn't on our normal product list! 

 

2016 Fresh Cut Days: (check back, as we are always adding days)

October 1 - 31 & November 1 - 22

We have steer and hog available almost every week during October and November.  Please place all orders by Sunday evening for delivery or pick up on Wednesday.

November 23 - December 31

TBA

Meatloaf Monday @ Keefner's #knowyourfood

April 25, 2016

Keefner's, located at 1941 W Iles Ave in Springfield, Il will be using WIllow City Farm ground beef for their "Meatloaf Monday" on April 25th!  Be sure to support this local business, and make sure to thank Angie for serving local beef! #knowyourfarmer #knowyourfood

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