Saturday, March 21, 2015

We've Moved!

Bethany Farm has moved to! So please be sure to check out our new website!

We're really excited about it, and we're sure that it will be more convenient for our costumers.

The Farmers

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Now Taking Orders For Spring/Summer Chicken

We are now accepting deposits
 on Bethany Farm’s delicious 
pasture raised chickens!  

Bethany Farm's chickens are raised in a humane-God honoring way from start to finish.  Raised and processed here on our farm, our birds have access to all the green grass, vitamin D  and NON-GMO food they need to grow into healthy great tasting chicken fit for your family's table!

We have been quite blessed to find a LOCAL farmer who grows NON-GMO feed, making it easier and more cost effective to raise out a truly local, farm fresh bird--allowing us to price our chicken at $4.75 per pound. 

There is a $10.00 deposit per bird due up front to secure your chicken.  The remaining amount is due upon delivery.
For your convenience, we have added a PayPal button at the bottom of this page to pay your deposit. (For example, if you would like to purchase 6 chickens and would like to use this PayPal option, simply click the button and pay $60.00 to secure your spring/summer chickens.)  Or, you can simply mail your deposit to the address listed below.

All orders/deposits are due by Friday, March 20th.  Chickens should be ready for your freezer by or around the end of May.

If you have never tasted one of Bethany Farm’s delicious pasture raised chickens, we hope this season you will taste the difference and allow our family to farm for yours!

Chicken Deposit

Monday, December 1, 2014

Happy Holidays 2014 From Bethany Farm

"In everything give thanks!" 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Thanksgiving is a time of gratefulness. A time where we thank God for His constant provision and the many blessings which He pours upon us.

This Thanksgiving, our family had much to be grateful for. A great chicken harvest, baby piglets, a new family milk cow, a healthy baby calf, yummy homegrown turkey, good health, the ability and means to grow and raise our own food, faithful customers, and of course, family and friends.

As Christmas and the New Year approach, we pray you and your loved ones will only find more things to be thankful for!

Happy Holidays!
The Wheeler Family

Miss Bonnie, giving out kisses
"The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense."
-Thomas A. Edison
Some super hungry piglets
Our lovely calf Betsie is quite the diva, and enjoys the attention of a camera :)
Bethany Farm pastured raised chicken
"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven..."
-Ecclesiastes 3:1

Friday, August 8, 2014

Did somebody say PORK?!?

We are now taking pre-orders for
 Bethany Farm Pastured PORK
ready for your freezer late winter-early spring. 

Our Heritage breed pigs are raised on pasture, free to eat all of nature’s bounty supplemented with a non-GMO diet and farm fresh foods free of any anti-biotics or growth hormones.  The result is a very healthy pig that yields a very nutritious and tasty meat for your family

Half Hog - $425 (Deposit $220.00)
  • This includes the butcher's fees for various cuts like hams, roasts, loins, chops, ribs, sidemeat (bacon), ground pork, lard and bones for broth estimating about 75 pounds.
Whole Hog - $795 (Deposit $400.00)
  • This includes the butcher's fees for various cuts like hams, roasts, loins, chops, ribs, sidemeat (bacon), ground pork, lard and bones for broth estimating about 150 pounds.

To secure some of our great tasting pork, please send us an email letting us know you are interested.  A deposit is required up front to secure your order.  The remaining amount is due at pick up.

A deposit is required up front to secure some of our great tasting pork. For your convenience,  you can use our Paypal option or you can simply mail your deposit to us directly. The remaining amount is due at pick up.

*Disclaimer - To be compliant with NC pork regulations, we are selling you a live animal and you will pay the processor directly.  The pricing above includes all fees for processing and we will work with the processor on your behalf and deliver your pig to you processed/butchered and ready for the freezer.

Pork Deposit

Monday, July 21, 2014

We are now accepting deposits on Bethany Farm’s 2014 fall/winter pasture raised chickens.

Our chickens are raised in a humane-God honoring way from start to finish. Raised and processed here on our farm, our birds have access to all the green grass, vitamin D and NON-GMO - soy free food they need to grow into healthy great tasting chicken for your family's table!

Priced at $4.99 per pound, there is a $10.00 deposit per bird due up front to secure your chicken. The remaining amount is due upon delivery. 

For your convenience, we have added a PayPal button to our webpage to pay your deposit. (If you would like to order more than 10 birds, just choose the '10 Chickens' option and then choose another option until you have ordered your desired amount.)

Or, you can simply mail your deposit to 7917 Benton Edwards Road Marshville, NC 28103

All orders/deposits are due by Monday, August 4th. Chickens will be ready for your freezer the first or second week of October.

If you have never tasted one of Bethany Farm’s delicious pasture raised chickens, we hope this season you will taste the difference and allow our family to farm for yours!

For His Glory Alone,
The Wheeler Family

Chicken Deposit

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Plantain, but not the banana

If forced to choose between my favorite weeds/plants, I would have to say Plantain would top my list.  I pray I never have to choose between my most favorite of weeds, but this one is highly favored.

It is everywhere and I thank God for it!  This is the weed my dad use to 'Round-Up', well hopefully not anymore.  I think I have convinced him of its worthiness to overtake his highly manicured yard.

Plantain - Plantago lanceolata or Plantago major.  You may not have known what it was called, but you have seen it - everywhere.

Highly nutritious, packed full of iron and other very important vitamins and minerals and just wonderful for whatever ails you, read what Alternative Nature writes about Plantain...

Plantain is edible and medicinal, the young leaves are edible raw in salad or cooked as a pot herb, they are very rich in vitamin B1 and riboflavin. The herb has a long history of use as an alternative medicine dating back to ancient times. Being used as a panacea (medicinal for everything) in some cultures, one American Indian name for the plant translates to "life medicine." And recent research indicates that this name may not be far from true! The chemical analysis of Plantgo Major reveals the remarkable glycoside Aucubin. Acubin has been reported in the Journal Of Toxicology as a powerful anti-toxin. There are many more highly effective constituents in this plant including Ascorbic-acid, Apigenin, Baicalein, Benzoic-acid, Chlorogenic-acid, Citric-acid, Ferulic-acid, Oleanolic-acid, Salicylic-acid, and Ursolic-acid. The leaves and the seed are medicinal used as an antibacterial, antidote, astringent, antiinflammatory, antiseptic, antitussive, cardiac, demulcent, diuretic, expectorant, haemostatic, laxative, ophthalmic, poultice, refrigerant, and vermifuge. Medical evidence exists to confirm uses as an alternative medicine for asthma, emphysema, bladder problems, bronchitis, fever, hypertension, rheumatism and blood sugar control. A decoction of the roots is used in the treatment of a wide range of complaints including diarrhoea, dysentery, gastritis, peptic ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, haemorrhage, haemorrhoids, cystitis, bronchitis, catarrh, sinusitis, coughs, asthma and hay fever. It also causes a natural aversion to tobacco and is currently being used in stop smoking preparations. Extracts of the plant have antibacterial activity, it is a safe and effective treatment for bleeding, it quickly stops blood flow and encourages the repair of damaged tissue. The heated leaves are used as a wet dressing for wounds, skin inflammations, malignant ulcers, cuts, stings and swellings and said to promote healing without scars. Poultice of hot leaves is bound onto cuts and wounds to draw out thorns, splinters and inflammation. The root is said to be used as an anti-venom for rattlesnakes bites. Plantain seeds contain up to 30% mucilage which swells in the gut, acting as a bulk laxative and soothing irritated membranes. The seeds are used in the treatment of parasitic worms. A distilled water made from the plant makes an excellent eye lotion.

…and that is just one review of this marvelous plant!

I cannot tell you how many times a week we use this plant.  Ant bites, bee stings, cuts, splinters... we have even used it in a poultice along with a variety of other natural herbs to heal a Brown Recluse spider bite on my youngest son! 

God's creation never ceases to amaze me! 

So, the next time you see this weed - stop and thank God for making it so plentiful; because once you realize all the ways it can help you and your family, you will never want to mow your grass again.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

What's Up? Dock!

As a farmer, one would think that those plants and herbs I personally till up soil for, plant from minute seed, water liberally, then weed around it to further insure optimal growth, water again, weed and weed some more, that they would be my most prized of harvest, but believe it or not, they are not.

I have this sick obsession with volunteer plants.  Most people call them weeds.  Most people spray Round Up on the plants that I treat with kid gloves.  Some of the most nutritional food and medicine we can obtain grows on road sides, in barren feilds and unmaintained dirt lots.

I recently went to visit a friend who lives in a well manicured neighborhood and she had Dandelion growing IN HER FRONT YARD!!  I think HOA's send out letters if you have things like that growing in your yard.  I  begged her, "Please, please do not spray those glorious plants".

My whole yard is full of what most people would consider weeds.  I consider them a precious gift from God!  I harvest them and dry them and freeze them and poultice them and tincture them but never EVER do I Round Up them!

So to save innocent, healthy weeds from being taken out, but rather to be used and enjoyed, I have decided to start showcasing some of my favorite 'weeds' for your reading weeding enjoyment.

First, let's take a look at Dock. Curly Dock. Yellow Dock. Rumex crispus L.

Dock is entirely eatable (root, leaves and flower), when eating the leaves, the younger are preferred since they are less bitter.  This green leafy 'weed' is said to help remove toxins from your body, purify your blood and liver, fight constipation, improve chronic skin problems, help a sore throat, treat insect bites, help deter fleas on your pets, all while being high in vitamin C.

After this long cold unusually snowy winter we experienced here in the Southeast, I was more than excited to see Dock popping up all over my yard.  One cool sunny April morning, while everyone was finishing up chores on the farm, I grabbed a bowl, some scissors and headed out the font door to harvest breakfast.

I clipped young Dock leaves along with some Dandelion leaves and Plantain leaves.  Once washed, dried and chopped, I added my leafy green concoction along with some diced spring onions and butter into my cast iron skillet. (Cooking them also removes some of their bitter taste.)

My youngest son brought in eggs fresh from the hens nests and we enjoyed yummy fried eggs and sauteed greens drizzled with my special sauce for breakfast.  That just makes a momma feel great about starting her family's day off with such a healthy breakfast.

Did I mention no one had to work and over exert themelves for this food?  Nope, it was just there.  Free for the taking.  When it is your profession as a farmer to work and work hard to grow food, it is no doubt rewarding to eat the fruit of your labor, but there are definitely those days when it is so very nice to harvest, eat or make medicine out of something you just let be.

So whatever you do, please do not destroy your weeds for the sake of a manicured lawn, it would just break my heart!