Monday, May 21, 2018

Meeting New Processors: Part 2

Julie & I left early Friday morning to bring chickens to a new processor that we are trying out. I had talked to the owner several times and he was a very nice gentleman. I did notice that he was missing some of the typical electronic signatures of the modern world, no social media, no website. Some people don't like that kind of stuff, no problem, so we loaded up our chickens and headed to the Kentucky address he provided.  As we got closer and closer to the address, we couldn't help but notice that we were in beautiful country. Well kept farms one after the other. I may be a little slow, but when we had to decrease our speed to 10 miles per hour because we were behind a horse drawn buggy, I realized we were in the middle of an Amish community. Julie, with her keen awareness, said "I bet this processor is Amish, that's why we didn't have a website."  As usual, Julie was right. As we got even closer, we encountered more buggies, farms, bicycles, and bonnets. The simplicity of the lifestyle we were witnessing was refreshing. At the processor, the young boys unloaded our chickens, and the women and girls in their long dresses were dong the packaging. I hope to see more of the process later as I am about to leave to go pick-up the birds.   
As I said last week, we are constantly working to be better at what we do, and trying to find new people to work with to make us better.  I think the recent discovery of this Amish processor will benefit us, them, and you. Those are the kind of relationships we are always looking for.