CUSTOMER FEATURE: Appetite for Change. This Minneapolis-based non-profit is one of our newest partners. Its mission is to use food as a tool to build health, wealth, and social change in North Minneapolis. The organization brings people together to learn, cook, eat and grow food, creating change that lasts.
Access to fresh food has been a longtime challenge for North Minneapolis. At one time there were many grocery stores in the community, now there are mostly fast-food places. The one grocery store remaining was shut down for several months due to damage from the George Floyd protests.
Appetite for Change co-founders Princess Haley and LaTasha Powell recognized chronic health conditions are often linked to a poor diet. If a community has limited access to fresh food, it makes it more challenging for folks to heal and overcome these health concerns.
“If health is linked to how we eat, and people in [our] community have little access to fresh food, they cannot be well in other ways,” said Haley in a recent Minnesota Public Radio story.
Since the pandemic, Appetite for Change has been partnering with Minnesota Central Kitchen and Loaves and Fishes to provide free community meats for North Minneapolis and the Twin Cities at large, producing 7,500 meats a week.
In addition to its own farm plots, Appetite for Change also sources ingredients from other regional farms. Appetite for Change kitchen manager and chef Jim Pfeffer recently used our goat meat with several recent community meals: dirty rice featuring goat offal and goat curry served with corn on the cob and coconut rice (see in photos).
Appetite for Change offers a variety of programs, including
The organization also has several food ventures: Breaking Bread Catering + Café, Station 82 Drink + Eatery, and the West Broadway Farmers Market.
To learn more about Appetite for Change and the compelling stories of its founders Haley and Powell, visit my profile link to read or listen to the feature MPR article, A garden is the frontline in the fight against racial inequality and disease by Yuki Noguchi.
Learn more about Appetite for Change:
Article source: MPR: A garden is the frontline in the fight against racial inequality and disease, by Yuki Noguchi, November 2020. www.mprnews.org/story/2020/11/27/npr-a-garden-is-the-frontline-in-the-fight-against-racial-inequality-and-disease
We’re excited to share that we’ve joined the New Richmond Chamber of Commerce. To celebrate, we’re offering a special sale to Chamber members and their employees: 15% off the purchase of our goat meat in stock at our farm store near Deer Park. Sale is good until Aug. 31, 2019.
To order, visit our online Farm Store and promo code “NR Chamber.” You’ll receive an email confirming your order is in stock and then arrange to pick up your order at the farm store.
As a member of the New Richmond Chamber of Commerce, we will now accept Chamber Gift Certificates for the purchase of goat meat at our farm store.
About Our Farm and Goat Meat
We know it often can be hard to find goat meat in the grocery store and if it is available it’s often imported all the way from Australia. At our farm, Cylon Rolling Acres, we raise Boer-Kiko cross meat goats on pasture using rotational grazing practices. The farm is located east of New Richmond, just a few miles past the “four corners” of highways 64/46/63.
We offer cuts of goat meat, gyro meat, organ meat and bones for sale at our licensed farm store. A whole goat can be ordered for bulk pricing in fall-winter. All meat is cut and packaged at a USDA inspected facility to ensure quality and safety standards. Limited retail cuts of meat are also for sale at Jewelltown Roastery in Star Prairie and seasonally on the menu at the Farm Table in Amery.
For more goat meat recipes, cooking tips, promotions, and to know when goat meat is available, sign up for our email list here.
What does ordering a whole goat mean? Are you literally getting the whole goat? No, not quite. Not sure if you have the freezer space? No need to worry, I’ll break it down for you here.
Essentially, you’re ordering your meat in bulk. But, if the thought of having a lot of meat is intimidating, don’t worry. I totally understand the concern. Buying goat in bulk is not as much as you might think. In fact, it fills up about a standard reusable grocery tote bag, just a little over 20 pounds of meat.
Why bulk? Bulk saves you money, and time by paying for all of the cuts of meats at once versus purchasing a few cuts of meat at a time, over time (I'm not a big fan of regular shopping, maybe you aren't either. I'd rather spend my time doing other things, like eating good food).
What does a whole goat include? What type of cuts can I expect? It will be cut into traditional meat cuts, the same as a lamb, this includes ground meat, leg, shoulder roast, shoulder steaks, chops, rack or rib chops, ribs, shanks, stew meat (curry cubes) and an option for organ meat (liver, heart, tongue and kidney), as well as bones. The picture on this blog post gives you an idea of the quantity of meat. All the meat is vacuum sealed and frozen for freshness.
How does the pricing work? You’ll pay a set price per pound based on the hanging weight, plus the processing fee from the butcher. A deposit is required when placing an order. Final payment is due at the time of pick up.
(Hanging Weight x Price per Pound) + Processing Fee = Final Price
When can I order? You can order your meat here. Typically, we have 3-4 order deadlines a season (October – March), with occasional order options outside of that timeframe.
To make sure you don’t miss out on ordering, sign up for our email list here.
How do I get my meat? We take care of picking up the meat from our processor. You’ll then pick up your order from our on-farm store on a prearranged time.
Still too much meat? That’s ok. You can always make purchase individual cuts of meat from our on-farm store here. Sign up for the email list to know when cuts are in stock, when there's sales and just to know what's happening on the goat farm.
I own and manage Cylon Rolling Acres in northwestern Wisconsin. On my farm I raise Boer - Kiko meat goats on pasture.
Cylon (pronounced Si-lon) is the name of our township in St. Croix County, Wisconsin. Sorry fans, our farm is not named after the robots of Battlestar Galactica.