We have made the difficult decision to close our doors on July 10th. There are a multitude of reasons and much prayer that has gone into this decision. First, we just don't have the vocabulary to express how much we have loved sharing our passion and purpose with so many of you who have become dear, sweet friends. You have supported us, encouraged us and truly made a difference. You are the good we see happening all around! Thank you for following us along in this endeavor. The decision was made for many reasons, as I've stated, but mostly can be lumped into 3 broad groups, production, financial and physical.
We would soon have a production issue in the coming months and year. Quality animals, that we trust the sourcing of, are difficult to find to say the least. And when found, are an astronomical price which are following the commodity pricing increases, as they should. But that would require us to increase prices at least 20-25%. Another tangible issue is financial. We do have many supportive patrons, but they are scattered around the state. We run all over the state to deliver our product, while at home we have too inadequate support. This is not a sustainable practice. To our Mena patrons we see weekly~ we say a blessed thank you!! Your shining support and friendship is forever valued! You are our real food heroes! The third reason is basically exhaustion. Sheer and total exhaustion: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. We have been at this point for a while but felt like we could persevere and push through until the other things resolved themselves.
We made this decision to honor our families, farms and health over our passion. We will continue to raise animals on our farms. We have not derailed the farms, but will be able to get back to the business of the farms.
As I type this newsletter, it is not our intent to sell beef and pork as we did before, from the farm. We need a break. I won't say never, but I will say not for now!
Our wind-down schedule will be:
MeatWorks storefront will be open on
July 1 & 2, 8 & 9, regular hours.
We will deliver our regular routes on July 3rd to Little Rock, Searcy, Cabot, Ft. Smith and Russellville.
Texarkana on July 8th.
Final delivery on July 10th to Little Rock, Russellville and Hot Springs.
Our website will be functional for a couple more weeks. Feel free to order as usual from there. If you have a substantial order, feel free to call 479-394-2900 on the days we'll be there.
You can purchase bulk pork, whole or half for $3.69/lb. hanging weight.
Obviously, we will be discontinuing the Farm Fan Points application.
I know there is likely more to say, but we are blessed by YOU and this God-inspired event in our lives!!