22 Years Ago
Monday April 24, 2017 marked 22 years since our father left this earth. On a particularly beautiful spring day, he died, it was a Monday evening. He was just 38 years young, while playing mad ball with friends (a game similar to volleyball), he had a heart attack, brought on most likely by cardiomyopathy, a heart disease.
Monday was a particularly hard day for me. I woke at 4 am and got the day off to a great start. I was at the farm at first light around 5:30 am, checked calves, and let the hens out into their new paddock. As I headed back from the farm “Stairway to Heaven” was playing on the radio. That’s when my day took a turn.
This year hit me harder than many in recent memory. I’m not sure why exactly. It could be that it was a beautiful Spring day, a Monday to boot, or that I am 38 years young. Regardless, I had a rough day, in the morning I lost my temper for no good reason and smashed my coffee pot, which made me feel like a piece of shit for pretty much the whole day.
I pushed through the day, and got a ton accomplished. In the evening the boys and I stopped to visit my father and daughters graves. Afterward we stopped for my fathers favorite cookies, before heading back to the farm.
My family like many other American Families has many reasons to join the Heart Walk. My Paternal Grandfather died at 45 from Heart Attack, my Maternal Grandfather is currently in the hospital he had a heart attack earlier in the week, and is possibly awaiting tripple bi-pass surgery, my father dies at 38 from a heart attack, my Uncle was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy 20 plus years ago he had a successful heart transplant earlier this year. I have two younger brothers who both have cardiomyopathy, one had a procedure to replace his defibrillator.
June 3rd my family will be participating in the Capital District Heart Walk join us or donate if you can. www2.heart.org/goto/arterialmotives
My families health is the whole reason West Wind Acres was started. Through much research I’ve learned that Grass-fed and pasture raised meats are much healthier, have a better fat profile, more protein, and a much better nutritional profile.
Tuesday was much better, mainly because of the work I accomplished on Monday, the momentum started the day off on the right foot. Mid-morning a very nice heifer calf was born mid morning, new life always puts a smile on my face.
This week I spent much of my time inquiring about additional land. By the end of the year we will lease over 500 acres. We are looking to lease properties from 5-10,000 acres within 20 minutes of West Glenville.
Three more calves this week, 11 so far for the season, two were born naturally, the third needed some assistance.
Thursday morning our first batch of Freedom Ranger chicks arrived. We choose Freedom Rangers because they grow particularly well on pasture, they take a bit longer, but you can’t beat the flavor, and firm tenderness of their meat.
This batch will be ready sometime in July.
West Wind Acres has officially partnered with 9 Miles East Farm for many years. We provide meat for some of their meals throughout the year, including sausage for their pizza. Worked together on a very successful weekend Burger pop-up restaurant at Saratoga Apple a few weeks ago.
We are partnering again to offer our customers Home Delivery
9 Miles East Farm Offering Home Meal Delivery to West Wind Acre Subscribers
- One 1toGO entree. Ready to heat and serve. Single-serve.
- One GO Box salad.
- One GO Box Pro salad with high-quality chicken.
- One Farm Soup. Ready to heat and enjoy.
- One GO Basket Pro. Quinoa, roasted veggies and braised chicken. Heat and enjoy.
Grass-fed beef: our beef supply is also pretty good going into this weekend. We have a few t-bones, ribeyes, sirloins, london broils, a couple beautiful rib roasts, and hamburger patties.
Stop in 9-1 Saturday
We will be CLOSED THIS SUNDAY
2884 West Glenville Rd
West Charlton, NY 12010