About callywoodfarms

We are a sustainable family run farm in Upstate SC specializing in pasture-based animals/protein. "Nourish your body, excite your taste buds, give back to the earth."

Callywood Farms Tornado Mushrooms!

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Hi friends! On April 13, a tornado touched down in Oconee County, SC. Originating in our small town and roughly our backyard, the tornado tore through causing utter devastation to our neighboring towns, Seneca (home to BJ’s music studio), and beyond. Our hearts and hands have been as present there, giving time and energy where possible. If you’d like to donate to an organization leading the change there, visit United Way of Oconee County Tornado Relief Fund – https://bit.ly/2yPSfI6.  In fact, 10% of all funds raised on the campaign, Callywood Farms will make a direct contribution to the United Way! Your $ contribution is a double whammy…mushrooms and community building!

As for Callywood Farms: We were pretty lucky. No houses, structures, cars, farm equipment, or animals (ohmygosh no animals) were seriously damaged. We’ve been repairing pig fences like crazy, clearing a path to normal operations, lost the kiddo treehouse fortress, but no severe structural damage. Which is truly astonishing when you look at the trees that came down. The back of our property sustained the worst of it. Whether tornado or micro burst, several of our favorite, oldest, and most beautiful trees were destroyed. White oak, red oak, beech, maple, hickory, chestnut, pine, you name it. Please watch the video and you can see some amazing footage/shots of it. All laying on the ground in the steep back of our property that is inaccessible…However, we’d like to make something beautiful and EDIBLE out of what otherwise could be nothing.

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Although we did make it through the storm without heavy losses, many in our network have asked how they could support us following the storm. So this is how anyone interested can do just that: We’d like to fund a MUSHROOM campaign. We’re asking for your support in purchasing a large quantity of spawn and supplies to inoculate the fallen hardwoods with mushrooms! We’ve got an expert working with us to develop a plan and help procure the spawn – now, we just need the tools and capital to fund it.  This plan will allow us to grow and provide organic, high-quality, culinary mushrooms for our community and add more bio-diversity to our land and Callywood Farms offerings.

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Here’s the project budget so you know exactly where your money is going:
Mushroom Spawn: $1200
Inoculation tools & wax: $500
Drills and drill bits/parts: $300
Cub cadet vehicle repair: $1200
Marketing and promotional material: $800
Mushroom expert consult: $200
Chainsaw repairs and parts: $300
DONATION TO UNITED WAY: $500!!!
TOTAL: $5000

We plan to thank those who donate and become part of our team with the following:
$10+: Callywood Farms sticker
$20+: Hug Your Farmer sticker
$50+: Callywood Farms tshirt & sticker
$100+: 2 t-shirts & 2 stickers
$200+: 2 shirts, 2 stickers & you’ll get to come fill a basket from the first mushroom fruiting (~1-2 years out)
$500+: All of the previously stated goodies & a supreme Callywood Farms basket/offering: a keg of homebrew made in your honor and growlers of it (of the whole thing if you got the setup), sourdough bread, animal welfare approved eggs, various pork cuts, and seasonal veggie/herbs

Here’s a link to the GoFundMe page – https://www.gofundme.com/f/CWFtornadoshrooms

And to the YouTube video where you can see some of the pictures – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkehjOFhVY4&feature=youtu.be

6th Annual Summer Solstice Farm & Music Festival

June 22nd, 2019.  Gates 2pm, Live Music 3-8pm

Home Grown BBQ, Home brewed Beers, Little Farmers play area,
Live Music, Camping and much more!!!  
We are so excited for this year’s Solstice Fest!!!  Please check out the EVENT PAGE and the FB EVENT for info on bands, ticketing, FAQs and much more.
Mark your calendars and come join us for all the usual Farmy-Farmyness you’ve come to expect over the years.  We are pleased to announce that our headlining band this year will be our good friend, Eli Edwards, performing a set with his full band.  See you there!

2018 Summer Solstice Farm & Music Festival

Home Grown BBQ, Home brewed Beers, Little Farmers play area,
Live Music, and much more! CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS NOW
Live Music By:
  • Travers Brothership
  • Amongst The Trees
  • Eli Edwards Project
  • The Wild Pines
  • Rebecca Smith Kids Jamboree
  • Farmer B
Home-brew sampling sponsored by Fallow Brew Supply (included in ticket price for 21+)
SweetWater Brewing Company & Carolina Bauernhaus beer available on tap for sale
Your ticket includes admission to all festival activities, Callywood Farms home-grown BBQ plate (with sides prepared by Sister’s Restaurant), and sampling of home-brew beer.
Please see ticketing details below. There are many ticket levels so please read through and see which one applies to you. Cheaper tickets available for folks not wanting beer or BBQ. We love designted drivers! Kids need tickets. 6 & Under is free but you still need to enter a ticket for them so we can properly account for attendance.
Contact callywoodfarms@gmail.com with any questions.
Volunteer opportunies available for discounted/free admission. Please contact for details.
Attendance will be capped at 200 people, and we do expect to sell out, so please buy your ticket in advance!

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No! But of course only 21+ to purchase/consume beer. Please be prepared to show ID when purchasing beer tickets.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Free parking is available across the street at our neighbor’s house. There will be clearly marked signs for this area. Only vehicles displaying ADA permit may park down at the farm. Please don’t pull down our driveway unless you have ADA permit or prior approval to do so. There will be a shuttle provided every 15 minutes from the parking area, or you may walk the 1/4 mile down the driveway to the event.

What can I bring into the event?

  • You, your family, & a smile. This is a family friendly event & we even have a “Little Farmers” play area & a kids’ concert
  • Chairs/Blankets/Hammocks/anything to lounge on while you listen to music and enjoy the fest.
  • Any and all instruments for jamming around the bonfire at night
  • Water (or just cups if you don’t mind drinking from the hydrant)
  • Extra snacks beyond Saturday dinner and Sunday egg breakfast
  • Sun Screen
  • Bug Spray!!! (this is a must)
  • Flashlights/Lanterns (you will be walking thru the farm after dark)
  • Clothes & Shoes appropriate for the farm (ok to get down and dirty)
  • Camping Gear (if you plan to stay over). Camping is encouraged…Be Safe people!
  • Camping Chairs/Blankets
  • Rain jackets (rain or shine baby!)
  • Shade/Pop Up Tent (if you have one, please bring as we always need extra shade during the afternoon)
  • Yard & tailgate games

What can I not bring into the event?

  • Your Dog (dogs + free range chickens = no bueno)
  • Fireworks (scares the farm animals, sorry)
  • Outside alcohol (trust us…we got you covered. We are friends with very generous brewers)
  • No weapons of any kind. Please and Thank you.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email BJ or Amanda at callywoodfarms@gmail.com

What’s the refund policy?

Refunds will be given up to 7 days in advance of the event. The event will be rain or shine.

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS NOW

 

2018 Pastured Chickens!

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Friends! We are so so grateful to our community that continues to support this little family operation! And so we’re back (not from outerspace) with 2018 pastured chicken dates!

CWF 2018 Pastured Chicken Order Form

For those of you that are new, join us! Here’s how it works…

  1.  You decide how many chickens you want at the three pickup dates: June 9, August 18, October 27. The number of chickens varies greatly for each custome and should depend on your family size and freezer space. The chickens are whole (key to remember for freezer space).
  2. You reserve your chickens with a $5 deposit per chicken (mail or paypal) and your order form.
  3. You show up on pickup day between 2-5pm to get your ultra-local, pastured chicken.
  4. Cook your chicken and taste the difference!

For everyone:

  • This year there will be smaller batches in June and October. Please be mindful when ordering! This is to accommodate Solstice Fest (yup, chicken will be on the menu this year!) and Turkeys (!!!) in the fall. Please try to put your larger, stock-up order for the August date. We will operate on a “first come, first serve” basis with orders, so please get your orders in ASAP.
  • If a pickup date does not work, please let us know. We have so many families from similar neighborhoods and I’m sure we can help you arrange a chicken pickup carpool!
  • More info on turkeys soon!

CWF 2018 Pastured Chicken Order Form

 

2017 Pastured Chickens are now ready for order!

Hi friends – We are a little behind in getting out our 2017 chicken order form, but here it is! We already have our first batch at the farm. They are enjoying warm days in the “brooder” under heat lamps and when they get their first feathers, they move out onto pasture. Here’s farm girl tending to “her babies.”

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We will have 3 pick up days this year – June 10, August 19, October 21. Please download the CWF 2017 Pastured Chicken Order Form, fill it out and get it back to us with your deposit however you can. As usual, birds go quickly, so make sure you get yours in soon! Payment is accepted via check, paypal, or cash. Let us know if you have any questions – callywoodfarms@gmail.com

 

What a half hog share looks like

We recently had another pork pickup day and took the opportunity to lay out a half hog share to demonstrate what it looks like and weigh how much exactly it is.

Hands down, the most common question we get is, “how much meat is a half share really?” With a the help of a 4-year old added for scale (and cuteness), below is what it looks like! We laid out the cuts in the shape of a pig, so that you can get a sense of where the cuts come from and how much to expect from each area.

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As there is a lot of variability in a how you can get a half hog butchered, this is just a common example and each order looks a bit different.  This customer did a great job maximizing their order for how their family eats and is a great example of why buying a half hog share is a fantastic value for the pork-lover with sufficient freezer space.

This particular half share had a hanging weight of: 127.5 lbs. which is an average weight, perhaps even a little on the big side.  Here’s the breakdown of weights from each section listed above:

Loin:

2 roasts – 2.12, 3.13 lbs.

Chops (4 packs of 2 each) – 2.5, 2.6 ,2.6, 2.3 lbs.

Shoulder:

Boston Butt – 11.3 lbs!

Picnic – 9.1 lbs.

Ribs – 2.8 (a lot smaller than most people assume that they are getting)

Belly (Bacon) – This adventurous customer chose to have the belly cut into 2-3 lb packs to cure and smoke at home: 3.4, 2.1, 3.5 lbs.  Most customers have the butcher cure, smoke & slice their bacon for them

Leg:

Ham 9.8 lbs.

Ham Steaks – 2.7, 2.8, 2.4, 2.5 lbs.

Sausage – 17 lbs. of various flavorings

Extras:

Hocks – 2 lbs.

Leaf Lard – 1.1 lbs.

Fatback – 7.3 lbs.

Bones – 2.1 lbs.

Neck/back bones – 1.6 lbs.

Ear – 0.6 lbs.

Extras that this customer didn’t take, but are available: Head, Liver, Skin, Heart, Tail…

Lastly, here’s a roundup of Callywood Farms pork on the plate from us and customers!

From top left to bottom right: Pork chop, pork meatball soup, pizza with ground sausage, fried pork chops, farm girl eating porkchop with bare hands!, braised pork with tomato-mushroom gravy, BACON, onion smothered grilled chop, bacon and apple cinnamon rolls, braised country ribs in tomatoes, pork roast in crockpot with herbs and figs, braised pork with tomato-mushroom gravy, boston butt and hocks/feet on the smoker, pork and beans stew with collards, homemade chorizo with blackbeans over pumpkin polenta, rendering lard, a whole hog on the smoker, grilled pork loin, rendered lard.