20 April, 2016

A Special Message From A Freezer Meal Workshops Hostess

If you have not yet participated in one of John Henry’s Freezer Meal Workshops, you have no idea what you are missing!  I made a great decision last summer to host the “Get Your Grill On” Workshop with Kellie and Katie.  First of all, who knew meal planning could be as fun, easy and yummy as this workshop was!  Since most men I know love to grill, I also decided to make it a couple’s workshop which definitely made it even more fun.  I used my Wildtree Taco Seasoning from a previous freezer meal workshop I participated in, and we had a wonderful Mexican spread and some great cocktails!  We then moved on to the workshop and made yummy ribs, sliders, steaks and so much more, but my favorite quickly became the Rodeo Burger.  I was very hesitant to make this burger because the recipe calls for Blue Cheese, and I am not a fan, but I was diligent and followed the recipe (although not required), and the result was the very best burger that I have ever had in my life.  It was so moist, delicious and flavorful that we have continued to make them even through the winter.

All of my guests agreed that not only was the workshop a super easy, fun evening of nutritious meal preparation, it was also very cost effective.  The icing on the cake for everyone was how the meats were delivered.  Each guest received either 10 or 20 bags (depending on the size of their family) all custom cut by John Henry’s for the workshop, labeled and organized in an easy to carry box. 

05 April, 2016

Hello Everyone!

Mud, mud and more mud; that’s what we have.  The time has come for things to dry out because every day matters from here on out.  Now please do not take this the wrong way, farmers have a knack for making lemonade out of lemons.

I thought I would take this time to give you a perspective on how weather and other circumstances that are beyond our control effect the everyday life on the farm. Let’s start with a general time table of events.  Below is a time table list when things should be done and how long it usually takes under normal weather conditions.


1st thru 10th         Barns should be cleaned and manure spread on the fields. First calves are born.

11th thru 20th       Ground worked, new hay seeded and oats planted. Fix any broken field tiles.

21st thru 30th       Ground worked and prepared for corn.  Fencing inspected and repaired


1st thru 10th         Crops planted and ground worked.  Calving still in progress.

11th thru 20th       Silage corn planted.

21st thru 31st       Clean silos and barns for new crops, put away planters and tillage equipment and get out hay equipment.


1st thru 15th         Start cultivating crops, put up 1st cutting of hay. Calves still being born.  And , of course, every single day we are gathering our farm fresh eggs.

The April showers that bring May flowers has been plentiful in our area this year, this has held us back from getting anything done. If the weather continues the way it is forecast we will still be planting the first of June.  As with any farm, a delay like this means a loss in revenue, and in our case feed.  It is not the first time we have faced such challenges, nor will it be the last. We pray that a little rain is saved for the summer growing season with a lot of warm summer nights.

Kellie and I hope that your upcoming summer is full of sunshine with a few good rains to keep things fresh and growing. We will leave you with a few pictures from our farm with visions of what's to come.

Been great to touch base with you.

Kellie & John Henry


07 March, 2016

Did you know?

Did you know Cows have almost total 360 degree panoramic vision and are able to see colors, except red?  They can detect odors up to 5 miles away. Cows can hear lower and higher frequencies better than humans.  Per day, a cow spends 6 hours eating and 8 hours chewing cud. A cow doesn't bite the grass, but curls its tongue around it. A cow has no upper front teeth. The average cow drinks about 30 gallons of water and eats about 95 pounds of feed per day.  A cow stands up and sits down about 14 times a day.

Did you know Pigs have a great sense of smell? Their powerful but sensitive snout is a highly developed sense organ. Pigs also have a great field of vision, because their eyes are on the sides of their heads.   Pigs have four toes on each hoof, but only walk on two toes per foot. A mature pig has 44 teeth.

Did you know Chickens lay different colored eggs, from white, to brown, to green, to pink, to blue?   It takes a hen 24-26 hours to lay an egg.  A chicken finds it very important to have a private nest. She builds her nest by first scratching a hole in the ground. She will then pick up twigs and leaves, which she will drop on her back. Once she has returned to the hole she will let the material slide off her back around the rim forming her nest.

Here at Meinecke Farms and John Henry’s we strive to ensure that our animals provide our customers with the highest quality of farm fresh meats available on the market while maintaining the utmost respect and humane treatment for each individual animal.  Our down on the farm practices provide meats that are of the highest standards, and our animals are bred and raised for the sole purpose of supplying you and your family with wholesome local grown, pasture raised meat.  Our animals are never given any antibiotics or hormones.  John Henry’s meats contain no artificial tenderizers, coloring or preservatives.  If you are looking for grass fed, grass finished, pasture raised freezer beef, fresh pork, poultry or farm fresh eggs and so much more look no further.   

31 January, 2016

Hello Again...

It has been awhile; actually it has been way too long since the last time I have checked in with everyone. For those of you who do not know me, I am John Henry.  My wife Kellie and I are the proud owners of John Henry’s Meats and Meinecke Farms.

I apologize for being away for so long.  It seems that I can never seem to get caught up on all the chores. Harvest season took longer than expected (4 months to be exact) due to the weather and equipment break downs.  We finally finished up the last of it just before Christmas.  So, now is the time to re-group, clean the shop, clean the barns and chicken coop, start on a long list of equipment to repair and of course take care of taxes.

Kellie has been busy at John Henry’s and with the help of our daughter Katie they have been able to keep things together in my absence during harvest. They have developed this new website to make things easier for our customers and it seems to be working out well. I do miss the personal touch we use to have and that is the reason for this new blog page. It won’t seem as professional as the rest of the site but it will be my favorite part. I have not gotten the hang of “facebook” or “twitter”; in fact I still refuse to switch to a “smart phone”. To tell you the truth, we have had a DVD player for 2 years I still can’t figure it out.

The Forgotten Farmer,

John Henry


P.S. For those of you who remember Martin (Kellie’s pet steer - that’s him on the right).   He’s 6 years old now and weighs around 2400 lbs. We refer to him as the gentle beast.

15 September, 2015

What is Browning and why do we do it?

Browning meat, also known as searing, is when you high heat cook all sides of your meat until a crispy tan/brown color; while leaving the middle to be rare or raw. This technique is only performed with beef and lamb. By doing this the flavor is locked in and also helps hold the meat together when you use the meat in slow cooked recipes such as stew and pot roasts.  

05 August, 2015

Cheese Please!


Our cheeses are definitely something to get excited about!

Some Facts About Our Cheese:

- The cheese is made from hand milked cows!  The farmers milk the cows twice daily, by hand, for delivery to the cheese house.

- The cows are naturally raised.  They are free range, grass fed and antibiotic free.  Absolutely NO artificial hormones are introduced into their diets.




- Some of the health benefits of cheese include relief from hypertension and osteoporosis. It also helps in maintaining bone health and dental care. 

- Cheese contains many nutrients, including vitamins such as vitamin C, B-6, B-12, A, D, E

and vitamin K.

John Henry's has a variety of options available to you

(click on any of the cheeses below to be directed to our website):


Monterey Jack



Medium White Cheddar

Sharp White Cheddar

Extra Sharp White Cheddar

Smoked Cheddar




Hot Pepper


Onion & Garlic

String Cheese


AND, Introducing...BABY SWISS!


Also, Don't forget about Our Mild, Sharp and Extra Sharp Piconning Wheel Cheeses!


16 July, 2015

Did You Know?


Did you know that we offer a special Ground Beef & Liver  Blend?

Liver is an excellent source of all of the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.  It also contains all the B vitamins in abundance, particularly vitamin B12, and is one of the best sources of folic acid.  Our Grass Fed Beef Liver is a great addition to your weekly menu plan, but if you don't particularly like the taste fo the liver then try our Ground Beef & Liver Blend!  We developed this blend using 20 lbs of Ground Round and 8 lbs of Liver together. 


"I use it all the time to make Taco's, Spaghetti, Chilli or any other meal I would use Ground Round in.  My family never even noticed I made this healthy switch in order to get those extra vitamins into my little ones!!!"  - Katie

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-Meredith P.
Rochester MI
"My family and I absolutely love John Henry’s meats! I recommend them to all my family and friends who are looking for a healthy meat option for their families."


Hormone Free Grass-Fed Beef, Pastured Turkey Pork, Open Range Chicken

The benefits of eating pasture raised, grass-fed meats are hard to deny. From the extra nutrients to the shaky ethics surrounding commercially raised animals, pasture-raised cows and free range chickens win every time. While we hear the most about steaks and beef, the same benefits can apply to any animal raised without hormones in its natural habitat. Typically pork or chicken is referred to as pasture raised, or free range instead, as these animals are natural omnivores and eat a little of everything. Our family farm produces grass-fed beef, pastured pork, and free range turkey and chicken. Our gourmet meats and dairy products are shipped fresh to customers in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and the Chicago, Illinois area. Pastured pork, beef, chicken, and turkey is not only better for the animal, but it’s also better for the consumer too. If you’ve shopped for meats at most grocery stores, you probably saw bright red packages of similar shapes and sizes, which is different from the varying packages of beef you would find when shopping with an small, local farmer. Each animal is unique, and John Henry’s doesn’t use steroids, hormones, or fatty feeds on our farm. This produces a higher-quality cut of meat that can vary in size, shape, and color depending on what muscles were exercised more. Grass-fed beef, and pasture raised turkey, pork, and chicken also have fat that is more yellow due to healthy beta carotenes that are present. We also cut each of our meats fresh and ship it to you the same day! If you haven’t tried grass-fed beef, pastured pork, or free range turkey and chicken you don’t know what you’re missing. Save $10 on your first shipment with promo code “New10” John Henry’s ships to Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennesee, New England, Virginia, West Virginia, THe Carolinas, And more!