We are proud to offer humanely raised pastured poultry. Our chicks and poults are raised in a warm box with temperatures specific to best growing conditions. They have free choice unmedicated feed and clean water.
Once they are old enough, we move them outside into our 'chicken tractor' - a large movable chicken run. We move them onto fresh grass once or twice a day, depending on age. This gives the chickens and turkeys an opportunity to scratch for bugs, get fresh air, eat grass and just 'be' chickens and turkeys.
It also keeps them safe from flying predators and the coyotes that like to roam our property.
We put in roosts, troughs and an automatic waterer. We feed them vegetable scraps from our kitchen - reducing the amount of waste we produce!
The chickens we choose to raise are a hardier breed, doing well in the outdoor environment and adapt well to the stresses that come from not living in a climate controlled barn. We have a very low mortality rate.
Our chickens take 4 weeks longer to finish then the typical white bird that graces most grocery store shelves. This allows for increased flavor and dark meat.
If you are only used to grocery store chickens, be prepared to be surprised at what you are eating. You will find our meat delicious, no doubt, but you might be surprised at the 'density' (not to be mistaken with toughness) that has been reported by our repeat customers. Our chickens live outside, run, flap their wings and haven't been bred the same way the white grocery store broiler has. You are eating a chicken that was raised like a, well, chicken, when you buy from us. So don't be surprised it if the the taste and texture are different then what you are used to.
That's the whole point!
Our lamb is raised on pasture in summer and moved closer to home with barn or shelter access in winter.
In winter, we feed a free choice high quality hay and forage supplement for the ewes and lambs diet. They are supplemented with a sheep specific mineral and salt blocks. It is not uncommon to drive by our property and see the ewes and lambs pawing through the snow, looking for anything that might still be tasty under all the white stuff. We passionately believe animals should be allowed to live and behave as naturally possible.
We have removed grain entirely from their diets, and are proud to say this next lamb crop will be entirely grassfed and finished.
You won't be disappointed with our lamb.
Have you filled your freezer yet ?
Our pigs are raised outdoors, where they can root, roam and run. Pigs are social and curious animals. We never tail dock or clip teeth.
We raise hogs longer then the standard. Why? Six months of raising a hog doesn't allow for it to mature enough to add that depth of flavor. Because our hogs are typically processed around the 1yr mark, the meat is a rich color and the flavor and marbling are unreal!
Pork. Not the other white meat.
We are excited to announce that we are now owners of a flock of Black Welsh Mountain Sheep. These will be entirely grassfed and finished. A smaller breed then the suffolk crosses we have now, they take a much longer time to reach a harvesting weight, but you are rewarded with a flavor that is unparalleled to other lamb. The lamb chops have been compared to a high quality steak, with beautiful marbling.
We are proud to continue the lineage of this Heritage Breed. It is currently listed as threatened on the Livestock Conservancy Website. It is our hope that by promoting awareness of the fantastic qualities the Black Welsh Mountain offers, we can take this breed into safe status.
Our ewes and rams will be registered with the American Black Welsh Association, Please keep an eye out for when we have fleeces and wool available!