Dandelion salad and whiskey grains sounds like a pretty good dinner if you're a pig.
We've been raising animals here on the side of Hooker Mountain for longer than we've been doing just about anything else. Kempton got his first pair of pigs in 2004, and our first adventure into real farming came when we launched a meat chicken CSA in 2011. While many of the animals we raise head to our family dinner table, we're proud to raise fine pastured pork and grass-fed beef for sale.
One thing we know from years of experience is that animals love space and freedom as much as you and I, especially pigs. Pigs love grass, it's that simple. They run in it, rip it up, sleep in it, and eat a lot of it. And this may come as a surprise, they eat a lot of hay too. And when pigs are fed plenty of grass, given lots of space in which to be pigs, and fed delicious whole grains and distilling mashes, they're happier and they taste so much better than you even know (well, most of you). We do all our own farrowing here on the farm, and almost always have a big ol' boar around. The one we have now is a built like an aircraft carrier, but he's nice. In the spring we usually have piglets for sale, and we take orders for whole and half pigs by the end of June.
Grass and beef were made for each other. We firmly believe beef should come exclusively from grass and manage our herd accordingly. We raise Jersey cattle and crosses, for two reasons; one, the bull calves are easy to come by here in grass-fed dairy country, and two, Jerseys have the most exquisite, tender and flavorful beef simply finished on grass alone. In summer months, we rotationally graze our herd through our paddocks, moving them every few days onto fresh grass or to clean up cropped fields.
Organic, 100% Grass-Fed Beef
Beef will be available for purchase by the pound this fall at our soon-to-be farm store at 2603 US Route 2 in Cabot. In the meantime you can contact us via phone or e-mail to order beef boxes, sides or wholes. We raise our jersey, American milking Devon and angus crosses exclusively on our pasture in the warm months, and on our own organic hay that we cut ourselves all winter long. Our cows have access to the outdoors 365 days of the year and it is not uncommon to see them basking in the sun on a cold January day. We love our cows and treat them with a great deal of respect. Not only do they provide a valuable feed source for our family and community but they give life and fertility to our pasture and fields.