How do I get your products?
ORDER ONLINE. You are welcome to order our products online. We will inquire about your desired pick-up timing once you’ve placed an order.
SELF-SERVE FARM STORE. Our farm store burned down in November 2021, so we will not have a self-serve farm store available until we rebuild it, hopefully by April 2023.
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If you have questions or would like to buy our products, please contact us directly by phone (607-342-3771) or email.
100% Grass-fed Lamb * 100% Grass-fed Beef * Raw Honey * Praise the Lard Balms * Baby Ginger * Ginger Candy and Syrup * Chicken Eggs * Aronia Cordial
100% Grass-fed Lamb
Our Katahdin-Dorper lambs produce mild, tender, heart-healthy and environmentally-friendly meat. We move them every day to new pasture, using grazing management as a tool to build organic matter in our soils.
Once our farm store is rebuilt (aiming for Summer 2023), we’ll have a mix of retail cuts available–from ground to stew meat, rack of lamb to leg roasts–at 200 Creamery Road in Brooktondale.
We also sell whole lambs. This is absolutely the most economical way to purchase local meat, as you get even the most expensive cuts at the lowest price. Also, a whole lamb only produces around 30 lbs of meat, so you don’t need a large freezer! Lambs are typically processed each Nov-Dec, so contact us for info or reserve yours in our online store today!
There are many options for cuts available from each primal; when you order we help walk you through these. These are $8/lb hanging weight (this is the weight at the butcher, after head, hide, and internal organs have been removed. It includes all butcher fees). The take-home weight of the meat you get is generally around 75% of the hanging weight.
So, for a typical lamb with a hanging weight of around 40-55 lbs, depending on what cuts you want, you could expect a take-home weight of 30-40 lbs. The cost for this whole lamb would be $280 – 385, which includes the butchering cost and can be paid in 2 installments. Our supply never lasts long, so call us (607-342-3771) or use our online store to reserve yours today!
100% Grass-Fed Beef
The black Angus beef we sell comes from cattle bred to be raised 100% on forage, so they don’t need to be corn-finished to produce beautifully marbled meat. If you’re new to cooking grass-fed meat, we can help with recipes to ensure a good eating experience! These cattle are raised in a partnership with our neighbors at Grace Wyly Farm, just down the road from Shelterbelt.
WHY BULK ORDER? You can save money over buying individual cuts at market. For just slightly more than the retail price of ground beef, you get high-value steaks and roasts. Bulk purchasing is often cheaper than buying grocery store meat, with all the health, social, and economic benefits of buying local.
WHAT TO EXPECT There are many options for cuts available from each primal; when you order we help walk you through these.
COST AND QUANTITY
- Quarters/Halves – $5.50/lb hanging weight – This is the weight at the butcher, after head, hide, and internal organs have been removed. The take-home weight of the meat you get is around 65% of the hanging weight. This price includes all butcher fees.
- Sampler Packs – $170 per box – 18-20lbs of steaks, ground and roasts
Hanging weight for a QUARTER is ~125-145lbs, so total cost would be $687-797, which could be paid in 2-3 installments. Price includes butcher fee. Your take-home weight will be around 60-85lbs, including bones and organs if you want them. If this is too much for you or your family, consider splitting a quarter with a friend!
CUT PREFERENCES When you order a half or quarter animal, we work with you to learn how you want your meat cut, and give your customized instructions to the butcher. Prefer steaks over roasts? Like stew cuts over ground? No problem – we can accommodate most of your preferences, within reason.
AVAILABILITY Halves and quarters of beef are available by reservation only, typically each Nov and/or Jan. Check with us to confirm availability!
RESERVE YOURS – Reserve now to fill your freezer or Meat Locker bin! $100 deposit holds your reservation.
We have a partnership with local beekeeper Bob Finch to manage hives on our farm. In this way we are still able to harvest the bountiful nectar flows on and around our farm–which feature black locust, basswood, sumac, knapweed, knotweed, and goldenrod–and benefit from the bees’ pollination services, without having to manage the hives’ health ourselves.
Did you know honey is the only food that never spoils – it’s edible even after thousands of years (though it would never last that long in our house!) Our honey crystallizes rapidly into a lovely creamy, spreadable consistency, which can be re-liquified by gently heating it.
Praise the Lard Balms
Warning: Once you’ve tried “Praise the Lard” balms, you’ll never go back! They are available as 4oz body balm, 4oz diaper balm (perfect for preventing or healing diaper rash!), and .25oz lip balm.
We render the lard ourselves and infuse it with organic comfrey and calendula for skin healing, then scent it with lavender essential oil when we add the beeswax. We use the resulting balm for any skin irritation on any part of our bodies. These balms have such a devoted following that we’ve had customers drive over an hour just to buy them!
Good enough to eat! Sorry, no bacon balm yet.
Ginger Candy and Syrup
We start with locally-grown frozen baby ginger, add honey, sugar, and lemon juice, and make mouth-meltingly good treats! The ginger syrup is perfect for making homemade ginger soda or cocktails (Dark and Stormy or Moscow Mule, anyone?) The candy makes a tasty snack and is also great for baking into breads and pies.
Raised on pasture in the understory of our orchard, you can always tell by the bright orange yolk how much these girls forage for bugs and greens. Stop by anytime to grab eggs from our on-farm store at 200 Creamery Road in Brooktondale, or order online for on-farm pickup.
This divine juice concentrate is similar to an old-fashioned soft drink known as “shrub” – basically fruit juice combined with honey, sugar, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice. It is designed to be added to fizzy water to create homemade soda. Aronia is considered a “superfruit” with higher amounts of antioxidants than blueberries, and many anti-cancer and anti-diabetic properties. Our aronia cordial is also good in cocktails. Try the Aronia Fizz, a combination of aronia cordial, elderflower liqueur, vodka, and fizzy water.