Quality Farm Products
Our bees are the bee's knees.
In addition to our seven acre red clover hay field and our growing apple and pear orchard, we happen to live near a sizeable stand of black locust.
All that natural goodness combines to make a very delicious and unique honey flavor. We're confident you'll like it too!
Why natural honey?
Bees make excellent honey.
We don't think we need to do anything else to it. Some of the other stuff available in large supermarkets is not... well it's not natural.
Our honey is collected, spun or scraped out of the comb and then passed through a fine filter to remove any bits of wax or honey bees parts. We'll also sell it without straining if you want all that crunchy, natural goodness. We sometimes also have whole honeycomb for sale as well.
Our animals are always on pasture - from birth to harvest.
And they do what cattle do best... eat grass and forage. They have beautiful shiny coats and eat apples from our orchard out of hand. Our cattle are rotated on pasture all year with hay provided during the colder, winter months.
Why grassfed beef?
Simply put cattle are marvelously made to grow and thrive on pasture. A diet of grass and hay results in leaner, healthier beef. Cattle fed grain and other common agricultural feed products aren't as healthful.
Our beautiful Angus cattle are sourced from the HK Cattle Company in Sellersburg, Indiana owned by our uncle Hobson. He's been developing his herd on Hoosier grass and hay for over 30 years - he was raising grassfed beef before it was popular! While participating in 4-H as a youngster he noticed that the spectacular show animals at the county fair would look sickly only a few weeks later when out on pasture; that's what inspired him to raise "beautiful animals with shiny coats" on grass and hay.
We provide our animals immunizations before weaned at seven months of age and minerals are available by free choice.
We're not currently certified by a grassfed association but we may be in the future - right now we let common sense guide our care.
Our happy hogs are raised on pasture.
We raise royal Mangalitsas - an old world, heritage breed. They're renowned for being the "kobe beef" of pork and for their hair, and lard. But they're also a lot of fun. We also raise a Berkshire/Hampshire/Mangalitsa cross that brings together the amazing flavor of a Mangalitsa with the more practical cuts of a traditional breed. Our simple approach is to raise hogs that will thrive on pasture and good, high-quality feed.
We also provide our pigs the opportunity (generally when smaller) to free range on our farm which includes many nut and fruit bearing trees in addition to the fenced pastures. It's not uncommon to find the pigs, chickens, dogs and kids running around together!
Why pastured pork?
Pigs just like mud. They also like to run, wallow, snort, root, dig and squeal. They weren't made to live in a small pen on a concrete pad so we let them roam around on pasture.
Hogs (monogastrics) need more than forage to thrive so we also provide a high-quality, ALL NON-GMO feed consisting of corn, soy meal, beans, sunflower oil, minerals and vitamins. Additional minerals are available by free choice.
Pasture Raised Eggs
Chickens out and about.
Our chickens roam pastures, woods and our back yard. They're pretty much everywhere scratching, clucking and eating.
Why pasture raised eggs?
Like all our animals our chickens are able to simply do what is natural. They're given a NON-GMO feed and allowed to free range for bugs, insects and worms.
We do not give any of our animals growth hormones or antibiotic regimens. A sick animal will always receive necessary treatment if it is a sustainable option; we provide our children immunizations and antibiotics when they're sick, and we do the same for our animals.