Featured Local Product: Misty Knoll Free-Range Chicken

From Misty Knoll Farms website: Misty Knoll Farms is a family-owned and operated farm producing the finest naturally raised free-range turkeys and naturally-raised chickens available from Vermont.  As stewards of Vermont’s working landscape, we treat our farm as a precious, irreplaceable resource, and follow sustainable farming practices to ensure our cropland will be productive for future generations. We raise our birds with the utmost care, feeding them whole grain, free of antibiotics and animal by-products. Our chickens range free in spacious, specially designed enclosures.

Misty Knoll Farms Chicken is now available at the Hannah Grimes Marketplace.

Farm of the Month: Brookfield Farm

By Jan Sevene, January 2009

Brookfield Farm
Holly and Christian Gowdy
460 Old Drewsville Road
Walpole, NH 03608
(603) 445-5104

Looking for quality organic meat, but prefer buying small quantities? Husband and wife team, Holly and Christian Gowdy of Brookfield Farm in Walpole, N.H., are making it easy to fill your order.

Although large quantities are available, to accommodate today’s smaller families, Brookfield Farm’s butcher creates smaller retail cuts. All vacuum-packed and frozen, their hamburg is sold in smaller portions of approximate one-pound packages. Most small steaks and roasts weigh-in no more than a convenient three pounds.

Certified organic, their grass-fed beef receive no grains, hormones, or antibiotics.
“It’s really good meat. Customers appreciate it is grass-fed, very lean and flavorful,” Holly says. “Mostly, I think, our customer base is focused on supporting a local farm. They appreciate the fact that the animals are right here in Walpole.”
In transitioning to include other meats, this past summer Brookfield Farm nurtured humanely raised veal and lamb, both grass-fed. Currently expanding to dairy production, the 200 certified organic acres they either own or manage are home to 6 Black Angus and 15 Normandy cattle, a sturdy French dual-purpose breed used for beef and milk production.

Farm tours are available by appointment. Call, email, or find Brookfield Farm on the Eatwildwebsite: http://www.eatwild.com/products/newhampshire.html. Either way, get to know the local Gowdy family, and the healthy, quality products they offer. They are waiting to convince you, “you can taste the difference.”

Other meat sources:

Country Critter Farm
Michael and Julie Thibodeau
240 Forest Lake Rd.
Winchester, NH 03470
(603) 239-8657

Winrose Farm
Bob and Ruth Jennings
103 Francestown Road
Greenfield, NH 03047
(603) 547-3390
Pastured pork

Green Ledge Farm
Larry and Diane Savage
472 Poor Farm Road
Francestown, NH 03043
(603) 547-3454
Certified organic beef

Eatwild.com is your source for safe, healthy, natural and nutritious grass-fed beef, lamb, goats, bison, poultry, pork, dairy and other wild edibles. This website provides:

* Comprehensive, accurate information about the benefits of raising animals on pasture.
* A direct link to local farms that sell all-natural, delicious, grass-fed products.
* A marketplace for farmers who raise their livestock on pasture from birth to market and who actively promote the welfare of their animals and the health of the land.

Monadnock Buy Local Grows Regional Effort to Support Local and Independent Businesses

Monadnock citizens and local business owners are invited to help grow a grassroots movement in our region: Monadnock Buy Local (MBL).

A MBL Steering Committee is forming and current members are reaching out to towns beyond Keene to make this truly a regional effort.  For more information, contact MonadnockBuyLocal@gmail.com.

Monadnock Buy Local’s roots lie with the Keene Buy Local Initiative – a project of the Keene Downtown Group.   The Keene Buy Local Initiative launched a 10% Shift Challenge the week of July 1-7, 2009, to coincide with other nationwide celebrations of “Independents Week”.  For more information visit http://keenelocal.com.

The Keene Downtown Group is a non-profit membership organization whose mission is to insure the vibrancy and vitality of Downtown Keene: http://keenedowntown.com.