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
Cdgowdyco(at)aol.com

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
countrycritterfarm@earthlink.net
lamb

Winrose Farm
Bob and Ruth Jennings
103 Francestown Road
Greenfield, NH 03047
(603) 547-3390
winrosefarm@aol.com
http://www.winrosefarm.com
Pastured pork

Green Ledge Farm
Larry and Diane Savage
472 Poor Farm Road
Francestown, NH 03043
(603) 547-3454
larry@greenledgefarm.com
http://www.greenledgefarm.com
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.

The Multiple Benefits of Grassfarming

Healthy Grasses Mean Healthy Animals, From Mother Earth News, April/May 2009
By Richard Manning

•    More humane animal treatment
•    More nutritious meat and dairy products
•    Reduced flooding and soil erosion
•    Increased groundwater recharge
•    More sustainable manure management
•    Less E. coli food poisoning
•    More fertile soil and more nutritious forages
•    More diverse and healthier ecosystems
•    Reduced use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides to grow unsustainable corn and soy

Grass-Fed Basics

From Eat Wild Website

A major benefit of raising animals on pasture is that their products are healthier for you. For example, compared with feedlot meat, meat from grass-fed beef, bison, lamb and goats has less total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. It also has more vitamin E, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and a number of health-promoting fats, including omega-3 fatty acids and “conjugated linoleic acid,” or CLA.  Read more about the nutritional, environmental and other benefits of raising animals on pasture at http://www.eatwild.com.