Are your products certified organic?
Short answer: no. We are not certified organic, but strive to go above-and-beyond the organic requirements for both animals and produce. If you have any specific questions about our practices, please feel free to ask. We strive to be transparent in all that we do.
Where do I find your products?
We have farm pick-ups on Thursdays from 5-6 pm and Saturdays from 1-2 pm. Please place your order by the day prior to pickup. We also will have tables at the East Lansing farmer’s market (Sundays 10 a.m.-2 p.m.) and select dates at the Farmington farmer’s market (Saturdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m.) for the 2017 season. “Like” our FaceBook to find out which local stores or restaurants you can find our products at! In the future we plan to offer shipping as well as periodic drop-off points.
How does your Farm Share Program work?
Our Share customers buy into our farm for the duration of the season in exchange for a selection of pastured/grass-fed meat and/or eggs/fermented foods. Having upfront payments allows us to invest in infrastructure, pasture maintenance, and support labor costs. Please visit the Shop portion of our website, and visit our Farm Share Program page to learn more about our offerings.
If I want to order a share of an animal, what does that process look like?
The first step is to get in contact with us and/or fill out our order form and we will reserve your share for you with a deposit. As the processing date gets closer we will remind you to place your cut order with us or directly with the meat processor. If this is your first time it can be helpful to talk to the processor to guide you through making cut choices. After processing (and aging for beef), the meat will be available either for direct pickup or at TWF, based on your preference.
Which processor do you use for your animals?
We use Munsell’s Poultry Processing for all of our birds, and two different processors for our larger animals. Graham’s Organics is our first choice, and who we go to for all of our processed meat (bacon, sausage, etc.) since they are the cleanest option. We also use Jones Farm Market for lamb and beef when Graham’s is booked (they also do excellent work, they just aren’t organic).
What is “hanging weight”?
Hanging weight is the weight of the meat and bones after the hide, head, and unusable organs have been removed–typically around 55-60% (beef) or 70% (pork) of live weight. Prices per pound for shares are based on hanging weight. From hanging weight to “take-home weight” (weight of cuts after final processing) another 30-40% is lost depending on if the cuts are bone-in or boneless, and the extra fat in the meat (not usually an issue with our leaner animals).
How much freezer space will I need for my meat share?
It will vary, but a 1/4 share of beef generally takes up about 3-5 cubic feet of freezer space. A 1/2 share of pork will need the equivalent of about 1 large cooler, or 2-4 cubic feet. The rule of thumb is to have 1 cubic foot of space for every 30-32 lbs. of meat.
Can I get extra bones or organs with my order?
Yes. Bones, organs, rendering fat, are all available. You technically own a portion of the animal so you may have whatever you want out of that part.
Do your animals receive GMOs, hormones, or antibiotics?
All of our animals are completely free of hormones. We do not give them routine antibiotics, but will use them as a last resort if we believe the animal’s life is in danger. In the rare event that this happens, we will make sure enough time has gone by before the animal is processed so there are no traces left in the meat.
As of 2017, we now raise two lines of chickens: a line fed 100% organic, non-GMO grain, and a less expensive line fed non-organic (but still locally-grown and milled) grain. Unfortunately we have not found a Michigan-based source for non-organic, non-GMO grain, so we cannot say for sure whether our non-organic line is also non-GMO. Our hogs are all still fed 100% organic grain.
Why aren’t all of your animals completely grass-fed?
Our ruminants (cows & sheep) are 100% grass-fed.
Pigs and poultry are not able to be raised exclusively on grass due to their less complex digestive systems. Pigs are omnivores, as are poultry, and will eat a variety of things they find on pasture. Both pigs and poultry receive an addition of organic soy-free grain to their diet.
Can I come see your farm? Can I bring my dog?
We welcome visitors and are happy to show you around and introduce you to the animals when we have time. Since we are a working farm, it’s always a good idea to call us and set up a time to come out. We ask that you don’t bring dogs for their safety, and that of our animals. We also ask that you don’t come to our farm directly from another farm to help prevent the spread of various plant and animal diseases.