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About us

Grass + Grit Farm is run by James Walton, Maddie Morley, and Benjamin Roberts. We met while farming together in 2014 and quickly realized we had a shared vision for our farming future. We raise pastured pork, lamb, goat, eggs, and a variety of poultry, including chicken, duck, turkey, and guinea hen. You can buy our products through CSA shares and at farmers markets.

At Grass + Grit, we value diversity, collaboration, creativity, and transparency in how we farm and interact with our community. Our farm strives to balance the needs of our animals, the health of the land, and the profitability of our business. At the core of our values is an exemplary standard of animal welfare. We prioritize our animals’ need to express their natural instincts while protecting and improving the soil, water, and surrounding ecology of the farm. We believe that healthy animals + healthy farmers = healthy and delicious food.

Grass + Grit Farm is located in New Paltz, NY. Our farm was selected to participate in Glynwood's Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator, which provides the tools and resources aspiring agricultural entrepreneurs need to develop and manage viable farm enterprises in the Hudson Valley.

 

 

James

I was born and raised in Queens, NY. Nestled between the suburbs of Long Island and the concrete jungle of Manhattan, I never considered a life in agriculture. That was until a family member's health issues made me reflect on my own eating habits. It was then that I decided to venture out of the art world where I was working and into the natural world. Having been farming for three years, I have a new appreciation for what it means to support local farms, eat responsibly, and take good care of the land which gives back more than most people know.

Maddie

I had little exposure to agriculture while growing up, but my commitment to animal welfare started at an early age. At 10 years old, I learned about the terrible conditions in industrialized livestock operations, and I swiftly decided that I would be a vegetarian. My vegetarianism lasted for 14 years until I became aware of a different kind of livestock farming: one where animals are raised in a thoughtful, humane, and environmentally sensitive way. I've been hooked on that style of farming and the amazing food it produces ever since.

Ben

I grew up with a bounty of fresh vegetables from my family’s garden, a robust raspberry patch, and an all around love for the outdoors and hard work. After spending the better part of my professional career in culinary arts and hospitality, I made the jump into farming in 2013. I’ve grown organic vegetables in Maine, raised pastured livestock right here in the Hudson Valley, and I am continuing my work as a grazing specialist for a local goat dairy and creamery as we get Grass + Grit Farm off the ground.

our animals

Here at Grass + Grit, we have carefully selected each species and breed that we raise. Each animal plays an integral role within a larger system, and these choices are critical in maintaining the health of our animals and the land we farm. With careful planning, we rotationally graze these different groups of animals to produce delicious meat and eggs while also improving soil fertility and pasture productivity.

We have specifically sought out breeds that are hardy and proven to thrive on pasture. Whenever possible, we raise heritage breeds that celebrate the rich farming history of the Hudson Valley. In many cases, our animals are considered “dual-purpose,” which means they can be raised for more than one product, such as sheep for wool and meat, or chickens for eggs and meat.

Roll over the photos below for more information on each animal.

Our pigs are raised on pasture and in the woods where they lounge under oak trees (they love acorns!) and enjoy whey from a local goat dairy. In addition to nuts, fresh grass and whey, they receive non-GMO feed that is grown and milled locally in Hudson, NY. Our pigs are all beautiful red Tamworths, which is a heritage breed originating in England that has excellent foraging abilities.

Our pigs are raised on pasture and in the woods where they lounge under oak trees (they love acorns!) and enjoy whey from a local goat dairy. In addition to nuts, fresh grass and whey, they receive non-GMO feed that is grown and milled locally in Hudson, NY. Our pigs are all beautiful red Tamworths, which is a heritage breed originating in England that has excellent foraging abilities.

We raise a small group of Khaki Campbell and Cayuga ducks for eggs, and Grimaud Pekin ducks for meat. According to local lore, the black-feathered Cayuga breed developed from a pair of wild ducks living in a pond in Dutchess County, New York - right across the river from us! Cayuga ducks are a dual-purpose breed that can be used for egg or meat production. Our Khaki Campbells are excellent foragers that produce white and tinted eggs with outstanding flavor and texture. We also keep a few African geese as guardian animals to protect our ducks and laying hens against predators.

We raise a small group of Khaki Campbell and Cayuga ducks for eggs, and Grimaud Pekin ducks for meat. According to local lore, the black-feathered Cayuga breed developed from a pair of wild ducks living in a pond in Dutchess County, New York - right across the river from us! Cayuga ducks are a dual-purpose breed that can be used for egg or meat production. Our Khaki Campbells are excellent foragers that produce white and tinted eggs with outstanding flavor and texture. We also keep a few African geese as guardian animals to protect our ducks and laying hens against predators.

Our goat herd consists entirely of Kiko goats, a hardy breed that is known for producing deliciously mild-flavored meat. Our goats are 100% forage-fed: while they enjoy nibbling on fresh grass, they especially love eating plants like multiflora rose and wild grapevines. Their knack for taking down brushy plants is helping us reclaim and restore our pastures.

Our goat herd consists entirely of Kiko goats, a hardy breed that is known for producing deliciously mild-flavored meat. Our goats are 100% forage-fed: while they enjoy nibbling on fresh grass, they especially love eating plants like multiflora rose and wild grapevines. Their knack for taking down brushy plants is helping us reclaim and restore our pastures.

We raise heritage-breed laying chickens including Silver Laced Wyandotte, Ameraucana, Buff Orpington, and Australorp. Our hens enjoy continuous access to fresh pasture, a roomy mobile coop for shelter, and a supplemental diet of non-GMO grain. All of our laying hens are dual-purpose breeds, so we'll have meaty stew birds when it's time to retire the hens from egg laying.

We raise heritage-breed laying chickens including Silver Laced Wyandotte, Ameraucana, Buff Orpington, and Australorp. Our hens enjoy continuous access to fresh pasture, a roomy mobile coop for shelter, and a supplemental diet of non-GMO grain. All of our laying hens are dual-purpose breeds, so we'll have meaty stew birds when it's time to retire the hens from egg laying.

We raise beautiful Broad-Breasted Bronze turkeys for your Thanksgiving table. Our turkeys are excellent foragers with distinct personalities and an insatiable curiosity about their surroundings. Bronze turkeys have dark feathers that display a coppery sheen when light passes over them. They were the breed of choice until the early 1960s when Broad-Breasted Whites rose in popularity due to their white feathers. Since then, the Broad-Breasted Bronze turkey has significantly declined in population, increasing the need for conservation of this stately breed.

We raise beautiful Broad-Breasted Bronze turkeys for your Thanksgiving table. Our turkeys are excellent foragers with distinct personalities and an insatiable curiosity about their surroundings. Bronze turkeys have dark feathers that display a coppery sheen when light passes over them. They were the breed of choice until the early 1960s when Broad-Breasted Whites rose in popularity due to their white feathers. Since then, the Broad-Breasted Bronze turkey has significantly declined in population, increasing the need for conservation of this stately breed.

Our guinea hens are truly a treat to have around the farm. They are voracious foragers: eating every kind of bug imaginable, including the notorious tick. Guinea fowl meat is considered a delicacy in many cultures. It is darker and richer than chicken meat with fewer calories and less fat. Guinea hens are also smaller-boned with larger breasts than chicken, giving you more bang for your buck.

Our guinea hens are truly a treat to have around the farm. They are voracious foragers: eating every kind of bug imaginable, including the notorious tick. Guinea fowl meat is considered a delicacy in many cultures. It is darker and richer than chicken meat with fewer calories and less fat. Guinea hens are also smaller-boned with larger breasts than chicken, giving you more bang for your buck.

We raise 100% grass-fed Katahdin and Coopworth sheep. The Coopworth sheep are a dual-purpose breed that produces incredibly beautiful wool in addition to tasty meat. Katahdin sheep, on the other hand, have hair (like goats) rather than wool. Katahdins do very well in our climate and are known for producing high quality, mild-flavored meat.

We raise 100% grass-fed Katahdin and Coopworth sheep. The Coopworth sheep are a dual-purpose breed that produces incredibly beautiful wool in addition to tasty meat. Katahdin sheep, on the other hand, have hair (like goats) rather than wool. Katahdins do very well in our climate and are known for producing high quality, mild-flavored meat.

Our meat chickens are raised on pasture and moved to fresh grass on a daily basis. They play an integral role in the farm by fertilizing the pastures with their manure, which leads to healthier soils and better forage for all the animals on the farm. We raise Freedom Rangers, which are specifically bred to thrive in a free-range, pasture-based system like ours. They take longer to reach harvest weight than industrial breeds which leads to more tender, succulent meat that is higher in beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids.

Our meat chickens are raised on pasture and moved to fresh grass on a daily basis. They play an integral role in the farm by fertilizing the pastures with their manure, which leads to healthier soils and better forage for all the animals on the farm. We raise Freedom Rangers, which are specifically bred to thrive in a free-range, pasture-based system like ours. They take longer to reach harvest weight than industrial breeds which leads to more tender, succulent meat that is higher in beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids.

CSA

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. By signing up as one of our members, you will receive a share of our harvest. In purchasing a CSA share upfront, our members are investing in the farm - sharing in the risk and reward of all that Grass + Grit is producing this season. Not only does this relationship provide us with capital to cover expenses, it also fosters a relationship between us (the farmers) and you (the consumer). We hope this relationship will help us make choices to better serve our community as we grow our business.

We offer a Winter Meat + Egg Share (see below) and a summer Egg Share (sold out for this season).

 

 

Winter Meat + Egg Share

January to May
Full and Half Shares Available

The Winter Meat + Egg Share offers a full selection of our responsibly-raised meat and eggs. Over the course of five months, you will receive a diverse mix of pasture-raised pork, chicken, lamb, goat, duck, and eggs. Each distribution will be curated with meal planning in mind, while also offering new and exciting ways to enjoy our pastured meats. Members will also have access to Members Only specials throughout the winter.

The share runs from early January 2017 through mid-May 2017. Full shares pick up twice a month, and half shares pick up once a month.


SHARE DETAILS

WHAT'S IN A SHARE?

Both full and half shares include meat and eggs from our diverse group of livestock. Over the course of the share, you will receive pastured chicken, pork, lamb, goat, duck, and eggs. All meat will arrive frozen in vacuum sealed packaging. You will receive 6-9 lbs of meat per distribution plus eggs at most pick ups. You will also have the opportunity to purchase additional meat, and receive Members Only specials, which will be announced by email before each distribution.

As an example, a typical distribution will look something like this:

  • 2 lb. pork chops
  • 1 lb. boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 lb. lamb sausage
  • 2 lb. goat stew meat
  • 1 dozen eggs (chicken or duck)

WHEN & WHERE?

Distribution starts the week of January 9th and goes through the week of May 15th. Pick up is either twice a month (every other week) for Full Shares OR once a month for Half Shares. Grass + Grit Farm is proud to partner with Obercreek FarmCaffe Macchiato, the Beacon Farmers Market, and Binnacle Books for our winter share pick-up locations.

 

Binnacle Books

Tuesdays 4-7pm

321 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508

Caffe Macchiato

Thursdays 4-7pm

99 Liberty Street
Newburgh, NY 12550

Obercreek Farm

Wednesdays 4-7pm

59 Marlorville Road
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Beacon Market

Sundays 10am-3pm

VFW Bldg,  413 Main St
Beacon, NY 12508

Please note that it is your responsibility to pick up your share during the time frame specified for your pick-up site. Due to our own scheduling and storage, we cannot hold your share for a later pick-up. If you’re heading out of town or you’re unable to pick-up your share for any reason, we suggest asking a friend to pick up for you. 

PRICE

Full Share: $850
pick up twice monthly (every other week) for a total of 10 distributions over five months

Half Share: $435
pick up once a month for a total of 5 distributions over five months


PAYMENT OPTIONS

Payment can be made by check or PayPal. We offer two payment plans:

Payment in Full: Pay for your share all at once at sign up. Many of our biggest expenses occur in the fall, so by paying upfront, you are directly helping us cover costs like processing and butchery to (quite literally) make the bacon that will end up on your table.

Half Now, Half Later: Pay half at sign up and the other half by the first pick-up date in January.

If neither of those options work for you, please contact us to work out an alternative payment plan.


FAQs

What kind of meat will I get?

You’ll get a mix of everything that Grass + Grit produces on our farm. Our meat + egg share is a bit like the chef’s tasting menu of meat CSAs. You’ll get 100% grass-fed lamb and goat, pasture-raised pork, chicken, duck, and even guinea hen. And don’t forget about eggs - you’ll get to try eggs from both our heritage breed chickens and ducks. Your share will include everything from the premium cuts like loin chops to bacon, sausage, roasts, braising cuts, and even more adventurous organ meats for those who want to try them. Some of our chicken also gets cut up into breasts, legs, wings and other cuts so you’ll have added convenience for last minute meals. 

How much meat and eggs will I get?

You will receive between 6-9 lbs of meat at every distribution plus eggs at most pick ups. You'll also be able to make a choice in 1-2 categories at most distributions. For example, we might offer a choice between 1 lb of lamb chops and 2 lbs of pork chops. Lamb chops are a premium, higher valued cut so the overall quantity of meat will be less than if you choose pork chops.

Members also have access to Members Only specials at our distribution sites. We'll announce Members Only specials via email beforehand.

How many people does a share typically feed?

A full share is intended to feed a family of four, or a couple that eats meat and eggs on a regular basis. For larger families, those that eat meat more frequently, or folks that entertain often, you might want to consider more than one share. A half share is ideal for a single person or a small family that eats meat and eggs occasionally.

What if I don’t want a certain kind of meat? Can I substitute something else?

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate substitutions for the winter share. But maybe you have a friend that really loves lamb (for example) even though you’re not a big fan, and you can arrange a trade?

What happens if I can’t pick up my share?

It is your responsibility to pick up your share during the time frame specified for your pick-up site. We understand that everyone has busy schedules and conflicts do arise, but due to our own scheduling and storage, we cannot hold your share for a later pick-up.

If you’re heading out of town or you’re unable to pick-up your share for any reason, we suggest asking a friend to pick up for you. Just tell your friend or family member to give us your name upon pick up, and we’ll walk them through it. You might consider inviting them over for dinner to try out some of that delicious meat as a thank you!

Does the meat come fresh or frozen?

All of the meat you receive in your share will arrive frozen in vacuum sealed packaging. This is the most practical way for us to deliver meat to our CSA members throughout the winter. All of our animals are raised outdoors in the warmer months when there is fresh pasture available, and then we process, package, and freeze our meat so that you can enjoy it all winter long. Above all, you should know that buying frozen meat does NOT mean you are buying a lower quality product! We’ve all been bombarded with the word “fresh” in marketing campaigns, but the reality is that, if properly packaged, handled and thawed, there is no quality sacrificed in frozen meat. In fact, by buying frozen, you are more likely to be supporting a small, diverse, and sustainable farm like Grass + Grit.

Have more questions? Feel free to contact us by email (info@grassgritfarm.com) or phone (845-393-1443).

Farmers Markets

 
 

You can find us at the Beacon Farmers' Market on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. We'll have an assortment of pastured, non-GMO meat and eggs available for sale.

 

2nd and 4th Sundays

10am - 2pm

Bingo Hall at the Veterans' Building
413 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508

 

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