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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 during the season, 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.

This summer, Grass + Grit is offering an Egg Share, but stay tuned for our all-inclusive meat + egg share which will launch this winter.

 

Winter Meat + Egg Share

 
 
 

 

EGG SHARES

SOLD OUT

One dozen pasture-raised eggs every other week

Early July through Thanksgiving

$77 per share

One egg share provides one dozen eggs every other week from early July through Thanksgiving for a total of 11 dozen eggs. Pro-rated shares still available! Contact us for details.

Our heritage-breed chickens enjoy continuous access to fresh pasture, a roomy mobile coop for shelter, and a supplemental diet of non-GMO grain. Their free-range diet and active lifestyle produce great-tasting, nutrient-dense eggs that can’t be found in your average grocery store!

Note: There is no limit to the number of shares you can buy. If your family is anything like us, and you go through more than two dozen eggs per month, we encourage you to sign up for more than one share! Our eggs last for at least six weeks in the fridge.

 

Grass + Grit Farm is proud to partner with Bija Kids, Big Little FarmCaffe Macchiato, and Obercreek Farm for our egg share pick-up locations.

Big Little Farm Pick-UP

Tuesdays 4-7pm

205 Hidden Valley Road
Kingston, NY 12401
www.biglittlefarm.com

Bija KIds pick-up

Tuesdays 4-7pm

869 Wolcott Ave
Beacon, NY 12508
www.bijakids.com/beacon

Caffe Macchiato pick-up

Tuesdays 4-7pm

99 Liberty St
Newburgh, NY 12550
www.99libertystreet.com

OBERCREEK Farm PICK-UP

Wednesdays 4-7pm
Saturdays 9am-12pm

Obercreek Farm Stand
81 New Hamburg Road
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
www.obercreekfarm.com

Thanksgiving TurkeyS

Grass + Grit Farm’s pasture-raised, non-GMO turkeys are now available for pre-order! Our Broad-Breasted Bronze turkeys are rotationally grazed and free-ranged so they always have access to fresh pasture. Their diet is supplemented with non-GMO, pesticide-free grain from a local feed mill.

 

SizeS

We expect the turkeys will range from 12 to 25 lbs each.  When placing your order, please let us know your preferred weight. NOTE: Because our birds are raised outdoors, variations in size are natural. While we cannot guarantee that your bird will be a specific weight, we will do our absolute best to get within 5 lbs of your requested weight.

 

Pick-Up Locations and Times

Fresh turkeys will be available for pick-up at the following locations (select your pick-up location when placing your order):

Sunday, November 20
 

Beacon Farmers Market
Red Flynn Drive, Beacon, NY
10am-3pm

Grass + Grit Farm
Lenape Lane, New Paltz, NY
12pm-2pm

Wednesday, November 23


Obercreek Farm Stand
New Hamburg Rd, Wappingers Falls, NY
4pm-7pm

Tuesday, November 22


Bija Kids
Wolcott Ave, Beacon, NY
4pm-7pm

Caffe Macchiato
Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY
4pm-7pm

 

Price

Turkeys are $7/lb. A $40 non-refundable deposit is required per bird. The balance will be due upon pick-up. Deposits can be made by check or PayPal.

 

How to Order

Step One:  Please fill out our online Turkey Order Form, where you will select your pick-up location and preferred weight. 

Step Two:  Pay the $40 non-refundable deposit per bird. Your reservation will be secured when we receive your deposit. You can pay via check or PayPal. Please note you will be charged an additional 3.8% "tax" to cover PayPal transaction fees. Please make checks payable to “Grass + Grit Farm LLC” and mail to:
 

Grass + Grit Farm LLC
5 River Road, Apt 9
New Paltz, NY 12561

 

We have a limited number of turkeys available, so place your order soon!

Farmers Markets

 
 

You can find us at the Beacon Farmers' Market every other Sunday starting September 4, 2016. We'll have an assortment of pastured, non-GMO meat and eggs.

 

Every other Sunday starting September 4

10am - 3pm

Red Flynn Drive
Beacon, NY 12508

(on the riverfront by the Metro-North train station)

 

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