Grass + Grit Farm was founded in 2016. The farm is owned and operated by 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 and grass-fed meat. 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.
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.
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 worked as a grazing specialist for a local goat dairy and creamery as we got Grass + Grit Farm off the ground.
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 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 also considered “dual-purpose,” which means they can be raised for more than one product, such as sheep for wool and meat.
Roll over or click on the photos below for more information on each animal.
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 inform us on how we can best serve our community as we grow our business.
We offer a Meat Share for the winter and summer seasons. See below for details.
Winter share: January to May
Summer share: June to November
The Meat Share offers a diverse selection of our pasture-raised pork, chicken, lamb, and 100% grass-fed ground beef. This is a “farmer’s choice” share, but we do build in options along the way so you can pick, for instance, your favorite kind of sausage.
You will receive 7-10 lbs of meat at each monthly distribution. Please note there will be no eggs in this year’s share. Last, but not least, you’ll get exclusive access to Members Only meat specials during the season.
WHAT'S IN A SHARE?
Over the course of the share, you will receive pastured chicken, pork, lamb, and ground beef. All meat will arrive frozen in vacuum sealed packaging. You will receive 7-10 lbs of meat at each distribution (no eggs this year). You can also pre-order additional meat for pick-up at your distribution. Plus you will receive Members Only specials, which will be announced by email before each distribution.
A typical distribution might look something like this:
2 lbs Pork Loin Chops
2 lbs Lamb Stew
2 lbs Bone-in Chicken Breast
1 lb Ground Lamb
Another example might be:
1 Rack of Lamb
1 lb Bacon
2 lbs of Chorizo or Sweet Italian Sausage
1 Whole Chicken (4-5 lbs)
1 lb Ground Beef
Every pick-up will have some mix of pork, chicken, and either lamb or beef.
WHEN + WHERE?
Pick up is once a month for both summer and winter shares. The winter share runs from January through May (5 pick-ups total). The summer share runs from June through November (6 pick-ups total).
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.
WINTER PICK UP DATES + LOCATIONS
SUMMER PICK UP DATES + LOCATIONS
Winter Meat Share: $495
pick up once a month for a total of 5 distributions over 5 months
Summer Meat Share: $595
pick up once a month for a total of 6 distributions over 6 months
If you sign up after the first distribution, your share will automatically pro-rate based on the number of distributions left.
Payment can be made by check, PayPal, or SNAP/EBT benefits.
Paying for your share with check or PayPal
For those paying with 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 spring and fall, so by paying upfront, you are directly helping us cover costs like animal purchasing, 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 your first pick-up date.
If neither of those options work for you, please contact us to work out an alternative payment plan.
Paying for your share with SNAP/EBT benefits
We are pleased to accept SNAP/EBT benefits as payment for the Meat Share. The information below applies only to members paying for their share with SNAP/EBT benefits. Please contact us with any questions you may have.
Payment: The cost of each pick-up is $99 per month. You must pay for your share at every pick-up. You can pay with your EBT card, or cash/check. If you have insufficient funds on your EBT card to make a payment, you still need to pay for your share when you pick it up with cash or check.
Refundable Deposit: A deposit of $60 is required upon signing up for a share. You may make your deposit with cash or check. Your deposit will be refunded to you at the last pick-up as described below.
Missed Pick-ups: It is your responsibility to pick up your share at the date and time of the scheduled pick-up. You may arrange for someone else to pay for and pick up your share if you cannot. If you miss a pick-up, you will lose the entire $60 deposit. If you miss more than one pick-up, we may cancel your membership.
What kind of meat will I get?
Our Meat Share is a bit like the chef’s tasting menu of meat CSAs. You’ll get pasture-raised, non-GMO pork and chicken, plus 100% grass-fed lamb and ground beef - all produced on our farm. The share includes chops, sausage, bacon, ground meat, stew, braising cuts, and roasts. You’ll also get a mix of whole chickens and parts like breasts, legs, or wings. We will only have ground beef available this year - no steaks or other beef cuts. There will be no eggs in this share.
How much meat will I get?
You will receive 7-10 lbs of meat at every distribution. Why the range? It will depend on the value of cuts being given out that distribution, and not every distribution will be exactly the same value. In general, you’ll receive more pounds of meat when the cuts are of slightly lower value and and a bit less meat when the cuts are a higher value.
Will I get equal amounts of each type of meat?
The short answer is no. We don’t produce equal amounts of each kind of meat, so we need to balance our CSA offerings with our production. You’ll get more pork than any other kind of meat, with chicken coming in second, and then lamb and ground beef.
How many people does a share typically feed?
One share will feed between 2 and 4 people, but this really depends on your meat eating habits. If you’re concerned that the share won’t be enough, feel free to inquire about an additional share for a discounted rate. Or you can plan on pre-ordering extra meat for pick up with your share.
What if I don’t want a certain kind of meat? Can I substitute something else?
We cannot accommodate substitutions at this time. We make every effort to distribute the cuts fairly to all members, which is a logistically challenging endeavor, so we can't accommodate special requests.
Note that you will be able to make a choice in one category at most distributions. For example, we might offer a choice between ground beef or lamb, or two entirely different cuts that have a similar value.
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.
If there is a winter storm that might affect our ability to deliver your share to the pick-up site, we’ll contact you to set up an alternative pick up time. Please keep an eye on your email account if there is a winter storm warning.
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. All of our animals are raised outdoors in the warmer months when there is fresh pasture available. We then process, package, and freeze our meat so that you can enjoy it all year 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (845-393-1443).
Whole lambs + Half/Whole Pigs
We offer a limited number of Whole Lambs and Half/Whole Pigs for sale each season. Buying a whole lamb, half or whole pig is one of the best ways to enjoy all your favorite cuts at the best value.
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Find us at the indoor Beacon Farmers Market every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from December 2018 through April 2019. We'll have our grass-fed and pasture-raised meat, plus our sheepskins and goat pelts.
Beacon Farmers Market
VFW Hall, 413 Main Street
2nd and 4th Sundays
10am - 2pm
All meat is vacuum sealed and frozen at peak flavor. Availability will vary throughout the year.
Our lamb, goat, and beef is 100% grass fed and finished. Our poultry and pork are pasture-raised with non-GMO grain rations. All of our products are non-GMO and raised without synthetic hormones. You can read more about our animals and how we raise them here.