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.
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.
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 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.
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 also 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.
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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 Summer Meat Share, Summer Egg Share, and Winter Meat + Egg Share. See below for details.
SUMMER MEAT SHARE
June to November
SOLD OUT FOR 2017
check back here (or join our mailing list) for info on the 2017 Winter Meat + Egg Share!
spots available in our 2017 Summer Egg Share (scroll down for details)
The Summer Meat Share offers a great selection of our pasture-raised and grass-fed meat including pork, lamb, goat, chicken, and duck. The share provides meat for the grill like sausages and chops, and as colder months approach in the fall, a few roasts and slow cooking cuts as well. This is a “farmer’s choice” share, but we do build in options for you along the way so you can pick, for instance, your favorite kind of sausage.
The share runs from June 2017 through November 2017 with monthly distributions. You will receive 7-10 lbs of meat per distribution. Note that eggs are NOT included in the Summer Meat Share, but you can sign up for our Summer Egg Share (details below). 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, goat, and duck. All meat will arrive frozen in vacuum sealed packaging. You will receive 7-10 lbs of meat at each distribution. You will also have the opportunity to purchase additional meat, and receive Members Only specials, which will be announced by email before each distribution.
A typical distribution might look something like this:
- 2.5 lbs pork loin chops
- 1 lb lamb kabobs
- 2 lbs choice of bratwurst, chorizo, or andouille
- 2 lbs bone-in chicken breast
Another example might be:
- 1 lb bacon
- 1 lb choice of lamb or goat sausage
- 1 whole chicken
- 2 duck breasts
- 2 lbs choice of spare ribs or country style ribs
Keep in mind that certain things (like duck) might only show up in the share once or twice since we raise them in relatively small amounts, while every distribution will have at least one of the following types of meat: pork, chicken, lamb or goat.
WHEN & WHERE?
Distribution starts in June and goes through mid-November. Pick up is once a month for six months. We are proud to partner with Obercreek Farm, The Daily Beet, the Beacon Farmers Market, and the Rosendale Farmers Market for our summer share pick-up locations.
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.
Summer Meat Share: $575
Pick up once a month for a total of 6 distributions over six months
Scroll down for details on the Summer Egg Share.
Payment can be made by check, cash, or PayPal. We offer two payment plans:
Payment in Full: Pay for your share all at once at sign up. Paying in full helps us cover our feed and animal costs, which hit our bank account early in the season.
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 don't hesitate to contact us to work out an alternative payment plan.
What kind of meat will I get?
You’ll receive a selection of all the pasture-raised meat that Grass + Grit produces on our farm. Our meat 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, and even a taste of our duck. The summer share will include chops, sausage, bacon, ground meat, roasts, and a few braising cuts as the colder weather approaches in the fall. You’ll also get a mix of whole chickens and parts like breasts, legs, or wings.
How much meat will I get?
You will receive between 7-10 lbs of meat at every distribution for a total of 45-55 lbs of meat throughout the share. Why the range? It will depend on the value of cuts being given out that distribution. Not every distribution will be exactly the same value. In general, you’ll receive more meat when the cuts are of slightly lower value and a bit less meat when the cuts are a higher value. You'll also be able to make a choice in 1-2 categories at most distributions. For example, we might offer a choice between ground goat or lamb, or two entirely different cuts that have a similar value. Members also have access to exclusive specials at our distribution sites. We'll announce Members Only specials via email beforehand.
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 goat. You’ll get a taste of our duck, but it might only show up in the share once or twice because we only produce a small amount over the season.
How many people does a share typically feed?
The summer meat share is intended to feed a small family or couple, but for those that love grilling all summer long, you might want to consider more than one share.
What if I don’t want a certain kind of meat? Can I substitute something else?
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate substitutions for the summer share. But maybe you have a friend that really loves lamb 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 it 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 season. 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 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 (email@example.com) or phone (845-393-1443).
SUMMER EGG SHARE
June to October
Two dozen eggs per month for five months
$70 per share
The Egg Share is back! Each egg share provides two dozen eggs a month from June through October for a total of 10 dozen pasture-raised eggs. Pick up twice a month at all locations except Newburgh, which picks up once a month.
WHAT'S IN A SHARE?
You'll receive pasture-raised, non-GMO eggs from heritage breed hens all summer long! Each share provides two dozen eggs a month over 5 months for a total of 10 dozen eggs.
If you eat as many eggs as we do, you can sign up for more than one share. We’ll give you $5 off each additional share purchased!
WHEN & WHERE?
Distribution starts in June and ends in October. Pick up is twice a month at all locations except for Newburgh, which picks up once a month.
We are proud to partner with Obercreek Farm, The Daily Beet, the Beacon Farmers Market, and the Rosendale Farmers Market for our summer share pick-up locations. Note that if you pick up at The Daily Beet, we only offer a monthly pick-up option where you'll get 2 dozen eggs at a time, once a month for five months.
Summer Egg Share: $70
10 dozen eggs over the course of five months
If you sign up for more than one egg share, you'll receive $5 off each additional share purchased.
Payment can be made by check, cash, or PayPal. We request that payment be made in full at the time of sign up.
You can find us at the outdoor Beacon Farmers' Market on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, April through November. We'll have an assortment of pastured, non-GMO meat and eggs available for sale.
Plus, you can pick up your summer share at the market!
1st and 3rd Sundays
April - November
10am - 3pm
Veterans Place, next to the Post Office
Beacon, NY 12508
Come find us at the Rosendale Farmers Markets on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, June through October. We'll have a full selection of our pastured, non-GMO meat and eggs.
You can also pick up your summer share at the market!
2nd and 4th Sundays
June - October
10am - 2pm
Behind the Rosendale Theater on Main Street
Rosendale, NY 12472
All meat is vacuum sealed and frozen at peak flavor. Availability will vary throughout the year. Our lamb and goat is 100% grass fed, and our poultry, pork, and eggs are pasture-raised. 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.