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.
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 us make choices to better serve our community as we grow our business.
We offer a Winter Meat + Egg Share and a Summer Meat + Egg Share. See below for details.
Winter Meat + Egg Share
January to May
The Winter Meat + Egg Share offers a diverse selection of our pasture-raised and grass-fed meat including pork, lamb, goat, chicken, and duck. You’ll also enjoy at least one dozen eggs from our heritage breed hens at each pick up. 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.
For those that joined our winter share last season, we’re doing things a bit different this time. We’ve eliminated the full and half shares, and instead we’re offering one share size that’s distributed monthly. If you were a full share member last year and you’re concerned it won’t be enough meat for your family, we’re happy to discuss a discount on a second share. And don’t forget, you can always pre-order extra meat and eggs for pick-up at your distribution site.
The winter share runs from January 2018 through May 2018. You will receive 6-10 lbs of meat and at least 1 dozen eggs at each monthly distribution. Last, but not least, you’ll get exclusive access to Members Only specials during the season.
WHAT'S IN A SHARE?
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 6-10 lbs of meat plus at least one dozen eggs at each distribution. You will also have the opportunity to pre-order additional meat and eggs 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 Goat Stew
- 2 lbs Bone-in Chicken Breast
- 1 lb Ground Lamb
- 1 dozen Chicken Eggs
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 dozen Chicken Eggs
Keep in mind that certain things (like duck) might only show up in the share once or twice because we raise them in relatively small amounts, while just about every distribution will have some mix of pork, chicken, lamb or goat.
WHEN & WHERE?
Distribution starts the week of January 8, 2018 and goes through the week of May 1, 2018. Pick up is once a month for five months.
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 Meat + Egg Share: $495
pick up once a month for a total of 5 distributions over five months
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 your first pick-up date.
If neither of those options work for you, please contact us to work out an alternative payment plan.
What kind of meat will I get?
You’ll get a great 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 winter share will include 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.
How much meat will I get?
You will receive between 6-10 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 meat when the cuts are of slightly lower value and and a bit less meat when the cuts are a higher value. You'll also be able to make a choice in 1 category at some 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?
One share will feed between 2 and 4 people, but this really depends on your meat and egg eating habits. If you’re concerned that the share won’t be enough, feel free to inquire about an additional share or you can plan on ordering extra of your favorite meat to make sure you’ve got a full month’s supply.
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 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.
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 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 season 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).
We'll be at the indoor Beacon Farmers Market on Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 10am-2pm at the VFW/Bingo Hall at 413 Main St in Beacon.
For the rest of the winter, we're taking a break from markets, but we'll be back at the outdoor Beacon Farmers Market starting in April 2018. If you haven't already, check out our Winter Meat + Egg Share!
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.