Re-post from visit in 2011:
If you could choose would you pick meat that has been sprayed with who
knows what, driven hundreds of miles from a factory farm who knows
where, made with unknown parts ground together with such a high fat
content people who have heart problems are told to stay far away over
local pasture raised grass fed happy cows/sheep/chickens that meats so
rich in omega 3 and so low in fat heart patients are allowed to eat it
and sometimes even encouraged to??? I mean really what would you choose?
Kuntzelman family to pick up my locally raised meat, and meet the family and the animals.
Brooke, my grandma, and I made the 30 minute trip to Dover and pulled up
in front of this cute humble home with rolling fields and tall grass in
the back.. a beautiful golden retriever jumped up at our arrival but
soon settled back under the shade of a big tree, I walked up the
driveway to find a young man and woman sitting outside enjoying their
view and having some cold water, a baby monitor sat on the table. I
introduced myself, my daughter and my grandma after we all shook hands
we started the tour.
First close to the house was a large brooder with heat lamps and little 3
day old chicks running around.. Ahh! I remember having chicks : )
Next was a large area of the pasture fenced off where a metal chicken
house sat and I saw laying hens and a couple roosters walking around and
some happily hiding in the tall grasses!
Then on to the meat chickens which were in a box like structure that
gets moved around the pasture everyday allowing the birds to have fresh
grass and scratch the metal box had a large blue tarp over top to keep
the awful FL heat from hurting them.
Next it was time to see the cattle/sheep/and goats! We walked over wild
blackberries, cow patties where you could see worms have already started
devouring, and through knee high grasses.. this is the life! My grandma
wasn't enjoying it quite as much and is so the green acres theme song!
Once we got close the goats rushed over and the cattle looked excited.
The owners had brought treats for us to feed them! Brooke tried so hard
to feed the cow but didn't understand to keep her hand there when the
cow went to take it so my grandma fed them getting licked in the process
while Brooke and I pet them. The sheep kept their distance munching
grass and other weeds in the field. The goats though came right over and
Brooke got to pet them as well she LOVED it and didn't want to go!
At the ranch they use all natural methods but like a lot of small
farmers cannot afford the "organic" license, fine by me as long as they
continue to use organic/natural methods.
Life is a beautiful circle which modern agriculture has ruined and this farm is bringing it back!!!
Congrats Kuntzelman Family!
And a brief summary right from the owners themselves:
We came to farm after we decided to "opt out" of the conventional food
system. We wanted to produce the healthiest and best tasting food on the
planet for our family and then we decided we wanted to provide it for
others too! We are still very small but the demand for our products if
huge. However we are growing slowly so that we don't compromise quality
just to get bigger.
Beef/Lamb - From birth to death our cattle and sheep eat nothing but
grass and/or hay when the grass isn't growing. We provide them with an
organic mineral supplement and move them to a fresh salad bar of grass
Chicken - We raise our chickens on pasture in floorless pens that
provide protection from predators and elements. In addition to grass and
bugs they get a locally milled grain ration.
Eggs - Our hens rotate behind the cattle and sheep to scratch though the
cow pies and eat fly larvae and parasites that can hurt the cows the
next time they come into that pasture. In addition to bugs and grass
they also get a locally milled grain ration.