There is such satisfaction to be gained from making something well, of such superior quality that you never have to question if it will stand up to the test of the most discriminating customers. You understand that what they so lovingly prepare in the comfort of their kitchen begins with what we do a year or two in advance of that meal and we want to do that well.
The trust you place in our family to deliver only the healthiest, best-tasting farm fresh food available makes the hard work and the obsessing over each and every detail worth all the effort. That’s our reward.
Twenty one years ago when my children were babies I faced the daunting task of navigating the confusing world of “how to feed my family a healthy diet”. When fax machines came on the scene (yes, I’m that old) I decided I could still maintain my role in the music business and move to the farm to live off the land. Once the actual farming and animal rearing began I realized that “the way it’s done” was not what I wanted for my young family’s diet and throughout the next few years my journey took many winding roads including a two year off-course adventure sending me careening through the land of veganism with its landscape of TVP (textured vegetable protein for those fortunate enough not to know), soy meat, soy cheese, and enough tofu and salads that it’s a miracle my children still speak to me. One nagging thought consumed me, how were animals raised before chemicals and soybeans? My love for pre-1930s books proved advantageous once again. At a local used bookstore I came across the 1902 University of Minnesota Agriculture course and the 1902 Farm Economy Guide and they taught me how it was done when animals were still honored and consider living, breathing beings and not just cogs in a vast machine.
Life from that point on took on a whole new journey. I began to look at animals as, well, animals. What did they need? How were they made? What would they eat if they had a choice? Would chickens willingly consume arsenic? Did they really have constant heartburn with a grain-based diet?
How misguided I was, firmly believing that I had become a livestock farmer and yet with each new level of agricultural enlightenment, I could see that indeed I had become a grass farmer. It didn’t take long though for me to finally realize that my lucky lot in life would culminate as a rancher of billions of biological creatures unseen beneath my rubber wellies and the hooves of my livestock. This biological life, if well tended, will ensure that the juicy steak, the roasted chicken or the cold glass of whole milk will be loaded with vitamins and essential fatty acids such as Conjugated linoleic acids and Omega-3 fatty acids.
The minute farming ceased to center around the dollar attached to the steak, the egg or the gallon of milk and fastened itself firmly around the health of my family and my customers our farming life was transformed into something very different and something many believed only existed in Wendell Berry novels.
An amazing universal truth is that when, as a farmer, my concern focuses on what benefits you, the long arm of wellness reaches back and touches the animals, the farm, the land, the community and the environment. So thank you for putting your trust in us. Our promise is to provide you with exactly what I searched out for my own family; healthy, great tasting food, nutritionally dense, sustainably raised, without a harmful impact on the animals or the environment.