We are a family owned and run conservancy farm in the southwest corner of Lucas County just outside of Derby.
We pasture all of our animals, raising them outside in the sunshine, giving them a respectful and natural life. We believe that food should be food and not a culmination of chemicals, processes, drugs, and additives. Due to this belief we do not give hormones or antibiotics as a normal course of business on our farm. Our livestock only receive antibiotics in medically necessary situations and at that point they are removed from meat production.
We sell our meat from snout to tail. That means you can find everything from pork jowl, belly, liver, hocks, marrow, soup bones, lard and leaf lard. We carry traditional American fare like ground pork, roasts, pork chops, breakfast sausage, ribs, and bacon too. Since we raise a rare British breed of pig, the Large Black, we have our butcher (Story City Locker) do British cuts like Gammon, British Bacon, and Bangers. We also sell whole heritage breed chickens, goat, whole duck, whole rabbit, and quail. We have our fresh chicken eggs and quail eggs as long as the ladies are laying!
As part of our farm's practice of using the whole animal we also make traditional lard & lye soap. We take the lard from our Large Black pigs and use food grade essential oils to make wholesome soaps without all of the added fragrances and chemicals found in commercial products today. You'll also find natural ingredients like local herbs, carrots, cider and honey from other farmers that sell at the Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market in our soap. Any colorings seen in our soap are a result of natural clays, juices, and root powders added during the soap making process.
We love eating clean food and since we feed our family the same meat we raise for others we have a personal stake in how our livestock is raised. We have found there are very few times that an animal needs antibiotics in its lifetime if they are given acres to roam outside, eat natural grasses and organic material (like acorns, black walnuts, fruits, as well as vegetables).
Go back in our agricultural history when families used to feed their families from the land and support the food requirements of a handful of families besides their own. We want to be your family's farmer. If you value relationship to your food and the benefits that come from knowing how your food was treated while on the hoof we might be the farmer for you. As always, we welcome folks to eat real, eat simple, and eat meat!
Heritage Large Black pork, meat goats, Angora goats, rabbit, Heritage chickens, Black skinned chicken, farm fresh eggs, quail, quail eggs, lard, leaf lard, and traditional Lard & Lye soap made with Essential Oils.
Des Moines Downtown Farmer's Market, Saturdays, 7 am - Noon
Des Moines Winter Market, Friday November 21, 9 am - 1 pm
Des Moines Winter Market, Saturday November 22, 9 am - 1 pm
Des Moines Winter Market, Friday December 12, 9 am - 1 pm
Des Moines Winter Market, Saturday December 13, 9 am - 1 pm
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