Frequently asked questions
Is your meat humanely raised and slaughtered?
Absolutely. Respect for our animals who feed us is paramount in our philosophy and practices of farming. Our livestock are slaughtered at L&P Bisson & Sons, a state inspected slaughtering facility, located less than 14 miles away from our farm. We are grateful for the humane treatment our animals receive there.
How big is your farm?
Old Crow Ranch is 82 acres, 70 acres of which is contiguous. Seventy-seven of the 82 acres is in an agricultural easement, which preserves the farmland for perpetuity. The farm has 52 acres of open pastures, some plantation pine woodlot, and Gerrish Brook, a protected waterway. We lease an additional 95 acres to make enough haylage to feed our cattle year round.
What does grass-fed mean?
Grass-fed means that none of our beef critters receive any type of processed grain. They are strictly on a grass diet; pasturing in the summer and on our own hay and haylage (fermented hay) in the winter months.
What size freezer do I need to store my frozen meat?
What does Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) mean?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a food purchasing system designed to encourage relationships between consumers and growers. The benefits of participating in share are numerous: supporting local farmers, ensuring that the meat you put on your table is fresh and raised the way you want it to be, and buying in bulk can be less expensive than buying individual cuts. One of the most interesting aspects we find is it allows our customers to learn about using the whole animal, and expand their skills in the kitchen.