At Riverstone Farm, raising good meat is part of the larger picture. Our farming practices are based on our wish to provide healthy food, and to care for our environment in a way that will keep the land in good shape for the next generation to farm.The animals contribute to the health of our land. Intensive rotation grazing of cows and sheep fertilizes and stimulates the health of our pastureland and the pigs gently graze and root up the forest floor, removing invasive species and snacking on the hickory and acorns too. We brought the animals on to the land for their role in making this farm a healthier ecosystem but as a result, we have some outstanding meat to offer. The quality of your meat is a reflection of the health of the land it is raised on. Healthier soil, means healthier grass for the cows to graze, which creates healthier meat, full of healthy fats and omega 3s. It is all connected. If you would like to connect with us too, we encourage you to visit the farm, come for a tour and learn more about your food.
Please call Mark at 540-267-4432 with any questions about our farming practices, or details on how to order.
While our meat products are not certified organic we make sure the animals get nothing but the purest food and live in a landscape free of fertilizers, pesticides, or GMOs. All our meat is free of antibiotics or added hormones.
We are currently selling our pasture raised lamb and pork and beef, including specialty sausages, hams and bacon. Find more information:
More About Grass-Fed and Pasture-Raised Meats
What does grass fed/ pasture raised mean? Our flock dines on the forages they find in our diverse pastures, from orchard grass to fescue and clovers, they munch on all of it. Sheep are ruminant animals, which means that sheep, much like cattle, deer, goats, have what is called a rumen. When sheep graze the plant matter first enters the rumen, where it ferments. Then the sheep will re-chew the fermented matter, also known as ‘chewing cud’ before finally digesting. It is a convenient adaptation for prey animals, which allows them to gorge on grasses when they might feel vulnerable, but properly digest it later when the threat of attack is passed. The rumen requires a very delicate balance, and feeding grain to the flock would upset their rumens.
What is rotational grazing? Rotational Grazing is also known as management intensive grazing and it means that the flock is given small areas, called paddocks, to eat every few days. The idea is that my subdividing a larger pasture into smaller paddocks, the flock will eat more thoroughly, manure will be spread evenly, and the pasture will have the longest amount of time to rejuvenate before being grazed again. It benefits us to do so because the sheep are cleaner and require less treatment for parasites. Our intention is to yield the most out of our pastures in a sustainable way so that we can raise sheep on this land for years to come.
What are the health benefits of grass fed and pastured meats? Pastured animal products “offer you more ‘good’ fats, and fewer ‘bad’ fats. They are richer in antioxidants; including vitamins E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. Furthermore, they do not contain traces of added hormones, antibiotics or other drugs.”eatwild.com