Meat

Meat

Pasture raised pigsAt 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 contact us 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 pork and beef, including specialty sausages, hams and bacon.

Pasture-Raised Pork

You may have seen our  hogs rooting around the woods last season at Riverstone. Their main diet consisted of a blend of non-GMO grain and the forages that we seed in their paddocks. We raise pigs in the woods so they can forage on the hickories and acorns, and use their snouts to stimulate the regeneration of the forest floor. We rotate the pigs to new areas often so that they don’t hurt the land. It is a good life for a pig and it makes a big impact on the taste and quality of the meat. Pigs raised on pasture, given wholesome feed, and treated humanely taste amazing.
Our Pork is available by the cut at our on-farm store.

Pasture-Raised Beef

A small herd of Aberdeen Angus/Simmental beef cattle is now in residence at Riverstone–the all blacks. This breed is highly recommended for pasture raised beef farming. Our youngsters started life on farm here in Floyd and now enjoy roaming the multiple pastures of our farm as we move them in a rotational grazing program. This grass-fed beef is full of flavor and worth stocking up on!

Riverstone Pasture Raised beef is now available in cuts in our farm store.  You can pick up directly from the farm or we can ship to you.

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