We partner with the most thoughtful, principled farmers who live and raise their animals within a few hours' drive of DC- and DMV-based customers. These farmers make specific commitments to standards of clean production (i.e., free of hormones, antibiotics and other bad stuff), humane animal treatment and environmental stewardship, which you can review here. Their respect for their animals and soils are reflected in their products, which are healthy and delicious. Here's a roll call:
Our inaugural pork partner is Grand View Farm, which is run by Nick Bailey and his family in Forest Hill, Maryland. The Baileys raise pigs, cows, turkeys and chickens, and they grow some organic vegetables. The pigs are all from heritage breeds.
The Baileys have a demonstrated local track record in producing clean, delicious meats, and in using regenerative practices -- a notable long-term focus is expanding Grand View's woodlots to increase silvopasturing capacity.
Photo: Grand View Farms' pigs at pasture
George Lake is the visionary farmer behind Thistle Creek Farms, and George leads with the conviction that great-tasting, nutrient-dense grass-fed beef -- not to mention, environmental restoration -- begins with creating rich, thriving soils. Situated in a beautiful Appalachian mountain setting, Thistle Creek is a multi-generational effort, with George's wife Christy, his kids and their own families, and a troika of hardworking border collies all taking great care of the farm's cattle and the grasses they feed on.
Photo: Thistle Creek Farms
Kookaburra Farm is run by Matt Rulevich, who specializes in 100% grass-fed beef from cattle he raises and finishes himself on the farm in Brogue, Pennsylvania, near the banks of the Susquehanna River and the Maryland border. Matt is dedicated to producing the cleanest, tastiest beef using sustainable and humane practices.
Also specializing in 100% grass-fed beef, Lil' Ponderosa, in Carlisle, PA, is farmed by Bob and Kate Boyce, who have been raising cattle there for more than 30 years. Their website is chock full of information on their standards and their approach -- as well as plenty of Bob's puns.
At Near Country Provisions, we encourage you to get know our farmer partners! Feel free to ask us for an introduction, and seek opportunities to engage with them, through us, or on your own.