We partner with the most thoughtful, principled farmers who live and raise their animals within a few hours' drive of customers in the Washington-Baltimore area.
These farmers make specific commitments to standards of clean, additive-free production, humane animal treatment and environmental stewardship. Their respect for their animals and soils are reflected in their products, which are healthy and delicious. Here's a roll call.
Pork farmer partner
Our 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 silvo-pasturing capacity.
Beef farmer partners
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 in Pennsylania, 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.
Our newest beef partner is Grayson Natural Farms, from Grayson County, VA. Gary Mitchell is the seventh generation from his family running the farm, whose initiative in 100% grass-fed and humane animal welfare standards has made Grayson a regional leader. (Note Grayson's website describes both the cattle farm and its grass-fed beef jerky business, Landcrafted Food).
Thanksgiving turkey farmer partner
Our Thanksgiving 2020 turkeys were sourced from Koch Turkey Farm in Tamaqua, PA. The Koch family have been raising turkeys in the region for 80 years, and we sourced their best bird, an Heirloom Bronze that's pasture-raised and delicious to eat.
More partners, proteins coming soon
We're in the process of vetting partners to source chicken and fish. Stay tuned!
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.
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