Farm & Sea partners
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. We source seafood from fleets that fish local waters using sustainable catch methods.
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.
Chicken farm partner (New!)
Our partner for pasture-raised chicken is Freedom Valley Farm in Harford Country, MD! The chickens are at pasture with the Hamby family at Freedom Valley now, and will be ready for our customers by July. (Learn more!)
Pork farm partner
Our pork partner is Grand View Farm, which is run by Nick Bailey and his family in Harford County, 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 farm 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.
At Grayson Natural Farms in 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).
We source our fish from small-scale captains who hunt wild fish in the Atlantic Ocean near our region's shores, and in the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River, using approved, sustainable catch methods. Based on where the fish are swimming and which local vessels choose to hunt which species, the fishers we source from vary month to month, but there are a handful of captains and vessels whom we buy from repeatedly. We rely on a seafood distributor based in Howard County, Maryland to help us get access to the best local catches based on what the various captains are finding.
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.
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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