The REAL VALUE of Pastured Poultry
This page is under construction- the Ledamete Grass Farm information is correct but we are in the process of updating the information about the Free-Range, Naturally Raised, and Organic regulations, as they have changed.
Why might you buy chicken from us when you can buy chicken elsewhere for less money?!
While it is totally reasonable to compare pricing, it’s important to compare the products and their value too! Our meats are more expensive than local, conventionally raised meat and even some commercially raised organic meat, but for good reason- they are very different products raised with very different practices! So, if you are comparing pricing, please compare the products and the practices utilized to create the products as well. If you don’t, it’s like comparing apples to oranges.
There are so many buzz-words flying around in the marketplace that it can be very confusing to know exactly what you are getting. Our best advice: Don't buy food from strangers- know your farmer! Visit your food source and ask questions. We look forward to meeting you soon- and to feeding you and your families with our thoughtfully raised, delicious and nutritious pastured meats!
Key Factors that Determine our Pricing
FEED!!! While chickens with access to pasture will eat up to 30% of their diet as bugs, plants and seeds- they still need grain for 70% of their diet. We purchase over 30 tons of grain yearly from a local farmer who grows his grain organically and mills it fresh for us each month. This keeps all of our food dollars within the local economy. While we could purchase conventional grain (raised with pesticides and herbicides) and cut our grain costs in half, we won’t. We sow what we believe.
LABOR While, pasture-raised animals are certainly the best in terms of nutrition and a natural environment, they require a lot of labor. Their schooner (chicken house) and their feed and water are moved every day. This is done for a variety of reasons: 1) so that the chickens get their exercise and 2) to equally spread out their manure to properly nurture their food source, the pasture and 3) to prevent the pasture from being denuded. If we did not move the chicken house, feeders and water daily, the chickens would congregate in those areas spending a lot of time scratching, pecking, sitting and manuring the ground and thus turning the lush pasture into a barren dirt plot. Our paddock size is approximately 2/3 of an acre and is fenced in by movable fencing to protect the birds from predators. This fence needs to be moved every 10-14 days to properly take care of the pasture as well.