Organic Meat & Eggs
Important considerations when ordering meat
We do not have much freezer storage capability here. Please take this into account when placing your order for chicken, turkey and fresh frozen pork. Though we sometimes are able to hold meat, our preference is for you to arrange to pick up chickens within 24 hours of slaughter. There are very specific pick-up times for turkeys, and there is slightly more flexibility around pork pick up.
Below are cultural reasons why our meat is some of the best tasting that you will encounter. Our pork, chicken, turkey and eggs are certified organic by Baystate Organic Certifiers.
We can accept SNAP benefits for all or part of your meat purchase. Please contact us for more information- Julie@mhof.net, or 978-257-1192 (cell)
All our animals are fed certified organic grain and make use of as much range as is possible, for their health and for maximum farm fertility. Our birds live in movable shelters and are moved to new range 7 times per week. Our pigs work a large section of field edges and woods and every week move to a new area and thus live in “pig heaven”. With daily moving of poultry and frequent moving of pigs, pastures get a nice infusion of disruption and fertility followed by a long rest. The end product is a highly fertile soil with pasture grasses of high nutritional content.
Finally, we run our livestock in our vegetable and fruit growing areas as often and as intensively as is possible while obeying the organic certification 90 day/120-day rule regarding animal manure and subsequent crop harvest. With this practice you are assured to get e coli free produce and tree fruit that has benefited from the rich fertility resource of free-range animal manure.
Young chicks and turkey poults start life in the barn under brooder lights where they are daily fed organic apple cider vinegar in their water (for gut health), fresh soil (for gut health), and fresh comfrey (protein and micronutrients).
Laying hens have free access to oyster shell (for strong shell development). They are totally free ranged from October to April, sleeping at night in our permanent chicken house, and live in movable pens on pasture from April to October. In the winter months we supplement their feed with free choice kelp – high in micro-nutrients.
Once the turkeys and meat birds leave the brooding area at approximately 1 month of age, they live on pasture. Turkeys are supplemented with fresh cut comfrey as we have it available.