Who They Are:
Working as a full-time farmer for seven years now, owner George Simonoff
has developed a love for animals. The original sector of Blackbird's
small-scale farmhouse, the homestead of the Graham family for which the
road is named, was built in 1872. WHAT THEY HAVE: A
variety of meats including pastured pork, pastured chicken, turkey, and
grass-fed lamb and beef. The farm sells Berkshire pork as well as its
own mixed-pork breed. "I have my own breeding stock on the farm, for
pigs especially, because it makes a huge difference in the quality of
the meat." TRY THIS: Pork shoulder
steak. "[It] is by far the tastiest part of the animal," Simonoff says.
Bacon and kielbasa, however, are the farm's best-sellers. Where to GET IT: Contact Simonoff directly via email (email@example.com).
Four Maples Farm
Who They Are: A few
years ago, Bradley Cramer was at a tipping point: go back to college or
try his hand in the real world. Then he read Joel Salatin's book You Can
Farm. "The book was empowering," he says. "It made it sound like if
you're willing to work hard and sacrifice, ... you can do something truly
meaningful and profitable." Salatin's teachings became a guidebook for
his family-operated farm. WHAT THEY HAVE: Organic pasture poultry TRY THIS: The farm offers one product: a whole roasting chicken. It sold about 500 last year. WHERE TO GET IT: Order by phone or email.
Goatfeathers Point Farm
Who They Are: Nathaniel
Point built the farmhouse in 1875 and the barn a year later. "The
railroad trailing through the area at the time would take the food to
the mills, which really helped the farm flourish," says proprietor Cindy
Bechter-Smith. WHAT THEY HAVE: Goat meat (including whole goat, cubed, ground, jerky or leg shank), pork, turkey, and chicken and eggs when available TRY THIS: Cubed
goat meat with the bone on the side. "We try to provide the meat like
how it is prepared at restaurants, which is cubed and cooked with the
bones so you get the extra flavor," Bechter-Smith says. Where To GET IT: For
$1, join the farm's Herd Share Program to order by phone or online.
Also available at special restaurant events, including at Fire Food
Miller Livestock Co.
WHO THEY ARE: Melissa and Aaron Miller, of Miller Livestock, have been farming since the mid-1980s and raising grass-fed beef without use of chemicals, fertilizers or pesticides for 12 years. WHAT THEY HAVE: Grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured pork, poultry and eggs. "We have worked very diligently over the past decade or so to get a mixture of forages that raise a very tender and good tasting beef," Melissa says. TRY THIS: "To get the best sense of flavor and texture, I would recommend trying the rib steak," she says. The most popular product, however, is the ground beef. Where to GET IT: Flying Fig, Fire Food & Drink, and Foster's Meats at the West Side Market
Shady Hill Farms
Who They Are: Ben Calkins, owner and operator of Shady Hill since 1983, has been raising sheep since he was a kid growing up in New York in the 1960s. WHAT THEY HAVE: Polled Dorset and Suffolk sheep, sheep for breeding or showing, lamb, gyro meat, sheepskins, 100 percent virgin wool blankets, scarves and more TRY THIS: Merguez, a popular and inexpensive spicy Algerian sausage Where to GET IT: Several farmers markets, including Shaker Square. Products are sold under the Great American Lamb Co. label.