PLOVGH

Plovgh is a cooperative of farmers, growers, and ranchers that sell directly to their customers.

26 02/14

Producer Profile: Stone & Thistle Farm

Location: East Meredith, NY 

Years in operation: 20 years

What’s your story?
Twenty two years ago we bought the farm as a weekend get away and two years later moved to the farm full time. We started farming to feed our family and then eventually we began feeding our community with healthy meats, eggs and goat dairy products. We expanded by adding Kortright Creek Creamery to produce organic goat milk, yogurt. Fable (=farm+table) our on farm restaurant, the bed & breakfast and farm stay was added five years ago as another avenue for feeding and educating our community with and about good food and healthy farming practices. During the summer the farm hosts farm events, workshops and tours.
 
What are your production practices?
The farm is 100% non certified organic. We rotationally graze on over 400 acres of pasture and woodlands. The cattle, goats and sheep are 100% grass fed and the pigs, poultry and rabbits are pasture raised and fed local grains.
23 01/13

Talkin’ Turkey

"With Thanksgiving fast approaching and stomachs growling for some homecookin’, we made a special trip upstate to talk turkey with Farmer Ryan of Fitzgerald Farms who provided Plovgh members with fresh birds this holiday season. 

After the two-and-a-half hour drive, we arrived at High Falls Co-Op where Ryan works four days a week when not tending to his poultry. He greeted us downstairs among the spices and shelves, and brought us out to his truck where the turkeys were kept cool.

“Turkeys are a big investment,” he told us as he loaded the plump birds into our car. While chickens typically need eight weeks to mature, turkeys require five and a half months. This holiday has been a long time coming for Ryan and his fellow farmers, and lucky for him, he sold over 500 turkeys this year.

Ryan grew up around chickens and is vehemently a poultry-over-produce kind of guy. “After seeing the work that went into growing vegetables, I thought it was too hard,” he confessed. Well, that’s alright with us – his fresh eggs and birds convince us that he made the right choice.

Once the coolers were filled to brim with turkeys, he wished us a “Happy Thanksgiving” and we were off for the city; Over the river and through the woods to bring you a fresh alternative this turkey day.”

21 11/12