We strive to run a sustainable, ecologically sensitive farm. While not certified organic, we do attempt to work in harmony with nature and respect the intrinsic character of the animals. For instance, our cattle are raised entirely on pasture or hay from our fields. We do not feed ruminants grain, for their health and yours. Grass fed beef is much better for you. It is higher in the heart protective fats, and has more vitamins A, D, and E. Likewise, our chickens (and other birds) have enough space to live and spend the majority of their lives outside. Animal feed for the poultry and pigs is bought from a local mill that does not use animal additives, though they do get our table/kitchen scraps. In the interest of Biodiversity, we try to use heritage breeds where we can and still run a viable business. For now, we are only able to utilize "antique" breeds of laying hens. Our flock is primarily barred plymouth rocks but in 2005 we anticipate adding significant numbers of black australorps and rhode island reds. The broilers are the typical cornish cross bird used in commercial operations large and small, however, our method of raising them out doors on pasture in moveable pens gives them a much better life and a much better nutritional profile and flavor. We anticipate adding turkeys and pork next year and possibly rabbits and ducks. Further in the future we'd like to add berries, but I need to find a way to stop the deer from eating the plantings. We sell at the Honesdale Farmer's market on Saturday mornings as well as from the farm. Last year we ran out of chickens to sell and would encourage people to place orders now for chicken, beef, pork, turkeys and let us know if you'd like rabbit and duck (meat and eggs). We are also interested in selling to restaurants and institutions that really care about health and food quality. Thank you for your interest, and feel free to come visit, just please call first, there are wild apples, blueberries, black berries, raspberries (black and red) and strawberries including elusive white ones which are the sweetest and most flavorful of all! You are welcome to come pick them, but be aware, bears like them too. We encourage responsible hunting and trapping on our place, except during deer rifle season, when I want first shot! Please ask about permission to hunt or trap on our 100 acres. Mark Lichtenstein
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