Since we opened in 2010, “Capon Crossing” has been synonymous with “grass fed beef”
After making the move to Capon Crossing Farm and seeing our steers’ health and weight gain on just grass, we decided to go 100% grass fed, and haven’t looked back since.
Why grass fed?
We could point you to a lot of research and scientific studies that support grass fed, but we’ll just tell you our personal experience:
Our cows are healthier
Our pasture is healthier
We are healthier
Our beef is tastier
The process is simpler
In 2015, we began raising Freedom Ranger Chickens on pasture.
“On pasture” means the chickens are raised from 4 weeks-12 weeks old in ground pens that are moved 1-2 times daily. The pens are for protection (everybody loves chicken, including raccoons, hawks, eagles, and bears) and also provide the chickens with shade and room to roost.
We chose Freedom Rangers because of their love for eating grass and insects: they will leave grain to go eat grass when their pens are moved. It is awesome to watch! They grow slower than the kind of chickens mass-produced for grocery stores (called Cornish Cross), which we like because it helps them maintain their health and develop richer flavoring.
In 2015, we also began a flock of Katahdin sheep
Katahdin is a breed of hair sheep, meaning we do not have to sheer them. As the weather grows warm, their “hair” sheds.
We began with our three matriarchs: Gloria, Rosa, and Beulah. Thanks to some neighbors who also raise Katahdins (Taproot Farm and All Hollows Farm), we’ve also acquired a few lambs and a ram to grow our flock.
Look out for lamb in our market in 2016.