Our Farmers

Our Farmers

You can feel good about the meats you buy from The Butcher & Grocer, knowing these animals have had a healthy, happy, natural upbringing. Read on to learn more about the farms we source from.

Pork

Woodland Ridge Farm & Learning Center

Athens, Ohio (Athens County)

In 1995, this farm was littered with the leftovers of someone else’s life—mechanical debris, hundreds of old tires, and more. Now, instead of broken down old cars, there are green blades of grass and the snorting of happy pigs.

“Leo” the full-blooded Tamworth boar, makes his home here, grazing and growing his family since 2010. Nearly all of Woodland Ridge Farm’s pigs (including Leo’s offspring) spend their lives running around with their birth group outdoors. The barn offers a way to keep Leo’s amorous approaches at bay from time to time. These pigs NEVER feel concrete under their feet, they are never given any type of antibiotic or growth hormone cocktail, and are gainfully employed as “brush hogs,” clearing unwanted growth on property around Ohio.

A solar-powered Bed & Breakfast welcomes visitors year round. Learn more about Woodland Ridge hogs and their permaculture efforts and follow them on Facebook.

Six Buckets Farm

New Philadelphia, Ohio (Tuscarawas County)

Seth and Lyndsey Teter raise heritage breed hogs close to nature on pastures of the Tuscarawas River Valley. Their herd includes a full-bodied mix of Large Blacks, Gloucestershire Old Spots, Red Wattles, Durocs and Berkshires.

During the growing season, the pigs graze wooded hills and clover fields. In the winter, they nestle in straw-bedded huts. By letting their animals forage in a natural environment, they’re working to produce flavorful pork while carrying on the best traditions of Appalachian agriculture.

The Teters are passionate about sharing delicious food and the experience of farm life. Follow them on Facebook or visit their website.

Beef

Symmes Creek Ranch

Symmes Township, Ohio (Gallia County)

Several years ago Michael George and Lynn Semingson (Walking S Cattle) had a few beers and decided to do some ranching together. This partnership has allowed both Walking S and Symmes Creek to offer the highest quality 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef—a cross between Longhorn, Scottish Highland, and Angus.

Just like its been done for hundreds of years, ranchers ride on horseback to rotate cattle from lush pasture to lush pasture between 1000 grazing acres and across hills and valleys. Ranches are located in Perry, Athens, Gallia, and Union counties, bringing sustainable agricultural practices to their communities.

Learn more about Symmes Creek Ranch.

RL Valley Ranch

Athens, Ohio (Athens County)

RL Valley Ranch is run by husband and wife team Rob and Leah Phillips. RL serves as the finishing operation for The Butcher & Grocer’s beef offerings. The farm has been in the Phillips family for 5 generations.

RL Valley Ranch is a solar-powered farm where the beef cattle are given a highly specialized feed mixture of non-GMO grain that is grown on RL fields. The corn is processed on-site. The cattle are NEVER given hormones or antibiotics and are finished in a natural environment where they roam around and eat at the feed bunk whenever they feel like it.

Rob and Leah have created a great partnership with Jackie O’s Brewery in Athens, Ohio. Twice a week RL picks up a truckload of spent brewer’s grain, which is mixed with corn feed to create a tasty mixture that the cattle love.

Learn more about RL Valley Ranch and follow them on Facebook.

Lamb

Fox Hollow Farm

Fredricktown, Ohio (Knox County)

Bruce and Lisa Rickard founded Fox Hollow Farm in 1987 to escape their white-collar world. A few years ago, their son, Jesse and his fiancé, Chelsea, joined the team as Fox Hollow’s marketing manager and herd manager respectively. This ecologically conscious farm focuses on mob grazing, permaculture, multispecies grazing, prairie restoration, and heritage breeds. 70% of the farm runs on solar power and the flock of over 280 sheep is 100% grass-fed and grass-finished.

Today, you’ll find 285 acres of healthy woodlands, gorgeous pasture, and clear streams. In fact, the water that drains from the farm is cleaner and more potable than when it falls from the sky or runs off during the spring thaw. Water quality is just one of the things that Fox Hollow Farm monitors. They also pay attention to songbird populations, soil carbon, biodiversity, carbon sequestration, and, of course, the great quality and taste of everything they grow.

Learn more about Fox Hollow Farm and follow them on Facebook.

Poultry

Sweet Grass Dairy

Fredricktown, Ohio (Knox County)

In addition to their organic dairy operation, Jacob Coleman and his wife, Liz, are raising amazing chickens on their 200-acre organic farm. The Colemans moved to their farm in 2013 and have transformed it into a place where healthy soil gives rise to healthy plants, which feed healthy animals and provide people with the healthy components of a good diet.

Every day, twice a day, Sweet Grass Dairy chickens are moved onto fresh pasture. They are also provided with a non-GMO grain-based feed in addition to the fresh pasture smorgasbord.

Learn more about Sweet Grass Dairy and follow them on Facebook.