"What makes your meat different than the meat I can buy at the store?"
This is a question we get asked from time to time at the market by potential customers. This is a great question and we are happy that it's being asked. It shows that the consumer is interested in where his or her food is coming from.
We are steadfast to a handful of practices that set our meat apart from its supermarket counterparts. Any grain our animals receive is Non Genetically Modified. All of our animals are raised on pasture and we implement rotational grazing.
Let's follow the path of our broiler chickens, and their positive impacts on the land, for example.
Our birds are transitioned on to new pasture daily. This not only provides the broilers with a fresh salad bar of delicious grass, but eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers. Their waste leaves behind valuable nutrients and increases the microbiology of the soil, contributing to sustained fertility of the land. After several weeks of rest, sheep or cows will graze over the spot the broilers once visited and the cycle starts again-- a harmonic symbiosis.
It's a joy to stop for a minute by the broilers shelter and watch the chickens enjoying the sunshine and lush pasture, scurrying after bugs.
Here at Heavenly Portion we are striving to be good stewards of the land the Lord has entrusted us with. We desire to nourish the soil, which nourishes the pasture, which nourishes the animal, which in turn nourishes the consumer in the beautiful cycle of life.
We want to thank all of you who come out and support your local farmers at Secotan Market. We couldn't do what we do without your support!
The ambitious Mathews family has accomplished so much in building their family’s operation since 2010. Their focus is on multi-species, rotational grazing system which includes laying hens, broilers, hogs, sheep and cattle. They do not use chemical fertilizers on their pastures and only supplement their animals’ grazing with non-GMO feed. In addition to livestock, the Mathews grow half an acre of asparagus, raise vegetables in a big garden and keep bees.