Velvet Pastures Elk Ranch

Jim & Lou Ann Griswold

95 Wednesday Hill Road
Lee, NH  03861
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phone: (603) 659-6972
email: bradley @ velvetpastures . com
website: velvetpastures.com
  

We are committed to raising healthy animals and fruit and continuing active farming in our community. This land has been farmed a long time -- since the 1780's. We brought elk to the farm in early 2000 and the herd continues to thrive each year in a natural, free-range environment. We have a variety of fruit trees but specialize in asian pears. The land is protected by conservation and agricultural easements to retain open space and promote sustainable agriculture in Lee. Our "velvet pastures" provide all of the grass and hay for our animals year round. Elk meat is available in familiar cuts such as steaks, loins, medallions, burgers, sausages, and roasts. Our elk has a rich, slightly sweet flavor and never has a wild game taste. All our elk meat is USDA inspected. Asian pears are large, round, crisp and crunchy, and very sweet! They store well and make great snacks. We typically have pears available from fall into early winter. We also offer pasture-raised Cornish Roaster chicken. We raise our birds in a "Joel Salatin-like" chicken tractor so they get sunshine and fresh grass and insects daily as well as grain. This year we are experimenting with hardy kiwi berry up on the hill and rainbow trout in our pond. If those go well, we hope to offer both as new products as soon as we can.

Agricultural Practices
  No GMO used, Low Spray (fruit), No antibiotics used, No added hormones, Pasture-raised, 100% Grassfed
Conservation Easements
  United States Department of Agriculture NRCS Grasslands Protection Program

How to Buy Our Local Food Products
Farmers' Markets
  Winter: Seacoast Eat Local market in Rollinsford.
Farmstand
  At farm (call ahead)

Fruit

Asian pears, Blackberries

Meat

elk, chicken