Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get my total ahead of time?

No. However, you can guesstimate it based on the price sheet.

What types of payment are accepted?

Cash or check. Please make checks out to Melvin Fry.

Are there discounts on bulk orders?

Yes! This is the most cost-effective way to order. Please contact Colleen Obergfell at for information about bulk beef and bulk pork packages. We can usually fill bulk requests right away.

Do you offer shipping?

Yes. We do have some shipping options available! Contact Colleen Obergfell at for more information.

What breed are the beef cattle?

Rotokawa Devon and Scottish Highlander mix

What breed are the chickens?

The broilers are Cornish Cross. The laying hens are Rhode Island Red and Barred Rock

Do the beef cattle get any grain to fatten them up?

No. The beef cattle ONLY eat the pasture. They are never given any grain.

Do the chickens and pigs eat corn or other feed?

The chickens and pigs must have a supplement to the pasture, so we make our own soy-free feed from organic corn, spelt & oats, and peas. On our farm, genetically modified products and other prepared feeds are a strict no-no. Currently, we know of no other farm in the area that promises 100% organic feed all of the time. If you find one, and their prices are lower, we will match that price.

What is the difference between pasture-raised meat and organic meat that I can buy at my local grocery store?

Just because meat is labeled "organic" does not mean that it’s very good for you, or that the animals are treated well. To be certified organic, the requirements are that the animals be hormone and antibiotic free, and that their feed be organic. It is not required that they spend adequate time outside. In fact, many animals who are raised "organically" may not see any sunshine at all.

Pasture-raised animals have plenty of access to the outdoors, and spend much of their time there. At Hopeful Farms, our animals are raised on pasture, eating greens and soaking in the sunshine. Since our animals are fed a natural diet, they don't need medications.

Our biggest focus is on our littlest livestock, the microbial life in our soil. Animals can only be as healthy as the plants they consume, and the plants they consume can only be as healthy as the soil they grow on. At Fry Farms, we put emphasis on taking care of the soil. Applying the correct balance of minerals to enhance the microbial life is one step in doing that. Microbes, in return, work for us by helping the plants absorb nutrients. No herbicides, insecticides or chemical fertilizers are used since they kill the life in the soil.

Are there special instructions for cooking pasture-raised meat?

It is best to follow your meat thermometer rather than the time in a recipe when cooking pasture-raised meat. Some good cookbooks are:

Do you have produce available?

No. We do not have a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program to provide produce during the growing season.

Other resources for information on eating real food can be found at:

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