Our animals are special and the quality and taste of our meat reflects the care and treatment that our livestock enjoys each day. Happy, humanely raised animals require a level of time and attention that no corporate farm can provide. Proper feed and care is also expensive. While we try to manage and contain costs, we will never sacrifice fresh air, sunshine, good food or new pastures in an effort to cut costs. No feedlots or confinement raising is now or will ever be part of Chestnut Farms.
Because we put such care into our animals, the only way we are able to make our farm economically viable is through direct sales to the consumer. We do not have the economic margin for large retail sales – the store owner needs to make a fair profit for maintaining the store and staff and we need to feed our animals. Hence, we do very limited retail. Currently our meat can be purchased at the Robinson Farm Stand and through Tip Top Country Store
Waltham Fields Community Farm (coming June 2012) is a fantastic community farm that promotes local agriculture and food access through their vegetable farm and educational programs, using practices that are socially, ecologically, and economically sustainable. They are located at 240 Beaver St. in Waltham, MA 02452. http://communityfarms.org/
Tip Top Country Store is a wonderful Natural Foods store owned and operated by community builders extraordinaire Sarah and Rudy. They carry more wonderful, local foods, fabulous arts and cool crafts than any single place in the northeast. They also offer a buying club for bulk purchases of natural and organic food. They are located at 8 Central St. in Brookfield, MA 01506. http://www.tiptoponline.us/