I’d like to welcome another farm to the FarmieMarket Family! Stefanie and Joshua Rockwood got to work farming their land, now known as West Wind Acres, in 2006. The farm is located in West Charlton, NY. Together, Stefanie and Josh raise rotationally grazed grassfed beef, pork, chicken and eggs. They are also getting their free-range turkey operation up and running.
The Rockwoods believe in rotational grazing, an agricultural best management practice that promotes the animal and soil health simultaneously. The duo employs rotational paddocks and mobile fencing to rotate their animals over the land, preventing the waste of any feed (grass) that is grown and recycling nutrients into the soil.
Cattle are moved to a piece of fresh grass daily. The Rockwoods raise Highland Cattle, a breed that is known to be hardy in harsh northern climates and also regarded for its lean, low-cholesterol meat.
Pigs are also fed on green pasture. Additionally, pigs are fed all-natural ingredients like whole corn, apples, and whole cows’ milk. The pigs’ all-natural diet, coupled with the space, fresh air, and sun they are exposed to gives their meat a flavor that far superior to pork from a supermarket or butcher.
Chickens raised as broilers are raised in the Rockwood’s custom broiler chicken coop. Their meat chickens live in this portable shelter which is moved to fresh grass everyday. It is designed to provide protection for the birds from predators, including chicken hawks, weasels, and more. This shelter gives the chickens enough protection to survive in the elements, while also providing chickens the ability to eat natural nutrients from the land instead of being closed off from the outdoors.
Additionally, chickens raised as egg-laying hens live in custom built mobile chicken. These coops allow the Rockwoods to move their hens to new grass, bugs, and other tasty morsels every day, ensuring that they get a well rounded diet, plenty of fresh air, and sunshine so that they can provide you with the best eggs that you have ever tasted.
The Rockwoods are farmers who take raising quality food using natural practices very seriously. They come to FarmieMarket in hopes to connect with more customers in the Capital Region that care about the quality of the food they consume. Welcome them by purchasing their pork and chicken on FarmieMarket’s Turning Point Market in Saratoga County!