Residuals from the meat industry’s work stoppage during COVID-19 sharpened consumers who looked to farmers to purchase their meat. Here’s a list of Black farmers who offer a range of meat and poultry.
Grilling season is upon us. Here’s 96 reasons to break out your barbecue pits. With the summer holidays at our heels, people have been looking for better ways to purchase top quality meat. At the height of the shutdown, Costco limited purchases of meat to three items per shopper, while Wegman’s enforces a two-meat limit. At the same time, marketers are reporting huge increases in the prices of meat. With groceries increasing by 2.6 percent, the highest since 1974, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Added to higher costs, the US Department of Agriculture reported a 25 percent drop in meat production and a 15 percent decrease in pork production.
The visible disruption of meat and the stockpiling of items has caused carnivores to look for meat in other places. Fortunately, for small farmers such as a coterie of Black farmers, the fall of commercial meat packers and chicken farms means the increase in demand. As farmer’s prep for the increase of orders, customers are creating savvy ways to buy.
Cetta Bernhardt, who owns Harvest Farms, a small farm in Monticello, Florida, selling produce, put out a call for others to join her in purchasing a cow to be butchered with the pieces divvied up. “We’re doing everything we can to make sure that there’s a food supply for you.”
Consumers have started efforts such as buying collectives and learning how to store meat more effectively. “As long as you have good storage, you can store meat for a long time,” said Corey Lea who started an online meat company called SFE Cattle.
Below are 91 farms from are Black Farmer’s Index that sell locally, raised beef, poultry, chicken, lamb and quail. Located in several states across the US and one in US Virgin Islands, they offer a variety of free range to halal and forest-raised methods.
Fountain’s Family Farm | Hazel Green, AL | Produces and sells various crops; breeds and raises commercial and registered dorper sheep, brush and fainting goats, chickens, and more | Website + Facebook + Instagram + Twitter | Email: [email protected] | Tel. 256-309-7876 or 256-479-7806
Mack Haymaker Cattle Co. | Auburn, AL | Raises and sells beef cattle | Facebook | Tel. 706-461-8688
S&B Farm | Eufaula, AL | Raises and sells livestock production such as chickens, goats, turkeys, hogs, ducks, rabbits, and beef cattle | Website + Facebook + Instagram + Twitter + Youtube | Email: [email protected] | Tel. 706-473-2865
YF Urban Organics | Birmingham, AL | Raises and sells chicken, quail, turkey, fish and fresh eggs | Facebook
DorRay Ranch | Webster, FL | Offers cattle grazing, hay and raises Angus cattle for beef sales | Facebook
Nix Sustainable Natural Beef Farm | Gainesville, FL | Raises beef cattle using natural, environmental friendly methods | Tel. 305-205-3036
Bread and Butter Farm to Table | Monroe, GA | Raises and sells chickens and fresh eggs; Grows and sells vegetables, herbs and fruit on their farm share for pick up at the following locations: 1. The farm in Monroe; 2. Georgia State University in Atlanta; or 3. Lilburn – 1400 Killian Hill Road, SW | Website + Instagram
Caribe United Farm | Crawford, GA | Produces farm fresh eggs, Caribbean pork and meat products from a partner farm, and pasture-raised, organic poultry and eggs | Website + Facebook + Instagram | Email: [email protected] | Phone: 608-334-6336
H.K. Farm | Tattnall County, GA | Raises livestock and sells fresh free-range eggs, grass-fed beef, seasonal farm-grown fruits and vegetables| Website + Instagram + Facebook | Email: [email protected] | Tel. 912-684-3532
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Strickland Heritage Farms | Athens, GA | Grows and sells Beef cattle, muscadines and vegetables | Instagram
T & K Farm | Ashland, VA | Raises and sells pigs for pork | 804-912-0049
Grass-fed cows grazing on Moody Farms in Soso, Mississippi.
I-tal Farms | Guilford, IN | Raises and sells chickens and goat meat | Facebook
Slak Market Farm | Lexington, KY | Ethically raises cattle, sheep, chickens and goats in a grass pasture for halal organic meat, raw milk, fresh eggs and other dairy products; provides a youth summer camp farm | Website + Dairy Website + Facebook + Instagram
Cleav’s Family Market Farm | Bonnieville, KY | Raises hogs, cattle and chickens using natural and humane methods to sell at beef, pork and poultry products in meat bundles | Website + Facebook | Email: [email protected] | Tel. 270-763-7071 or 270-307-0240
James Farm | Folsom, LA | Raises beef cattle | Email: [email protected] | Tel. (225) 356-4760 or (985) 796-8540
Muse 3 Farm | Greensburg, LA | Raises and sells Angus steers, lambs, goats, turkeys and chickens and offers farm tours | Website | Email: [email protected] | Phone: 770-231-9417 or Phone: 770-633-0861
PhilMore Farms | Upper Marlboro, MD | Raises and sells chickens for meat and eggs | Owner’s Facebook
Agape Organic Farms | Dansville, MI | Raises and sells grass fed, pasture-raised meat ( beef cattle and pork) , mushrooms and microgreens | Website + Facebook + Instagram | Email: [email protected] | Tel. 517-604-0739
AM-PM Vegetable and Beef Farm | Winston County, MS | Raises and grows squash, cucumbers, purple hulled peas, butterbeans, watermelons, cabbage, tomatoes, string beans, okra and corn; and beef cattle | Tel. 662-705-1257
Hackberry Farm | Canton, MS | Raises and sells Berkshire hogs | Email: [email protected]
Jubilee Ranch | Jackson, MS | Raises and sells cattle, hogs, goats and several crops: cotton, soybeans, corn | 601-982-8467 ext. 138
Lovett Family Farm | Heidelberg, MS | Operates a poultry, forestry and beef cattle farm | Tel. 601-787-3747
Shintri Hathorn Farm | Winston County, MS | Cattle farmer | Raises and sells beef cattle and milk | 601-810-0824 or 662-834-4686
Diamond G Polled Herefords | Salem, MO | Raises and sells cattle | Facebook
Shire’s Gate | Owensville, MO | Raises cattle and hens for beef and eggs | Website
Rocky Acres Community Farm | Tompkins County, NY | Focuses on education and the sustainable production of local meat, eggs and vegetables | Website
Meat storage tip: Meat can last between four to eight months in a deep freezer.
Amman Community Farm | Charlotte, NC | Grows moringa, herbs, 17 varieties of heirloom tomato and 22 varieties of heirloom peppers, and a variety of other crops; taps private springs for alkaline water; raises and sells halal lamb and chickens for fresh eggs; curates agri-share boxes | Website | Tel. 704-740-0432 or 855-255-4362
Blackwell’s Farm | Reidsville, NC | Raises and sells cattle, hogs, chickens with a focus on pasture-raised Angus cattle with an abundance of seasonal grasses and clean water consumed from freshwater wells. | Facebook | Email: [email protected] or Email: [email protected] | Phone: 336-708-6172
Briarwood Cattle Farm | Red Springs, NC | Raises cattle and sells beef; raises grass fed beef the traditional way; pasteurized chickens; fresh eggs. Our beef/chicken/pork is all vacuumed packed for longer freezer life; and delivers to your front door in North Carolina | Youtube + Facebook + Twitter | Email: [email protected] | Tel. 910-359-1980
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Grass Grazed | Durham, NC | Raises grass-grazed hens, pigs and beef cattle that are free of genetically modified organisms | Website + Facebook + Instagram + Youtube | Email: [email protected] | Tel. 919-438-1184
Jireh Family Farm | Durham, NC | Raises free range chickens, pigs and cattle for natural, free range chickens, eggs, permaculture pork, and pastured Angus beef
Off the Grid in Color | Salisbury, NC | Raises chickens and pigs to sell meat for pick up and local delivery | Website + Delivery Form + Facebook + Instagram | Email: [email protected] | Tel. 773-220-4551
Ward’s Hen Haven | Nashville, NC | Raises and sells chickens, duck and fresh eggs; specializes in rare, high quality birds such as Buff Brahma Batams and Khaki Campbell | Website + Facebook + Instagram | Email: [email protected] | Tel. 252-343-7827
Pat Crenshaw at her cattle farm in Slick, Oklahoma. Photo credit USDA by Preston Keres.
Clash Farms | Hugo, OK | Raises and sells grass fed Angus beef for consumer purchase | Email: [email protected]
Two Acre Farm | Bloomingburg, OH | Raises and sells chickens and fresh eggs | Facebook
Homestead Ransom | Philadelphia, PA | Raises goats and chickens, and sells organic pasture-raised chicken; sells goat milk soap; Grows herbs to sell homemade, organic teas and tinctures | Website + Instagram
A & A Farms and Hauling | Chester, SC | Raises and sells, free-ranging, grass-fed and grass finished Angus beef calves | Website | Tel. 202-486-3825
Peculiar Pig Farm | Summerville, SC | Raises and sells pigs and pork products such as sausage | Facebook | Tel. +1 843-513-0351
Cambridge Creek Ranch | Saulsbury, TN | Raises and sells a Angus cattle, goat, chicken, rabbit for the best cuts of high quality meat and fresh eggs | Website + Facebook + Instagram | Email: [email protected] | Tel. 678 595 2741
Smith Hatchery Farm | Ooltewah, TN | Operates as a small local hatchery that sells baby chicks, chickens, turkey’s, ducks, pheasants, quail, guinea, and peacocks; and eggs | Facebook + Instagram | Email: [email protected] | Tel. 423-381-5375
Crimson Farm | Kaufman, TX | Specializes in raising grass fed goats, cows,pigs and sheep. Free range chickens, guineas, quail , geese and ducks. We sell organic chicken, quail and duck fresh eggs. | Facebook + Instagram | Email: [email protected]
GriffinGalsGoods & Farm | Giddings, TX | raises and sells cattle; grows and sells organic produce crops to the public and schools | Email: [email protected] | Tel. 512-578-6110
PP Farming | Rosharon, TX | Grows and sells produce; raises livestock to sell eggs, lamb meat and goat meat | Instagram | Phone: 346-779-7130
Urban Dallas Farm And Rabbitry | Dallas, TX | Grows fruits and vegetables in community garden; raises chickens, ducks, rabbits and quails to sell for meat and eggs | Instagram
Acres of Destiny | Dinwiddie, VA | Specializes in seasonal produce, poultry, pig, mini donkey, emu, alpaca, livestock, guardian dogs, eggs, herbs. | Website | Tel. 443-866-1345
Sylvanaqua Farms | Earlysville, VA | Raises and sells forest-raised pork and grass-fed Beef; raises and sells pasture-raised chickens; offers eggs from heritage breed and golden comet hens; deliver door-to-door 3 times a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday for now. We’ll alternate delivery locations on each run and practice Indigenous Democracy in Food & Agriculture | Website + Instagram | Tel. 434-973-6673
Thaxton Farm | South Boston, VA | Grows and sells vegetables: raises chickens and swine for fresh eggs and natural pork; offers seasoned firewood bundles | Facebook | Tel. 434-579-1748
Wendell Cox | Frederiksted St. Croix, USVI | Raises fresh, local, hormone-free chickens and turkeys for poultry and eggs in his operation at the Community Gardens at Estate Lower Love | Collective Farmer Info
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