Grassfed Beef & Vegetable CSA Farm Shares in Woodstock, CT
We are Open to the Public
SATURDAYS 9-11:30 am until Dec. 6th! (or by appointment)
For sales of our grass fed beef, all-natural chicken, and pork!
Now Accepting Applications For Our 2015 Season!
Farm Apprentice & Farm Intern Program
Devon Point Farm is committed not only to growing healthy (chemical-free, organic) food and feeding our local community, but to educating the new farmers, agricultural entrepreneurs, nutritionists and agricultural policy makers of tomorrow. Our in-depth apprentice program immerses individuals with a serious interest in sustainable food production, with more than theoretical knowledge… our approach is a practical, hands-on education that takes them from the soil and roots of a farming operation to the business fundamentals they need to know to make their own farming business a financially viable success. For others, this experience will help shape their ideas on government’s hand in agriculture or it will help them speak with credibility on subjects like sustainability, and food systems, nutrition and policy... click here to read more and see our full program description.
Grassfed Beef Now Available!
We all want meat that comes from animals that were raised humanely, lived in their natural habitats, fed only what nature intended… grass, never given antibiotics or hormones, and processed responsibly, but these kinds of meats can be expensive — especially for those who are feeding entire families. Fortunately, there are ways to make feeding your family natural & properly raised meats completely affordable… buy in bulk and buy a freezer!
When we talk about buying meat in bulk, we’re taking about purchasing a half animal or a sampler box. The meat still looks exactly like the meat you usually get — packaged separately according to the cut. The only difference is the amount of it that you’ll be getting at once, which will be a lot more than you’re used to (hence the need for a freezer — and you’ll be surprised how quickly it pays for itself)! See my article on the benefits of buying a freezer!
Not sure you can eat that much beef? Try “Cowpooling”… it’s when you ask some friends, family or neighbors if they are interested in eating great, healthy meat and saving money at the same time!
• no hormones, no antibiotics, & no medicated feed, free roaming (not caged). They were butchered under USDA supervision and are now frozen (whole) in clear plastic bags in our commercial freezer here at the farm. Easy to cut into pieces or enjoy roasting them whole! On sale now for $6 per pound and our birds weight between 4 and 7 lbs.
Our heritage bred, all-natural pigs are grown on vegetable scraps, pumpkins, winter squash and supplemented with non-processed grain (cracked whole corn and soybeans). No hormones, no antibiotics, no restaurant scraps, and no leftover bakery products! 'All natural' to us means all natural feed! Butchered under USDA supervision, our pork is now on sale at our farm store. (See hours at bottom of page)
"Just wanted to drop you a note that we enjoyed some of our pig last night. My dad, who is an awesome chef, was here and cooked the kidney, liver, pig's feet, hocks, and neck. He made a wonderful braise with all those parts that usually get discarded. It was delicious! He kept raving about the quality of the meat, and my dad knows good food (which is even funnier since he thought we were crazy for buying all that pork!). My little boys are now crazy about pig's feet." Best, Shirley Ma, Pork Buyer, 2014
Now Enrolling for Summer 2015 CSA Farm Shares!
We are excited to offer you fresh, locally grown, non-GMO, nutritionally dense, beyond organic vegetables from June - October, 2015! Join today to reserve your share for Summer!
Devon Point Farm in Woodstock, Connecticut offers 100% all naturally grown vegetables and flowers as part of a Community Supported Agriculture Program, also known as a CSA Farm Share. What does naturally grown mean to us? We grow following our own "beyond organic" standards... our vegetables are grown without chemicals, and only when absolutely necessary, we use only OMRI® listed products. OMRI® is the “Organic Materials Review Institute” that manages the list of products that comply with USDA organic standards. In Summer 2014 we used NOTHING at all except composted manure!
We offer two size CSA shares: full shares designed for a family of four or a vegetarian couple, and half shares designed for a couple or single vegetarian. A full share is about two full brown paper grocery bags of vegetables per week and a half share is about one full brown grocery bag of vegetables per week. For as little as $1.48 per person, per day (for a full share), you can enjoy healthy, locally grown vegetables, grown without chemicals, no synthetic pesticides and no artificial or manmade fertilizers.
Grown by farmers who really care not only about the quality and freshness of the food they produce, but who also take pride in your experience of belonging to a farm kept immaculately clean and organized with a breathtaking drive into the farm, and a beautiful and enchanting presentation of your food... vibrant colors, twinkling lights, classical music in a gorgeous barn... all meant to make Devon Point Farm's CSA Farm Share pickup experience the best part of your week.
About Devon Point Farm...
Devon Point Farm in Connecticut specializes in Grassfed Beef, Vegetable & Flower CSA Farm Shares, and Farm Camp. The farm specializes in sustainable food production through holistic management techniques and serves as a training and proving grounds for new farmers, agricultural entrepreneurs and future policy makers with it's apprentice program.
Erick and Patty Taylor are the owners of one of America’s most quintessential farms, Devon Point Farm. The Taylors bring a unique combination of skills to farming that have resulted in the construction of 3 different farms, as the demand for their farm products grew. Starting with a small farm in Rhode Island first, then growing to a larger farm in Vermont, and then returning "home' to Connecticut to their current and best farm yet.
The Taylors are the vanguard of a new breed of Pioneers. They are highly educated folks, with great business minds, visionaries yes, risk takers, achievers, innovators, educators and great examples of America’s best.
They come to farming not by inheritance, nor trust fund, but through constant struggle fueled by a desire to lead a more natural lifestyle working for a greater purpose with a goal to raise and educate their children within nature’s living classroom. These folks have achieved something which is almost unimaginable in todays society, they’ve built a thriving enterprise from the dirt up in just a few short years and have a following that spans the globe.
The Taylor’s are what America so badly needs, creators, doers, independent thinkers, educators who run a business that is a true benefit to all. The business they run keeps hundreds of families fed, it keeps the air and watershed clean through sustainable farming methods, it serves as a living classroom for students. Their property is a mecca for wildlife and serves as an incubator for fledgling entrepreneurs who want to test their mettle in one of the hardest jobs in America.
While America is home to many farms, the Taylor’s model is one that is built on solid business fundamentals catering to a highly educated, demanding consumer. The farm is highly diversified in its offerings from vegetables to beef, chicken and pork, to farm camp, to events. The way the farm is sited on the land, with its sweeping driveway and rolling pastoral fields that are overflowing with life, lends itself to the minds eye of the perfect image of a farm you want your food to come from… a place you want to visit. All of this is no accident.
Patty describes her husband Erick as the ‘farmer-philosopher,’ someone who relishes helping others. He’s the visionary, the farm designer and heavy machinery operator. His talents include a special ability to see a property in the rough and see what has to be done to turn it into something that makes one utter “Wow!” He thinks of himself as a Land Shaper bent on creating beauty and functionality for the purpose of Sustainable Agriculture. If one could see any of the 3 farms he’s created you would see masterpieces of unparalled quality and beauty. Erick has a great deal of experience in construction, mixed with a background in real estate sales and topped off with an overdose of logic-based critical thinking. Visiting Devon Point and looking at the photo’s of the property when the Taylor’s bought it and then seeing it now will give you a taste of what this man can create. His farms are truly one-of-a-kind farms from vision to fully-functioning masterpieces. Erick builds long term investment quality farms that are self-sufficient and sustainable in every form.
Erick describes Patty as the keystone that manages to hold all of the farm’s ventures together. Besides being a full-time mother of two, she’s the face of the business. Patty is a dynamic woman who is Erick’s best friend, wife and business partner. She is willing to work 7 days a week, finish the day with a smile and answer the continuous onslaught of customer inquires. She manages the entire front-end of the farms many businesses. She’s a woman who leads by example. She’s capable beyond what words can describe, she’s as comfortable doing quickbooks as she is running heavy equipment. Patty prides herself in being a traditional wife and homemaker while making no excuses for her femininity, she can and will do any work a man can do.
The Taylors say it takes this sort of team to do what they do, it’s through this devotion and dependence on one another that the strongest relationships are forged. The Taylors say they are in the healthy lifestyle business, they treat the food they raise with a level of care and consideration that results in an eating experience that makes you feel great about what you are putting in your body. Devon Point Farm is everything a farm should be, a place where nature and man work in harmony with each other. From radishes to ribeyes, everything about this farm is crisp, clean and wholesome for the mind, body and spirit. Come get a dose of healthy country life style and see what Devon Point Farm can do for you.
We are Open to the Public for All-Natural GrassFed Beef & Chicken Sales!
for sales of our Grassfed Beef & All-Natural Chicken! • 100% Natural, No hormones, No antibiotics! • Individual Cuts of Grass Fed Beef • Whole Chickens
See our Farm Store Hours at the bottom of the page!
Offering 100% Grass Fed Beef with no hormones, no antibiotics, and no grain, for sale by the individual cut, the sampler box or beef by the half or whole animal. What 100% grassfed and grass finished means to us: The cattle get nothing except clean water, fresh air, grass in summer, hay (dried grass) in winter, and access to trace minerals... no grain! No antibiotics, no hormones. Humanely raised and humanely processed. USDA Certified Butchering with each cut individually shrink-wrapped in plastic and labeled with the name of the cut then frozen.
We sell individual cuts of our beef here at our Woodstock, CT farm. (See our Hours at the bottom of the page). We also sell Sampler Boxes and by the Half.
About Devon Point Farm, BEFORE and AFTER
the arrival of the Taylor Family…
The 93 acres of land that is now Devon Point Farm, was formerly known as Joy Orchards, a successful apple orchard owned and operated by Bob Joy and his family for over 40 years. When Bob passed away in 1989 the property was left to his niece, a non-farmer, who subsequently ceased farming operations on the property and sold the development rights to the CT Department of Agriculture in 1992. Without a farmer, the land lay fallow and neglected for over 18 years, reverting back to a transitional forest… brush, saplings, vines and invasive species took over the fields, the apple trees were smothered and dead, and all that remained besides the overgrowth, was the trash dumped by people who partied at the end of a dirt driveway unseen from the nearest road. Bob had left behind the relics of his farming days as well… three tractor-trailer loads of rusted, rotting farm equipment and vehicles, and three 30-yard dumpsters of trash left behind in partially collapsing barn. The prime agricultural soils that were the primary reason for the preservation of the land were lost to the overgrowth.
In 2007, Erick & Patty Taylor, bought the land from Bob Joy’s niece. A couple in their mid-30’s who had grown their herd of Devon Cattle as part-time farmers while working full-time, off-farm professional jobs, who had dream of making their living solely off a farm. The Taylor’s used every penny they had ever made from their career jobs, the sweat-equity profits from the sales of two prior small farms with houses and barns they had built and lived in (first in RI, then in VT) only to sell in hopes of buying a bigger piece of land each time. They took out a mortgage, cashed in their 401K’s, and sold personal possessions. They enlisted friends to camp in tents to help pound in fence posts and string barbed wire, so they could unload a tractor-trailer full of their Devon Cattle into the newly fenced overgrowth while they took the time needed to turn it back into fields. They set to work with chainsaws, a small tractor and a used bulldozer to clear the overgrowth to find the good soil beneath. They wore through pair after pair of work gloves to load trash into dumpsters. Erick dragged a plow and harrow to break and smooth the soils while Patty wore her feet to blisters hand-seeding almost 50 acres of fields back into pastures with a baby in a backpack. By their own financial resources, sweat, ingenuity and sheer determination, they took a wasteland, wreck of a property and turned it back into a farm.
One could say that the Department of Agriculture saved the land, but one could also say that while it prevented the farmland from being developed into house lots, the farm ceased to exist thereafter. It is only through the tireless efforts of the Taylor’s that this 93-acre property is truly a bountiful working farm again.
Devon Point Farm Featured in EDIBLE NUTMEG MAGAZINE!
|Devon Point Farm Featured in Foodies Of New England Magazine!!|
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Devon Point Farm is a 93-acre, family-run farm located in Woodstock, Connecticut, and is owned by Erick & Patty Taylor. Specializing in rare, heritage and endangered American Milking Devon Cattle, Devon Point Farm raises cattle for grassfed beef, and has a naturally-grown vegetable & flower CSA farm share program. In the Fall, the farm features a pumpkin patch and hayrides.
Gourmet Grassfed Beef - Devon Point Farm's grass fed beef is 100% natural, 100% grass-fed and grass-finished, no hormones, no antibiotics, and humanely raised and processed. Cattle are pastured only (not confined in a freestall barn), and eat only what nature intended... grass, hay, clean water, fresh air and sunshine. Our grass fed beef is processed in a USDA certified facility, plastic wrapped, labeled with the cut, and frozen.
Vegetable & Flower CSA Shares - At Devon Point Farm, all of our vegetables and flowers are naturally field grown using only OMRI® listed products and only when absolutely necessary. OMRI® is the "Organic Materials Review Institute" that manages the list of products that comply with USDA organic standards. We do not use synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. We fertilize with organically-rich compost made from manure from our grassfed cows. Our CSA Shares provide members with 18 weeks of fresh, local, seasonal vegetables and gorgeous flowers. Shares are available for weekly on-farm pickup in Woodstock, CT on Tuesdays or Fridays, or Thursday deliveries to Stonington, CT and New London, CT.
All-Natural Chicken & Pork - Devon Point Farm raises all-natural chicken and pork, with no chemicals, no hormones, no antibiotics.
American Milking Devon Cattle - Devon Point Farm has one of America's largest and finest herds of the rare, heritage, endangered breeds of cattle originally known as 'North Devon' cattle, now known in America as 'American Milking Devon' cattle. Our heifers are sought after for breedstock and our bull calves as herd sires. It was a great honor in 2008, that our calves were selected to become the first herd of American Milking Devons to be brought across the border to reside in Canada. Our herd is a closed, disease-free herd, having undergone rigorous veterinary testing for the international border crossing as well as for sales to various discerning customers throughout the years. Our breedstock available for sale is limited, please call today for availability or to get on our waiting list.
Pumpkin Patch - Open mid-September until the end of October... we have hundreds, if not thousands of pumpkins and specialty gourds to choose from. All in a beautiful rural farm setting. Bring your camera and your friends for a fantastic Fall weekend outing!
We now take credit cards! VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, PAYPAL and more!!
News from the Farm
- Patty's Pointers for Living Better & Spending Less September 15, 2014
- New recipe: CHILLED ZUCCHINI SOUP WITH WALNUTS AND BASIL (fabulous!) January 27, 2014
- New recipe: Chicken Breasts with Zucchini Pappardelle January 27, 2014
- New recipe: How to Dry Herbs January 27, 2014
- New recipe: Green Beans, Fennel, and Feta Cheese January 27, 2014
- New recipe: Green Beans & Zucchini with Sauce Verte January 27, 2014
- New recipe: Garlic & Greens Pizza January 27, 2014
- New recipe: Hunter's Chicken Stew January 27, 2014
- New recipe: Kale Basil Pesto January 27, 2014
- New recipe: Kohlrabi Fritters January 27, 2014