This Saturday I took a trip up to Moorefield to visit the owners of Echo Valley Ranch, Brad and Donna Martin. They specialize in raising grass-fed meat and dairy cattle and free-range chickens. Their products include grass-fed beef cuts, cowshares (for raw milk, cream, butter, yoghurt), free-range pastured chickens and their eggs. Brad showed me the operation, starting with the corralled cattle, ending with the dairy operation. The chickens come in the spring, so I didn’t see any. I ended up purchasing a cowshare and took home 4L of raw milk and 1L of cream. The milk is absolutely delicious, I can’t get enough of it. I haven’t tried the cream yet, but I have never had bad tasting cream, so I have big expectations.
I had a great conversation with Brad while driving around and we agree on pretty much everything related to nutrition, politics, and probably religion. I got in their customer list at the last minute as all new customers go on a wait list. Their regular customers will have first dibs on all their products and the people on the wait list get the rest. Based on what I saw during my visit, I would be happy to be on the wait list, so go visit their site and give them a call or email.
Pictures and video of the cows are below: