At Bottomland Farm, our primary goal is to grow high-quality food for our local communities. In order to do so, we focus on the health and well-being of all of our animals, as well as the land we farm on. This allows us to deliver delicious, sustainable and nutritious local protein sources to those searching for them.
Farm Raised Rabbit
Farm-raised rabbit is perhaps one of the most overlooked healthy & sustainable meat sources available today. Rabbit “can produce six pounds of meat on the same amount of feed and water it takes a cow to produce just one pound,”-- they thrive on alfalfa, rather than energy intense soy or corn. At our farm, we currently focus on two rabbit breeds: the commercial breed New Zealand White and the heritage breed American Chinchilla. All of our rabbits are fed hay from our pastures along with a commercial alfalfa based rabbit pellet that helps them to thrive. We currently offer whole rabbit, as well as whole rabbit pieced up, and a variety of rabbit cuts.
Our free range hens produce white, brown, blue and green eggs with a darker yolk and a richer flavor than most store bought eggs. These eggs are fresh— right off the farm, days or even hours old by the time you purchase them. Eggs from free range hens are also more nutritious than eggs from their caged counterparts. We raise a variety of rare and heritage breed chickens that thrive when allowed to forage for a variety of foods, in addition to being fed a locally produced commercial chicken feed. During the winter months, their diet is often supplemented with kitchen and vegetable scraps.
Duck eggs, which are a by-product of our shiitake pest management strategy, have a higher concentration of nutrients and protein than your typical chicken eggs. These eggs can be used by chefs and home cooks just as chicken eggs might, however, due to a duck’s diet, the flavor is richer and more intense. They are particularly useful when baking, due to their ability to add extra volume and a particular richness in the finished product.
Log-grown Shiitake Mushrooms
Shiitake mushrooms, which take advantage of the forested areas of our property, are produced on logs that have been thinned as part of our forest management plan and purchased locally from sustainable sources. These log-grown shiitakes, which often take on different flavors depending upon the species of log they are grown from, are considered gourmet treats with a rich ‘umami’ flavor and meaty texture. There is a noticeable difference in the texture and flavor of our log grown Shiitakes when compared to sawdust grown shiitakes normally found in grocery stores.