Welcome to Coach
Home of Heritage
Berkshire Pork! We're pleased to provide some
information about our free-range, naturally-raised meat and poultry
products and our philosophy and methods of raising healthy, additive-
and antibiotic-free animals.
Using draft-horse power (Percherons), we farm a little over 50 acres outside of Zeeland, Michigan. Pastures, grain crops, and
hay are managed
without chemicals for weed or insect control. We find that Mother
Nature, properly balanced, takes care of "bad bugs" by providing "good
bugs" to dine on them. Likewise, weeds are discouraged by periodic
plantings of cover crops which feed soil and enhance future crop growth.
animals are raised "free-range", not confinement-style. We are able to
pasture them on grass, augmented by appropriate corn-based protein
rations for flavor and growth. By avoiding high-population,
confinement-style raising of animals, antibiotics are unnecessary to
The meat is defined as "naturally raised"
"organically raised" because we do have to buy some grain
products and can't always be guaranteed that
those are organic. Over the years, we've given great value for the
money our customers have invested in our meat products. Size, flavor,
and price-per-pound are generally a far better value than any
supermarket can offer.
you're interested in knowing more about naturally-raised food products,
have questions about prices and availability of different meats, or
would like to visit our farm, just give us a call!
some general facts
about lamb, pork, and chicken products (availability, etc.),
recipes, and also
on our Percheron
horses (photos!), and our stallion, Elliot's Jock.
In case you're curious about our farm name .
. . our
property was once a coach stop on the "corduroy road" (logs laid side
by each) across the muck lands between Grand Rapids and Holland
Michigan. Another stop was east of us on the other side of the "muck",
and teams of horses were kept on both sides to do nothing but haul
heavy coaches across the boggy land. (The muck lands in our area are
alleuvial soil which is between 6 and 12 feet deep; farmers on this
land grow garden vegetables like celery, onions, lettuces, leeks, bok
choy and parsnips.)
When we first moved to the farm, a friend
sent us a
postcard to "welcome" us to our new place. She addressed it to "Conni
and Darrell at the Coach Stop", and the name stuck. Another unimportant
bit of trivia you didn't want to know.
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Conni has a new endeavor - an online
called The Elderberry Blossom on Etsy (other venues to follow,
hopefully!). Using photos I've taken, and paintings I've done from
photos, I've created sets of note cards, plus calendars. One set of
cards features photos of some of the Percherons. Please come visit my Etsy
Coach Stop Farms of Morrisville NY R Not
July, 2011 update - Received a note from John Bosworth, former owner of
Coach Stop Farms in Morrisville, NY - he says, "I just noticed your
post about our farm on your website! Thanks so much for the kind
words, it's been a tough 2-3 years. The farm finally sold, closed
in January. The new owners have renamed it, so Coach Stop Farms
is no more. Thank GOD! All the bills are paid off &
we're moving forward again. " This is good news, and we wish him well!
August, 2010 - Please note: we are NOT Coach
Farms of Morrisville NY. Their site
was/is temporarily at http://www.coachstopfarms.net, although I see
on WhoIs that their holding of that name expires this month, August
2010. That farm was for sale this year, 2010, and apparently had been
leased for about a year by people reputed to be less than honest in
their horse-related business dealings. Our hearts go out to the actual
owner of Coach Stop Farms in Morrisville, John Bosworth, as this
apparently has put him into dire financial straits. You can read more
about this at this link.
We sincerely hope the property sells and John gets
clear of the problems. The photos of his trashed property are