We have been raising 100% grass fed & grass finished angus beef on our farm since 1979, almost 40 years. As of Jan 1, 2016, we have retired from the Orchard business and are focusing on raising our grass-fed Angus cattle, our original enterprise. At Shew's Family Farm Store, we offer all of the different cuts of fresh frozen Angus grass-fed beef, state inspected, vacuum packed & sold by the package. If we are home, we are open 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week, but it is always best to call or email for an appointment. 740 557-3032. We also sell our beef custom wrapped by the Quarter or Half at discounted prices. You are welcome to come visit our farm at any time. We can deliver at our convenience when coordinating with one of our many Ohio trips.
We are a vendor year round on Saturdays at the Athens Farmers Market on East State Street in Athens, Ohio from 9:00am-12:00noon. And at the Athens Farmers Market Wednesdays 9:00am-12:00noon from April to December. And at the Marietta Front Street Farmers Market Tuesdays 10am - 2pm.
You can also dine on our beef at The Triple Nickel Diner in Chesterhill, Oh
Many farms raise there beef part of their lives on grass, and finish on grain, and then call them "grass-fed". But we raise our beef 100% naturally year round on grass & legume pastures, and during the winter we supplement grass & legume hay that we have produced on our farm. Our cattle have never been on feedlot or fed grains of any kind, antibiotics, or hormones, and we do not use herbicides or pesticides on our farmland. We have 120 acres of pasture and we rotate the cattle once a day to fresh fields, a very sustainable model, resulting in excellent flavored & textured meat with high nutritional values. Basically, our beef is organically raised, but we are not certified.
100% Grass-fed beef is better for human health than grain-fed beef in ten different ways, according to the most comprehensive analysis to date. The 2009 study was a joint effort between the USDA and researchers at Clemson University in South Carolina.
Compared with grain-fed beef, 100% grass-fed beef was:
Lower in total fat
Higher in beta-carotene
Higher in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
Higher in B vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
Higher in minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium
Higher in total omega-3's
A healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (1.65 vs 4.84)
Higher in CLA (cis-9 trans-11), a potential cancer fighter
Higher in vaccenic acid (which can be transformed into CLA)
Lower in the saturated fats linked with heart disease
Also available year round in our farm store are homespun yarn from our sheep, 13 kinds of Marjie's homemade jams & jellies, applebutter with & without sugar, sugar free apple sauce, honey, homemade apple cider vinegar, and 3 kinds of honey mustard, all homemade on our farm.
Also available at our farm store, but produced on our Amish neighbor's farms, are maple syrup, sorghum molasses, homegrown popcorn, and hand made woven rag rugs.
Our secluded Rustic Vacation Cabin is available for rent year round, situated in a grove of trees overlooking the bass pond on the back side of our farm.
See respective pages of this website for more information about each of the above.
We are also a vendor year round on Saturdays at the Athens Farmers Market on East State Street in Athens, Ohio from 9:00am-12:00noon. And at the Athens Farmers Market Wednesdays 9:00am-12:00noon from April to December. And at the Marietta Front Street Farmers Market Tuesdays 10am - 2pm.
If you email or call us 740 557-3032, we can deliver special orders at these locations. Occassionally, we can make deliveries to the Zanesville and Columbus areas.
We are also the home of the 5 piece Back Porch Swing Band, featuring the best in Western Swing Music & traditional Jazz, with vocalist Kris Geis, guitarist Pete Shew, upright bassist Jonathan Sowers, Caleb Hutslar on keyboard, & Andy Merritt on swinging fiddle.