Producer Profile: Abundant Acres

I’ve recently dipped my toes into rabbit as a means of keeping backyard meat but decided to wait a bit.  It’s true you can buy rabbit from Bill the Butcher but what a sham that turned out to be. The Bill the Butcher expose only strengthened my resolve even further to know the person raising my meat animals, know their living conditions, and know the processing method and circumstances around the animal’s death.

I’ve scrutinized farmer Brad for months now about the living conditions and the livestock feed and feel pretty comfortable recommending him. He traveled to Polyface Farms in 2008 and met briefly with Daniel Salatin before starting up his rabbit operation, attempting to make it as sustainable as possible.

A quick blurb about the ideals they strive for on the farm:

Abundant Acres Farms is the result of many years of thought, research and learning. We are committed to providing our family, friends and customers the freshest and finest pastured meats.

Located in Toledo, WA our farm was originally homesteaded in 1935. We purchased the farm from the son of the original homesteaders! At nearly 40 acres, there is plenty of fresh air, grass and water for all the animals to express their natural instincts–a trait we hope to foster and encourage.

We will never be a mass producer, rather a “boutique” for more discriminating folks who care about their family, food origin and nutritional value.

Our logo “Ceres” (pronounced Series) is the ancient Roman goddess of plants. As we are a pasture based farm, grass quality is the foundation of our farm. We seek to use rotational grazing to naturally fertilize the fields, our flock of hens will work in the manure and insure bugs and flies are kept in check.

All animals are brooded on the farm in Toledo, Washington. They begin lives on conventional feed but are moved onto grass and local, unsprayed oats and alfalfa as soon as possible.

Farmer Brad raises chickens, ducks, geese, turkey, rabbits and occasionally pigs. You can email cereshill@yahoo.com for pricing or to reserve meat animals. He also sells breeding rabbits.

We thoroughly enjoyed our rabbits from him and I got a duck for my birthday dinner which I’ll be posting on soon I hope. It was amazing dark meat – the perfect thing for a special occasion. I’m looking forward to a fine Dickensian goose for Christmas and perhaps a steamed pudding to go with it.

Have you thought much about your Thanksgiving meal? Cascade Harvest Coalition always hosts an eat local contest with some pretty nifty prizes. Now is the time to be thinking about stocking your larder and freezer for fall and winter eats and farmer Brad is a great place to start!

9 Responses to Producer Profile: Abundant Acres

  1. Hi just found your site , via GNOWFLINS site. I live on the Oregon Coast and love to learn along with Northwesteners. I too am trying to learn how to turn my little city lot on the cool , windy and damp Oregon Coast into a place where our food is growing. Now I made this place sound bad and really I love it here. Have loved looking around your site, I’m sure I’ll be back! Erin from Blesstheirheart

  2. I’m with you, I like to know where my meat comes from and how the animals have been treated.

    We buy beef from my husband’s parents or brother. Chickens from the same woman I buy eggs from, we have been to her family’s farm and agree with the way her animals are raised and fed. Still working on a milk source closer to home though.

  3. That sounds like a great source for good pastured raised meat. With my daughter soon heading off to college, I think both my husband and myself are ready to dial down the meat consumption in general. Certainly not going vegetarian (love my meat too much for that!) but I think we are ready to have more meatless meals on the menu throughout the week and to have the meat component take up less of the plate.

  4. Really enjoyed this post! I just finished reading Farm City by Novella Carpenter, (a lovely memoir about a woman and her boyfriend who farm/garden a vacant lot in Oakland and she raises chickens, ducks, turkeys, pigs and rabbits to eat…thought of you when I read it. We are doing well and I LOVED your idea for how to plant potatoes in coffee sacks a few posts back. I meant to go back and edit my blog to link to you and I just haven’t yet I also loved your post about going on strike; you give me so much inspiration and I have no idea how you do so much!!!

  5. Also, I’m brain dead and apparently have forgotten how to spell and how to use proper grammar, please forgive!

  6. Hi! I wanted to let you know that I mentioned your new blog hop, Simple Lives Thursday on my Thoughts on Friday link love post and wanted to wish you all the best in your new endeavor. I also grabbed your RSS feed and hope you stop by and say hello at A Moderate Life! :) Alex

  7. p.s. I tried to grab your feed but the link isnt working! maybe next visit!

  8. Thanks Erin – glad you found me!
    Sense of Home how marvelous to have so many close sources! The more you know the creepier it is out there.
    KFG you’ll have some adjusting to do for sure. Hopefully the cat will step up and help out around the garden more to make up for her leaving.
    Sara my husband went to high school with Novella in Shelton so my MIL bought me that book right away when it came out. It was an interesting read. The whole time I kept thinking I had a clone somewhere since I had already started down this path. So glad you guys are doing well! I still can’t comment on your blog but I’m reading it.
    Alex – we left on vacation before I had time to add the blog hop so I missed the first one! I’ll check the RSS feed, seems like it was broken once before. Ah technology. I don’t know why it is always at odds with me!

  9. Alex I can’t get your blog up for some reason!

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