We began producing pasture raised livestock and poultry on our small farm, Rettland Farm, for sale directly to consumers in 2007. A lack of adequate meat processing services in the region combined with our long-held interest in making unique, artisanal meat products led us down the path of becoming meat processors, in addition to livestock farmers.
As a result, The Farmstead Butcher was born in 2017, on the premises of Rettland Farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Since opening, we have proudly become known for creating "Craft Meat and More!"—by using craftsmanship, time honored techniques and the best meats we can source to make products that are unique, delicious, and fun!
At The Farmstead Butcher, we believe in the long term benefits of sustainable and regenerative agricultural production. We wish to support production practices that promote soil health, preserve water and air quality, and help to minimize or even mitigate climate change.
Of equal importance to us as meat processors is animal welfare. We recognize and respect the sacrifice required of animals that become our food, and therefore place a high value on their treatment before that happens.
To support these values, we require the following of all of the animals that are used in the production of our meats:
These high standards apply to all of the farms we source animals from, not just our own!
Our own farm! We still produce some of our own heritage breed pigs, pastured lambs, and pastured chickens and turkeys right here on the farm, within sight of our front door at The Farmstead Butcher!
Stone Ridge Manor is a local family owned farm specializing in naturally fed beef and registered Hereford seed stock. Exceptional beef for exceptional customers!
We source non GMO Berkshire pork from Jon and his family.
Menno and his family are a source of pasture raised meat chickens and turkeys.
Chapel Ford Farm is a small family farm that promotes soil and animal health through multi species rotational grazing. Chapel Ford is a source of our pasture raised meat chickens.