Gunthorp Farms

Greg and Lei Gunthorp
La Grange, Indiana
Pastured Chicken, Duck & Pork
http://www.gunthorpfarms.com/

Gunthorp raises their chickens, ducks & hogs on pasture at their Indiana farm. The animals are supplemented with feed grown at the farm and all animals are processed on site at their USDA inspected processing plant.

 

About the animals:

 

Chickens

We raise Cornish Cross chickens on pasture.  We are one of the largest pastured poultry operations in the country.  We have forty six acres with chickens in the growing season.  Our biggest chicken customer is Frontera Grill in Chicago.   We get the day old chicks from a hatchery in Goshen, Indiana about 30 minutes from the farm.   They never receive antibiotics, hormones, steroids, etc.    Our chickens spend the first 3-4 weeks of their lives in the brooding barn under the care and management of our children.  After that, they are moved out to pasture (the chickens, that is, not the kids.)   While being allowed to “day range” on grass and clover pastures, the chickens still receive a mixture of corn, soybeans, and Hubbard’s Homestead mineral mix.  We’d be happy to raise some certified organic chickens if we had a customer base that was interested.  We process them in our own on-farm USDA inspected processing plant.  We do use bleach to sanitize the facility but do not put chlorine on our chickens. We are one of the only processing plants in the country not using chlorine on poultry or pig carcasses.  Bleach is a known carcinogen when mixed with organic material   It requires significantly more management and cost to slaughter without bleach.     We do, however, use citric and paracetic acid as antimicrobials.   Our chicken (and other products) are more expensive than the “antibiotic free” chicken available because it is raised and slaughtered differently.  Eventually, we as a society will figure out that antibiotics should be saved for humans and the only long term way to raise animals without antibiotics and slaughter without toxic chemicals is to have a system with excellent management that cooperates with nature.

Pigs

We raise purebred and crossbred Durocs in virtually the same manner as the past 4 generations of Gunthorps.  Our pigs are raised “farrow to finish” on pasture.  No crates or A.I. here, we like to keep things natural and simple!  While on pasture, the pigs also receive a vegetarian diet of corn, soybeans, and Hubbard’s Homestead vitamin & mineral mix.  We raise some of our own corn (non-gmo of course!) that the pigs harvest.  Because of the breed, diet, and production method, we are proudly able to say that we don’t bring you “Pork - the other white meat”.  Pork should have some coloring, marbling, and flavor!  (And ours does!).  If you are looking for pork that meets all your animal welfare, food safety, and quality standards you came to the correct place.  We also raise a very limited number of mangalistas rotationally grazed in an oak forest on the south edge of the farm.

Ducks

We raise pekin ducks that we get from a hatchery in Middlebury, Indiana about 25 minutes from the farm.   They spend about 3 weeks under heat before they are turned loose on the pastures.  They receive the same feed as the chickens.  Never any antibiotics, hormones, etc.  Our ducks are older at slaughter than most duck available.  This, and the fact that they are raised on pasture, makes them more like the duck available in Europe.  The flavor on our ducks is amazing.

Turkeys: We raise broad breasted white turkeys on pasture.  We do not do the brooding stage of our turkeys.  We get them ready to go to pasture from Tom Otto’s turkey farm in Middleville, MI.  He does an excellent job.  We get them at about 8 pounds at 8 weeks.

 


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  • Chicken, Backs per pack

    Average one pound per pack. Great for Soup Stock! Local free range from Gunthorp Farms, IN, frozen.

    Chicken, Backs per pack

    $2.49
  • Chicken, Boneless Breast

    and Skinless avg. 1 lb. Local free-range with no added antibiotics or hormones, from Gunthorp Farms, IN frozen. Price will be adjusted for actual weight at $8.95/lb.

    Chicken, Boneless Breast

    $8.95
  • Chicken, Drumsticks 4/pack

    Local free-range without added hormones or antibiotics, from Gunthorp Farms, IN. Avg. 1.5 lb per pack, price will be adjusted for actual weight at $5.99/lb.

    Chicken, Drumsticks 4/pack

    $8.95
  • Chicken, Livers 1 lb.

    Great for Gravy! Local with no added hormones or antibiotics, from Gunthorp Farms, frozen.

    Chicken, Livers 1 lb.

    $3.99
  • Chicken, Thighs

    Bone-in and Skin-on. Local free-range without added hormones or antibiotics, from Petersburg Poultry, IL. Average 1.75 lb per pack, price will be adjusted for actual weight at $6.99/lb.

    Chicken, Thighs

    $11.95
  • Chicken, Whole

    Local pastured from All Grass Farms, IL. Free range, fed only Certified Organic soy free feed with no added hormones or antibiotics, avg 4 lbs., frozen. Price will be adjusted for actual weight at $4.99/lb.

    Chicken, Whole

    $19.95
  • Chicken, Wings 4/pack

    Easy, Tasty & Economical!! Simply Bake with your favorite Sauce or grill low & slow! ! Local from Gunthorp Farms, IN with no added antibiotics or hormones, frozen. Avg. 1.25 lb per pack, price will be adjusted for actual weight at 3.99/lb.

    Chicken, Wings 4/pack

    $4.95
  • Duck, Boneless Breast

    Local free range duck from Gunthorp Farm, IN. Average .7 lb. 1 breast per package. Price will be adjusted for actual weight at $14.45 per lb.

    Duck, Boneless Breast

    $10.49
  • Pork, Belly 5 lb Roast

    Local humanely raised from Gunthorp Farms, IN with no added hormones or antibiotics, frozen. Price will be adjusted for actual weight at $9.99/lb

    Pork, Belly 5 lb Roast

    $47.45
  • Turkey, ground 1 lb.

    Local pasture raised from Gunthorp Farms, IN, frozen.

    Turkey, ground 1 lb.

    $7.49

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