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Browning Homestead Farm in Matunuck, RI chemical-free

Founded in 1657, Browning Homestead Farm is run by Bill Browning and his wife Roberta Mulholland Browning.

Some of what we grow is available year-round.
161 Matunuck School House Road
Matunuck, RI

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3 miles from Wakefield, RI 02879
A little about Browning Homestead Farm
Local. Natural. Humane. Preservation - of farms and livestock.

These are watchwords of our philosophy at Browning Homestead Farm, a National Bicentennial-designated farm.

Bill Browning is the eleventh generation of his family producing wholesome food on the Browning Homestead Farm in Matunuck, RI. The oldest working dairy farm in Rhode Island until Bill phased the dairy out in mid-2009, today the farm is proud to offer beef, lamb and pork grown on only the grass and forages we raise in Matunuck. Bill and his wife Roberta raise Irish Dexter cattle and Irish Dexter crosses. Our sheep that become lamb for the table are all crossbreeds, from a flock we have developed and which we call our "South County Special" breed. Our flock comes from Hampshire, Suffolk, Katahdin, Shropshire and Dorset sheep, and the replacements we have bred and kept to improve our flock over 20+ years. Our ewes are fed vegetarian grain during gestation and lactation, ensuring their nutritional needs are met to lamb healthy lambs in the spring. Our lamb for the table are fed grass, hay, balage and corn silage we raise and put up ourselves. We believe our lambs' access to free choice corn silage over the winter makes our Easter lamb sweeter than most.

We also raise American Guinea Hogs (AGH), the original American Homesteader Hog, on grass and forage, with a small amount of supplemental vegetarian grain for our sows during pregnancy and lactation. Our AGHs grow slowly and naturally on grass and the forage we raise and put up for the winter, and are especially renowned for their bacon and delicious gourmet- quality pork.

What we offer for sale to you has been raised from birth to table by us. That's why we can tell you that no hormones, steroids or antibiotics have ever been given to the beef, lamb and pork you buy from Browning Homestead Farm. We don't buy "feeder" cows, steer, calves, sheep or pigs from auction or from any other farm, then "finish" them on our farm in Matunuck. Because we wouldn't be able to tell you what that beef, lamb or pig had been given, injected or implanted with.

It's a longer process to raise livestock the way we do, to breed and raise the livestock for the table, to care for them every day of their lives, but we know it's better for the livestock, better for the long term life of our farm, and it's a better, healthier, fresher final product to serve you and your family.

In addition to preserving the history of our farm, we are committed to preserving the old breeds of livestock that are meant to grow and thrive on grass and in the natural environment of Matunuck, RI, but whose very existence has been threatened by the 20th century demand for fast growing, inexpensive meat.

Our meat is processed in USDA inspected facilities in accordance with all laws and food safety regulations. Once we pick up our cut meat, we continue to ensure it is always handled in the safest manner. We keep our meat freezers at -20 degrees F. in our licensed farm store. We take our meat to the farmers' markets in our running 'market' freezers that are also kept at -20 degrees F. When electricity is unavailable at the markets, we run our market freezers off a generator. We want you to be assured of the safe and legal chain of handling of our meat, from our farm to your table.