BECAUSE IT’S IMPORTANT & BECAUSE THE RIVERSIDE FARMERS’ MARKET TOLD YOU TO
Anyone who’s ever driven west on I-80 knows what cattle farms look like – vast, brown treeless fields, with dozens of cows bent over a feeding trough full of corn. That is not what Finn’s Steak and Egg Ranch is about. This is the first in a series of vendor spotlights and it’s really worth the spotlight.
Living in Chicago, Sean Finn always dreamed of retiring in the country and having a few animals. A few years ago, he was able to move the timeline forward by moving himself and his family to 14 acres of hilly wooded country-living goodness in Michigan. Fast forward four or so years later, and he has transformed what was a country home on a narrow road of country homes into a working farm with cows, pigs, chickens, and turkeys.
The first thing you notice here are the chickens. They are everywhere, running around completely free. They have nest boxes where they lay their eggs and when they’re not laying, they roam the entire property, hanging out under trees and following cameras around.
Already preparing for next Thanksgiving, two new turkeys have joined the farm.
Finn’s Steak and Egg Ranch does weekly deliveries into Riverside on Wednesdays at a central pickup spot. To order, send him an email at email@example.com. He also brings produce from Countryside Produce, another market vendor so if you’re missing the farmers’ market, he can help.
All of the animals are fed non-gmo food and don’t receive any antibiotics.
The cows were lounging in the shade of the trees in their pasture. They feed off the grass in the field. The pigs were digging in mud. The two turkeys were following us around. Oh, and he has an energetic German Shorthair Pointer, Huck, who bounds around with joy.
His next project will be framing this garage extension to house his freezers and refrigerators.
Sean may be the new face of farming: small and very connected with his customers. He strives to meet the market demand for non-GMO feed, no antibiotics, free range, pasture fed beef, pork, chicken, and eggs. The Riverside Farmers’ Market is thrilled to have him as a weekly vendor and with his weekly deliveries into Riverside, we don’t have to wait until summer for his goods.
Contact him at www.facebook.com/FinnsSteakAndEggsRanch or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.