Beef Coop

beeflogoRestaurants served by Shenandoah Valley Beef Co-op
A Bowl of Good, Harrisonburg
Capital Meat Company, D.C. Metro Area
Horse and Buggy Produce, Charlottesville
Jake’s Bar & Grill, Waynesboro

 

About the Shenandoah Valley Beef Cooperative

We are Moms and Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas, Sons and Daughters, dedicated to farming as our way of life. We are hard working folks who still believe in an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work. We are fighting to keep our farms in our families.

In the Shenandoah Valley most of the farmland is ideally suited for raising animals on pasture. Much of the ground is too rocky for tilling, but the soil is rich and the rain is abundant, so the native grasses grow fast and more animals can graze on less acreage than in most of the rest of the world. Many places require up to 70 acres per cow but in our lush valley it can take as little as two.

This beautiful valley is heaven on earth. The sun rises over the Blue Ridge and sets over the Alleghany Mountains. In the spring, the green ascends up the tree covered Massanutten Mountain. As you walk through the fields you can hear the gobble of the wild turkey, and see the dogwood and redbud in bloom. You can see the patchwork pattern of fields and furrows as planting begins. As summer approaches you can smell the honeysuckle in bloom and freshly mown hay. When the hot summer sun pounds down, the corn grows tall in the field and the kids get their FFA and 4-H projects ready for the county fair. As the days grow shorter and the air grows cooler, there is the anticipation of harvest and the wonderful blaze of color descending the Massanutten as the trees turn yellow, orange and red. With the snows come the baby calves. There is nothing better than to crest the top of a hill and see a mother cow tending to her newborn calf.

Sadly, if we do not farm this land, it will be sold to the highest bidder, often to be converted into a store, parking lot or sub-division and the beauty will be lost forever to urban sprawl. This is why farm families continue to work from sunrise to sunset caring for the land and livestock, 365 days a year.

Many of our farmers are descended from families with three hundred years of stewardship to this valley. Our blood, sweat and tears have flavored the soil. We are blessed to be able to live in the palm of God’s hand and take pride in the ability to produce a product that nourishes a nation. We want to pass that blessing on to our kids, grandkids and their grandkids.

We live at the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay, where the clear mountain streams tumble their way down the valley through rocky paths. The winding rivers make their way to the Atlantic Ocean. We believe in protecting our natural resources and pledge a continued stewardship of the natural resources that provide beauty and substance. We produce our beef in the most environmentally friendly way possible.

We pledge to leave this piece of earth a little better than we found it as we pass it to the next generation. It is the faith of our forbearers, the optimism for the present, and the promise of a brighter future.

Raising your dinner… is our way of life. This is the Shenandoah Valley Beef Cooperative.