Spring Lake Farm: Inspiring the Grass Fed Movement in Upstate New York

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“It’s like a third world country in Upstate New York… I’m a farmer and I want to farm and I do really believe that this grass fed beef is a great hope for New York State.”

Meet Farmer Ingimundur Kjarval and Ulla Kjarval of Spring Lake Farm in the western Catskills. They are passionate about pasture-raised animals. So passionate, that in a time when many upstate farms are facing foreclosures, they are expanding. To them, grass fed meat just has a “beefy” “distinctive” and “pleasant” taste to it – a taste you can’t get from factory farmed meat you buy in the supermarket – a taste they are sure New York diners and chefs will want to seek out.

Spring Lake Farm wants to serve as an inspiration for what the future of sustainable agriculture could look like for New York State. And with demand growing locally for grass fed animals, they believe the millions of acres of unused land in their area would make perfect land for farmers to raise their own grass fed beef and pork.

So, take a moment to enjoy my little story about this amazing little grass fed operation. It was stunning to film upstate on their farm. Walking in the grass amongst the animals in the fresh mountain air left no doubt in my mind that these animals were happy animals. And like they say, a stress free animal always tastes better.

If you would like to try any of the beef, lamb or pork raised on Spring Lake Farm, you can find them on http://www.springlakefarmny.com, or reach out to Ulla on Twitter: @NYCUlla

**And for cooks and chefs who are interested in “tasting notes” on the grass fed beef, you can visit The Artisan Beef Institute’s website for their first impressions. Professional taster Carrie Oliver walks you through her thoughts and details on the meat.**

Thanks for watching food. curated. Happy eating!

Comments

  1. 2-3 million acres of unused pasture in NY state alone. That’s actually really depressing. Best of luck to Spring Lake Farm & great video (as usual) Liza!

  2. 2-3 million acres of unused pasture in NY state alone. That’s actually really depressing. Best of luck to Spring Lake Farm & great video (as usual) Liza!

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  5. Ulla Kjarval says:

    My whole family is so pleased by this video. You did such an amazing job capturing our farm. Thank you. A lot of hard work goes into running a farm and it is really moving to see folks care and respond to the passion and love my father puts into his work!

  6. Ulla Kjarval says:

    My whole family is so pleased by this video. You did such an amazing job capturing our farm. Thank you. A lot of hard work goes into running a farm and it is really moving to see folks care and respond to the passion and love my father puts into his work!

  7. Liz says:

    I’m so impressed, as usual, Liza! Of course I’m extra impressed because of the beauty of Ulla’s farm – I want to go visit!

  8. Liz says:

    I’m so impressed, as usual, Liza! Of course I’m extra impressed because of the beauty of Ulla’s farm – I want to go visit!

  9. Melkorka Kjarval says:

    What a beautiful Video Liza! You really captured the farm! It was so great meeting you that day and I think you did such a beautiful job! best!

  10. Melkorka Kjarval says:

    What a beautiful Video Liza! You really captured the farm! It was so great meeting you that day and I think you did such a beautiful job! best!

  11. DavidF says:

    It was great watching this. Grass fed is the way to go.

  12. DavidF says:

    It was great watching this. Grass fed is the way to go.

  13. Dick Roosa says:

    Ulla,

    Your comment in your video (excellent video by the way), struck a familiar note in my mind, I have said the same thing many times, my family were dairy farmers in Harpursville, NY when I was a child, and when one of our holstein cows dried-up, my father would slaughter it for food, and the taste was so delicious compared to todays drug-infested meat sold in supermarkets today.

    Much luck to you & your fine Family, I live in Circleville, NY, and would love to return to upstate NY to live & raise a few beef cattle, if you ever learn of a small spread for sale, please remember me.

    Have a super day,

    Dick Roosa

  14. Dick Roosa says:

    Ulla,

    Your comment in your video (excellent video by the way), struck a familiar note in my mind, I have said the same thing many times, my family were dairy farmers in Harpursville, NY when I was a child, and when one of our holstein cows dried-up, my father would slaughter it for food, and the taste was so delicious compared to todays drug-infested meat sold in supermarkets today.

    Much luck to you & your fine Family, I live in Circleville, NY, and would love to return to upstate NY to live & raise a few beef cattle, if you ever learn of a small spread for sale, please remember me.

    Have a super day,

    Dick Roosa

  15. rob douglas says:

    awesome and inspiring video – nice work.. love to see how happy you are and in tune with the land!

    • Liza de Guia says:

      Thanks Rob…this video really has done a lot for putting their farm on the map and getting them new customers. I love that just telling their story can do that :)

  16. rob douglas says:

    awesome and inspiring video – nice work.. love to see how happy you are and in tune with the land!

    • Liza de Guia says:

      Thanks Rob…this video really has done a lot for putting their farm on the map and getting them new customers. I love that just telling their story can do that :)

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