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Posted 9/13/2013 6:22pm by Bill & Roberta Browning.

Panoramic Northeast Pasture
Browning Homestead Farm 

September 13, 2013  
Inventory update


BEEF:  We picked up one of our beef from Westerly last Friday, with one in the process of dry-aging now, so our beef inventory is good - except for frankfurters,  currently being made and which we won't have back until Saturday afternoon (9/14).  Also, we finally have all steaks back in stock again. We have some beautiful Shoulder and London Broil steaks, and crosswise cut Shanks, for braising and slow cooking as the days get cooler. 

PORK: We have a fairly good stock of pork (except for bacon, which is also in the smoking process and will be ready tomorrow afternoon, and we are out of Mild Italian sausage).  We have a full stock of Breakfast, Hot Italian Sausage and Kielbasa back in stock. We also had pork shanks cut this time, also crosswise. 

LAMB: We recognize that it may be frustrating for our customers that we do not have lamb available all the time.  Many of you know that we sell only what we raise, and that livestock grown only on grass grow more slowly. We don't process our lambs until they are what we consider to be ready.  Ideally we like our lambs to be a year, or close to it, both for yield and for the best flavor.  That being said, we brought in new genetics last year with a new ram and some  new ewes and some of our 2013 spring lambs are quite large. Thus the late fall lamb that we are looking to process (and get feedback from you on).

HOW TO ORDER LAMB:  I will send an email from our website email function (if you're reading this, you are signed up through our website) about two weeks before we process lamb, letting everyone know and taking pre-orders by email and at the market. We already have pre-orders for lamb, so we encourage everyone to pre-order by email, because our lamb goes almost 100% through pre-orders on a first-come-first-served basis (those on our email list get the 'heads up').  We don't take pre-payments, only pre-orders. Our usual cuts are rib and loin chops; legs (there are two legs from each lamb - only the rear legs are "leg of lamb") which we can have left whole or cut into halves, bone in or boneless. If they are halved, there is the shank end and the cap end; shoulder steaks, and shanks. We also get the spare ribs, which are good for making a stew, since there is not a lot of meat on them. Any trim is used for ground lamb, and there is usually not a lot of ground from a lamb. 

OTHER FARM NEWS: Our Midget White Turkeys are getting bigger, roaming all day in their flock, and finally returning to their coop at night when called rather than roosting in the trees for us to fetch. We have raised these turkeys for breeding next year, so we will only process a few toms for Thanksgiving.  The breed information says they should be in the 10-12 pound range, so we'll see how true that is in November!  

See you at the Farmers' Markets! 

Saturday at East Farm, 8:30 to Noon 
Tuesdays a Marina Park, 2 to 6 pm      

Bill & Roberta Browning
Browning Homestead Farm
161 Matunuck School House Road
Matunuck, RI

Eleven generations dedicated to producing wholesome food.
Posted 6/28/2013 6:48pm by Bill & Roberta Browning.

Panoramic Northeast Pasture
Browning Homestead Farm 

The warm weather finally made it to Matunuck, just in time for the 4th of July.  The lack of successive sunny, dry days  has cut into making the quality and quantity of dry hay that we like to get off the first cutting.  But we don't let the nutrititional value of the hay degrade in the field. Bill cuts and wraps the hay (estimating the acreage he can cut and dry to the correct moisture in whatever "weather window of opportunity" that Mother Nature gives him) to make bale silage, commonly called "baleage".  Bill harvests the baleage at 45-55% moisture and (ideally) gets it wrapped the same day that he bales it. And our cattle, sheep and pigs go crazy for baleage in the winter when they see a "marshmallow" coming!  Bill's put up 450,000 pounds of baleage so far this year, a good start on our first cutting. Click to see some of the wrapped baleage.

Beef Inventory
Bill picked up one of our beef from Westerly Packing on June 24th, so supply and choices right now are good. We also have a beef dry aging and will have our Beef/Pork ground mix back in stock soon. Click on the items in blue to take a peek inside our freezers!

Ground Beef
Ground Beef Patties
Stew/Kabob Beef
All beef sausage (mild Italian)
Short Ribs
London Broil
Shoulder Steak
Sirloin Steak (boneless)
Sirloin Tip Steak
Flat Steaks - Flank, Flat Iron, Skirt, Hanger
NY Strip Steak 
Rib Eye Steak (semi-boneless)

Porterhouse Steak
T-Bone Steak
Tenderloin Steak

Pork Inventory
We have our BH bacon back in stock!   Here's our pork inventory, some of which is limited but we'll be replenishing in the next two weeks:

Ground Pork (limited)

Breakfast Sausage (loose)
Mild Italian Sausage
Hot Italian Sausage
Spare Ribs
Rib chops
Loin chops (limited supply)
Pork Rib Roast - bone in
Pork Tenderloin - boneless   


Lamb Inventory (Sorry, very limited!)
Lamb Spareribs  
Lamb Heart
Lamb Liver   


And always, thank you for your interest, patronage and support!  
Where and when to find us.

Bill & Roberta Browning
Browning Homestead Farm
161 Matunuck School House Road
Matunuck, RI

Eleven generations dedicated to producing wholesome food.
Posted 5/31/2013 11:32pm by Roberta .

I've been fortunate to raise a variety of heritage breed turkeys (Narragansett, Spanish Black, Royal Palm and the Standard Bronze), some of which have paired, mated and hatched clutches of their own chicks.  It was from my first Narragansett pair that hatched chicks that I learned the tom as well as the hen would sit on the eggs.  Bill and I raised Broad Breasted White turkeys one year, and what we think must have been Giant Broad Breasted Whites the next year. That  year  when our fully dressed turkeys ranged from 30 to 48 pounds, Bill suggested a break from all turkeys might be in order. I couldn’t argue – turkey leftovers lose their appeal after day three.

Still, what's a farm without turkeys? So I did some research and found the Midget White Turkeys, which mature at 8 pounds for hens and 12-13 for toms. Sounded like a perfect size to me.

The Midget White is also a heritage breed of turkey.  For those not familiar with the term "heritage breed", the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC)defines heritage turkeys as follows: 

Heritage turkeys are defined by the historic, range-based production system in which they are raised. Turkeys must meet all of the following criteria to qualify as a Heritage turkey:

1. Naturally mating: the Heritage Turkey must be reproduced and genetically maintained through natural mating, with expected fertility rates of 70-80%. This means that turkeys marketed as “heritage” must be the result of naturally mating pairs of both grandparent and parent stock.

2. Long productive outdoor lifespan: the Heritage Turkey must have a long productive lifespan. Breeding hens are commonly productive for 5-7 years and breeding toms for 3-5 years. The Heritage Turkey must also have a genetic ability to withstand the environmental rigors of outdoor production systems.

3. Slow growth rate: the Heritage Turkey must have a slow to moderate rate of growth. Today’s heritage turkeys reach a marketable weight in about 28 weeks, giving the birds time to develop a strong skeletal structure and healthy organs prior to building muscle mass. This growth rate is identical to that of the commercial varieties of the first half of the 20th century.

Interestingly, the Midget White is not an "old" breed, having been created in the 1960s; developed from a cross of a Broad Breasted White and a Royal Palm. Unfortunately, the smaller size of the Midget White Turkey seems to have doomed the breed during the mid-20th century "larger, faster, cheaper" movement to industrialized meat production.  The ALBC currently lists the Midget Whites as a critically endangered breed.

We think the Midget White Turkey breed will be a good fit for our farm. It has the characteristics we look for in all of our livestock breeds: natural reproduction, naturally hearty and healthy,  able to grow outdoors, and built-in portion control.  

Our Midget White Turkeys arrived yesterday, and we documented their arrival, which you can find here:




Posted 3/14/2013 12:31pm by Roberta & Bill Browning.

I admit it, anticipating the lamb is making my mouth water at these lamb recipes! 

How good does this look?

Posted 3/14/2013 10:41am by Roberta & Bill Browning.

Socks was perusing Yankee Magazine this morning (what else is a potbelly pig to do when it's cold and raw out again but sit by the woodstove at home reading) and he sent the link for this delicious sounding recipe for Irish Lamb Stew:


We'll have our lamb back next week, so drop us an email if you'd like to try this recipe yourself with some Browning Homestead lamb stew meat.




Posted 3/9/2013 9:06am by Roberta.

Step 1.  Choosing the roast.

Choosing the roast

Step 2.  Thawing the roast in the sealed package in cold water.  

Thawing the roast in cold water

Step 3.  Prepping the thawed roast. These photos show the roast as it came out of the package, nicely trimmed so that I did not do any trimming at all except a few little hanging fat pieces.

Thawed roast fat cap up

Rib side up

Cap side up, end view

Step 4.  Seasoning. I rubbed the roast with fresh garlic clove and rosemary.  I didn't have fresh rosemary so I used some that I had dried. 

Seasoned with rosemary and garlic

Step 5.  Seasoned flour. I use salt, pepper, flour. Then place fat side up on a rack in roasting pan.

sFloured and on rack for roasting

Step 6.  Insert meat thermometer and place in preheated oven 350 deg. F. Set timer for 10 minutes before calculated cook time.

Center oven with meat thermometer

Step 7. Check meat thermometer.  Realize I forgot the thermometer. Remove roast, check temperature and memorialize my overcooking error so that others may learn from my mistake.

Check thermometer

Step 8.    It's overdone but not ruined. Open a Rhode Island wine we've been wanting to try and relax over the dinner table with those we love. The fresh cooked apples (from Sosnowski's Farm stand) with a touch of horseradish, fresh butternut squash (from a friend's garden), and a funny looking brocolli (from S&P Gardner Farm) complemented the well done but still delicious, pork.

Coventry RI wine

Step 9.  Leftover pork is good in a quickly made ragout with pasta the next night. 


Happy cooking!


Tags: Pork
Posted 3/9/2013 7:11am by Roberta Mulholland Browning.



When I consulted my Joy of Cooking to roast my first AGH* loin roast, the instructions called for cooking to an internal temp of 185 deg. F.  This is much too high and would ruin our AGH* pork.  The 2011 USDA recommendations are for 145 deg. F. for all whole meats, including pork, plus a 3 minute resting period.   This was a drop from the formerly recommended 160 deg. F.  (I've had my Joy of Cooking for a long time.) I rest the meat for at least 5 minutes, which is time spent putting the hot side dishes on the table.  See . 

I can't stress enough how important this change in final cook temperature is when you are cooking our almost 100% grass fed AGH pork, which cooks more quickly than primarily grain fed pork and the commercial pork available in the supermarket.

I cook our AGH whole pork roasts, uncovered, for 30 to 35 minutes to the pound. Covering the meat would shorten the cook time. 

*AGH is American Guinea Hog, the heritage breed pigs we raise on almost 100% grass, limiting grain to all vegetarian supplement during weaning and a small supplement during winter.

Happy cooking!




Posted 3/8/2013 4:55pm by Bill & Roberta Browning.

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We are now taking pre-orders for our lamb. We will take orders for whole legs, half-legs, rib roasts, rib and loin chops.  If there is  something else you would like please let us know.  Delivery of Easter orders will be at the SK Farmers' market on March 23rd and March 30th, or at the farm by appointment.    

Last Spring we quickly sold out of our lamb, with almost 100% sold by pre-order before Easter.   If you would like lamb, please send me an email and let me know what you are looking for: if a leg, do you want whole or half; if half do you want the cap or shank; and about what size.  The whole legs will probably be in the 5-6 pound range, but it's hard to know for sure. Once we get the meat back from Westerly Packing, I'll have specific weights for you.  

Orders will be filled on a first-ordered  -  first-served basis.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW? Ground Beef/Pork Mix.    We now have a ground beef/ground pork mix for you.  It is 100% Browning Homestead beef and pork: 50% ground beef and 50% ground pork. The 50-50 ratio came from my experiments making up my own mixtures for meatloaf and meatballs.  Not only can our lean, rich, all grass ground beef handle 50% ground pork, our grass fed AGH*  pork really enhances the flavor of the meatloaf and meatballs. Thank you to Deb B. for the mix suggestion - it took us awhile to get what we wanted done, but I cannot imagine making meatloaf and meatballs any other way now.  

From the farm,

*American Guinea Hog   

Browning Homestead Farm
161 Matunuck School House Road
Matunuck, RI

Eleven generations dedicated to producing wholesome food.
Posted 12/30/2012 5:38pm by Roberta Mulholland Browning.

In December we had our first AGH pork rib roasts cut. As our customers know, I always like to cook and try any new cuts or products we have made.   So (in a first for me) I cooked a roast pork for Christmas dinner.  Thanks to a reminder by a customer at the December 22nd Farmer's Market, I went to one of the cooks' bibles, Joy of Cooking, for the "how to" on roasting pork.  I've included the recipe at the end of this blog entry.

The roast pork was a success:  dense, moist, fork-tender, delicious.  Even the fat got rave reviews.  The AGH pork does not have that waxy, gummy fat that is found in much of today's pork - it has a clean taste and melts in your mouth.

As livestock farmers, we could not be more pleased with the American Guinea Hogs.  It took a few years to find registered breeding stock, and then we never know if what we read about a particular breed is going to play out in reality.  But the AGH hogs breed naturally, are wonderful mothers, grow healthy and slow on grass and, perhaps most importantly to the survival of the breed,  prove that their reputation for the best  bacon and pork that tastes like pork used to taste is well deserved.  

Yes, it does take longer to grow the old livestock breeds we raise, and they are smaller than many of the popular large, fast growing breeds.  But their natural health and hardiness, ability to reproduce without human intervention, ability to grow year round in fields and pastures on grass and forage that we can raise on our farm in Matunuck, gives these breeds a purpose and therefore a role in the 21st century.  

Roast of Pork  

 (from Joy of Cooking, by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker, Nov. 1973 Ed.)

 Preheat oven to 450°.  

 Use a rib end of loin for a fine, juicy roast.

 Pat roast dry and then rub well with a cut clove of garlic, fresh sage, dried rosemary, tarragon or thyme. (I used fresh garlic clove and dried rosemary.)

Dredge with seasoned flour  -  1 c. flour, 1 tsp salt, ¼ tsp pepper or ½ tsp paprika, 1/8 tsp nutmeg. (I used salt, pepper and nutmeg and put it in a bag to coat the roast evenly with the flour.)

 Place fat side up on a rack in a pan in the oven. (Not in a cooking bag or foil - and no cover.)

Reduce heat at once to 350º.  (I forgot and left it at 450º for almost 30 minutes before I remembered and turned it down. Did no harm and had a nice crust. But because I made that mistake, I did watch it carefully for hitting temperature early to prevent overcooking. It did not overcook.)

Cook uncovered 30 to 35 minutes to the pound. The internal temp should be 145º (my Joy of Cooking says 185º, but in 2011 the USDA recommendations were changed for all whole meats to a recommended internal temp of 145º, plus a 3 minute resting period prior to serving.  See .    I rest meat for at least 5 minutes to let juices settle).

You may roast alongside the meat for the last 35 minutes of cooking:  Peeled and parboiled sweet potatoes or parsnips. (I made the sweet potatoes, which had a slight and delicious pork flavor cooked this way.)

 Or on top of the roast:  prunes and apricots. ( I skipped this - not a fan of prunes and/or apricots.)

Or serve the roast with:  Applesauce, seasoned with 2 tbsp horseradish and a grating of nutmeg. (This was good! I added the horseradish a little at a time to taste, and probably used only 1 tbsp for about 1.5 cups of fresh cooked applesauce. )


Posted 12/8/2012 8:03pm by Socks.

Thank you to all of my Farmers’ Market, Facebook and other friends for asking about me.  I haven’t been sick or anything.  I  had a great summer and fall on the farm, grazing and sleeping in the shade during the day,  cuddling with whoever is on the couch in the evening, and sleeping on the couch all by myself at night.   I’m just fine, especially now that I got my truck back.  Which is why you haven’t seen me.   

I have been unable to attend the markets (or go ANYWHERE!) since July 5th.  That’s because my Mom took my truck to the truck vet for a simple procedure on July 5th and I didn’t get it back for almost 5 months!  That was a bummer for me, because I love going to the farmers’ markets and the pet store and the beach.  I love to visit other places and people, and especially try the grass in other places. How I missed that grass at East Farm, with all those grubs just beneath the surface.  We are sorely lacking in grubs in our yard.  They must have moved out when they realized that the yard belonged to me.

Back to my lack of wheels.   I tried to tell Mom I wasn’t too proud to ride in her new car, but she would not let me get in it.  Every morning I would stop by her passenger side door and wait for her.  I’d look up at her, look up at the door handle and say “let’s go,  let’s go!”.  And every day she would say “No Socks, you can only ride in your truck”.  I still don’t get that.  It’s not as if I would get the car dirty, you all know how clean I am.  Yes I leave snout prints on the window, but don’t all kids do that?

I couldn’t ride in Dad’s truck or the farm truck, they are much too high for me to  get down from.  I learned that the hard way.  I jumped up in Dad’s truck, with a little help, and went for a ride. When I got home I was frozen with fear at how high it was to jump from, and so I squealed as loud as I could.  Mom said that I must have hit the potbellied pig distress level of 115 decibels, which is more than a jet engine on take-off.  We all learned  – no more terrifying heights for me.   My truck has running boards to help me climb in and out, and they are about 8 inches high, the perfect height for my 8 or 9 inch legs.  Which I think is why it’s my truck.

The fantastic news is that I finally got my truck back and finally finally went for a ride today!  I was so excited, I was covered in pigbumps.  My seatbelt was buckled, the radio was on and I was so happy with my snout pressed against the cool window.  The only thing missing was the wind against my snout, but it was rainy so that was not an option, the window stayed up.  

We didn’t take pictures today, so here’s me in my 2012 Halloween costume – which no one got to see but the family because I couldn’t go anywhere.   I was a devil this year.  Which is super funny because everyone knows I’m an angel.  

Your friend,  Socks M. Browning

Socks as Devil Halloween 2012 

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