We offer a variety of meats through the farm, including lamb, pork, and rabbit. Our goal is to produce the highest quality product, humanely, naturally, and sustainably.
We believe that providing a natural environment for animals to forage and grow in creates not just a healthy and happy lamb or chicken, but a healthy and happy farmer as well. Sustainable practices, such as rotational grazing and the use of cover crops, allow us to farm efficiently while protecting and growing the soil beneath us.
As a smaller farm that uses a local processor, we’re also able to offer a high level of food safety. Meats that must be processed in a USDA-inspected facility are transported only 30 miles to Wilson’s Farm Meat Processing, a family-owned-and-operated abattoir.
The first sheep arrived on Randle Farms in the early 1980s. The flock has grown over the past 20 years to approximately 300 head, with a commercial ewe base of Finn x Dorset. We have also experimented with the heritage breed Tunis.
Breeding takes place from the first of May to the first of October. Our breeds are selected for their ability to breed out of season to avoid the summer heat. Gestation lasts an average of 147 days.
Lambing typically begins the last week of September and continues through March. Shearing is done in April and May. We finish our lambs on rye grass and crimson clover pastures. We are a forage-based operation, meaning that we only use grain feeding to provide sufficient energy to flush ewes during breeding and as a supplement for lambs during nursing in winter.
Our lamb is available seasonally, typically from the end of March through July or August.
For the first time in over 30 years, we’re proud to offer our wool for sale to the public. All our sheep are shorn on the farm by Frankin. Our wool is processed by Mountain Meadow Wool, and we then hand-dye the finished product. Find our wool for sale from our farm store, farmers market booth, and even online! If you’re a hand-spinner interested in whole fleeces, we have more than you can imagine. Please contact us.
Mr. Frank and Mrs. Pat planted the first acre of blueberries in 1976 while working on a project with Dr. Booker T. Whatley from Tuskegee University. We now have about 10 acres producing 13 different varieties.
Blueberry season lasts from June to August. You can buy our blueberries pre-picked, or you can pick them yourself. As the season nears an end, we will notify customers of changing hours and the last days to come pick.
While our you-pick prices have not changed in a few seasons, our pre-picked and out-of-season prices vary depending on cost of labor, supply, and demand. To get the best prices and the best product, come early and often throughout the season.
Community-Supported Agriculture Shares
We offer a spring/summer and fall/winter vegetable share. The share includes vegetables typically grown in our region and a few things you might not have tried before. Flowers and herbs are also a part of the share, as well as blueberries during the summer. Sign-up for the vegetable share is first come, first serve. For more information on the vegetable share, contact Zach at firstname.lastname@example.org.