Here at Elderslie we are passionate about pasture, browse and fresh air for our goats. First of all it’s just a basic belief that keeping an animal in confinement its whole life is something you might do if you were desperate, but it’s not lovely, and as studies continue to show, it’s not good for them or us.
Walk into any Kroger store and ask yourself what’s up with milk. The Dillons brand is $2.70 and the Maple Hill organic is $14.00 per gallon; that’s quite a spread. Are those people who are paying $14 crazy? Silly? Confused? Sentimental? I’ll throw my two cents in and say that I don’t think they are crazy.
Pastured and grass-fed animals produce milk with higher levels of Omega 3 fatty acids and numerous health studies have found this is desirable from a human health standpoint. Confinement animals fed on a higher percentage of grain have a higher level of Omega 6 and low Omega 3s.
Pastured and grass-fed animals produce milk with more diverse flora of acids and compounds associated with interesting complex flavors. Artisan cheesemakers the world around consider the milk from animals on pasture to be the highest quality with the highest and most interesting flavor potential.
Pastured and grass-fed animals, when managed on tight rotations, have significantly less need for synthetic de-worming. This is critical in biological and organic farming because these de-worming compounds are persistent in the manure and in the compost, and therefore in the soil, once it’s spread on a field. That means that animals that are synthetically de-wormed (a standard scheduled part of most confinement operations) have a sterilizing effect on the soil biology of the farm they live on.
Joy and Purpose: Pastured and grass-fed animals step onto new pasture with excitement and purpose. They spend hours looking for all the little leaves and grass stalks they want. Studies have shown that animals on pasture have lower levels of cortisol, most likely because they are doing something and are not bored out of their minds sitting in the same ten square feet they have lived in for five years. Try eating the same thing every day for five years and never going anywhere except your kitchen and your bedroom; you might keep weight on pretty well, but I bet there would be some side effects! 🙂
We want to participate in agriculture that produces the very best food possible, that is sensitive to the environment, that fulfills our call to a stewardship relationship with the animals in our charge, and that is lovely to behold. Thank you for supporting our work, thank you for buying local cheese. It matters, and it is a part of a good life here in Central Kansas. “
About Elderslie Farm
Elderslie Farm began in 2010 when George Elder and his sister, Alexis, resolved their wanderings and planted blackberries near the childhood home, just north of Wichita. Alexis began focusing on vegetables while George continued maintaining the brambles.
In 2011 George married Katharine who brought a history of rich culinary experience from her family and their travels to Europe. In 2012 casual outdoor dining began and the first formal meal was served outside. Five years later, breakfast and lunch on the patio at the Bramble Cafe is a summer tradition and formal dining is offered year-round in our three dining rooms on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Our multi-course dinners offer an authentic showcase of local produce with thoughtful wine pairings. Inside and out we have renovated and expanded to provide a lovely setting; the creative and beautiful dinners begin on the patio as weather permits, then move indoors to dining rooms furnished with black walnut from our Elderslie Woodworks. The evening is a Farm to Table experience rich in delight from the food to the decor to the excellent service.
Elderslie is the Name Carried by Elders to America
The “Elderslie” in Elderslie Farm recalls Scotland and looks forward to a new home in a particular spot where children will be raised, a life spent and a resting place from wandering found. It is a romantic notion, but it is the sort of powerful whimsy upon which many beautiful things may be built. Elderslie Farm was born of affection for a place, lives in stewardship of the land, and has meaning as we share with our guests the delights of harvest, of table and of a place here in Central Kansas.
Before the 2017 Renovations
Elderslie Farm established in 2010 by George Elder and his sister, Alexis, is a unique blackberry farm north of Wichita, Kansas offering an exceptional formal dining experience in a beautiful, peaceful country setting. Our other unique services and experiences offered are Berry Picking and Creamery. Multi-course patio dining at the Bramble Cafe is a summer tradition and dining rooms furnished together provide guests a Farm to Table experience rich in delight from the food to the decor. Take the short drive to Valley Center to partake in a truly rich culinary experience.