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  • Willow-Witt Ranch

    Rogue Farmers: The Hands That Feed
  • While meandering past the farm stands at today's Rogue Valley Growers Market, let your nose follow the succulent scent of sausage fresh off the barbecue and it will lead you to Suzanne Willow and Lanita Witt.
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  • While meandering past the farm stands at today's Rogue Valley Growers Market, let your nose follow the succulent scent of sausage fresh off the barbecue and it will lead you to Suzanne Willow and Lanita Witt.
    Here, the women of Willow-Witt Ranch have their grill filled with slices of juicy goat and pork. Bockworst, bratworst and British-style bangers, among other pork varieties, are packed for sale at $11.50 for 12 ounces.
    The flavors of the sausages are a result of the way the livestock is nurtured on Willow-Witt's beautiful, high-mountain ranch in Ashland. Berkshire pigs graze in pastures and are given certified organic grains and goat's milk.
    "We try to raise them in an environment that encourages them to express their full potential," says Willow. "They are extremely happy animals."
    Willow-Witt also offers a twist on a typical CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, where farmers deliver a supply of seasonal produce to members. Willow-Witt's Goat Milk Herdshare members buy into a herd of alpine goats for $30 and a monthly fee of $28.50, and receive an average half gallon of raw goat milk per week.
    Never heard of a goat-milk herdshare? Well, how about a meat CSA? The ranch owners offer monthly, 5-pound deliveries of customized combinations of pork, chevon, chicken or eggs from December through May. Prices for a mix of pork and chevon (goat meat) are $300 for six months; add chicken for $120.
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