Frequently Asked Questions


Hi- I’m Kate, FarmHer at SQM, mom to two growing farm boys and maker and shaker on the farm. As a lifelong farm-girl with a deep farming legacy I could talk farm with you all day and often do!   Alas, the farm keeps me very busy these days, so I do not always have the time to stop and chat.  To keep you in the know, I've created this page for you:  Some of the most frequently asked questions we receive and my answers.  If your questions are not answered, feel free to reach out OR if you are in Mass, come visit one of our locations and talk farm with us!


NO- but hold on a minute. It’s not that simple.“Organic” livestock production is defined by a set of strict standards established and overseen by the USDA. While it’s a start, in our opinion those standards do not go far enough. It’s true “organic” production addresses some of the big issues with the way conventional livestock is raised, however it neglects one of the most important aspects of livestock production: How the animals are raised. In a nutshell, organically raised livestock can still be raised in confinement as long as they receive organic feed (which may or may not include corn). That’s not acceptable in our eyes. We believe our standards and practices exceed the USDA Organic standard and we focus not only on what we feed our animals but how they are cared for and treated. 


SQM is a 100% vertically integrated livestock farm- which means that all the meats we offer come from animals we raise on our farm and process in our Butchery. Our Butchery is located at the main farm in Hardwick and is where all the magic happens. It’s where we transform our animal sides into the beautiful cuts, sausages and smoked products we offer for sale. Our meats are hand butchered. This allows us to offer different cuts than typically you would see in grocery stores. If you are looking for something not listed on our website, we welcome you to contact us to discuss your needs. 


We offer direct-to door delivery of our products throughout the 48 contiguous states.

FARM-RAISED.  It's that simple.

Good meat is not produced or manufactured.  IT'S RAISED.