Our home farm has been in our family since my great grandfather bought the land from the sheriff after the civil war veteran who previously owned the land did not return. The land is on rolling hills in southern Indiana that is best suited for cattle. We purchased two neighboring farms and now have 750 contiguous acres all focused on producing top quality beef.
We have strong beliefs that conventional animal production relies too heavily on the use of growth promotants and antibiotics in an effort to reduce costs. Additionally, the processing of the meat and additives that have become standard such as saline solution, MSGs, fillers, dyes and others are not properly regulated. In 2004, we started selling our beef direct to restaurants and individuals to create a long-term viable farm that raises natural beef.
Coincidentally, Sander Processing built a new processing plant near our farm in Celestine in 2003. They have been great to work with and have grown with us and helped us adapt to our customer’s needs. In 2013, they built a separate addition to their building where we then did our weekly order fulfillment. The early adopters of farm to fork in Indiana encouraged us to expand to pork that is now produced by our neighbors, the Gutgsells. The Gutgsells raise their hogs without growth promotants such as ractopamine and have developed genetics using Duroc boars that produces very juicy and tender meat.
We were later asked by one of our early customers, “Dave, you know a lot of farmers. Where can I get 2 dozen XL cage free brown eggs?” This lead us to working with an Amish family near Paoli, IN. To further support their community we also sell their maple syrup, sorghum and produce during the growing season. Providing a consistent market for this Amish community has been one of the most fulfilling impacts that Fischer Farms has made.
We have continued to expand to include antibiotic and growth promotant free turkey from local growers and chicken from Miller Poultry in Northern Indiana. Our focus has been on producing top quality fresh, natural meats each and every week. This consistent supply has made us a farm to fork choice for many restaurants. As I’ve often said, “It’s easy to produce great quality meat once, it’s much harder to produce high quality that is fresh each and every week.”.
This is a family business with Diana, my wife of 25 years, focusing her time on taking orders and fulfilling them each week. She has a great team that ensures the orders are correctly filled. Diana also uses our home-built computer system to manage the more than 100 orders and 600 line-items we fill each week. Our efficiencies and economies of scale allow us to produce these high-quality products at reasonable prices.
Our son Joseph handles our sales, business development, and state-wide value chain support. This outreach connects both Fischer Farms and our partners to greater market opportunities for sales, networking, and education.
Thank you for considering Fischer Farms,
Dave, Diana, and Joseph Fischer