WHAT’S YOUR BEEF? Meet the 2nd Street Market’s newest vendor

We asked one of the newest vendors to join Five Rivers MetroParks' 2nd Street Market in downtown Dayton — Carroll Creek Farms in Waynesville, which will join the market as a Saturday-only vendor on Jan. 7 to sell its grass-fed beef — to tell us a little more about themselves.

Here’s what Carroll Creek founders Jess and Adam Campbell had to say:

“We raise 100 percent grass fed beef on our home farm in Waynesville and a rented farm in Carlisle, which means that the cattle live their entire lives outside on pasture eating only renewable grasses, without the use of hormones or antibiotics here locally.

“It is a slow food, because grass-fed beef take nearly two years to get ready for market. That’s twice as long as grain-fed animals, but we feel that the flavor, lean product, and the benefits to the environment outweigh the challenges with the slow process.

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“This is a first-generation farm, and we are young farmers. My husband and I met at The Ohio State University where we were both studying Agriculture. Shortly after we were married, we bought our 55-acre farm here in Warren County and built our home on it. We both came from a background of being in 4-H, and we carried that passion to a degree in Agriculture.

“We both work off-farm jobs in agriculture to support our farming habit at this time but our goal is to eventually have one of us retire to the farm full time. We operate around 100 acres total and raise grass-fed beef, all natural Berkshire pork, grass-fed Katahdin lambs, and free-range poultry and eggs.”

Only the farm’s beef will be offered at the 2nd Street Market.

The 2nd Street Market is located in a renovated freight house at 600 E. Second St. at Webster Street, just east of downtown Dayton, and features a variety of local growers, producers, artisans and prepared-food vendors. It was named the "Best Farmers Market" in the 2016 Best of Ohio Readers' Ballot conducted by Ohio Magazine.

The market is open Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Carroll Creek Farms is a Saturday-only vendor.

For more information about Carroll Creek, check out the farm's web site.

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