Kris and Tony Wolfe are the two brothers behind Wolfe Brothers Farms, a grass-fed, grain-finished cattle farm on the border of Pennsylvania and New York, near Wellsboro, PA. The Wolfes' philosophy about farming is the same as their philosophy about life:
"We simply say, 'Do unto others as you’d have them do to you.' It’s exactly the same with dirt and cows. We are blessed as we nurture and care for the land and animals that we are responsible for here on this Earth."
The farming tradition goes back seven generations in the Wolfe family, but Kris and Tony grew up with parents who had off-the-farm jobs, despite the fact that their parents -- Kris and Tony’s grandparents -- had lived on a farm their whole lives.
“The 70s and 80s,” Kris said, “were a really hard time for many farm families in rural America. Many of those with deep farm heritage had to find work off the farm to make ends meet.”
Their dad worked as a telephone repairman, and their mom was a secretary for the local school district. Even though he only had a high-school diploma, Kris and Tony’s dad eventually decided to start his own telecommunications company, turning himself into a business expert while his sons, amazed, watched and learned. They each eventually joined the company, but a small part of them still longed to farm. Tony, for his part, nursed the passion by fixing up old tractors on the side. Kris dreamed of owning and tilling his own land.
9/11 dealt a serious blow to the family business, and Kris and Tony opted to take layoff so other employees with families could keep their jobs. They were at a crossroads.
Making the most of a difficult time, Kris and Tony put their heads together and decided they’d never get a more perfect opportunity to start fresh, and dive headfirst into their lifelong dream.
In 2002, Tony bought a combine and a tractor-trailer, never having driven either before. The two brothers agreed to help an elderly neighbor take care of his cornfields, and everything spiraled from there. While they rejoined their parents’ business when it got back off the ground, they kept farming mornings and nights, planting and harvesting crops. In 2008, they bought their first dairy cows, and 2013 brought green beans, wheat, and beef cows.
Grain-finished beef from our partnered farms is not the same as what comes from concentrated feedlot operations. We partner with farmers who care for their animals by letting them graze lush pastures for the vast majority of their lives before finishing on homegrown grains in friendly and humane conditions. We've met farmers who grow their own grain to feed their cattle, using artisanal ingredients like millet or apple pomace. Pasture-raised, grain-finished cows from small-scale, well-managed farms live healthy and enjoyable lives to create tasty, nutrient-laden beef.
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Many customers prefer grain-finished beef for its marbling and tenderness. Grain-finished beef also tends to produce a milder steak flavor than grass-finished beef (which is dependent on seasonal grasses), though both, when done well, result in a fantastic steak. Crowd Cow’s pastured-raised, grain-finished beef is guilt-free grain that you can feel good about. If you know the name of the farmer, you can trust that they care for their cattle.