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"Taste the difference hand-raised makes."

Leicester, NC


Our Story

Shady Place Farm has deep roots and they keep getting deeper!  Neal worked the farm beside his grandfather and his father when the farm was a full-scale dairy farm.  Over time the dairy cattle were replaced with primarily Black Angus beef cattle.  All the while attention was given to excellent husbandry practices with the herd and good stewardship practices with the land.


The daily operations are performed by Neal and Ava.  And the fourth generation of Morgan's, sons Eli and Nathanael , actively share the love and work of farming. Daughter-in-laws Kinsey and Kaytlin can be found helping out with various aspects of the farm, too.  You may also find Neal's father, Don, (who's 90 years young) out on the farm lending his expertise, weather permitting!


To belong to the Shady Place Farm herd is to be born into healthy stock, graze on over 200 acres of lush pastures, and be treated like pets!  The cattle are born here, raised here, and finished here on the farm on grass, hay, and corn that were also grown and harvested here on the farm. They are given a "treat" in being supplemented with local brewer's grains.


Our meat is free from hormones and antibiotics.  They are naturally raised and humanely treated.


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My wife and I, along with another family, searched the WNC to find farm that offered natural beef, one that avoids all the typical additives that make food unfit. We were interested in the cleanliness of the farm and the cattle. We found that Shady Place Farm was the best place to buy our beef. The beef is succulent with a taste reminiscent of 50 years ago, when our food chain was not contaminated. As an added bonus the owners, Neil and Ava Morgan are absolutely fabulous to work with!! Both families are delighted by the service, the product and the high ethics Shady Place Farm brings to Western NC."

Gene S. Rainone - Classy Glass Inc.

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