Address: 44 Ponderosa Road, Carlisle PA 17015 / (717) 245-2820
Grass - Fed
About Us / Lil' Ponderosa Beef History: Bob and Kate Boyce operate the Lil’ Ponderosa Freezer Beef Business out of our home. Because we live on Ponderosa Road, it wasn’t much of a leap to call our place the “the Lil’ Ponderosa Ranch”.
We moved to the farm April 25, 1986. We started to renovate the farm, immediately, preparing it to become a working farm. Having dozed and cleared years of trash and brush… we constructed several miles of fence, installed watering systems and erected several barns. We then purchased our Purebred Angus stock from several farms of good repute --- who were grazing their cattle.
From the beginning we were committed to raising “an all natural product”. Our farm plan is tested by asking, “What would GOD be doing if we were not here to interfere?”
To achieve the highest possible quality we decided to produce our beef from a “CLOSED HERD” of purebred Black Angus Cattle. No new animals have been brought onto our farm in over 20 years. They are fed a GRASS ONLY diet--- from birth to harvest. Our cattle--- have eaten grain or corn during their lives! They graze in a picturesque setting, on rolling hillsides, in a stress free environment. In the winter they are fed hay grown on the farm.
We use NO chemicals, growth hormones, antibiotics or artificial additives.
We offer Ag-tourism. While we do not provide lodging, folks like to bring their families to visit the farm. We encourage them to take walks--- explore the farm.
We show them the cattle. We take them into our home and offer refreshments. Finally, we explain the various cuts of beef--- and help them prepare an order.
We receive many “Thank You” notes from our customers. They often ask for recipes for the beef after tasting some of Kate’s cooking--- which they may experience during refreshment time. All “visitors” are sent home with a sample of our meat. You don’t have to buy ---to visit!
Your repeated visits and patronage is our version of being --- CERTIFIED!