For those who are wondering how we got started in this unique business, it was a love for the taste of the Buffalo Meat.
Two Buffalo burgers at a local restaurant 20 years ago turned into a fully operational Buffalo Farm, converted from our family dairy farm. Dan is the third Koman generation to own and operate the farm. We plan to keep it in the family for our children, who are already learning the business.
As we look back over the past 20 years, our Buffalo “hobby” has transformed our lives. What began as a small operation for our own personal use has turned into a thriving business. We have supplied our customers with over 6 tons of Bison Meat between the retail store, ”Bison Wagon” concession trailer, Restaurant, and small wholesale business. Trends of healthier eating by many people have created quite a demand for our grass-fed Bison Meat.
We began raising Bison to improve our family’s health. Dan, who was diagnosed at 29 with high blood pressure and put on medication that the doctor said would be required for the rest of his life, no longer requires medication. His blood pressure is now within normal readings, despite the doctor’s prediction. Mickey has struggled with high cholesterol but eating a diet replacing beef with Bison meat has drastically reduced her triglycerides and raised the ratio of “good cholesterol” to “bad cholesterol”. Our mission to improve our family’s health has turned us into Buffalo believers-preaching Bison’s benefits to anyone who will listen.
Eating a healthy diet including Bison meat has enhanced our lives. We are certainly healthier than we were 20 years ago. Plus, despite all of the work that goes along with the farm, store, and restaurant, we are also happier than we were 20 years ago. We have had the pleasure to meet some wonderful people and make new friends over the years. These include other Bison farmers, regular customers, and people who are just passing through. It has been a fantastic journey we hope will not come to an end anytime soon.
We hope to have over 80 head of Bison by the end of summer with new calves expected to be born spring and early summer. Small farms like ours are springing up across America, preserving and ensuring the Buffalo’s future and providing you, the American public, with a healthy choice…for an all-natural hormone and antibiotic-free red meat alternative. I don’t know about you, but the industrial farms, pink-slime, irradiated meat, etc. makes me cringe. Our animals are fed no animal by-products, eat a diet of hay, grass, and whatever they can forage, and are left to grow naturally.
If you buy naturally raised, grass fed Bison that is USDA inspected and handled properly, you have no worries of artificial or chemical contamination. Our Bison are processed under USDA inspection at McDonalds Meats in Girard, PA professionally vacuumed-sealed for freshness and appearance so you can see what you are buying.
We hope this information has piqued your interest enough to come out with your family and visit our family farm operation. There is no fee or admission charge to view the animals, except for our special events. They roam freely over 100-acres of pasture year-round. You may be lucky enough to see them up close to the fence. You can view them in their natural state…grazing, eating hay, bulls challenging each other and butting heads, cow feeding their calves, all of the things that were almost lost forever with the white man hunted them down in the late 1800′s.
The Buffalo are no longer in danger of extinction. And, as long there is a demand for this great-tasting and healthy meat, they will not be endangered again.
On behalf of the Wooden Nickel Buffalo Farm, Gift Shop and Restaurant, thank you. We hope to see you soon. Come on in anytime to talk Bison.