I visited Gunpowder Bison and Trading Co. almost two months ago (Time is flying. I can’t believe it’s been that long) and I am just now getting this post up. Shame on me! Better late than never I suppose….I just have so many delicious recipes and places I want to share I am having a hard time fitting it all in. Well here I am to finally show you this beautiful bison farm in Monkton, Maryland.
Gunpowder Bison and Trading Co. (GBT) all started when the owner Trey Lewis took his hobby and passion for raising bison and turned it into a business. He currently has 80 head of bison that he raises in the rolling hills of Monkton. The bison are turned out in large pastures where they are mainly grass fed until it’s time to go to the market. When a calf is about two years old, it will be taken to a processing plant in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where it turns into some delicious cuts of meat (don’t make me say how).
When we pulled in to this beautiful farm, my mom and I were in awe. The sign at the road clearly tells you, you are in the right place but you may question it because it’s seems like you are in a neighborhood. You drive down a long paved driveway past houses and fields filled with bison. Then pull up to this amazing barn. Let’s all take a minute to gawk at this barn………come on……that could be my house. I wouldn’t mind at all 🙂 In the barn there is a shop where you can purchase their meat as well as some other cool products.
GBT offers many different cuts of bison: roasts, steaks, sausages, burgers, ribs, etc. You are sure to find something to take home and cook that the whole family will enjoy. Bison meat is not only delicious but it is good for you too. It is high in protein, vitamins, and minerals. You cook with it just like you would ground beef but it cooks up quicker because it has a lower fat content.
Did you know?
- Bison and Buffalo are the same animal.
- American bison can reach speeds of 35mph.
- Bison are North America’s largest land animals. Standing 6-6.5 feet tall and weighing 2,000 pounds.
- A bison’s hump is composed of muscle, supporting a long vertebrae. It allows the animal to use it’s head to plow through snow.
They don’t only carry bison meat. You can find a variety of local products like sauces, seasonings, and pickled vegetables.
I couldn’t wait to get back to my kitchen and cook up some of my purchases. First, I grilled up some Bison Cheese and Jalapeno Franks. We loved these. Lots of smoky flavor and just enough spice but not overwhelming.
I decided to use the ground bison I purchased in Clean Eating Bison Chili. I found the recipe on the blog Kim’s Cravings and it was delicious. I changed a few of the ingredients to accommodate what I had on hand and in my garden. I think bison meat has so much more flavor than ground beef and gave the chili extra richness. The meat was also slightly gamey tasting which I love!
Gunpowder Bison and Trading Co.
1270 Monkton Road
Monkton, MD 21111