In the late 1800’s, Lewis Oswalt began acquiring farm property in southeast Kalamazoo County. In those day, East XY Avenue ended at the edge of a large marsh. Over time this ground was drained and mint was grown until a labor shortage and a mint blight ended the enterprise. Thus began our long history, through five generations, of cattle and sheep production.
Oswalt Family Farms continues to provide quality meat to our valued customers. The farm itself has been passed down to and divided among family since it’s start, but a connection to this land has remained constant.
The late Gordon Oswalt, with his sons, Scott and Steve, started expanding both the cattle and sheep operations about 20 years ago. They mostly sold to other producers and through auctions, surviving several market slumps. Although we still participate in auctions to sell livestock, selling directly to customers has been a successful and rewarding venture for the past several years.
Today, Steve Oswalt runs day to day operations with his daughter, Taylor Eaton, and niece, Emily Foster. We are selling directly to families from all over the state and the demand for locally produced food increases every year. In addition to the beef and lamb we raise here on our farm, we also source and sell chicken and pork from local producers, making us a one stop shop for stocking your freezer.
Thank you for taking the time to read about our family and how we have grown. You can read more about the people behind the food you eat, here. We want to be your local farm connection.