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1620 Fort Riley Blvd, Suite 101
Manhattan, KS 66502

(785)539-4811

People's Grocery Cooperative Exchange is a member-owned food store in Manhattan, Kansas specializing in local, organic, natural and allergen-free food options. Our knowledgable and caring staff is dedicated to a sustainable lifestyle, especially as we continue to grow. We offer a wide variety of bulk products, organic and local produce and meats, an extensive supplement and herb selection, a natural grocery department with a focus on small and sustainable companies and deli where everything is homemade. Stop by and grab the most sustainable sandwich and town and check out our selection. You will not be disappointed! 

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Ditmars Ranch

Ditmars Ranch provides us with premium grass FINISHED beef.


About Ditmars Ranch

Ray and Melissa Ditmars

Farmers at Ditmars Ranch.

Farm motto or mission statement:
To raise healthy beef.

Location of Ditmars Ranch

Washington, KS (About 70 miles from People's Grocery)


Are you open to farm visits or tours?
If needed

How long has your farm been in existence?
1993

Please share a brief synopsis of the history of your farm:
We are a small farm/ranch run by father and daughter. Ray has farmed most of his 87 years. In 1993, he retired to 80 acres inherited from his Dad. He has placed all 80 acres in grass now and we have a small herd of cattle.

Livestock at Ditmars Ranch

What animals do you raise?
Cattle, grass fed. Small herd, around 10. 

Which, if any, organic certification does your farm have? If none, do you use organic or conventional practices?
No certification, but they are grass fed.

 Which chemicals (antibiotics, de-wormer, hormones, etc.) do you use? How often?
NO antibiotics or hormones; periodic deworming and de-liceing as needed only.

Describe the type of grazing system you employ. (For example, do you rotate your pastures/rangeland? Do you use fertilizer or plant seeds for forage?)
Rotation of pasture as grass allows. Brome hay and pasture are their feeding sources. We fertilize with manure and/or urea only.

 When supplementing your feed, what type of feed do you use? Do you make an effort to avoid GMOs?
Our cows are doing well on the brohm pasture during grass season and brohm hay and minerals.

 Do you feed your animals vitamins and/or use mineral blocks?
Basic mineral block is placed in corral.

 Where is your meat processed? What are your slaughtering practices?
Our meat is processed at C&C Processing in Diller, NE. They dry age the beef for at least 10 days and package it in a vacuum seal.

What would you like People’s Grocery Co-Op shoppers to know about your products? What sets you apart?
Our beef is grass fed, and most importantly (and rarely), grass finished. They are not “fattened” before slaughter.