Kilgus Farmstead has carefully selected each animal breed for characteristics linked to exceptional meat quality. These qualities include tenderness, rich flavor, juiciness, high levels of marbling, and satisfying texture. All animals are raised humanely on our farm and fed diets high in non-GMO corn that we grow ourselves, allowing for quality control that guarantees a consistent, authentic, high-quality product.
While the Jersey breed was originally appreciated for outstanding milk quality, Jersey beef is now recognized as desirable in its own right for both flavor and health benefits. Jersey beef boasts healthier fats, and since Jersey steers are smaller and leaner, the resulting cuts are modest in size. These traits make Jersey beef an ideal choice for the health-conscious consumer. Chefs who use Kilgus Farmstead beef note that the quality is superior in both taste and texture, with a notably tender, juicy flavor.
At times, Kilgus Farmstead Beef is available for wholesale purchase as a ½ or ¼ steer. A wide variety of frozen cuts of beef are available in our farmstead store.
Berkshire pork is relished for its superior, distinctive flavor and high levels of marbling. Its deep, crimson hue is indicative of a healthy pH level, an important driver of pork meat quality. Chefs in high-end restaurants across the country seek out Berkshire pork for its full flavor and capacity to flourish under varying cooking techniques, and many chefs right here in Chicago are featuring Kilgus Berkshire pork on their menus. The superior traits of this heritage breed combined with the Kilgus Farmstead high-quality, non-GMO diet results in pork that is exceedingly tender and delicious.
Kilgus Farmstead Berkshire Pork is available for wholesale purchase by the whole or ½ hog. We also offer frozen sausage, bratwurst, pork burgers, chops, bacon, roasts, and sausage links in our farmstead store.
Goat meat is a healthy alternative that is lower in fat, calories, and cholesterol than many other meats, and is extremely popular world-wide. As Illinois consumers experience goat meats’ delicious flavor and learn of its many health benefits, it is quickly gaining popularity locally. Kilgus Farmstead Boer goats are fed a diet high in non-GMO corn, which creates a marbling effect that is highly appreciated by chefs for flavor and texture. Renowned Chicago chefs choose Kilgus Farmstead goat meat to showcase in their restaurants, including Celebrity Chef Stephanie Izard, who states: “Before opening my first restaurant, Girl & the Goat, I tasted goat from multiple local sources and ended up choosing Kilgus Farmstead due to both the taste of the goat and the people involved at Kilgus Farmstead”.
Kilgus Farmstead Boer Goat Meat is available for wholesale purchase fresh by the whole or ½ goat, or in a variety of frozen cuts in our farmstead store.
We also source chicken, Cornish Game hen, turkey, lamb, and rabbit from other local farmers to distribute to our wholesale customers. If you are interested in any of these products in addition to our farmstead meats, please contact us for pricing and availability. All of the local farms we work with take great care in raising their animals and provide exceptional quality products.
Chenoa Meat Locker
Our processing partner for all of our farmstead meats is Chenoa Meat Locker, a USDA inspected custom processing facility that is less than ten miles from Kilgus Farmstead. Chenoa Meat Locker has a long-standing reputation for quality in Illinois and they are a critical link in allowing us to provide superior meat products to our local customers.
“I have been serving the custom meat processing needs of Central Illinois for over 33 years. I have known the Kilgus Family my whole life, and have worked with them my whole meat processing career to provide them with high quality custom meat processing. I can tell from the quality of the finished product how much time and care the Kilgus family devotes to their operation to ensure outstanding end results. Such results can only begin with exceptionally healthy animals. My commitment to working with them stems out of respect and appreciation for their sound farming practices, entrepreneurial spirit, and dedication to being a positive economic force in our rural community.” – Terry Bittner, Chenoa Meat Locker