We are a small, family-run, artisan ranch in the panhandle of Florida. We raise sheep and goats, board pets and make jelly from the native Mayhaw trees on the property.
We have a reputation as local providers of high-quality lamb and goat meat. We maintain our herds and flocks at sustainable levels and they are all pasture-raised naturally, without pesticides or hormones, in a non-stressed environment. All of which, we believe, adds up to a naturally flavorful and healthy product.
We also raise Tennessee Fainting Goats to sell to individuals for pets, weed control or breeding. This breed of goat and their cousins, the Mini-Myotonics are perfect outdoor pets for children.
Golden Acres Ranch is situated just north of the small town of Monticello on sixty-three acres of cultivated pine forest and pasture. It has a couple of swimming holes and one of the largest Mayhaw ponds in the region. Every year we have a Mayhaw Berry Harvest Festival where you can get freshly harvested berries or some of our own Mayhaw Berry Jelly. We harvest other organic fruits from local farms and have started making homemade blueberry jelly and cranberry sauce as well.
We have lots of other events here during the year. The ranch provides a beautiful venue for recreation, education, and the sale of food, art, and other natural products from nearby farms and craftspeople. We’re proud to be among the original participants of the Annual New Leaf Market Farm Tour. And we frequently work with FAMU’s Statewide Sustainable Farms Program, to provide research information for the furtherance of sustainable, small farms and ranches. Keep an eye on this website or sign up for our newsletter to see what’s happening next.
We also board dogs and other family pets. We have a combination of indoor and outdoor facilities for all types and sizes. We especially love dogs, and in addition to our house dog, Yoda, we keep livestock guardian dogs on the property to protect the sheep and goats. Roper is a purebred Great Pyrenees. India and Honey have a little Maremma in their genetics. This accounts for the shorter silkier coat.
And let’s not forget the chickens! Lots of free ranging chickens provide us with eggs and entertainment. Guineas have now joined our menagerie as well.
Every ranch needs equipment and supplies and we are the distributors for a few good products. EZ Hutch – portable livestock shelters, Golden Blend Products – various animal feeds, minerals and food grade diatomaceous earth. These are just a few examples of the products that we offer through our “Country Store.”
We share lots of information about ranch life in the blog we call Farm News, so be sure to come back. Or, as we mentioned before, you can sign up for our newsletters. You can always email Bobbie Golden from the Contact Us page, or just pick up the phone and call (850) 997-6599.