Greenbrier Cotswold – November 2014 – Featured Farm

Lewisburg, WV

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            After living out of state for 40 years with a career in the US Marines, and as an entrepreneur in South Carolina, Frank Tuckwiller moved back to the valley to join much of his family.  Frank Tuckwiller is a Lewisburg native whose family has roots in Greenbrier County dating back to the 1750’s.  Across the street from his childhood home, Tuckwiller and his business partner Michael McClung started Greenbrier Cotswold in 2010.  After much research on the breed, Tuckwiller and McClung travelled all over Appalachia to find this rare breed of sheep.  They now have six rams, and over 170 ewes of which 44 are Cotswold. Every lamb sold is a minimum of 50 % Cotswold.  This gentle breed of sheep is known for its quality meat and luxurious fleece which some say has a shimmer of gold, giving it the nick name the “Golden Fleece Breed.” Cotswold wool is coarser than other breeds making it exceptional for outer wear clothing.  Tuckwiller says they sell the Cotswold fleece and tanned skins but have trouble keeping them in stock. 

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            The sheep at Greenbrier Cotswold live happily with the vineyard of Watts Roots as a backdrop while they graze.  Unfortunately, the intensity of the past few winters has been hard on the grape vines and Tuckwiller is in the process of greatly reducing the size of the vineyard.  His plans for Greenbrier Cotswold however, continue to expand.  They are looking for more land to lease near the farm and to secure more pastureland for the sheep.  Cotswold’s are slower to grow then more conventional breeds, meaning they spend longer time on the farm, but also give more flexibility of harvest times since the meat “keeps well on the hoof” says Tuckwiller. 

            Greenbrier Cotswold lamb is for sale at the Lewisburg Farmers’ Market, Monroe Farm Market online, Bella the Corner Gourmet, The Stardust Café, The General Lewis Inn, & Johnnies Fresh Meat Market in Charleston all of which are Greenbrier Valley Grown certified.  Also, stop by the Watts Roots Vineyard tasting room to try some wine and say “Hi” to the sheep of Greenbrier Cotswold.  Greenbrier Cotswold is Greenbrier Valley Grown’s Featured Farm for the month of November 2014.

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