Grass feeding is a practice not yet familiar to all consumers. 100% grass-fed cow's milk comes from cows who have grazed in pasture year-round rather than being fed a processed diet for much of their life. Grass feeding improves the quality of cow's milk, and makes the milk richer in omega-3 fats, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and CLA (a beneficial fatty acid named conjugated linoleic acid). (For more detailed information about grass feeding, please click here.
) Just how important is grass feeding for cow's milk quality? As you will see in the chart below, we have included grass feeding as one of our top-level recommendations for anyone who plans to include cow's milk in their meal plan:Shopping for Cow's Milk Stick with organic Organic standards help lower risk of contaminated feed and organic cow's milk usually has higher nutrient quality. However, remember that organic by itself does not guarantee a natural lifestyle for the dairy cows.
Ask for 100% grass-fed Go beyond organic by asking for 100% grass-fed. Don't get sidetracked by the confusing array of labeling terms like natural" or "pasture-raised." Labeling laws allow products to display these terms even if dairy cows spend little or no time outdoors in a pasture setting. Unfortunately, even the term "grass-fed" is not sufficient since grass-fed dairy cows may have spent a relatively small amount of time grass feeding.
The standard to look for on the label is "100% grass-fed." Talk to your grocer or the dairy cow farmer and find out how the animals were actually raised. In addition, if you would like more information about the practice of grass feeding, please click here. Consider local farms Organic, 100% grass-fed cow's milk may be available from local farms with small flocks, which provide a natural lifestyle for their dairy cows.
Two websites that can help you find small local farms in your area are www.localharvest.org and www.eatwild.com. Both sites are searchable by zip code. One thing you'll notice about the chart above is an absence of recommendations about percent fat. Provided that you keep your serving size for grass-fed cow's milk at 4 ounces or less, we recommend that you consume it in the form of whole milk. Not only is whole milk the least processed form of milk (placing it in the category of a whole, natural food), it's also the form of grass-fed milk that will provide you with the most omega-3s and other key nutrients.
Traditionally, health organizations have not recommended whole milk in the diet but rather reduced fat milk, including 2%, skim, and nonfat milk. Since too much total fat, too much saturated fat, and too many calories in a daily meal plan can raise the risk of certain health problems, this traditional approach makes sense for individuals who cannot make room in their daily meal plan for the amount of total fat, saturated fat, and calories contained in whole milk.
However, we believe that many people who may want to include a 4-ounce serving of grass-fed milk in their meal plan will be able to include it in the form of whole milk while still remaining within the guidelines for intake of total fat, saturated fat, and calories. What's New and Beneficial About Grass-Fed Cow's Milk CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) is a type of fat associated with a wide variety of health benefits, including immune and inflammatory system support, improved bone mass, improved blood sugar regulation, reduced body fat, reduced risk of heart attack, and maintenance of lean body mass.
According to recent studies, you'll find yourself getting at least 75 milligrams of CLA from an 8-ounce serving of grass-fed cow's milk. (In some cases, you may even get two to three times this amount. The amount of CLA in cow's milk tends to increase along with consumption of fresh grasses by the cows, and when cows have had ample access to fresh pasture, you are likely to get increased amounts of CLA.
) Since the CLA content of milk from 100% grass-fed cows is typically two to fives times greater than the CLA content of milk from conventionally fed cows, 100% grass-fed milk can provide you with increased health benefits in the areas described above. Improved intake of omega-3 fat is another health benefit that can be obtained from 100% grass-fed cow's milk. The omega-3 fat content of grass-fed cow's milk can vary widely, due to the wide variety of forage crops that can be planted in pastures (or that grow on pastureland in the wild).
This omega-3 content also varies with the age, breed, and health of cows and seasonal plant cycles in pastureland. At the lower end of the spectrum, recent research shows 50-65 milligrams of omega-3s (in the form of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA) in 8 ounces of grass-fed cow's milk. At the higher end of the spectrum, those same 8 ounces may provide 120-150 milligrams of omega-3s. While these amounts of ALA are not large, they're going to be helpful to many individuals who are deficient in omega-3s.
The relatively low ratio of omega-6s to omega-3s in 100% grass-fed cow's milk may also enhance the benefits that you get from these omega-3s. This ratio typically falls between 2:1 and 3:1—quite unlike the ratio in milk from traditionally fed cows, which often fall into the range of 8:1 or higher. Since omega-6 metabolism can interfere with omega-3 metabolism, the relatively reduced amounts of omega-6s in 100% grass-fed cow's milk may help improve the metabolism of omega-3s in your body after you've consumed the milk.
Based on recent research studies, the overall fat composition of 100% grass-fed milk is not what you might think. There are about 8 grams of total fat in 8 ounces of whole grass-fed cow's milk. About 2 grams (or 25%) come from monounsaturated fat in the form of oleic acid. This omega-9 fatty acid is the primary fatty acid found in olive oil, and when it replaces other types of fat in the diet, it's been linked to reduction in high blood pressure as well as reduction in high blood cholesterol levels.
About 4.5 grams (or 56%) come from saturated fat - a type of fat that we often associate with unwanted health consequences. However, the type of saturated fat in 100% grass-fed cow's milk does not fully fit the "unwanted" fat category. About 6-7% of this saturated fat is "short-chain" saturated fat and it can function as a "probiotic" that supports the health of friendly bacteria in the intestine.
Nearly half of the saturated fat is "medium chain" saturated fat—the kind that is predominant in coconut oil. Medium chain saturated fat is more easily digested and metabolized in the body, and in some studies, it's been associated with immune system benefits. Within the 4.5 grams of saturated fat in 8 ounces of 100% grass-fed whole milk, only 25-30% come from palmitic acid—a long chain fat that's been more closely associated with heart disease risk than other saturated fats.
When taken as a whole, the fat composition of 100% grass-fed whole cow's milk is much more balanced in terms of health risks and benefits than many people assume. Cow's milk, grass-fed4.00 oz(122.00 grams) Calories: 74GI: low NutrientDRI/DV This chart graphically details the %DV that a serving of Cow's milk, grass-fed provides for each of the nutrients of which it is a good, very good, or excellent source according to our Food Rating System.
Additional information about the amount of these nutrients provided by Cow's milk, grass-fed can be found in the Food Rating System Chart. A link that takes you to the In-Depth Nutritional Profile for Cow's milk, grass-fed , featuring information over 80 nutrients, can be found under the Food Rating System Chart. Health Benefits Broad-Based Nutrient Support When obtained from 100% grass-fed cows, whole milk contains a surprising diversity of both conventional and phytonutrients.
In the conventional category, you'll find milk to be a very good source of vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin D, and vitamin B12. It's also a very good source of the minerals iodine and phosphorus, and a good source of calcium. Our rating system also qualifies whole cow's milk as a good source of protein. As described previously, the fat composition of 100% grass-fed whole cow's milk is not what you might think.
In an 8-ounce serving, you're likely to get at least 50-65 milligrams of omega-3s (in the form of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA) and perhaps as much as 120-150 milligrams. You're also going to get a relative low ratio of omega-6:omega-3 fat in the range of 2:1 to 3:1. That ratio is healthier than the 8:1 (or higher) ratio you're likely to get from conventionally fed cows, and it's also much healthier than the ratio currently consumed by the average U.
S. adult. Included within the fat composition of 100% grass-fed whole milk is CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), a type of fat associated with immune, cardiovascular and other benefits. In terms of phytonutrients, you're likely to get 16-40 micrograms of beta-carotene in 8 ounces of 100% grass-fed whole cow's milk, along with isoflavones like formononetin, biochanin A, and prunetin depending on the type of fresh pasture and silage consumed by the cows.
You're also like to get lignans like secoisolariciresinol and matairesinol, once again, depending on the cows' diet. The chart below gives some simple examples of the relationship between a cow's diet and phytonutrients in milk. Type of Silage Phytonutrients Found to Increase in the Cow's Milk red clover formononetin (isoflavone) alfalfa biochanin A (isoflavone) and prunetin (isoflavone) birdsfoot trefoil secoisolariciresinol (lignan) and matairesinol (lignan) Grass silage has also been shown to increase the beta-carotene content in grass-fed cow's milk to levels of approximately 40 micrograms in 8 ounces.
These levels are about 4 times higher than the amount of beta-carotene found in conventional cow's milk. Antioxidant Support Antioxidants found in 100% grass-fed whole milk can include the isoflavones formononetin, biochanin A, and prunetin. Antioxidant lignans can include secoisolariciresinol and matairesinol. Vitamin antioxidants include vitamin E (which is increased by about 50% in milk from 100% grass-fed cows versus conventionally fed cows) and mineral antioxidants include selenium and zinc.
Grass feeding also increases the amount of another key antioxidant—beta-carotene—in cow's milk. At approximately 40 micrograms per 8 ounces, this level is about 4 times higher than the level in milk from conventionally fed cows. Other Health Benefits There are preliminary studies on the health benefits of cow's milk in a variety of areas. However, we're not aware of any large-scale studies done exclusively on 100% grass-fed whole milk.
Most of the studies have been conducted using milk from conventionally fed cows on relatively small groups of participants. Within this context, there is some evidence of improved weight loss and improved fat loss when cow's milk is incorporated into a closely monitored low-calorie diet. There is also evidence of decreased risk of gout in both men and women when milk is consumed in relatively high amounts (averaging at least one cup per day, and often 2-4 cups).
Researchers are not clear about the mechanism of action here, but continue to look at relationships between increased intake of cow's milk and decreased levels of uric acid in the blood. (High levels of uric acid usually precede the occurrence of gout.) While cow's milk has been widely promoted as a source of calcium and good bone health, we have not seen large-scale studies showing significantly improved bone health in adults who regularly consume cow's milk.
We have seen several studies involving decreased risk of bone fracture in children and teens who regularly consume milk, and we've also seen animal studies showing reduced risk of osteoporosis following regular milk consumption. Some of the research on bone health and the natural nutrient composition of cow's milk is complicated by widespread fortification of cow's milk with vitamin D. (Vitamin D plays an important role in bone health, and the addition of vitamin D to cow's milk during processing might account for improved bone health.
) Studies on the relationship between cow's milk intake and cancer risk are confusing, and to a certain extent, contradictory. Some studies have shown mild decreases in cancer risk (for example, breast cancer in one group of French women), while other studies have shown mild increases in risk (for example breast cancer in one group of Japanese women). Other studies have shown no connection between cow's milk intake and cancer risk.
We have yet to see any large-scale studies that examined the relationship between milk from 100% grass-fed cows and cancer of any type. Some of this confusion might be related to the widespread presence of hormonal residues in cow's milk from conventionally fed cows, which may have increased cancer risk. These hormonal residues can have two sources. First, hormones may have been injected into the cows or added to their feed in order to increase rate of growth or milk yield.
But equally important may be higher levels of hormones produced by the cows themselves. Unlike milking practices adopted by ancient nomadic cultures that restricted milking to the early months of pregnancy (when hormonal levels in the pregnant cows were relatively low), modern dairy farms maintain pregnancy in dairy cows about 80% of the year and milk throughout pregnancy, even during months when hormonal levels are relatively high.
Description Like their fellow mammals, female cows can produce milk through the process called lactation. (In fact, the very word "mammal" refers to this milk-producing process, since milk is produced by the mammary glands in female animals and mamma in Latin means "breast.") While this distinction holds true for all female cows, not all female cows are considered dairy cows. In the commercial milk industry, dairy cows consist of very specialized breeds that can produce very large amounts of milk.
Over 90% of dairy cows in the U.S. are black and white Holsteins. After Holsteins, the most common U.S. dairy cows are Jerseys. Other dairy breeds include Ayrshires, Brown Swiss, and Guernseys. Around two years of age, female dairy cows typically have their first calf, and along with calving, they begin to produce milk (lactation). Through a combination of steps (usually including artificial insemination to re-initiate pregnancy following the end of the first lactation cycle), dairy cows can be managed in such a way as to produce milk about 80% of the year for a period of 6-10 years.
Specialized milking breeds like the ones described above average about 20,000 pounds of milk per year in the U.S., with some cows producing up to 37,500 pounds. All cows belong to the Bovidae family of cloven-hooved, ruminant animals that includes bison, buffalo, sheep, goats, antelopes, gazelles, and muskoxen. Most also belong to the Bos Taurus genus and species in this animal family. History Many animals—including cows—have been milked for the purpose of providing humans with food for thousands of years.
However, cows were not native to North America and did not arrive in what is now the United States until the 15th century AD when the Spanish brought them on ships from Europe. Over the next three and one-half centuries, most of the cows present in the U.S. belonged to families on family farms. It was not until the 1900's that the dairy industry as we know it today began to develop, following invention of the pasteurization process and other events (such as the capacity to test dairy herds for the infectious disease tuberculosis).
Today there are approximately nine million dairy cows in the U.S., with five states (California, Wisconsin, New York, Pennsylvania, and Idaho) accounting for most of U.S. dairy production. This total number of dairy cows is about 25% lower than the number of dairy cows in the 1970's. However, even though the total number of dairy cows has decreased, the total volume of milk from these cows has nearly doubled to an average level of about 20,000 pounds per year.
In the U.S. the average dairy herd size is approximately 100 cows—translating into about 90,000 dairy farms in all U.S. states combined. How to Select and Store When purchasing milk, always use the "sell-by" date as a guide to the shelf life of the milk. Smell the top of the container to make sure that the milk doesn't smell of spoilage that could have been caused by being stored for a period of time outside of the refrigerator.
Select milk from the coldest part of the refrigerator case, which are usually the lower sections. Milk should always be refrigerated since higher temperatures can cause it to turn sour rather quickly. Always seal or close the milk container when storing it to prevent the milk from absorbing the aromas of other foods in the refrigerator. Avoid storing milk on the refrigerator door since this exposes it to too much heat each time the refrigerator is opened and closed.
How to Enjoy A Few Quick Serving Ideas: Blend together milk, a banana and your other favorite fruits for a delicious shake. Add milk, raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg to a pot of cooked brown rice to make rice pudding. Make hot chocolate by combining milk, unsweetened dark chocolate and honey in a saucepan over low heat. Stir frequently. Splash some milk over your morning bowl of hot cereal. For some of our favorite recipes, click Recipes.
Individual Concerns Milk and Adverse Reactions Milk is among the eight food types considered to be major food allergens in the U.S., requiring identification on food labels. Some people also have an intolerance to milk owing to the lactose sugar that it contains. For helpful information about this topic, please see our article, An Overview of Adverse Food Reactions. Production and Processing of Cow's Milk Both consumers and scientists have raised concerns about the production and processing of cow's milk.
Three areas of special concern include pasteurization and and homogenization. We've created in-depth Q & As in each of these areas. For more detailed information, please click on either of the links below: Other Controversies Some animal foods and some plants foods have been the subject of ongoing controversy that extends well beyond the scope of food, nutrient-richness, and personal health. This controversy often involves environmental issues, or issues related to the natural lifestyle of animals or to the native habitat for plants.
Cow's milk has been a topic of ongoing controversy in this regard. Our Controversial Foods Q & A will provide you with more detailed information about these issues. Nutritional Profile Depending on the composition of pasture forage, grass-fed milk can be a valuable source of phytonutrients including the isoflavones formononetin, biochanin A and prunetin as well as the lignans secoisolariciresinol and matairesinol.
Grass-fed milk also provides beta-carotene and vitamin E in greater amounts than are present in milk from conventionally fed cows. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is also provided in substantial amounts in milk from 100% grass-fed cows. Grass-fed milk is a very good source of vitamin B12, iodine, vitamin B2, vitamin D and phosphorus as well as a good source of calcium, pantothenic acid, selenium, biotin, protein and vitamin A.
Introduction to Food Rating System Chart In order to better help you identify foods that feature a high concentration of nutrients for the calories they contain, we created a Food Rating System. This system allows us to highlight the foods that are especially rich in particular nutrients. The following chart shows the nutrients for which this food is either an excellent, very good, or good source (below the chart you will find a table that explains these qualifications).
If a nutrient is not listed in the chart, it does not necessarily mean that the food doesn't contain it. It simply means that the nutrient is not provided in a sufficient amount or concentration to meet our rating criteria. (To view this food's in-depth nutritional profile that includes values for dozens of nutrients - not just the ones rated as excellent, very good, or good - please use the link below the chart.
) To read this chart accurately, you'll need to glance up in the top left corner where you will find the name of the food and the serving size we used to calculate the food's nutrient composition. This serving size will tell you how much of the food you need to eat to obtain the amount of nutrients found in the chart. Now, returning to the chart itself, you can look next to the nutrient name in order to find the nutrient amount it offers, the percent Daily Value (DV%) that this amount represents, the nutrient density that we calculated for this food and nutrient, and the rating we established in our rating system.
For most of our nutrient ratings, we adopted the government standards for food labeling that are found in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's "Reference Values for Nutrition Labeling." Read more background information and details of our rating system. World's HealthiestFoods Rating Rule excellent DRI/DV>=75% ORDensity>=7.6 AND DRI/DV>=10% very good DRI/DV>=50% ORDensity>=3.4 AND DRI/DV>=5% good DRI/DV>=25% ORDensity>=1.
5 AND DRI/DV>=2.5% In-Depth Nutritional Profile In addition to the nutrients highlighted in our ratings chart, here is an in-depth nutritional profile for Cow's milk, grass-fed . This profile includes information on a full array of nutrients, including carbohydrates, sugar, soluble and insoluble fiber, sodium, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids and more. Cow's milk, grass-fed(Note: "--" indicates data unavailable) 4.
00 oz(122.00 g) GI: low BASIC MACRONUTRIENTS AND CALORIES nutrient amount DRI/DV(%) Protein 3.84 g 8 Carbohydrates 5.86 g 3 Fat - total 3.65 g -- Dietary Fiber 0.00 g 0 Calories 74.42 4 MACRONUTRIENT AND CALORIE DETAIL nutrient amount DRI/DV(%) Carbohydrate: Starch 0.00 g Total Sugars 5.86 g Monosaccharides 0.00 g Fructose 0.00 g Glucose 0.00 g Galactose 0.00 g Disaccharides 5.86 g Lactose 5.86 g Maltose 0.
00 g Sucrose 0.00 g Soluble Fiber 0.00 g Insoluble Fiber 0.00 g Other Carbohydrates 0.00 g Fat: Monounsaturated Fat 0.99 g Polyunsaturated Fat 0.21 g Saturated Fat 2.28 g Trans Fat 0.12 g Calories from Fat 32.89 Calories from Saturated Fat 20.48 Calories from Trans Fat 1.07 Cholesterol 12.20 mg Water 107.52 g MICRONUTRIENTS nutrient amount DRI/DV(%) Vitamins Water-Soluble Vitamins B-Complex Vitamins Vitamin B1 0.
06 mg 5 Vitamin B2 0.21 mg 16 Vitamin B3 0.11 mg 1 Vitamin B3 (Niacin Equivalents) 0.87 mg Vitamin B6 0.04 mg 2 Vitamin B12 0.55 mcg 23 Biotin 2.32 mcg 8 Choline 17.45 mg 4 Folate 6.10 mcg 2 Folate (DFE) 6.10 mcg Folate (food) 6.10 mcg Pantothenic Acid 0.46 mg 9 Vitamin C 0.00 mg 0 Fat-Soluble Vitamins Vitamin A (Retinoids and Carotenoids) Vitamin A International Units (IU) 197.64 IU Vitamin A mcg Retinol Activity Equivalents (RAE) 56.
12 mcg (RAE) 6 Vitamin A mcg Retinol Equivalents (RE) 2.44 mcg (RE) Retinol mcg Retinol Equivalents (RE) 54.90 mcg (RE) Carotenoid mcg Retinol Equivalents (RE) 57.34 mcg (RE) Alpha-Carotene 0.00 mcg Beta-Carotene 8.54 mcg Beta-Carotene Equivalents 8.54 mcg Cryptoxanthin 0.00 mcg Lutein and Zeaxanthin 0.00 mcg Lycopene 0.00 mcg Vitamin D Vitamin D International Units (IU) 62.22 IU 16 Vitamin D mcg 1.
59 mcg Vitamin E Vitamin E mg Alpha-Tocopherol Equivalents (ATE) 0.13 mg (ATE) 1 Vitamin E International Units (IU) 0.20 IU Vitamin E mg 0.13 mg Vitamin K 0.37 mcg 0 Minerals nutrient amount DRI/DV(%) Boron 15.99 mcg Calcium 137.86 mg 14 Chloride 122.00 mg Chromium 0.06 mcg 0 Copper 0.03 mg 3 Fluoride -- mg -- Iodine 28.06 mcg 19 Iron 0.04 mg 0 Magnesium 12.20 mg 3 Manganese 0.00 mg 0 Molybdenum 2.
44 mcg 5 Phosphorus 102.48 mg 15 Potassium 161.04 mg 5 Selenium 4.51 mcg 8 Sodium 52.46 mg 3 Zinc 0.45 mg 4 INDIVIDUAL FATTY ACIDS nutrient amount DRI/DV(%) Omega-3 Fatty Acids 0.06 g 3 Omega-6 Fatty Acids 0.15 g Monounsaturated Fats 14:1 Myristoleic 0.00 g 15:1 Pentadecenoic 0.00 g 16:1 Palmitol 0.00 g 17:1 Heptadecenoic 0.00 g 18:1 Oleic 0.99 g 20:1 Eicosenoic 0.00 g 22:1 Erucic 0.00 g 24:1 Nervonic 0.
00 g Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids 18:2 Linoleic 0.15 g 18:2 Conjugated Linoleic (CLA) 0.08 g 18:3 Linolenic 0.05 g 18:4 Stearidonic 0.00 g 20:3 Eicosatrienoic 0.00 g 20:4 Arachidonic 0.00 g 20:5 Eicosapentaenoic (EPA) 0.00 g 22:5 Docosapentaenoic (DPA) 0.01 g 22:6 Docosahexaenoic (DHA) 0.00 g Saturated Fatty Acids 4:0 Butyric 0.09 g 6:0 Caproic 0.09 g 8:0 Caprylic 0.09 g 10:0 Capric 0.09 g 12:0 Lauric 0.
09 g 14:0 Myristic 0.36 g 15:0 Pentadecanoic 0.00 g 16:0 Palmitic 1.01 g 17:0 Margaric 0.00 g 18:0 Stearic 0.44 g 20:0 Arachidic 0.00 g 22:0 Behenate 0.00 g 24:0 Lignoceric 0.00 g INDIVIDUAL AMINO ACIDS nutrient amount DRI/DV(%) Alanine 0.12 g Arginine 0.10 g Aspartic Acid 0.31 g Cysteine 0.02 g Glutamic Acid 0.81 g Glycine 0.07 g Histidine 0.11 g Isoleucine 0.19 g Leucine 0.34 g Lysine 0.30 g Methionine 0.
09 g Phenylalanine 0.19 g Proline 0.36 g Serine 0.22 g Threonine 0.15 g Tryptophan 0.05 g Tyrosine 0.18 g Valine 0.24 g OTHER COMPONENTS nutrient amount DRI/DV(%) Ash 0.82 g Organic Acids (Total) 0.00 g Acetic Acid 0.00 g Citric Acid 0.00 g Lactic Acid 0.00 g Malic Acid 0.00 g Taurine -- g Sugar Alcohols (Total) 0.00 g Glycerol 0.00 g Inositol 0.00 g Mannitol 0.00 g Sorbitol 0.00 g Xylitol 0.00 g Artificial Sweeteners (Total) 0.
00 mg Aspartame 0.00 mg Saccharin 0.00 mg Alcohol 0.00 g Caffeine 0.00 mg Note: The nutrient profiles provided in this website are derived from The Food Processor, Version 10.12.0, ESHA Research, Salem, Oregon, USA. Among the 50,000+ food items in the master database and 163 nutritional components per item, specific nutrient values were frequently missing from any particular food item. We chose the designation "--" to represent those nutrients for which no value was included in this version of the database.
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100-Percent Grass-Fed Dairies Milk from 100-percent grass-fed animals is much healthier than ordinary milk. It has a higher concentration of vitamins and antioxidants, fewer “bad” fats, and more “healthy” fats such as omega-3 fatty acids and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). The following dairies raise their animals on forage alone. Typically, the forage includes grass and a legume such as clover or alfalfa.
The animals are given hay or grass silage when there is not enough high-quality pasture. There are very few grass-only dairies in the United States. Cows that eat greens alone produce less milk, and their production can go way down in the winter, making it hard for the farmers to make a profit. For this reason, many of the dairy farmers listed on eatwild.com graze their animals but supplement them with small amounts of grain.
(The type of supplement given and the amount will be in their listing.) The more grass in the animals’ diet, the healthier the milk. All of the dairy farmers listed on Eatwild produce delicious, superior milk that is free of antibiotics and added hormones. We have made a separate list of these 100-percent grass-fed dairies because they are very rare, and because of the premium products they sell.
You can expect to pay more for these products because the farmers are sacrificing volume for quality. For more information about the nutritional benefits, read the essay Super Healthy Milk by Jo Robinson, and look for news postings about milk in the Benefits for Your Health section. Visit Scientific References for a list of specific studies. ALABAMA My Dad & Me Family Farm is located near Piedmont, Alabama.
We operate on a beautiful 62-acre tract where we are seeking to be as sustainable as possible. We are known for our wonderful, 100% Grass-fed Raw Milk. We rotationally graze our Jersey cows on pasture and supplement with hay grown on the property and Certified Organic Alfalfa. Our cows are 100% grass-fed (no grain and no GMOs whatsoever) and are treated with loving care Happy, healthy, contented animals always produce the best quality products.
We raise some of the finest, pastured Broiler Meat Chickens available. Freedom Ranger broiler chickens in moveable, bottomless pens similar to Joel Salatin’s method: fresh water, Certified Organic soy-free GMO-free feed, and daily access to new grass and bugs. We also have Grass-fed Beef and Pastured Pork from Riverview Farms in Ranger, GA. Also available for sale are Free-range, Pastured Eggs from our laying hens that are fed only Certified Organic, soy-free, GMO-free chicken feed.
We have a nice variety of items in our Farm Store like Baked Goodies, Skin Care Products, Grass-fed Raw Milk Cheese, and Raw Honey. We always enjoy adding new items. To learn how to purchase from our farm, visit our website, click on 'ALABAMA' and enter your name and e-mail to receive our "Welcome E-mail" for more information. We'd love to have you come out to the farm! My Dad & Me Family Farm, David and Tina Hammond, 463 Pike Road, Piedmont AL 36272.
(256) 492-7066.E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.mydadandmefamilyfarm.com. COLORADO James Ranch. Three generations of James’s and their families welcome the accelerated interest in their grassed-based, organically, locally produced meats, cheese, vegetables & flowers, eggs, and trees. All our products are sustainably grown on the ranch we have stewarded for forty-eight years in the Animas Valley, 10 miles north of Durango, Colorado.
We currently sell 100% grass-fed and finished beef, from Red Angus cows—by the side or by the steak—never away from our supervision until on your grill. Our artisan cheeses are made of raw milk from our Jersey cows raised and milked right on the ranch. We’ve been making these distinctive cheeses over eight years; they stand alone among Colorado homestead cheeses. Our pastured chickens produce brown & green eggs sought after by our local customers for their outstanding taste.
We devote six acres to growing vegetables, flowers, and fruits that defy the imagination and short growing season of our high mountain valley. We don’t expect our customers to eat our spruce trees, but recommend these mature, naturally grown, native trees for your landscape needs. Both our beef herd and dairy herd are completely grass based. All of our animals are raised without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, hormones or antibiotics.
We strongly believe in farming and ranching sustainably and improving the land whenever possible. We love to have our customers see what we do and learn of our holistic practices that support the healthy land, crops, animals, and families. During the summer from June thru October we have guided tours two days per week, using an electric cart for ease of transport and enjoyment. Our products are available at our own Ranch Market (Open M-F, 11:00-6:00, May-Oct.
and open Saturdays 1-4:30, during the winter). We also make our products available at the Durango and Telluride Farmer’s Markets, regional natural food stores and singular restaurants in the area. Visit our website for more specifics about each product. Contact us about shipping possibilities. James Ranch, David and Kay James, 33800 Hwy 550, Durango CO 81301. (970) 247-8652.E-mail: [email protected]
net or [email protected] Website: http://www.jamesranch.net CONNECTICUT FLORIDA Alday Farm is a husband and wife venture in SW Hardee County, and headquarters for Jersey Girls Dairy Farm (a 100% grassfed raw milk program). The farm promotes non-certified organic methods of raising their small herd of Jersey cows. All cow pastures are organically fertilized, often with skim milk and whey byproduct from butter and cheese production.
No hormones, antibiotics, steroids or GMOs are used. All cattle are pastured at least 23 hours a day on a grass selected for improved nutritive value. The milker cows receive alfalfa hay while being milked and when returned to the pasture they rest in the shade under the live oaks. Jersey Girls raw milk products are guaranteed to be "Udderly Jerseylicious" and their slogan,"Our 100% grass fed cows give you 100% "REAL" all natural "LIVE" raw milk" says the rest.
We do not sell from the farm but here is a link for a current list by county of where to purchase: http://www.aldayfarm.com/where-to-purchase. Alday Farm LLC, Teresa Alday, 7304 Redge Rainey Road, Ona FL 33865.E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://aldayfarm.com. Full Circle Farm is a family-owned and operated farm producing nutrient dense foods the old fashioned way with a modern twist. Our foods have no chemicals of any kind including no hormones or anti-life (biotics).
We go way beyond the federal governments organic standards. We offer Non-GMO eggs/chicken, 100% grass fed beef, forest-fed pork (Joel Salatin style), raw dairy products (milk, yogurt, kefir, cottage cheese, etc.). We deliver to Gainesville, Ocala, Tampa, Brandon and Bradenton, Jacksonville, High Springs, Brooksville, Clearwater, St. Pete, Tallahassee and Orlando. Visit our website for a full product list and to find a delivery location near you.
We also offer educational seminars at the farm or at your location and farm consulting to help you get started farming. We love visitors; contact us at [email protected] and we will set an appointment to give you a farm tour. Full Circle Farm, Dennis or Alicia, 20997 174th Street, Live Oak FL 32060. (386) 776-2770.E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.fullcirclerealfoods.
com GEORGIA My Dad & Me Family Farm is located in Powder Springs, Georgia. We operate on a beautiful five-acre tract where we are seeking to be as sustainable as possible. We are known for our wonderful, 100% Grass-fed Raw Milk. We rationally graze our Jersey cows on pasture and supplement with hay and balage. Our cows are 100% grass-fed (no grain and no GMOs whatsoever) and are treated with loving care.
Happy, healthy, contented animals always produce the best quality products. We raise some of the finest pastured Broiler Meat Chickens available. Freedom Ranger broiler chickens in moveable, bottomless pens similar to Joel Salatin’s method: fresh water, Certified Organic soy-free GMO-free feed, and daily access to new grass and bugs. We also have Grass-fed Beef and Pastured Pork from Riverview Farms in Ranger, GA.
Also available for sale are Free-range, Pastured Eggs from our laying hens that are fed only Certified Organic, soy-free, GMO-free chicken feed. We have a nice variety of Fresh Garden Produce in season that is grown on our farm as well as Baked Goodies, Skin Care Products, Grass-fed Raw Milk Cheese, and Raw Honey. We always enjoy adding new items. To learn how to purchase from our farm, visit our website and enter your name and e-mail on the home page to receive our 'Welcome E-mail' for more information.
We'd love to have you come out to the farm! My Dad & Me Family Farm, Daniel & Susan Hammond, Powder Springs, GA 30127. (678) 567-1826E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.mydadandmefamilyfarm.com. IDAHO Heritage Farms is located in the beautiful Cocolalla Valley in the Idaho Panhandle. Our animals have a symbiotic relationship with the pastures on which they graze, each feeding the other without chemical inputs to either.
While most chickens are raised in 100% confinement, we've found that Pasturing our birds adds quality while making farming simpler and environmentally friendly. On our pastures, there's an entire ecosystem geared towards absorbing manure, eliminating pollution. The addition of fresh green plants to the chickens' diet adds quite a bit of flavor to the meat and eggs, while the lack of crowding makes health problems uncommon.
Eggs from Pastured Poultry not only taste better and have darker yolks, but they are certainly higher in vitamins and have a superior Omega-3/Omega-6 balance to ordinary eggs. Likewise, the meat from Pastured Poultry tastes better, while being lower in fat and more nutritious, as well. Our Grazing Program ensures that our cattle are always grazing on lush green fresh grass, while at the same time replacing the broad spectrum nutrients they are removing.
Every few days the cattle are moved to fresh pasture, and replaced by chickens, which then scatter the beef fertilizer while adding their own variety and controlling fly and bug populations. The chickens also convert the grass to luscious natural meat and eggs for your dining pleasure. Raw milk is offered to the surrounding community through our Herdshare Program. Our dairy cows, likewise, are never fed any grain, and are free to roam the pasture day and night.
In the winter they are fed our own organically grown hay, supplemented with a little ground dried peas and minerals. We offer Free-Range Eggs and the Herd Share Program year round as well as high quality Grass Finished Beef and Broiler/Fryer Chickens in season. Beef is sold by the whole, half, or quarter, or frozen by the package. Orders for beef and chicken must be placed well in advance, as we sell out early each year.
Call for availability. Heritage Farms, Wilbur and Luana Hiebert, PO Box 247, Cocolalla ID 83813. (208) 683-4410.E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.naturalheritagefarms.com ILLINOIS INDIANA The Farm Connection has many local food products available. Owned and operated by Alan, Mary and Kate Yegerlehner, the farm is a 100% grass fed dairy with Milking Shorthorn and Devon genetics.
They are milked once per day seasonally from April to December. Butter, milk and cheese are our specialties, but other dairy products are available as well. Grass fed beef, veal, and whey/skim milk-fed pork are also raised on the farm. No antibiotics, hormones, pesticides or synthetic chemical fertilizers are ever used on the farm. Visit our online store website: https://thefarmconnection.grazecart.
comThe Farm Connection, Alan, Mary, and Kate Yegerlehner, 1087 East County Road, 550 South, Clay City IN 47841. (812) 939-3027.E-mail: [email protected] Website: https://thefarmconnection.grazecart.com Grass Corp. believes our farming practices can change the world. We feed the life in the soil that it might grow healthy plants to feed the animals to create nutritious pasture-raised eggs, pork, chicken and turkey; grass-finished lamb and beef; and 100% grass fed raw dairy.
We farm simply, with the animals grazing lush pastures. Our job is to care for the land that we might manage the pastures and the animals to create nutrient-dense foods. There is no need for antibiotics or hormones. Then we bring these foods to you with delivery sites throughout southern Indiana. Grass Corp., The Steckler family: Stan, Martha, Gavin, Garth, Samantha, Blake, Joel, Danielle, Eli and Jeremiah, 15606 Oriole Road, Leopold IN 47551.
(812) 843-3277. E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.grasscorp.net. Pasture’s Delights Dairy has for sale shares of a 100% grass-fed dairy herd for your REAL (raw) milk needs. The cows are pastured and fed supplemental high-quality hay all grown on land undergoing organic transition. We take the cliché “You Are What You Eat” literally by starting at the atomic level in the soil and what feeds all the soil microorganisms.
The Ayrshire is the breed of cow we use because the milk is more digestible. The cows receive no grain. We DO NOT use artificial hormones, antibiotics, or pesticides on the animals or the land.The milk is tested regularly for your safety and product quality. Our herd-share owners say the milk tastes real good and we think so too! We look forward to offering additional pastured grass-fed products in the future to further serve people who truly care about their family’s health and the socio-economics of their community and country.
Pasture's Delights, Mark Grieshop, 4579 North Salem Road, Decatur IN 46733. (260) 517-9298.E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.pasturesdelights.com. Traders Point Farm Organics offers certified USDA organic grass-fed dairy products, eggs, and raw honey from our farm. We use a rotational grazing system to ensure that our animals receive the freshest high-quality food possible. We raise Brown Swiss Cows and free-range hens.
Our cows are 100% grass-fed and our hens are free-range and supplemented with an organic diet. Our certified organic "Creamline" dairy product line includes: organic whole milk, organic chocolate milk, organic whole milk yogurt (plain or with organic fruit), organic ice cream, and organic cheeses. Our products are available at our Traders Point Creamery Farm Store that is open 365 days a year from 8 a.
m. – 6 p.m. and from over 57 retail outlets in the Indianapolis, Lafayette, Bloomington and Kokomo (Indiana) areas. They’ll also be available in the Chicago area in 2005. Visit our website for a list of where you can find our products. We believe in "Nourishing the Land that Nourishes Us All." This means preserving the family farm and continuing our grandparents' legacy of sensible, sustainable agriculture—agriculture that uses our natural resources wisely.
Traders Point Creamery, David Robb, 9101 Moore Road, Zionsville IN 46077. (317) 733-1700. E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.traderspointcreamery.com KANSAS Gasper Family Farm is a small family farm in NE Kansas between Lawrence and Kansas City. We produce 100-percent grass-fed dairy, 100-percent grass-fed beef, pastured pork and pastured poultry products. All our animals are raised in a low-stress, natural environment.
We don’t use antibiotics, growth hormones, herbicides, pesticides, synthetic fertilizer or other chemicals! We maintain animal health with prevention and natural healing practices. Our 100% grass-fed dairy produces great tasting, rich, healthy milk. Our dairy products include whole cream-line milk, skim milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, and kefir. Our pastured pork is from unique tasting, rare heritage breeds.
We minimize the organic grain fed by providing a diet of pasture, forage, mast, and whey. This pork is available in bulk, cuts, and whole-hog sausage. We offer 100% grass-fed beef as bulk freezer beef, cuts, and fancy ground beef. This is a full, rich tasting ground beef made from the whole cow rather than what is left after taking the nice cuts. Our pastured poultry products include Muscovy Ducks and eggs from hens kept on pasture and fed organic grains.
Gasper Family Farm, Peter and Susan Gasper, 11184 Antioch RD #337, Overland Park KS 66210. (913) 723-3838.E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.gasperfarm.com Jako Farm is a grass-based farm providing the healthiest food possible without the use of chemicals, synthetic hormones, or antibiotics. We operate a grass-only dairy, giving the milk the maximum amount of CLA and omega-3s. The cows produce seasonally and are allowed to dry up in the winter months.
From this all-grass, raw milk, we make and sell whole milk, cream, skim milk, butter, yogurt, kefir, and cheese. All-grass beef cuts are also available. Jako Farm also raises other pasture meats, including: all-grass lamb, pastured chickens, pastured turkeys and pastured pork. Our family farm also includes an orchard and garden, which provides: all-natural strawberries, all-natural apple cider, apple sauce, apple cider vinegar and apple butter, and all-natural garden produce.
Our farm also hosts events for large and small groups, including catered meals featuring products grown exclusively from our farm. Visit www.jakoinc.com/events for more information. Jako Farm, 6003 E. Eales Road, Hutchinson KS 67501. (620) 663-1470E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.jakoinc.com MAINE Misty Brook Farm is a diversified farm in Albion, ME committed to producing high quality staples to satisfy all the requirements of a balanced, healthy diet.
We are certified organic by Baystate Organic Certifiers.Our dairy cows are Jersey and Jersey crosses that produce rich creamy milk. The dairy cows, beefers, and veal calves are all 100% grass-fed. They graze from April to November and eat hay during the winter months. The pigs are our land clearers and we supplement their rooting and grazing with organic ear corn, oats and whey or skim milk. Our laying hens and broiler chickens are fed organic soy-free grain to complement what they find on pasture while roaming.
Our vegetable garden is managed using draft horses and the diversity of its offerings reflect the season upon us! We grow a variety of mixed vegetables including a great deal of winter storage crops. Organic Raw Cow's Milk, Eggs, Pork, Beef, Veal, and Vegetables are available year round. Look for Misty Brook Farm Raw Milk Gouda and Raw Cream available regularly as well!Over the course of the 2013 season, we are moving our farm from Barre, MA 250 miles north to Albion, ME! As of May 2013, we plan to be selling our products in three locations: our new farm shop located at 156 Bog Road, Albion, ME, a farm shop opening soon in Eliot, ME at 28 Starboard Cove Road and our farm shop in Barre, MA at 830 Springhill Road.
Check our website to keep tabs on our progress!Note that as of now, our Barre, MA Farm Shop is open and will remain so through the 2013 season! Misty Brook Farm, Katia & Brendan Holmes, 156 Bog Road, Albion, MEE-mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.mistybrook.com Second Chance Farm, LLC and Longfellow's Creamery offers grass-fed, dry-aged, certified organic beef; whey-fed, pastured Berkshire pork; grass and milk-fed certified organic veal; raw milk and farmstead cheese.
Our dairy animals will be certified organic in May 2007, at which time our class A dairy will be licensed. We sell meat either by the cut, or in quarters or halves; milk by the quart, 1/2 gallon or gallon; and cheese by the pound. We gladly ship overnight in cool-pak boxes, and we sell from the farm gate and at various farmers markets in Maine. Our animals are humanely raised and we use sustainable farming practices.
Our farm's motto is: "Nourishing the body, sustaining the spirit, celebrating community." Call us at the farm and we will be happy to serve your needs! Second Chance Farm, LLC., Kathy Trodden, 20 Maple Lane/PO Box 431, Avon ME 04966. (207) 639-2074.E-mail: [email protected] MASSACHUSETTS Chase Hill Farm. The Organic Farmstead Cheese from Chase Hill Farm is handcrafted in small batches from fresh top quality raw milk.
We use exclusively the organic-certified milk from our own herd of grassfed cows. Our Original Farmstead Cheese is mild like a Colby or Havarti cheese, but with a unique flavor that retains the "character" of our raw milk. Our cheese has a sweet, creamy flavor and a buttery yellow color that comes from our green grass. We also make a Farmstead Cheese with Garlic, some with Chives, Cheddar, and recently started making 1/2 lb.
Organic Camembert rounds. Chase Hill Farm is an organic-certified family farm in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. Mark and Jeannette Fellows manage the farm as a grass-based seasonal dairy. Our mission is to produce quality local food from grassfed cows using sustainable low input practices. These practices include rotational grazing, seasonal calving, and using draft horsepower. Our herd of 30 Jersey, Normandy and Holstein cows milk seasonally from March to December.
We feed organic grain for about 8 weeks from calving until grass is ready here in northern Massachusetts, but the rest of the year cows are 100% grassfed. Our Organic Farmstead Cheeses are available in local stores and farmstands in western Massachusetts, and in some of the Boston-area Bread & Circus stores. We also ship our cheeses. Wheels run around 8 lbs. each. Cost: $50/wheel plus $10/UPS shipping.
Chase Hill Farm, Jeannette Fellows, 74 Chase Hill Road, Warwick MA 01378. (978) 544-6327.E-mail: [email protected] Misty Brook Farm is a diversified farm in Albion, ME committed to producing high quality staples to satisfy all the requirements of a balanced, healthy diet. We are certified organic by Baystate Organic Certifiers.Our dairy cows are Jersey and Jersey crosses that produce rich creamy milk.
The dairy cows, beefers, and veal calves are all 100% grass-fed. They graze from April to November and eat hay during the winter months. The pigs are our land clearers and we supplement their rooting and grazing with organic ear corn, oats and whey or skim milk. Our laying hens and broiler chickens are fed organic soy-free grain to complement what they find on pasture while roaming.Our vegetable garden is managed using draft horses and the diversity of its offerings reflect the season upon us! We grow a variety of mixed vegetables including a great deal of winter storage crops.
Organic Raw Cow's Milk, Eggs, Pork, Beef, Veal, and Vegetables are available year round. Look for Misty Brook Farm Raw Milk Gouda and Raw Cream available regularly as well!Over the course of the 2013 season, we are moving our farm from Barre, MA 250 miles north to Albion, ME! As of May 2013, we plan to be selling our products in three locations: our new farm shop located at 156 Bog Road, Albion, ME, a farm shop opening soon in Eliot, ME at 28 Starboard Cove Road and our farm shop in Barre, MA at 830 Springhill Road.
Check our website to keep tabs on our progress!Note that as of now, our Barre, MA Farm Shop is open and will remain so through the 2013 season! Misty Brook Farm, Katia & Brendan Holmes, 156 Bog Road, Albion, MEE-mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.mistybrook.com MICHIGAN Welcome to Bellwether Farm! We are a small, Certified Naturally Grown family farm that focuses on quality and service, not quantity.
On our farm we have a small herd of Guernsey cows. Our cows are a heritage breed that produce well on an all grass/hay diet. Guernsey milk has many unique health properties such as; high levels of Beta-Carotene, Omega-3, and Beta-Casein A-2. We offer a cow share program for customers to obtain chemical- and hormone-free, non-pasteurized and non-homogenized raw milk. Along with the share program we offer a whole line of raw dairy products such as butter, yogurt, cheese, cream, and naturally flavored coffee creamer.
Pick-up locations include Farmington (Saturday), Frankenmuth (Wednesday), and on farm (Monday).Our farm is also home to a number of wonderful heritage breeds of sheep. Like the cows they receive no grain and are on pasture all year, receiving hay in the winter. We offer several wool products: yarn, pillows, bedding, roving, and hand knitted goods. Also available: all-natural grassfed cuts of lamb or whole lambs for your freezer.
Bellwether Farm, Andrew Mellish, Snover MI. (989) 827-9626. Grassfields Cheese LLC, our 5th generation, family-owned farm in Coopersville, Michigan is certified Organic by OEFFA and Animal Welfare Approved. Our cow herds are 100% grass-fed and receive no corn, soy, or other grains (the dairy cows are certified organic). Their winter stored grass is supplemented with barley sprouts. The egg chickens receive 100% organic, non-GMO soy-free scratch grain in addition to their certified organic pasture upon which they free-range.
The pigs, meat chickens, and turkeys receive non-GMO feed in addition to their pasture (and no chemicals). Our organic, artisan, cheeses are made right on our farm from organic, fresh (raw) milk from our own cows. We use microbial rennet (non-animal, non-vegetable) and organic spices. We use no preservatives, fillers, coloring, or other additives in our cheeses. Our handcrafted cheeses include natural-rind Goudas, Cheddars, our farmstead original unpressed Polkton Corners, and several varieties of these basics.
Our Farm Store is open Monday and Tuesday from 9–5, Friday from 1–6, and Saturday from 10–2. We carry many Michigan products in addition to our cheeses, meats, and eggs. Please also check out our website for online ordering of cheeses (no meat or egg shipping) or retail locations near you that may carry our cheeses. Grassfields Cheese LLC, Luke and Vicky Meerman (owners), Angie (cheese shop manager), Bonnie Esther (technical support), 14238 60th Avenue, Coopersville MI 49404.
(616) 997-8251.E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.grassfieldscheese.com. MINNESOTA PastureLand Cooperative's new "true raw milk" cheddar is the latest addition to our lineup of artisanal butter and cheeses available at http://www.pastureland.coop/buy/direct. Check our website for a full selection of artisan cheese including new cloth bound Meadowlark cheddar, and the Alpine Sisters.
All of our delicious butter and cheeses are made with the milk of our own grass-fed cows, grazing on live, lush pastures on family farms in the rolling hills of southeastern Minnesota. We are a small cooperative of family operated, grass-based dairy farms working together for the good of consumers, the environment, and member farmers to ensure a healthy, reliable community food source into the future.
PastureLand co-op members are committed to using sustainable farming methods: building the soil, grass varieties, and pasture eco-systems that nourish our animals. We take great pride in our ability to provide the high-quality pasture necessary for healthy dairy herds without having to supplement their diet with grain. Our cows receive of 100% of their diet from grass during the seven-month growing season, and are housed in sheltered pastures during the winter months.
All of PastureLand farms are certified organic, and have received organic and Food Alliance certification. We use no hormones or antibiotics to enhance growth or production. PastureLand Cooperative, Goodhue, MN 55027. (888) 331-9115.E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.pastureland.coop. MISSOURI Family Friendly Farm is a family farm business with a store located just ten minutes north of Cape Girardeau and delivery to St.
Louis, MO. Our desire is to produce the healthiest, most nutritious meat so our customers feel good about eating it and feeding it to their families. They feel confident knowing where their food is coming from, how it was raised, what it was fed and how it was processed. We raise grassfed beef and 100% grassfed milk from Jerseys. The cattle are supplemented with hay and kelp. Milk is available with the cream on top in a glass jar! Our dairy cattle are machine milked, then their milk is quickly bottled and chilled for optimal quality.
Classes will be offered to teach you how to make your own butter, yogurt and cheese. We raise pastured chicken, eggs from hens on pasture, pastured pork. The poultry and pork are supplemented with locally grown grains and natural sources of vitamins and minerals. All of our animals are allowed unlimited amounts of natural sunshine, fresh air and exercise, and never fed routine antibiotics, hormones, or unnatural growth stimulants.
Using sustainable agriculture techniques, we provide them an environment where they can thrive. In return, the animals provide a safe, healthy, nutritious eggs, meat and milk for our families to eat. Another fun farm project is our aquaponic greenhouse garden with fish and vegetables year round! Customers are welcome to visit the farm often and see how the animals are growing, help collect eggs or watch on a chicken processing day.
This kind of hands-on environment allows the customer to feel like this is their farm, too. That is the way it should be. Come on out and experience the difference! You can purchased at our on farm store, retail outlets in Missouri and Illinois or delivered to a St. Louis drop spot. Family Friendly Farm, Matthew and Rachel Fasnacht, 834 State Highway V, Cape Girardeau MO 63701 (573) 382-3844.E-mail: [email protected]
com Website: http://www.familyfriendlyfarm.com Hidden Hills Farms is a backyard farm with a great big mission located outside of Smithville, MO. We are committed to being a year-round source of safe, nutritiously dense foods raised in a sustainable manner that goes beyond organic. We strive to work with Mother Nature and study her methods of balancing and preventing disease and illness through nutrition and soil health.
We feel the foods you eat can only be as healthy as the soils they are grown in. All of our animals are truly free-ranged in a rotational grazing system. Our herd of 100% grass Jersey girls provides us with delicious, sweet milk and dairy products. This year our herd is starting annual testing for TB, Brucellosis and Johne’s. We raise heritage breeds of chickens for meat and eggs and will have pigs and turkeys for meat in fall 2007.
We raise heirloom produce and herbs and are starting a berry patch in spring of 2007. In the future will be offering grass fed beef and lamb. All of our products are free from corn or soy in any form. Please call to check that we are around then come by and see us! Hidden Hills Farms, Jennifer Charlson, 6580 Little Platte Road, Edgerton MO 64444. (816) 365-3305.E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.
hiddenhillsfarms.com U.S. Wellness Meats has a mission of providing superior quality, grass-fed beef, bison, butter, lamb, raw cheeses, free-range poultry, compassionate certified pork, wild caught seafood and gourmet rabbit as part of our overall goal of improving family nutrition, rural communities, and the environment. Our cattle are raised on high quality pastures with a cool season grass species complemented with legumes and a sprinkling of native warm season grasses.
The pastures are managed intensively with the animals moving to fresh paddocks every 24 to 48 hours to give the forage plants maximum rest which yield maximum quality on the next grazing period. U.S. Wellness Meats has an ala carte menu with over 500 choice cuts and products. Our menu also includes fully cooked selections of beef including nutritious organ sausages and many hard to find beef and lamb organs.
We specialize in pemmican energy bars using a Native American Indian recipe that contains none of the modern processed energy bar additives. Please go to our website for the current inventory available. All orders are shipped via FedEx and the online prices automatically include shipping costs. We ship to all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii at no additional cost. U.S. Wellness Meats/Grassland Beef, LLC.
, John Wood, PO Box 9, Monticello MO 63457. Toll Free (877) 383-0051. Fax: (573) 767-5475.E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.uswellnessmeats.com NEW HAMPSHIRE Benedikt Dairy is a 100% grass-fed certified organic dairy in Goffstown, NH, not far from the Massachusetts border. Our products are certified organic by the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food. Our purebred Jersey cows live on pasture day and night through the growing season where they eat grasses and herbs.
In the winter they are fed dried and fermented grasses, clover and alfalfa. They never eat grain or other energy concentrates. Rotational grazing improves the biological health of the land and provides the cows with optimal nutrition, so they can produce the most nutritious milk for you. Our Products:DAIRY – All of our dairy products are 100% grass-fed and certified organic. RAW MILK. Our sweet and creamy cream-top milk is a weekly staple among our CSA members.
Unpasteurized. RAW CREAM. Made minutes after milking, our cream is exceptionally thick, perfect for making butter and for whipping. CREAM-TOP YOGURT. Our cream-top yogurt is made from rich whole milk, not homogenized so the cream naturally rises to the top GREEK YOGURT. Our Greek yogurt is the perfect medium for the creamiest tzatziki and the most velvety parfait. Made from skimmed milk and strained to its luscious consistency.
BENEDIKT BUTTER. Spreadable right from the fridge, our Benedikt Butter is actually cream with live active cultures, giving it a slightly tart, sweet buttery flavor. It lies somewhere between Devonshire cream and hand-churned butter. CHEESES. An assortment of aged cheeses made from our milk by Benjamin Meier. EGGS Pasture raised, certified organic soy-free eggs from our flock of rotationally pastured (in season) hens.
MEATS PASTURED PORK. Raised to organic standards and rotationally grazed, our seasonal herd of Tamworths are fed certified organic soy-free feed and skim milk in addition to the perennial pasture they graze. PASTURED BEEF. Our full-flavored certified organic 100% grass-fed ground beef makes burgers that are both lean and unbelievably juicy. Different cuts are available as well. STEW HENS. Pasture raised retired laying hens perfect for collagen-rich soup bases Our farm stand is open to the public 7am to 7pm daily.
You can also find Benedikt Dairy Products at the following retailers: A Market Natural Foods, Manchester, NH; Concord Food Co-op, Concord, NH; Manchester Food Co-op, Bedford, NH; Monadnock Food Co-op, Keene, NH; Nature's Green Grocer, Peterborough, NH; Normanton Farm, Litchfield, NH; and Tuckaway Farm, Lee, NH. Benedikt Dairy, Max and Melissa Benedikt, 97 Shirley Hill Road, Goffstown, NH 03045. (603) 801-6839.
E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.benediktdairy.com. NEW MEXICO Coonridge Organic Goat Cheese is a small family run dairy in the "wilds of New Mexico." We free range our goats on hardy high desert browse plants. We have been Certified Organic by the New Mexico Organic Commodities Commission since 1998. We are producer/processor #133. In 2006 we became GRAIN FREE! University testing verifies our goat cheeses have more than 3 times as much CLA as other tested goat cheeses.
Our cheese is naturally preserved in organic oils with spices and is available retail in New Mexico. We also mail order.Look for us at New Mexico's Wine shows, Memorial, 4th of July and Labor Day Weekends. We also sample and sell at Craft Shows throughout the Southwest. Coonridge Organic Goat Cheese, Nancy Coonridge, 47 Coonridge Dairy, Pie Town NM 87827. (888) 410-8433.E-mail: [email protected]
com Website: http://www.organicgoatcheese.com (see our new video of the goats in the rim rock) NEW YORK Northland Sheep Dairy is a 100% grass-fed farm producing artisanal raw milk cheeses, lamb and mutton, as well as 100% wool products and tanned sheepskins. Our animals are rotationally grazed during the growing season, and fed hay produced on-farm during the winter. We produce our own hay using draft horse and mule power.
We do not use chemical wormers or insecticides on the animals. We use a certified organic, USDA-inspected butcher. We sell our cheeses, meats and wool products at the Ithaca Farmers Market every Saturday, April through December, in Ithaca, New York. Because we produce such a small amount of cheese, we only wholesale it to select local purveyors on a limited basis. Our cheeses can sometimes be purchased at Bet the Farm in Aurora, New York, Sheldrake Point Winery in Lodi, New York, Saxelby Cheesemongers in Manhattan, and Stinky Brooklyn, in Brooklyn.
Northland Sheep Dairy. Maryrose Livingston and Donn Hewes, 3501 Hoxie Gorge Freetown Road, Marathon NY 13803. (607) 849-4442.E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.northlandsheepdairy.com/index.html OHIO E.A.T. Food for LIFE specializes in raising clean (organic) and green (pastured) animal products, including eggs, chickens, beef, pork, and cow or goat's milk. We believe this way brings more life to body and soul and is most pleasing to God.
Please call us today so we may have an opportunity to nourish your family. Visit us Tuesday – Saturday at our farmstore in Yorkshire, OH or Saturdays, 8:00am–Noon, in Dayton OH, behind and across the street from Carl's Body Shop at 1120 Wayne Avenue (near Keowee Street). E.A.T. Food for Life Farms, Dan and Nancy Kremer, 14360 Mangen Road, Yorkshire OH 45388. (419) 336-LIFE (5433) E-mail: [email protected]
com Website: http://eatfoodforlife.com/. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EATFoodForLife Timberlane Farms is a certified organic farm managing 100 cows on rotational intensive grazing. Grassfed beef is available at the present time, with eggs and milk from pastured cows available in the future. Timberlane Farms, Jeff and Theresa Dean, 5285 State Route 101, Clyde OH, 43410. OREGON PENNSYLVANIA Broadrun Farms is a 100% grass-fed, 6th-generation dairy farm located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
We are in transition to becoming certified organic—cows and land—in Spring 2018. We sell 100% grass-fed raw dairy products, raw milk cheese, 100% grass-fed Angus beef, milk-fed pork, and non-GMO pastured poultry (broiler chickens). Broadrun Farms, Kevin or Kelly Caldwell, 393 Concord Circle Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010. (724) 761-4801.E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.broadrundairyfarm.
com Coulter Farms lies quietly nestled between Shade Mountain and Tuscarora Mountain in Juniata County, midway between Harrisburg and State College. We are proud producers of exceptional grass fed beef, lamb, pork, free-range eggs, raw milk cheeses from our own Certified Organic 100% Grassfed Jersey cows (up to 9 varieties), and honey. Our family manages the rotational grazing of 120 acres of rolling multi-speciated pasture and 90 acres of productive hay fields (organic as of Fall, 2007).
We practice a purely organic farming system, relying exclusively on biological systems to achieve excellence in our soils/pastures/harvested forage/animals. Rotational grazing, cover crops, composting of manure, no-tillage seeding and conservative crop rotations are used extensively. Only the cleanest water runs off our land. We have eliminated all chemical, synthetic, antibiotic inputs and strive to reduce fossil fuel use while making the best possible use of solar fuel.
Ruminant animals at Coulter Farms never taste any form of grain...only mother's milk, lush pasture and fermented hay. Our two-year-old steers (8-month-old lambs) are fully finished, giving ample marbling to the meat. This marbling produces the highest levels of CLA and Omega 3's (not to mention taste and tenderness) in the meat. Wintering beef over a second winter to an age of 24-26 months is time-consuming, but we feel you'll agree that it is well worth the wait.
Processing is handled humanely in a local, USDA certified abattoir. Two to three weeks aging results in the highest levels of taste and tenderness. The product is skillfully cut, flash-frozen and cryo-vac packed to maximize quality and longevity. A walk-in freezer at our farm allows us to maintain some inventory of meat, but most animals are pre-ordered (you may come select your animal on the hoof' if you like).
Beef is available in quarters (approximately 100 pounds), halves or whole animals. We would appreciate the opportunity to provide your family with what is, we are confident, the best meat available in the grass-fed market. Call or email us for more information. If you come to see us, please remember to bring your kids and boots so we can show you around. Coulter Farms, Kinley and Rebecca Coulter, 964 Price Road, Honey Grove, PA 17035.
(717) 734-1072.E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.CoulterFarms.net TENNESSEE West Wind Farms Organic Meats and Poultry is a 100-acre certified organic, biodynamic farm dedicated to healthy, artisan foods, environmental stewardship and humane animal husbandry. West Wind Farms offers a variety of products year round including certified organic pastured chicken and turkeys, grassfed beef and goat, certified organic pastured pork and certified organic pastured lamb.
Meats and poultry are produced without artificial additives, synthetic hormones, subtherapeutic antibiotics, GMOs, chlorine baths, or factory-confinement. Meats and poultry are sold to restaurants, caterers, and directly to the public by mail order and through established delivery locations within a 300 mild radius of the farm. In addition to meats and poultry, find organic eggs from free-range hens, lard, honey, dairy products, vegetables, B.
A.R.F. for pets, and more through West Wind Farms' website. The farm plans to offer CSA shares in 2003. A resident farm apprenticeship position is also currently available. West Wind Farms, Kimberlie and Ralph Cole, 155 Shekinah Way, Deer Lodge TN37726. (423) 965-3334.E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.grassorganic.com TEXAS All Houston Farm to Home is bringing you all the best Texas has to offer and delivering straight to your home.
We are currently raising our very own 100% Grass-Fed Beef in beautiful Washington County. ABSOLUTELY NO GRAIN, NO HORMONES, NO ANTI-BIOTICS, NO STEROIDS, NO PESTICIDES, NO HERBICIDES, NO CHEMICAL FERTILIZERS for our 100% grass-fed beef on one square mile of unimproved pasture. Having access to other local farming, we're doing more than just grass-fed beef. Join our 100% Grass-Fed Jersey Grade "A" Raw Milk Co-Op.
Enjoy pastured poultry, 100% grass-fed lamb, pastured pork, and seasonal vegetables. We are connecting you to the nutrition you want without the hassle of driving hours to get it. Visit our website or call for more information. We are currently serving all of Houston and surrounding areas. All Houston Farm to Home, Matthew, 1127 FM 2726, Washington TX 77880. (936) 333-2678.E-mail: [email protected]
com. Website: http://www.houstonfarmtohome.com. Sand Creek Farm & Dairy is a family farm nestled in the rolling hills near Cameron, TX. We utilize sustainable farming practices. Raw Cow Milk: Our milk is from Jersey, Guernsey, Jersey x French Normandy dairy cows on a 100% grass diet, completely grain-free, with a rotational grazing system. Our cows are tested and free of BLV (bovine leukemia virus), TB, Brucellosis, BVD (bovine viral diarrhea) for your protection and ours.
Our Guernsey bull is a tested A2 bull, listed at the A2/A2 corporation and with the American Guernsey Association. We are moving our entire herd towards A2 status. Our pastures are organically managed for forage quality. Our goal is to provide your family and ours nutrient dense foods. Dairy Items: Whole Milk, Raw Milk Cheeses,Yogurt+ Kefir and Whey. All dairy products are raw, non-pasteurized, non-homogenized, pastured, grass fed diet, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, humanely raised.
+ Note: yogurt is pasteurized by process. Produce CSA: Seasonal non-certified organic produce grown in our aquaponics facility, high tunnel and in the soil. We plan to have fresh vegetables available 45 weeks out of the year. Meat Items: Pastured Broilers, turkey and Pork — Soy-free feed, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, humanely raised. Pastured Lamb and Beef — 100% grass fed, Hormone-free, antibiotic-free, humanely raised.
Lamb can be purchased by the whole. Beef can be purchased by the piece, half or whole. Other Items: Pastured Eggs — Soy-free feed, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, humanely raised (available seasonally). Honey — Filtered and bottled, no added ingredients, all natural, raw. Grade B Maple Syrup - non-certified organic. Classes: Many classes are offered upon request. 5 person minimum. Home Milk Cow, Aquaponics, Farming with Horses, Fodder Systems, and more.
Let us know what you would like to learn and we will teach you if we can. Families may purchase from the farm store, join the farm with a Membership and/or participate in our Produce CSA program. See our web page for a group near you or to join our farm. Sand Creek Farm, Ben and Alysha Godfrey, 1552 CR 267, Cameron TX 76520. (254) 697-2927.E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.sandcreekfarm.
net. VERMONT Chandler Pond Farm grows seven acres of organic vegetables everything from B(eans) to Z(uchini). We also have organic pick your own strawberries and blueberries. We manage three green houses of heat-loving crops so you can get your organic tomatoes and peppers and eggplants in early summer right here in the Northeast Kingdom of VT. We have pastured pork, broilers, and turkeys. We have a small herd of organic grass fed Devons, for raw milk and beef, and eggs from our free ranging everywhere hens.
We have an old fashioned maple sugaring operation, with buckets, oxen, family, and friends. We invite you to visit our beautiful 600 acres of fields, forests and pond. We are a family farm operated by Rob and Tamara Martin using organic practices. The Martins are committed to small scale sustainable production of a wide diversity of vegetable, dairy and meat products. Our farm stand is open from June-October.
In the winter, frozen meats, root vegetables, maple syrup, eggs, and surprises are available. Visit our website to see what we are up to and when the next event is: maple sugaring, xcrountry skiing, open farm day, harvest festival and garlic planting, farm tours and cooking events. It also has information about joining our CSA and when and where to find us at the Lyndon and St. Johnsbury Farmers Markets.
Chandler Pond, Rob and Tamara Martin, 528 Burroughs Road, South Wheelock VT 05852. (802) 626-9460.E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.chandlerpondfarm.com. Larson Farm and Creamery is a 100% grass-fed farm in Wells, VT, very near the NY border. We have a herd of 25 Jersey cows that are rotationally grazed for the pasture season, and kept in a bedded pack for the winter where they are fed only grass and clover hay or baleage.
We will be certified organic the fall of 2016. We have been managing organically for many years. Our passion is to remineralize the soils, to provide the healthiest soil, then the healthiest grass/clover, then the healthiest cows, then the healthiest food. We currently sell raw milk in returnable glass jars at the farm store, which is open all daylight hours. We also deliver milk to farmers' markets in Dorset, and Rutland.
We are a VT State-inspected Tier 2 raw milk dairy, which includes milk testing for bacteria and somatic cell count twice/month. Our counts always reflect very high quality milk. We are currently building a creamery, where we will be adding products like butter, yogurt, skyr, gelato, and mozzarella. We expect to be operational early summer of 2016. Larson Farm also has a 100% grass-fed Devon herd, and we sell beef by the cut at the farm store and farmers' markets, and by the quarter by arrangement.
Larson Farm and Creamery, Cynthia Larson, 661 South Street, Wells, VT 05774. (802) 645-1957.E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.larsonfarmvt.com. Mountain Home Farm is a historic hill farm in Tunbridge, Vermont. We sell 100% grass fed butter, true cultured buttermilk, ricotta cheese, milk-fed, (grain-free!) pastured pork, 100% grass fed beef and handmade 100% grass fed tallow skin salve.
We treat our small herd of 100% grass-fed Guernsey cows like family. In summer, they graze in our lush mountain pastures. In winter they eat hay harvested from our meadows. Our cows and pigs thrive with NO GRAIN. Our exceptional single-source cultured butter, true buttermilk and fresh, delicious ricotta cheese are all hand made in our small, on-farm creamery. You can buy our products at co-ops around the Northeast (please see our website for a listing of stores).
We also sell wholesale, by appointment directly from the farm and we ship anywhere in the lower 48! We are happy to entertain special requests or questions... please email us! Mountain Home Farm, Lindsay Harris, 213 Bicknell Hill Road, Tunbridge, Vermont 05077. (802) 989-2813.E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.mountainhomefarm.com VIRGINIA Honey Brook Farms is a multi-generation family run farm located on the beautiful piedmont of Culpeper, VA.
As our family came to understand how nutritionally deficient, chemically full, and genetically modified the mainstream food supply had become, we decided to establish a farm to supply our family and community with sustainably grown products using organic and holistic methods as stewards of God’s beautiful creation. 100% Grass Fed dairy operation offering Raw Milk shares from our 100% A2/A2 Jersey herd.
Our dairy is one of very few in the country that keeps their cows on chemical free pasture 365 days a year with no grain supplements. 100% Grass Fed and Finished Beef and Lamb Pasture/Forest Raised Non-GMO Pork – We farrow pigs that are a cross between Tamworth and Gloucestershire Old Spot. Pasture Raised Chicken, Turkey, and Eggs – Our birds are constantly on grass and processed on farm in bleach-free water.
The feed we supplement our pigs and poultry with: We used to use Non-GMO feed until we learned that Non-GMO feed is often sprayed with chemicals. We considered Organic feed but learned it is seldom tested after being grown. Finally, we found a feed source that is tested and guaranteed to be GMO-Free, Pesticide-Free, Herbicide-Free, Non-Medicated, and USA Produced. We were thrilled. Raw Honey: Hives are never treated, not even with organic fumigants or chemicals.
Beyond Organic, Certified Naturally Grown Produce: No pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. Besides on farm pickups, we’re also at the following weekly farmers’ markets: Falls Church (Saturdays year around), Del Ray (Saturdays year around), Leesburg (Saturdays year around), Burke (Saturdays May–Dec), Ashburn (Saturday May–Oct), Stone Ridge (Saturday April–Oct), and Mt. Vernon (Wednesdays, May–Dec).
See online for other drop-off locations and to order products. Learn more through our online blog and weekly newsletter. Honey Brook Farms, The Wilkes Family, 19030 Bel Pre Road, Brandy Station, VA 22714. (540) 825-8375.E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.HoneyBrookFarms.com Sunny Knoll EcoFarm is a grass-based family farm in Loudoun County, Virginia. We produce 100% grass-fed, raw milk from heritage breed Guernsey cows who are tested A2/A2.
They have access to pasture 365 days a year and are also fed hay in the winter; they are not fed grain or soy. Milk is available through a cow share program. We sell pastured, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free eggs. The laying hens free-range on pasture and are never locked up even at night. The chickens are fed no grain, no soy, no corn, no GMO’s, and no gluten. We sell turkey meat from heritage breed Narragansett turkeys, which are listed on the Ark of Taste.
The turkeys range widely on spacious pastures and are soy-free. Our entire operation is grass-based and soy-free. We are good stewards of our land, managing our pastures with rotational grazing and participating in government programs to improve the health of our watershed. While we are not certified organic, we use no synthetic herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers and we manage our farm according to or exceeding organic standards.
Products are available for pickup from the farm. Visit our website for more information. Sunny Knoll EcoFarm, Sarah Greenleaf, 38907 Fry Farm Road, Lovettsville VA 20180. (530) 902-1714.E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.sunnyknollecofarm.com. WASHINGTON Pride & Joy Dairy is located in the agriculturally rich Yakima Valley. Our signature item is our delicious and rich “cream on the top” WSDA certified organic and grass fed raw cow’s milk products.
Because our cows are fed 100% grass eight months of the year, the resulting dairy products are packed with omega 3’s and cancer-preventing CLA’s (conjugated linoleic acid). Our Grade A grass fed raw cow’s milk is available year-around and our cow’s are pampered with a no stress lifestyle. They feast on luscious fresh green grass and our pastures are farmed with management intensive grazing (MIG) practices.
This intensive pasture rotation plan is used in lieu of chemical fertilizers or pesticides. During the winter months when fresh grass is not available, we purchase high mountain certified organic hay from Simon Farms in Fairfield, ID. Our free-ranging chickens forage, fertilize and cleanse the pastures behind our dairy herd. The resulting dairy, meat, and eggs are of impeccable quality both in flavor and health properties.
We have been farming with organic and chemical-free practices for over 15 years and have been certified organic with the WSDA for the past 5 years. None of our animals are fed antibiotics or hormones and our pastures are not treated with pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or any chemical substances. We also offer 100% grass feed beef and lamb. Our beef is available in whole and halves and is dry-aged and custom cut according to your specifications—generally available late fall.
As part of our MIG practices, we also have fresh eggs available on a limited basis. We encourage visitors to come to the farm! We’d love to take you on a tour and show off our working Border Collie dogs. Please visit our website, email, or call for more information. And check this listing frequently as our product line is growing! Pride & Joy Dairy, Allen and Cheryl Voortman, 2145 Liberty Road, Granger WA 98932.
(509) 854-1389.E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.prideandjoydairy.com. Pure Éire Dairy is located in Othello, Washington in the heart of the Columbia Basin. We are proud to be one of the few “grass-only” dairies in the United States. Our jersey cows are completely grass-fed to provide you with milk that’s tasty and nutritious, just as nature intended. We are: 100% Grass-Fed (a rarity as there are very few purely grass-fed dairies in the United States) Our herd has been hand-selected to be free of A1 positive cows Antibiotic and Hormone Free Free of chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides Transparent - giving you the ability to know where your milk comes from Our milk is not combined with milk from any other dairy All-jersey herd for better grazing and a rich, creamy milk Minimally processed milk utilizing vat pasteurization and no homogenization We currently have the following products available: Pasteurized Whole, 2%, and Skim Milk, Heavy Cream and Raw Milk at select locations.
We have long believed you should always know where your milk comes from. You should be able to see for yourself what the animals eat and how they are treated. Our goal is to be a transparent operation to our consumers, so that you can trust your milk source. We welcome you to come and visit! Go beyond organic, go grass-fed! Pure Éire Dairy, Richard and Jill Smith, 1591 Birdwell Road, Othello WA 99344.
(509) 301-9512.E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.pureeiredairy.com. Sea Breeze Farm is a diverse, multi-species, “beyond organic,” grass-based animal farm, located on the beautiful Isle of Vashon in Washington’s picturesque Puget Sound. We do not apply commercial fertilizers of any kind to our pastures, relying instead on a grazing technique modeled after the migratory habits of wild cattle and bird populations.
This labor-intensive, rotational system allows our freely-ranging poultry flocks to symbiotically forage, fertilize and cleanse the pastures behind our dairy herd. The resulting meat, dairy and eggs produced on our farm are of infinitely superior quality, both flavor- and health-wise than those produced conventionally, and in our opinion are significantly superior to typical “Organic” animal products.
We also take pride in the sustainability and resource-wise management of our farm systems. We sell our products only through local channels. Our meat, dairy, eggs, cheese, wines and prepared foods such as ice cream and meat broths are available from our on-site Farmstand, as well as the Vashon Saturday Farmer’s Market. Our pure, whole, unadulterated cow’s milk is also available at the Pike Place Market Creamery in Seattle.
Please check this listing frequently as our products will soon be available through additional retailers in both Seattle and Vashon Island. For directions to the farm, please see our website. Farmers Markets: Vashon Farmer’s Market—Saturdays 9am – 1 pm, April through October. Meat, dairy, eggs, wine, prepared foodsGrocery Stores: The Pike Place Market Creamery, Seattle, WA. Cow’s milk.Restaurants: Seattle: Lark, Harvest Vine, Rovers, Le Gourmand, Lampreia, Earth & Ocean, Sitka & Spruce, Pian Pianino.
Sea Breeze Farm, Owner/Operator George Page (206) 567-5769 or Matthew Lawrence, Farm Manager (206) 579-1331.E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected] Website: http://www.seabreezefarm.net WISCONSIN GFBC–Brunkow Cheese Cooperative is a fourth generation cheese manufacturer in the heart of America's dairy land. Our cooperative of grassfed dairies is committed to the production of the finest quality grassfed cheese products on the market today.
We continue our tradition of quality and dedication to the all-natural foods industry. Our cheese products incorporate the use of Old World/Hand Made recipes and a rennetless (no animal by-products/no crymosin) cheesemaking process with premium quality grassfed milk provided by our cooperative members. We are the only United States grassfed cheese manufacturer to use an independent third party verification system/audit trail to certify product claims.
Contact us today for the finest quality grassfed cheese products. GFBC Brunkow Cheese Cooperative, 9991 Highway 81, Darlington WI 53530. (800) 338-3773.E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.pcmli.com/cw_bk.htm LoveTree Farmstead Cheese produces of some of the world's finest and most unique sheep cheese and dry-aged "European" style grass-fed organic lamb. LoveTree is organically farmed with 130 acres devoted to grazing lands and 70 acres to wildlife habitat.
This not only makes for a healthy environment, ecologically speaking, but it also offers us some unique opportunities for flavor enhancement of our cave-aged cheeses and our lamb. Our goal is to bring you the flavor of the northwoods through our raw milk cave-aged sheep cheese and our succulent grass and milk-fed lambs. We milk the sheep seasonally (April–September) while the grass is green. We only make the raw milk cheeses from the grass-fed milk.
Our market lambs are weaned from their mothers at approximately 45 days and are then reared on whey from the cheeseroom, grass, and sometimes a minimal amount of corn if we have late pastures or an early winter (no more than 1/2 pound of corn a day per lamb when or if it is necessary to feed corn). What We Grow: Raw milk cave-aged sheep cheeses and raw milk cave-aged jersey cow milk cheeses (when milk is available); European style lamb (live weight between 75–90 pounds) June–December; Hot House lambs (live weight 40–55 pounds) April–May; replacement stock for sheep dairies; and livestock guardian dogs.
Where We Sell Our Products: St. Paul (MN) Farmers Market, every Saturday April–December, 7 AM–1 PM. Winter Market sale days are every other weekend, January–March, 9 AM–12 PM, corner of 5th & Wall Streets, St. Paul. We also have on farm sales by appointment only at this time. Web/mail order items include raw milk cave-aged cheese. LoveTree Farmstead Cheese, Dave and Mary Falk, 12413 County Road Z, Grantsburg WI 54840.
(715) 488 2966.E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.lovetreefarm.com Organic Acres is a certified organic family farm offering raw milk and grassfed beef. Milk is from a jersey herd and our beef is holstein. We will have jersey beef in the future. Our pastures are rotationally grazed to create the ultimate pasture and in turn have better herd health. This means a higher quality product for you, the consumer.
Beef will be available in quarters, halves, or whole. Customized cuts available on request. The philosophy on this farm is to have the animals in their natural environment as much as possible to produce high quality products in harmony with Nature. Please call in advance for on farm pickup. Organic Acres, Eli Hershberger, 1896 Ebenezer Road, Fennimore WI 53809. (608) 943-6224. Ruegsegger Farms, located in South Central Wisconsin, offers you the safest, leanest and most flavorful grass-fed meats available.
Our 100% Grass Fed and Finished Black Angus Beef is raised on 640 acres of natural grasses, alfalfa and clovers. Our beef graze on pasture from early April thru the winter months. When snow covers the grounds, we feed organically raised local grass and alfalfa hay. You will not find confinement, hormones, antibiotics, chemicals or inhumane treatment on any of our farms. We have not used pesticides since 1985 or herbicides since 1992.
Along with our grass-fed Angus beef, we offer grass-fed milk, yogurt and cheese, free-range eggs, chicken, turkey, pork, veal and lamb. Pure raw honey, pure maple and sorghum syrups are also among our customer favorites. Also produced locally by our friends and neighbors (monitored and distributed by Ruegsegger Farms) are duck, pheasant, grass-fed bison, elk and ostrich. Ruegsegger Farms provides you with easy online ordering without the use of credit cards.
Simply place your order at http://www.naturalmeats.org. You will then be notified of a local Farmers Market where your selections may be picked up, or you may qualify for our free home delivery service. We ship Buffalo, Elk, Ostrich, & Cheese anywhere in the continental USA. Ruegsegger Farms products are available throughout Southern Wisconsin. We are currently at Farmers Markets in Madison, Milwaukee, Kenosha, Watertown, Lake Mills, Mount Horeb and West Allis.
Our Free Home Delivery includes these areas as well as Beloit, Fon du Lac, Portage and Platteville. Ruegsegger Farms, Ken Ruegsegger, 75 York Valley Road, Blanchardville WI 53516. (608) 523-4705.E-mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.naturalmeats.org. Trautman Family Farm/Tenelach was Certified Organic 2005–2013. We proudly grow great tasting, healthy and nutrient-dense grassfed and finishedbeef, pastured pork and cage-free/free-range eggs for people just like you.
We’re proud of our 100% grassfed Jersey cross dairy herd. Our farm is located 10 minutes from Madison, WI, and an easy 5 minutes on and off I-90. Come on out, see our farm for yourself, and know the feeling of peace and contentment extends beyond our family and animals – to you. Bring the whole family. We have balanced soils with incredible fertility from following biological farming principles.
We are proud to farm for you: we show respect to our animals, the land, you our friends, and the world. Our beef is naturally tender, excellent taste, from Jersey/crosses, as well as beef breeds. Ground beef averages 90–92% lean. Grass-finished beef is available on a limited basis by the cut, or as quarters, halves and wholes. Our meat is dry-aged at least 10 days and vacupacked for best keeping and convenience.
Pastured pork is vacupacked and available on a limited basis by the cut, or as 1/2's and wholes. If you think you don’t like pork, you don’t like bad pork. Our pork is absolutely wonderful. Pastured, free-range eggs are not generally available alone, only with substantial farm purchases. Ask us about our 100% grassfed dairy. Our calves stay with their own mothers for 12+ weeks. Humane/healthy/beautiful.
Please email ahead to set up a visit. 2016: Transitioning name to Tenelach Farm. Same farm, same people, different name. Trautman Family Farm/Tenelach Farm, Scott Trautman, 2049 Skaalen Road, Stoughton WI 53589. (608) 492-0126.E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.trautmanfarm.com. Updates added to this page on 12/17/17.