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We strive for transparency on all fronts.
From sales and prices, to clean and simple ingredients, to agricultural practices, we want to be an open book. If you have further questions after reading the following lists please email us and we'll do our best to provide you with the information you need. Also, please examine the pages devoted to Grass-fed Beef, Pastured Pork, Grass-fed Lamb, and Pastured Poultry.
We're exhausted by the clamour for attention that many websites push on visitors. We want every time you visit our website to be a pleasant experience and here are our commitments on the sales end of our business.
- Customer Contact -We try to keep our newsletter informative, interesting, and entertaining, not just product lists.
- A la carte ordering - You should be able to choose what you get to eat. Product selection should be up to the purchaser, not the provider. Otherwise the value of cuts can go against the consumer’s best interest.
- Meat billed by the pound - Charging by the package is more convenient for the person packing orders, but isn’t always the best for the consumer. We prefer that our pricing be as clear as possible and not require any mental gymnastics to figure $/lb. After you fill a cart and confirm the order you’ll get an estimated price. Once we pack your order and have precise weights we'll bill your card for exactly the weight of product you receive.
- No subscription required - order when you want food. Order a big box and fill your freezer or buy every week if that works better for your household. Have you noticed how many businesses try to push you into a subscription these days? Subscriptions are good for car insurance and phone plans where the service is identical month to month. But we think they’re a poor fit for perishables since variety is the spice of life and needs change week to week. Being billed for a subscription box when on vacation or other travel is a drag. We do offer some pre-built boxes for quick shopping if you don’t have time to select every item in an order.
- No pop-up email requests - we want you to join us because we care about what we do and how we do it, not because we push a sign-up form in your face.
- Photographs - the photos on our site, of our products, and in the blog are from our farm. When you visit our farm in person it should all feel familiar.
- No tracking software - we don't embed cookies in your computer and hit you with advertisements after you move on to other websites and platforms. We want you to shop with us because you appreciate the quality of our products and the way we go about producing them, not because we bury you in ads and offers.
- Prices - prices differ depending on shipping method. Ice packs and insulation and FedEx fees add up, so we've built some of the cost into the price of the product. If you select home delivery rather than a pick-up location you'll be presented with slightly higher prices on most products.
And here are our farming protocols.
- Local - you can visit us and see our animals in the field. We love visitors and "talking shop". Please contact us and stop by if you're ever near Cooperstown, NY. We limit our shipping zone to 1 day FedEx Ground. While we could put more insulation and dry ice into boxes and push the zone bigger we want to keep food miles low as possible.
- No antibiotics
- No hormones
- No growth promoting drugs - Not all growth promoting drugs are hormonal. We don't use anything weird.
- 100% Grass fed ruminants - Beef and lamb.
- Pastured - Pigs and poultry. See this page for the difference between 'grass-fed & pastured'.
- Organic - Chicken meat comes from birds fed certified organic grains. Organic is always non-GMO. Chickens derive a greater share of their diet from concentrated rations (grains) than do pigs, so we make sure they get feed of the highest standard.
- Non-GMO Hog feed - None of the pasture/hay the animals on our farm eat is ever sprayed with anything and comes from non-GMO plants. We tested for Round-Up residue in the pig grain feed and according to the lab "it was one of the cleanest tests they've seen". While not certified organic, it was in the same neighborhood as organic with trace levels of residue. We attribute this good result to our neighbor Andy of Inverness Farm who is fastidious with his production and crop rotations. Our test was 2.9 parts per billion detected (organic is usually 1-2 ppb from drift on nearby fields, dust in trucks, wagons, and augers, etc), vs most feed that has hundreds of parts per billion.