I am not a dietitian, I am a Research and Development Chef with a Nutritional Concentration. This site is based on opinions I've formed through my research and experience working for manufactured food processors.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Featured Farmer- Meadow Haven Farm

(Left to right )Jeremy & Cherie House, Allan & Jeanne Sexton  
Last Saturday I got down to the nitty-gritty and worked with a local, organic meat farmer.  Meadow Haven Farm is located in Sheffield, Illinois and produces grass-fed beef, organic pastured chicken, eggs, turkey and pork.

I learned a lot from Jeremy in regards to how he raises his chickens, and why it is so important to know where the meat I'm eating comes from.  Most of us know by now that free-range fowl are raised more humanly than hens who never see the light of day.  What we don't realize, is that chickens who have everything they need under one roof, have no need to go outside.  If they do not have a reason to leave the coop, they most likely won't.  In fact, chickens may even become afraid of going outside and nix the idea altogether.  The USDA free-range regulations only indicate that the animal has been allowed access to the outside and they do not not specify the quality or size of the outside range nor the duration of time an animal must have access to the outside.  See what I'm getting at yet?  Poultry can be legally sold and labeled as free-range, even if it is not actually "free-range". 

Know your farmer, swing by the Meadow Haven booth at the Green City Market on Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and sign up for your Thanksgiving turkey while you are there.  Some of the customers I met buy their grass-fed beef exclusively through these guys.  Trust me, people do things like this for a reason!

Click here to learn more about this farmer.

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