When it comes to food, there are a lot of buzzwords, and it can be tricky to understand what they all really mean. Here are a few terms defined.
A buying club is a community of people who agree that farm fresh food is the best food. We use FarmMatch to administer buying club locations throughout Northwest Indiana, Chicago, and the suburbs. The FarmMatch system allows members to place their orders online, and then we deliver to set drop sites (private residences and clinics) on a set schedule. Customers gather at a convenient drop site at the defined time to pick up their orders. This is much more convenient than driving from Illinois to Goshen, Indiana! Read more about ordering or visit our FarmMatch site.
While grass-fed animals may eat primarily grass and hay, their diets also include grains — often in the last few months of life.
100% grass-fed means that the animals have been fed grass for their entire life. Our beef, lamb, and dairy cows are 100% grass-fed. All grass, all the time!
According to USDA labeling standards, for poultry sold as "free-range", producers must demonstrate that the poultry has been allowed access to the outside — even just a small cement pad. On the other hand, our poultry is actually pastured (see below).
Nutrient-dense is a term used to describe foods that are especially packed with vitamins, antioxidants, healthful fats, and other nutrients — giving you the most bang for your bite. For instance, whole foods are nutrient-dense compared to processed food. But taking it a step further, we believe that properly raised whole foods are even more nutrient dense. Healthy soil and healthy pastures lead to healthy food and healthy people.
Pastured chickens, turkey, and ducks are actually out on grass, pecking and eating bugs and engaging in their natural behavior. Likewise, pastured pigs are outdoors where they can root around, eat grubs, and enjoy the activities they were designed to enjoy. In both cases, by following nature
According to the Non-GMO Project, "A GMO, or genetically modified organism, is a plant, animal, microorganism or other organism whose genetic makeup has been modified using recombinant DNA methods (also called gene splicing), gene modification or transgenic technology." We use non-GMO grain, meaning grain that does not contain GMOs. We're also transitioning toward soy-free feed (not all non-GMO feed is soy-free).
Weston A. Price Foundation
The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price, whose studies demonstrated that humans achieve perfect physical form and perfect health generation after generation only when they consume nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats.
The Foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism. It supports a number of movements that contribute to this objective including accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting and nurturing therapies. Good health starts on the farm or ranch, with healthy soil and healthy animals — that's why we're members of the Foundation. Read more at westonaprice.org.