You just need to know what you think you are getting is what you are really getting, right?
There are so many claims in marketing of food - how do you know that what you think you are getting is really what you are getting? The best way is to ASK your LOCAL FARMERthe correct questions face-to-face.
Organic ... is it really feasible to obtain "organic" meat locally?
Fact: There are no organic USDA meat processing plants within 200 miles of Pittsburgh or our farm, so it is doubtful that you will find locally produced or processed beef, pork or lamb with the "certified organic" sticker on it as the organic meat has to be harvested and processed using organic methods to qualify. Because of this, few local farms have pursued organic certification.
You have to dig a little deeper to find out if the farm is really producing what you are searching for. Questions to ask include:
Do you provide minerals to your livestock that are permitted in organic production (more on minerals later)?
Do you use herbicides or pesticides on your fields or on/in your animals? Organic certification does not mean no chemicals are ever used - it just means that the chemicals are of organic origin or have been accepted as permitted in organic production.
Are your animals raised on pasture (more on pasture-raised later)?
Old Time products are often referred to as "organic" - full disclosure we are NOT certified organic and there are penalties for claiming your products are "organic" without the certification, so I try to be clear about what organic practices we use and do not. As far as beef, lamb & pork is concerned, there are no organic meat processing plants in our area, so you will not find any locally produced or processed meat with the "certified organic" sticker on it. Some farms have incurred the expense and rigorous requirements to become certified organic but the product will still not be truly "organic" unless harvested and processed in a certified organic plant.
Pasture-raised - does that mean free range?
Thank You!! Your purchase helps conserve these rare breeds!
1919 Harrisville Rd Stoneboro, PA 16153 724-316-0148