Verde Farms

January 7, 2012

Verde FarmsSummary:

Verde Farms is a reseller of organic beef under it’s own name for a few farms based in the US, Australia and Uruguay.  They sell primarily Organic Beef but are continually looking for more sources of organic, grass fed beef.  One of the main sources for grass fed, USDA Organic is Uruguay; and nearby Argentina is where the Verde Farms was born in a sense.  The founder of Verde Farms, Dana Ehrlich, visited a Ranch while living in Argentina and became interested in what kind of beef is bought by consumers in the US; at which point Verde Farms was born to bring high quality, Organic beef to US Consumers.

According to their website Verde Farms currently only supplies to the East Coast in the US; however Top Foods in Washington sells a variety of Verde Farms beef (multiple cuts, sizes, and ground beef).

Products:

  • Organic Beef (all cuts and sizes)
  • Organic Ground Beef
  • Organic, Grass Fed Beef
  • Organic, Grass Fed Ground Beef

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National Food Corp

October 6, 2011

Summary:

National Food Corporation is a ~55 year old company that has produced eggs from the beginning.  While they have a simple and easily navigable website, it lacks some of the information that is desirable for research purposes and I need to contact them for additional information.

They produce eggs and egg products and have been doing so since 1956 but one thing to note is that they generally don’t sell the eggs in an obviously “National Food Corporation” carton.  They have a variety of different brands that the eggs are sold under with a small stamp on the back mentioning National Food Corp.  See their website – here – for their list of specialty egg brands.  They do sell a variety, organic, free-range and Omega-3 fed, as well as their ‘nominal’ brown eggs.

All of National Food Corporations egg products are UEP Certified, which while it does maintain a good minimum set of overall guidelines regarding space, hormone use, diet, medication, … it isn’t top of the line if you are concerned about such things.  For those that are, they do produce Free-Range, USDA Organic eggs.  Again, as with most Free-Range labeled eggs, they are generally housed in large open buildings with limited access to the outdoors.

I have personally only consumed their Naturally Nested brand eggs ($2.99 for a dozen @ Safeway Sept 2011), and they had surprisingly large yolks.  At the time the only yolks I could compare it to where Stieber Farms eggs and on average the Naturally Nested eggs had larger yolks for a similar sized shell.  I will have to do another egg comparison in the future.

Products:

  • Eggs (Omega 3, Brown, Organic, Free Range)
  • Misc other Egg Products

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  • None, look for a Naturally Nested egg review in the future.

Full Circle

September 13, 2011

Summary:

Full Circle LogoFull Circle started out as a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in 1996 and has turned into one of the largest Organic CSA type farm businesses in the Northwest.  They are not only just a CSA however, they are also a reasonably sized distributors who’s products can be found in large retail stores.  Closest location near this author is 2.5 miles away at a Top Food & Drug.

Full Circle is an excellent, wide range producer and distributor of organic food.  It’s hard to quantify them specifically as they are a distributor, but technically each of their partners should be looked at individually.  For example, Full Circle eggs come from Stieber Farms and Full Circle Dairy comes from Fresh Breeze Organic.  Both of which us at NW Farm Review have reviewed before and find to be top notch producers.  Click their names above to see prior reviews.  Full Circle lists all their farmers and producers on their website here, it’s worth checking out.

Products:

  • Huge range of Vegetables and Herbs full list here
  • Full list of available products on the website here
  • Grains
  • Eggs
  • Dairy
  • Meat/Seafood
  • Tofu

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Misc Info:

  • Location: Multiple Farms all in Washington
  • NW Farm Review Rating: 4.5 Star
  • NW Farm Review Visit:  None
  • Standards Confirmation:  None
  • Website:  Full Circlehttp://www.fullcircle.com/

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Acres in Zion

July 16, 2011

Summary:Acres in Zion

Acres in Zion is a wonderful, somewhat small farm that offers grass fed beef that isn’t finished with grain.  That right there is not always the easiest to find.  Looking at their website you can tell immediately that they are huge fans of the Grass-Fed beef culture; as their “About Us” is just an article by Jo Johnson about titled “Why Grassfed is Best!”.

I have personal experience with the beef from Acres in Zion though I have no personal contact with the farm itself as of yet.  Some family went in 1-2 years ago to purchase a 1/2 cow with each house getting 1/8 of a cow.  My wife has stated that it is the best beef she has ever had.  My taste buds are not as discerning and I can’t quite make such a statement; but I blame the somewhat typical male eating patterns known as “shoving too fast to taste”.  Either way, we are in the process of acquiring additional ground beef from Acres in Zion from a friend who is purchasing a portion of a cow.  Typical costs run around $6/lb as packaged.  They advertise $3.85/lb hanging weight, which is before the butcher gets his knife into the animal and debones, trims, and cuts.

What remains to be verified is the “stress-free” environment that they mention on their website.  From the family member that purchased the cow for us last time they even kill the cow in a stress-free way as stress just before death will change the taste of the meat as the body releases a number of hormones to deal with the fright.  I was told that the cows are essentially killed alone (so other cows don’t hear and stress out) and killed quickly while licking a sugar cube.  But again, I’ll want to see that for myself before I say that is what they do.

Products:

  • Grass Fed, Grass Finished Beef
  • Grass Fed Lamb
  • Eggs (According to Eat Wild, though not mentioned on their website)

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NorthStar Bison

March 13, 2011

Summary:

NorthStar Bison is a premier producer of grassfed Bison, Beef and Lamb who surprisingly is a fully run family operation.  The owners still run and operate the farm and all the kid’s work for various facets of the business whether it’s shipping and receiving, herd management or just helping out where they can (for the younger one).  NorthStar Bison seems to take great care in the treatment of it’s animals, making sure they are grassfed; and they even purchased a processing plant which allows them to kill their animals in the field, and thus stress free making for a better quality meat (and a stress-free ending for the animal).

Oh, and did we mention they sell Ostrich and Elk?  Now that is a pleasant, not so easy to find surprise!

Disclaimer:  We here at NW Farm Review just recently (yesterday) cooked up some ground bison for Bison Burgers.  We will admit that it was quite tasty and it won’t be the last time we purchase from NorthStar Bison.

Products:

  • Grassfed Beef
  • Grassfed Lamb
  • Grassfed Bison
  • Pork
  • Elk
  • Venison
  • Turkey
  • Pastured Chicken
  • Ostrich

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Misc Info:

  • Location:  Northwest Wisconsin and East Central Minnesota
  • NW Farm Review Rating:  4.5 Stars (Unknown extent of Pasture Raised on meat besides Bison)
  • NW Farm Review Visit:  None
  • Standards Confirmation:  None
  • Website: http://www.northstarbison.com/

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Double R Ranch

March 9, 2011

Summary:

The Double R Ranch (Not to be confused with the Double R Ranch in Michigan) is a Washington based Ranch who’s beef products can be found at larger retailers in the area (Confirmed at Top Food & Drug and Haggen stores).  They have been around since 1968 and is still stated as family owned, though there is little mention of the current owners.

The Double R Ranch is a large farm that is primarily based on a 100,000+ farm in the Okanagan (North, North East) region of Washington State; though they do state that some cattle do not originate from this ranch, but don’t specify what other cattle sources exist.

Products:

  • Beef (All Cuts)

Standards:

  • Unknown at this time

Misc Info:

  • Location:  Northern Washington
  • NW Farm Review Rating:  2.5 Stars (Unknown Standards)
  • NW Farm Review Visit:  None
  • Standards Confirmation:  None
  • Website: http://www.thedoublerranch.com/

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Willows Edge Farm

February 8, 2011

Summary:

Willows Edge Farm is a local farm that seems to specialize in poultry and horses.  NWFarm Review focuses on the poultry and eggs as horse care is a wee bit outside our niche.  The farm treats their animals with the utmost respect in an attempt to give them a decent life, devoid of stress.  And as we all know, that kind of life makes for premium meat, and premium eggs.  Due to their practices and quantity available, their eggs and meat is in such high demand that they can be often out of stock for non-regular customers.

Products:

  • Pork (Half/Whole Hog)
  • Chicken
  • Eggs

Standards:

  • Pastured Free Range
  • No Antibiotics, Hormones, MSG
  • No Teeth, Ear, Beak cutting (animal mutilation)

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