January 7, 2012
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).
- Organic Beef (all cuts and sizes)
- Organic Ground Beef
- Organic, Grass Fed Beef
- Organic, Grass Fed Ground Beef
October 21, 2011
I found an article about food safety and food certifications on an economics site if you can believe it. Find it here: http://mises.org/daily/5591/What-Will-Keep-Our-Food-Safe
In a very brief summary (it’s a brief article) it discusses some of the issues people are having with the USDA Organic label versus private labeling or just “practicing organic”. The author briefly discusses a CSA he uses and links to another article about it; though I just glanced at it and didn’t read it fully. He comes to the conclusion the USDA Organic label could easily be replaced by the variety of private certification labels already around. I tend to agree. A lot of good, small farms out there don’t even use the USDA Organic label due to it’s expense but just use the best practices available to them; which tend to be organic anyways. It’s just the monetary cost and time cost that prevents them from doing so.
Anyways, check it out; decent article and I thought I’d share.
September 13, 2011
Full 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.
- Huge range of Vegetables and Herbs full list here
- Full list of available products on the website here