Hollygrove Market & Farm is now selling a small but growing line of pastured meats available for purchase every Saturday. We have condensed some info borrowed the eatwild.com and a few magazines. Eatwild.com  is a national listserve of pastured meats. To be able to sell meats through their listserve you have to commit to their awesome set of guidelines as pledge to only provide an environment that produces healthy happy cows and eventually a tasty steak. Ethical meats is a new catch phrase flying around lately but really what it means is the standard of meat production before the 1940’s where livestock and their life cycle were dependant upon nature, namely, the cycle of grasses.

Part of food security besides providing access to healthy vine-ripened fresh fruits & veggies also means access to healthy pastured livestock who don’t spend their lives in confined feedlots or in a constant state of discomfort.

Listed below are a few points about pastured meats that will be featured in its entirety for the next newsletter on July 21st:

Definition:  animals that were raised outdoors. No feedlots, barns (on a full time regular basis), cages. No unnecessary antibiotics or growth hormones.

Pastured: currently no federal laws regulating labeling. Usually this means most in practices, which are the natural practices of 50 plus years ago, are to have pastured animals that are finished on grain after the grasses start to die back. Generally this method is beneficial for both land & animal.
•  Grass-Fed: is federally regulated and require that pastured animals be a on 100% diet of grass and other forage. No grain and must have “access to pasture.”
Why buy pastured meats?

Benefits for animals: healthy naturally pastured poultry, pork, or beef produces healthy meat. Pastured animals are less susceptible to disease and discomfort.  Humane slaughter by the ranchers themselves or small-independent facilities often means safer practices, which means less risk of food born illness. Most importantly it is nature on its own normal cycle.

Benefits for  environment: requires less fossil fuel to maintain healthy well-fed pastured animals. Well managed grazing removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as compared to feedlots, ungrazed pasture, & forestland.
Why? Proper waste/methane management through rotational grazing methods work because each rotation of cows to chickens and the animals’ excretion provides the perfect nutrient ratio to the grass, which maintains healthy soil. Feedlots compact as well as deplete the soil of nutrients & the land becomes unusable for development of almost any nature due to it is high level of surface water and soil toxins.

Benefits to Consumers:
Nutritional Value: pastured meats have been shown to fewer have bad fat and more good fats as compared to conventional. For example: a 3 oz filet of pastured beef has the same amount of omega-3’s as a 3 oz filet of fish.

They are also higher in antioxidants: vitamins C & E, as well as beta carotene; this includes all of other products that pastured animals produce such as: eggs, cheeses, butter, milk, & yogurt usually increase Omega-3, vitamin D, and have less cholesterol.

Recipe: Stuffed Peppers