Supporting local farmers online in a state near you and where you can order from

As I sit here on my balcony after finishing an amazing and healthy dinner I realized it was time to share.

I realized it was time to share beyond just my facebook and instagram accounts. Not that I don't normally share, but I have had a hard time motivating myself to share my thoughts during this tough time in our history, via my avenue of writing on my website. Today, I realized how much I enjoy writing and needed to share my thoughts, especially through my website.

If you like many don't follow me on my social media accounts, then here is the key that will open pandoras box. The key to clean meat and farm friendly farmers,and sustainable practicing while supporting their families and yours.

What many don't realize is how expensive and hard farming operations are. Nobody really appreciates farmers and farming until now. Farmers are working harder than they ever have to provide for themselves and those around us. I am so happy to see that so many people are finally seeing the light and supporting local farmers. It truly takes a village to run a farm. 

I had the good fortune to grow up in a small town in Connecticut and after college relocated to a state (California) that is full of farmers markets which are full of an abundance of local produce from local farmers.  The farmers markets include hard working workers, or farmers themselves who drive 50-500 miles to provide for those of us who want the fresh goods. Less middle men, typically means less expensive than most grocery stores, especially if the item is not in season, which of course it is best to buy produce that is in season. Why you ask? Better for the body and digestion when you are eating produce that is seasonal, and this is exactly why Restaurant menus mostly serve what is in season, which also contributes to their food costs.

I started going to the farmers market in California many years ago. As the years have gone by, more and more vendors pop up and one that I discovered has become an all time staple in my home and diet. The main farmers that I buy meat from are Buy Ranch Direct  (Buyranchdirect.com.). They are a local Southern California family residing in Huntington Beach and their farm is 500 miles outside of Los Angeles. Charles and his wife Cindy and their children run the day to day operations. They are very passionate and truly do a great job at providing our communities and states with fresh grass fed and finished meat products.

 I know no one specific diet is a one size fits all, but what I do know is over the years, what I have learned is the nutrients you get from clean, grass-fed meat are paramount to any soaked vegetables or grains.

However, for someone to get clean meat hasn't always been easy, especially in many main stream grocery stores.  You may not really know what you are buying regardless of what is printed on the packaging. Factory farms are very common and just because meat says organic doesn't mean it was processed humanely. It is important to know what to look for when it comes to buying meat. Many brands ensure they have the humane certifications on their packaging.  Hopefully  one day farctory farming will become a thing of the past, but until then I am here to educate you on farmers who do it right.

I put this list together (which will be updated as I am referred more farmers) to share with you many local farmers around the USA.

I am confident these farming communities would be happy to serve you and your family with clean meat products.  I am not at all associated or affiliated with any of these brands, but of course would love to work directly with them if the opportunity presents itself. 

Please know that I only have purchased from a few of these farms for my personal meat consumption, to include Buyranchdirect.com and Primal Pastures. Both companies are smaller businesses located in southern California.  Buy Ranch Direct is owned by Charles and Cindy along with their children who help run the business. They ship directly overnight (more than ever from the pandemic) and also do pre-orders to be picked up at local farmers markets in California. You can buy some loose items at the market, for whatever items they have on hand.

Primal Pastures story directly from their website started as a small project to raise chickens for eggs and has since turned into a full fledged operation.  

"Primal Pastures is the outgrowth of:

1. A belief that we are experiencing a major food crisis
2. A sound idea of how to fix it

3. A vision of raising the best meat in the world produced in Southern California (Murrieta,CA, miles from Temecula)

In 2012, Primal Pastures launched a humble little ranch operation in Temecula, California. They did this with a dream of producing premium grade, healthy and happy poultry, beef, lamb, pork, and turkey raised locally, sustainably, and responsibly by healthy farmers for healthy families. Starting on one acre of pastureland, the team began to raise 54 free-range, pasture pure, primal chickens and accrued a waitlist of more than 100 families before the first batch of birds was even ready."

Although the farm has grown since then I was able to take a tour of with other Nutritional Therapists, on their private farm tour in 2018, which included (as arranged by another FNTP) a free whole frozen chicken to take home. That chicken was truly one of the best I have ever had.

Double O Farms, is a sweet and hard working multi-generation family residing and ranching in Nebraska. They have been in the farming business since 1885 as you will read on their website. I have personally chatted on Instagram (where you can follow along too) with wife Jena, from Double O Farms and she is super sweet.  I asked Jena of Double O Farms some basic questions to which she ensured me that "the animals are all treated humanely." Per our conversation, she mentioned to me that "the meat is not treated with any hormones or antibiotics of any kind.  The steers are fattened up naturally. If there is an animal that isn't healthy, they remove it from their finishing program (feeding program), which is so great to know. I really wanted to highlight their business as they show how hard working farmers work and they don't receive enough accolades for all they do. So, check out Double O Farms in Nebraska or on their Instagram to get a peek into their fun farming operation. 

Jena the wife, Levi her husband their sweet boy Stetson are very involved in all aspects of the farming processes. Jena manages the family Instagram and I found them by way of the Five Marys founder and have enjoyed following along the last few months, on their farming journey. Their sweet farmer Stetson, (all about 5 or 6 years old) is such a huge farm helper helping his mom and dad on the farm.

Five Marys is another farming family that I stand behind. Again I have yet to try their meat products, simply because I shop local and avoid paying shipping charges if I don't have to, what I would coin Economics 101. I may have not made it to their farm yet, but you and your family can follow along on Instagram and their website to see how they raise and treat their animals day in and day out, and it truly is like watching a documentary.

In regard to Five Marys they are the most beautiful, quirky, fun and sweet family (as their Instagram truly show), who also left the busy city life outside San Francisco, to move to the country and move to a farm, where they now produce animals and various livestock of all kind. The business gets their name from the Five Marys to include the wife and four Mary's the children, whom all have nicknames, and are truly a hoot to follow along with.

When someone asks if their meat is organic, direct from their website; they leave you with honest feedback.

"We are not ‘certified’ organic, but we practice all-natural practices in everything we do. We believe when our customers can have full transparency in our operation, can know and trust us as their source for high-quality, all-natural meats - that means more than a certification sticker on a package and avoids the red tape and extra cost to the consumer associated with certification." Another great question, is what does organically minded mean? Their website continues to explain,   "When you are not certified organic, legally you can not use the word organic.  We are 100% mindful to practice and produce all-natural products. We raise what we believe is the best product to feed our own children and share it with our customers."

Many of the companies I have included in this article are shared with other accolades from others in their home states or through my personal interaction with the owners themselves on social media. I am also throwing in a bonus for an organic and raw cheese and dairy farmer located in California which I have fallen in love with since re-introducing their raw dairy back into my diet.

I 100% understand not everyone can tolerate dairy, myself included, but through my personal healing journey and my certification in nutritional therapy my nutritional therapist and friend introduced me to this amazing family at Organic Pastures.  I was able to add raw cheese back into my diet, yes cheese, but am not a big fan of cow dairy beyond that, at this point.

I have personally chatted online via Instagram with Hilary the daughter of the farming family at Organic Pastures who is involved in the day to day business operations. If you can personally tolerate cow's milk, I say go for it, sadly many cannot tolerate the protein that is in milk, making them lactose or casein intolerate. Organic Pastures is now available in HEB super markets in Texas as well as California and they ship via UPS. You just need to contact them directly Monday to Friday (PST timezone) at their corporate offices to find out what shipping is for your state.

Colorado has a great option as recommended to me by my Nutritional Therapy folks, known as Corner Post Meats. Their website is awesome and they look like they have a full range of products and offerings. As well as Corner Post Meats, Cook's Venture is another one. The same founders of the Blue Apron website, this is a regenerative and safe farming practice located in the San Francisco area of California and available for you to explore their website.

New York state has Cairncrest Farms which is also another family farm that produces and farms grass fed and finished beef. Feel free to reach out to them as well as they ship to all the New England states minus the state of Maine along with parts of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington D.C. Check their site for more information on where they ship to and what products they offer. Shipping is as follows which is pulled directly from their website.

  •  $85 minimum (plus $15 shipping)
  •  Shipped via UPS or FedEx
  •  Free shipping over $200
  •  Tuesday or Thursday delivery each weekScreen Shot 2020 05 14 at 5.21.19 PMPhoto credit: Buy Ranch Direct Chicken from their Website

What I can say is that the American meat and animal system needs a heck of a lot of work and it is now unfolding with the 'shortages' popping up in the current pandemic in local grocery stores. I even skimmed an article today that said that the government is going to now be calling on local farmers to help with the nations meat supply. Now, instead of using poor factory farming meat plants, why didn't they think to fix the supply chain years ago? So, why not just fix it ourselves and choose where we buy our meat. 

If you or someone close to you buys meat from a clean ranch and farming family anywhere within the USA and want to give them a shout out, please send me a message on my site to share their information with me and the reasons as to why you love buying from them. The more farmers we can support the more the merrier in these crazy times.