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Beef - Our beef is 100% grass fed and grass finished (never any grain). The animals are supplemented with hay in the winter, and they are never administered any hormones or antibiotics. The flavor of our meat is determined by what our animals eat - a highly diverse sward of native high mountain grasses and legumes, a virtual salad bar of a diet. No one component dominates, and as a result we have a wonderfully healthy yield of nutrients in the meat which translates into a delicious, rich flavor. While their breeding is primarily Red and/or Black Angus, there is also a great deal of Shorthorn influence.
The animals are between 24 and 30 months of age when harvested, unlike most commodity beef that is slaughtered at about 16 months. The fat of our beef does not begin to turn yellow until about 20 months of age, evidence that it is high in vitamins A and E, and rich in Omega 3's and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). And our animals are dry aged from 10 to 14 days, the old fashioned way, insuring even more flavor and tenderness.
Pork - Berkshire pork is a heritage breed that was discovered over 300 years ago in Berkshire County, UK. It is the most highly sought after pork in the world. Visibly different from commodity pork, it is darker in color and has an abundance of intramuscular marbling. Berkshire pork is renowned for its richness, texture, marbling, juiciness, tenderness, and overall depth of flavor.
Our hogs are raised on soil (not concrete) - the natural way - and are fed sprouted non-GMO wheat, milo, and barley, hydrated peas,
as well as alfalfa and grass hay. They are never fed any corn or soy beans. They have indoor and outdoor access all day long, only closing the doors at night for warmth. And the sows are farrowed in the open - never in crates. They have never been given hormones or antibiotics.
Lamb - Our lamb is raised by our producing partner in the San Luis Valley. While the breeding is mixed, the resulting meat is superior in flavor and perfect in tenderness, proving that the San Luis Valley of Colorado produces some of the best lamb in the world.
The animals are slaughtered at about a year old, and are never administered any hormones or antibiotics. While their diet is primarily native grasses, they are sometimes supplemented in the winter with famous San Luis Valley potatoes.
Chicken - Our chickens are raised by a producing partner in California. The birds are humanely raised and fed a healthy diet of organic, non-GMO grains, no animal by-products, and are never given growth hormones or antibiotics. There are no synthetic chemicals used, including fertilizers, pesticides, and food additives, and no irradiation. Their supplemental feed is comprised of 65% organic corn and 30% organic soy, with the balance being vitamins and minerals.
The chickens have access to outdoor areas that include ample water and shade. Their natural behaviors are enriched with bales of straw (used for pecking) and eucalyptus tree branches (used for playing and hiding). They are processed in a USDA inspected facility.
All of this results in chicken that is rich in both color and flavor. The meat is high in vitamins A and E, as well as Omega 3's and CLA, as evidenced by the lovely yellow color of their skin.