Certified Organic Beef
Our yearling cattle are pastured on certified organic fields year round and supplemented with a small amount of certified organic seed grains; barley and oats, to make high quality meat without excessive fat. Our beef are proudly dry aged two to three weeks. BSE or Mad Cow Disease is not a factor in our certified organic cattle, because animal byproducts have always been prohibited. We raise our cattle without hormones, antibiotics, appetite stimulants, animal byproducts, sewage sludge, GMOs or synthetic additives. We use no coloring agents, preservatives, fillers or additives of any kind in processing the meat.
Certified Organic Chicken
We purchase chickens raised on certified organic feed without antibiotics, arsenicals, or other mediations common in most fryer programs. To compensate for not using drugs, great attention is paid to the daily comfort of the birds. They are free ranged with plenty of room to move around, and cleanliness is extremely important.
The fryers grow more slowly, reaching market weight at eight weeks, rather than the usual five to six weeks for birds in the supermarket. Our fryers take a bit longer to cook, but the more mature texture of the meat and richer chicken flavor are well worth the extra time.
Certified Organic Pork
We purchase our locally grown certified organic pork from the Klingeman family farm located in Ephrata, Washington. Pure Country Pork is fed a vegetarian certified organic diet, raised without confinement, hormones, antibiotics, animal byproducts, and GMOs. For more information on Pure Country Pork and the Klingeman family farm please go to http://www.purecountrypork.com. Pork is available by the whole or half, cut to your specifications, or sold by the individual cut.
Natural and Certified Organic Diestel Turkey
We purchase whole turkeys and turkey products from Diestel Turkey Ranch. Diestel turkeys enjoy the freedom to roam the clean Sierra Foothills in Northern California. The turkeys are given extra time to grow and develop flavor naturally - an extra two months with no growth stimulants and absolutely no animal by-products. They are fed a low fat vegetarian diet of corn and soybeans. Diestel turkeys were voted #1 Best Tasting Turkey by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Chemical Free Cured Meat
There has been so much prejudice against curing meat without sodium nitrite that "meat experts" assured us it could not be done. Thus, we have pioneered natural meat curing processes in the Puget Sound area. We use NO nitrates, nitrites, phosphates, sugar, MSG or other coloring agents including celery or beet juice in our cured meats. Therefore, our cured meats retain their natural color.
For those customers who are allergic to wheat or gluten we use certified organic uncut spices and certified organic wheat free tamari.
We also use pure kosher sea salt and substitute certified organic honey for sugar or dextrose in all recipes. Our ham and bacon come from young lean pigs and our regular high quality meat is used in all cured products. In addition to ham and bacon we have a full line of lunchmeats and various other cured meats as well as sausages, pepperoni, and beef jerky.
We carry a wide variety of certified organic cheeses from Organic Valley.
We purchase locally grown lamb that is raised on pasture without confinement, hormones, or antibiotics. We have three growers in Washington State that raise lambs specifically for our shop to our exact specifications. In addition to these three Washington growers we also purchase lamb from Anderson Ranches, located in the beautiful Willamette Valley in Oregon. For more information on Anderson Ranches lamb please go to http://www.oregonlamb.com. We sell whole or half lambs cut to your specifications, or lamb by the cut.
Most of our meat is double wrapped the old fashioned way, in plastic freezer film and unbleached brown butcher paper.