Today, I headed down to Foothill Grassfed Meats in Snelling, CA to pick up a half of hog and several chicken. We originally learned about this farm last year when Ron and Pam Oler were giving us guidance on where to get local, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, high quality grass-fed and pastured raised meats. We tried the chicken, bacon and pork chops from the Snelling-based farm last year and all were the best we ever had!
I met Rob, his daughter and three-year old grandson by the entrance. They took me around to see some of their honored hens, the hogs and several sweet little piglets. Rob explained how the chickens and hogs are pastured raised. He moves them around from one pasture to another so they always have plenty to eat in their natural environment. He also showed me their cattle and the land they graze. They all have year long access to fresh grass in the rolling foothills.
As we drove around, I could see some areas of industrial raised turkey farms. These were long, windowless building. It reminded me of photographs of gas chambers in Nazi concentration camps. He explained that years ago, he raised chicken for one of the major industrial suppliers and explained how unsatisfying it was to raise animals in unhealthy conditions. Now he raises farm animals in their natural (and more humane) environment. His three-year old grandson can grab barley sprouts or grass and feed the hogs and chickens. This is a great contrast to the toxic environment that many of the animals that supply our supermarkets are raised in.
They sell excellent quality pork, chicken and Angus beef. If you are in the area, check them out. If you are not in the area and want to find good quality, grass-fed meats, go to EatWild. This is a national directory of pasture and grass-fed meats.