WHERE CAN YOU PURCHASE PASTURED ANIMAL PRODUCE
Clients often ask me “where can I buy grass-fed produce from?” So I have dedicated a blog on the subject. The quality of nutrients from animals who are pastured is astoundingly higher when compared to those that are grain fed. Grass-fed animals produce lower total fatty acids and higher Omega-3s. Have a healthy Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio, which helps to control inflammation. They are higher in vitamin A, E and the B vitamins riboflavin and thiamin. Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium and potassium. Higher in CLA (which helps to decrease body fat and build lean muscle and is anti-carcinogenic).
Pretty astounding health benefits aren’t they? Here is where you can get your hands on some pastured produce.
Farmers Markets- I shop at the farmers markets every week. Here you can talk to the farmers directly and find out what the animals are fed and how they are raised. Find your local farmers market website to see where there is one near you.
Health Food Stores- If I run out of produce from the market, or they didn’t have everything I needed, I go to my local health food store.
Milk & other dairy- I drink raw milk and buy raw cream, sour cream, butter and cheese if I can find it. You can find this at some markets as well as health food stores. It will be labelled something like ‘bath milk’. Another option which I do is buy into a heard share. This where you pay the farmer to own part of the heard so that you can purchase the raw milk and raw milk products. Another great way to meet the farmer. For more information on the benefits of raw dairy see my blog here.
Meat- Again, another great place is the farmers markets because you can have a chat with the farmers about the produce. Otherwise chat with your local butcher and see where he gets his meat from and whether it’s 100% grass-fed and ethically raised. When buying chickens, always buy pastured and organic that way you know they are free to roam the fields and have not been treated with hormones and antibiotics.
Eggs- Eggs laid by hens on pasture have; 1/4 less saturated fat, 2/3 more vitamin A, 2 times more omega-3s, 3 times more vitamin E and 7 times more beta carotene. Look for pastured not free range. This means they are roaming out in the open with access to grubs and grass. Farmers markets once again are great. Read the label, they will say whether or not the chickens are pastured, free ranged, or caged.
If you find a brand and you’re unsure if the cows are grass-fed, email the company and ask how they are fed. A little bit of grain whist milking is okay but a mostly grass diet is very important.