How We Choose Our Farms & Food Artisans
Local, Small, Family Farms
We source mostly from smaller, family farms within 150 miles of our distribution warehouse which is located in Ann Arbor, MI. We don’t just limit ourselves to Michigan. We are also able to find good farms in northeast Indiana and in northern Ohio.
Many of our farmers choose to grow heritage animal breeds in the interest of sustaining genetic diversity in farming, farming for quality rather than quantity. So we look for the “non-conventional” animal varieties when that makes sense.
Organic, Eco, Natural
Basically, we want to support and establish supply relationships with farms that are sustainable in their operations. The word, “sustainable”, is not a set definition and could mean different things to different people. For us, it is not a set definition either. It could mean certified Organic, and we like that, but few smaller farms can afford the cost, both in dollars and time, to become certified as Organic.
Small Batch Processing
…isn’t just a new food trend, this is how our food was produced before automated assembly lines. Small batch means products are produced in smaller groups and often producers select high-quality, unique ingredients to set themselves apart from mass-produced food items. When you choose food made in small batches you are supporting a small producers life-long dream of owning their own business or helping farmers get more added value out of the crops that they produce and process.
… is hot topic these days. We choose to support, as much as possible, farmers who don’t raise GMO crops and don’t feed their animals GMOS crops either. That can be a tough row to hoe for a small farmer who has to find feed nearby and quickly at times, so we won’t tell you that we avoid GMOs 100%, but we do a pretty good job. And we can pretty much tell you if and how much GMO crop is involved from any farm and its feeds.