Farms & Food Artisans

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.

Heritage

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.

GMOs

… 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.

Our Farms

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Beef
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Dark Chocolate
Deli Meats
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Fish & Seafood
Honey, Syrup & sauces
Jams
Lamb
Nut Butters
Personal Care
Pork
Poultry
Produce
Soups
Vegan Protein
Yogurt

Our Choices

Our farms generally tend to be on the Organic or “Eco” or “Natural” side of the spectrum. We seek out farmers that have respect for the soil, plants, and animals on their farms. We are interested in farmers who want to sustain the life forces on the farms for future generations rather than farmers who more aggressively “mine” and extract as much as possible.
We choose to support, as much as possible, farmers who don’t raise GMO crops and don’t feed their animals GMO 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.
We are pleased to offer our customers organic glyphosate residue free beef from Zimba Organic Beef Steers and Egeler Family Farm. As public awareness grows about the harmful effects of glyphosate (the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup), foods that are determined to be glyphosate residue free are becoming more desirable.