The Perils of the Big Box
A standard chicken raised in one of the big production houses is confined to an area the size of an oven – for its entire life. These birds may never see the light of day, never feel grass beneath their feet, never taste a bug or a worm, and never roam free in a pasture. That is just plain WRONG.
Most chickens are pumped full of grains that make them so fat that their legs are often unable to support their weight and eventually give out, breaking under the strain of this extreme load. To mitigate this, they are often injected with antibiotics that sturdy up the legs and allow them to survive to six weeks. At this point, they are processed for production, wrapped in plastic, sold to you at the grocery store, and fed to your families.
Unfortunately, organic and free range birds may not be much better off. Organic simply means that the chickens' feed has been certified by a government agency to contain no unnatural fertilizers or pesticides. However, the chickens may still be living their lives stacked two-high in a feed house, defecating on one another in a life of chicken misery.
Most of these big-box chickens are de-beaked, a process that involves half of the beak of each chicken being chopped off. This prevents the chickens from resorting to the cannibalism and suicide that occurs as a result of living under such cruel conditions. These behaviors aren't difficult to imagine. Chickens are designed to pick and scratch for their entire lives. We firmly disagree with the inhumanity involved in the de-beaking process and are committed to providing healthy alternatives to this all too common practice.
What about free range? This certification has been widely abused throughout the poultry community. One might think the term should mean that the birds have room to explore, play, and forage. But this has come to mean something entirely different. Take that same feed house from the previous few paragraphs, cut a little hole in the wall, and it's suddenly considered "free range." Even if the feed house is surrounded by dirt and the chickens literally never go outside to act like chickens, this is considered free range because they have the "option" to explore. You may want to rethink paying the extra $5 for this "upgrade" the next time you're at the supermarket.
So why the rant and what are we going to do about this modern day food catastrophe? Consumers are becoming more educated every single day. Many people are no longer putting up with big box chicken practice and are learning that there is an alternative. As described above, the labels and stamps such as organic and free range simply cannot be relied upon. The only way to guarantee healthy food is to know your farmers, understand their inclinations and motivations, and get out to the ranch to see your food in action.
Regrettably, there simply aren't many options here in So-Cal. Premium, real food, primal chickens are almost solely imported from Northern California and beyond. We have strategically started our ranch in Temecula, CA, within one hour of Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego. This serves to ensure the freshest poultry possible and puts you within a short drive of your local farm. We are committed to raising the best chickens in the world. At Primal Pastures, we raise our families on these meats and encourage you to do the same. Join our mailing list and we will be sure to notify you as products become available. Thank you for your interest in Primal Pastures and the world's best chickens!
We are thrilled to introduce sheep to the Primal Pastures family as of June 2013! We were on the hunt for a small, local flock of grass fed sheep when we received an unexpected phone call from Heather and Dave of New Frontier Family Farms. They informed us that they would be moving their grass-pure farm from Southern California to Virginia and asked if we would be willing to purchase their entire flock! We couldn’t pass up on this incredible opportunity to become one of Southern California’s premier producers of beyond organic lamb.
What’s so great about our lamb? To sum it all up in one term – “Primal." Meaning “original” or “of first origins," our “Primal” concept varies between different species, but always revolves around a species appropriate lifestyle and diet. The key concept to remember with Beef and Lamb is that these animals are ruminants! While our chickens do exceptionally well on a mixture of pasture grub and some Organic grains, the same is not true for sheep. Ruminant animals simply do not tolerate grains.
Below is a list of some of the components that set Primal Pastures Grass Fed Lamb apart from its anti-primal counterparts. This list is not intended to be comprehensive, but should give you an idea of how we farm and where our priorities lie. At the end of the day, we are raising food that we feel good about feeding our children, grandchildren, and our neighbors here in Southern California. If you have any questions or would like to take a tour please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is “Primal” Lamb?
- Grass Fed
- Grass Finished
- Pasture Raised
- True Free Range
- Grain Free
- Antibiotic Free
- Hormone Free
- Beyond Organic
- Naturally Weaned
- Sustainably Farmed
- Humanely Treated
What’s better than a thick and juicy steak fresh off the grill? One that you can consume in good conscience, knowing that it was properly raised according to the way that nature intended.
We are ecstatic to begin offering cuts of beef from Stemple Creek Ranch in Novato, Northern California. Located minutes from the Pacific coastline this farm raises beef exactly the same way that we would. We have been searching for this type of farm for a long time and have turned down many offers to re-sell beef because it wasn’t quite up to the standards that we would hold ourselves to. Finally, we have found it – a local source for grass fed beef that is also grass finished, 100% grain free, and free range. We have visited the farm and seen this for ourselves. It's the real deal, folks.
Similar to sheep, cattle are also ruminants. No matter what happens, they should never be fed grains. Period. And that is the way that cattle are raised at Stemple Creek Ranch. With 2,000 acres Stemple Creek sits on perhaps the most beautiful ranch in Northern California. These are happy, healthy cows that are truly free range, eating only what is in season and native to Southern California. The result? Some seriously tasty grass fed beef that we feel great about supplying to our customers here in Southern California!