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US Wellness Feature Farmer Series: Grass Roots Farms

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 @ 03:53 PM

We source our free range poultry products from a few different farms throughout the United States. One of our biggest suppliers is Grass Roots.

What makes Grass Roots special? Lots of things!

The Grass Roots Farmers Cooperative is a farmer-owned organization of Arkansas livestock farmers, all committed to the highest sustainable farming standards- pasture raised animals and environmentally friendly practices. 

Operating as a co-op, small farms are able to share resources and responsibilities, which makes processing, marketing, and distribution more efficicent and cost effective. This means that farmers can focus on the quality of meats and Grass Roots' staff can focus on meeting customer expectations. 

Some farms in the co-op have been in business for 10 years and span anywhere from 40 to 200 acres. The co-op consists of a total of 10 farms. 

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What makes Grass Roots' poultry products so special? Lots of things!

All our animals are raised on pasture using carefully studied rotational grazing techniques. Because we believe that comfortable, happy animals result in a better product—both for you and for the environment—none of our annimals are ever fed antibiotics or growth hormones.  

What breed are the birds?

The birds are Cornish.

Are antibiotics ever used or added hormones administered?

No antibiotics or growth hormones are given to the birds.

How are they raised?

All chickens are raised in floorless schooners that are moved daily to fresh pasture. The birds are raised in small flock sizes and are given lots of room to move and scratch. 

Are pesticides, herbicides, etc. sprayed on the fields themselves?

No.

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What is their diet? 

Because chickens have a single stomach, they cannot be raised on grass alone. The chickens are given a mineral-rich grain ration that contains no hormones, antibiotics or GMOs. They have a mild and slighly nutty profile that can be attributed to the grasses and clovers they forage out of the partusre and the quality of the GMO-free ration that includes whole roasted soybeans.

At what age are the birds harvested?

The harvest age is 8 weeks and weight is 4 pounds. The birds are air chilled.

Anything else you would like to share?

All products are source verified. Each package is stamped with a farm-of-origin label so that you know exactly which Grass Roots farmer raised the chicken you're serving your family. They even go further, hosting "show me the pasture" tours that are open to all customers. 

If you enjoyed learning about Grass Roots Farms, you may also love these past posts in our Featured Farmer Series:

Wild Idea Buffalo

Cattle Farmer John Bruce

Gunthorp Farms

Topics: Product Information, Our Farms, Free-Range Poultry