La Pryor Farms – Beef
Ottawa, IL
90 miles from Local Foods
Breed: Fleckveih and Black Angus cross

Mark and Kristin Boe have developed their own breed of cattle. The breed is a Fleckveih and Black Angus cross. These animals are pasture grained. Along with a steady diet of grass. The Boe family grows non-GMO corn on their farm exclusively for feeding their animals. The corn is cracked and mixed with hay and set out in the pasture to give the animals a natural way to eat grain while roaming and grazing.

Premier Proteins – Beef
Kearney, MO
480 miles from Local Foods
Breed: Angus

Premier Proteins is a Missouri-based company that works with small family-owned ranches across Missouri and Iowa to raise high-quality grass-fed beef. These animals are never fed grain or animal by-products, and are raised with antibiotics or hormones.
Angus cattle graze free range on pastures throughout the year, rotating as needed to fresh grasses. The pastures are entirely free of artificial fertilizers and pesticides, and make a beautiful year-round home for the cattle. The ranchers who raise these cattle take great care to manage their land and make a full commitment to sustainable farming practices. Pasture rotation programs allow for a 30-45 day rest period between grazing. This traditional method of grazing mimics how buffalo grazed in North America for centuries.

La Pryor Farm – Pork
Ottawa, IL
90 miles from Local Foods
Breed: Duroc

Mark and Kristin Boe Started La Pryor Farm in 2010 when they purchased a rare herd of old line Duroc hogs from a family in Texas. Crossing the breed with Hampshire, they have created a unique breed that has superior marbling and a flavor like no other. The hogs are raised on pasture and fed non-GMO corn the farmers grow themselves. Their wonderful animals are never treated with any hormones or antibiotics.

Beeler’s Farm – Pork
Le Mars, IA
484 miles from Local Foods
Breed: Duroc

The Beeler pork tradition started in 1846 when Fred Beeler immigrated from Germany to the gently rolling hills of Madison County, Iowa. On his farmstead, Beeler began raising hogs. Now, six generations later, the family is still carrying-on the tradition of raising great animals.
Beeler pigs are raised without any antibiotics or growth hormones whatsoever, and are never fed animal by-products. Their diets consist of all vegetarian ingredients: corn, soybean meal, vitamins, and minerals. Their gestation barns have deep-bedded areas where sows are free to root, graze, and lounge comfortably. The sows have free access to a food and water court and an outdoor play area where they are free to move about, socialize, and exercise in the fresh air and sunshine.

Kilgus Farms – Lamb
Fairbury, IL
110 miles from Local Foods
Breed: Dorset texel cross
In the 1950s, Duane and Arlene Kilgus started a little dairy farm in Fairbury, IL. Originally selling to commodity markets, they realized that there was a growing demand for better quality milk from clean sources. They switched from Holstein to Jersey cows to produce a truly unique, above average product and even started bottling on the farm. In 2004, with dairy prices in a constant state of flux, Justin and Trent Kilgus started raising meat goats and the quality was so great that they expanded to Berkshire hogs and eventually to the Lamb we purchase at Local Foods. A Dorset/Texel cross, the Lamb are raised on pasture along with non-gmo grains grown on the farm. The meat is dark and flavorful and is free of that gamey funk often associated with lamb.

Gunthorp Farms – Chicken
LaGrange IN
154 miles from Local Foods
Breed: Cornish Cross

Gunthorp Farms raises Cornish Cross chickens on pasture. They have forty six acres with chickens in the growing season and receive chicks from a hatchery in Goshen, Indiana about 30 minutes from the farm. They never receive antibiotics, hormones, steroids, etc. The chickens spend the first 3-4 weeks of their lives in the brooding barn under the care and management of our children. After that, they are moved out to pasture. While being allowed to “day range” on grass and clover pastures, the chickens still receive a mixture of corn and soybeans.
Gunthorp Farms is a family owned business with on-site farm and processing facility. All of Gunthorp Farm’s animals are raised on pasture without the use of antibiotics. The story goes that in 1998, a small pig farmer by the name of Greg Gunthorp was selling his pigs into the commodity market for less than his grandfather had during the Great Depression. It doesn’t take an economist to realize something different needed to be done… fast. Being as stubborn as Greg is, he said he wasn’t going to be the last Gunthorp to raise pigs. He knew he could join the rest of the pig industry by building a barn, but his family had raised pigs on pasture for at least 3 generations before him. He finally found a solution when he made one phone call to the chef at Charlie Trotter’s restaurant in Chicago and was asked to bring them a whole hog the next week. I guess you could say the rest is history.

Culver Farms – Duck
Middlebury, IN
128 Miles from Local Foods
Breed: White Pekin

After five generations of Duck breeding and growing experience beginning on Long Island in 1858, Culver Duck relocated to the heart of Indiana Amish Country. Culver Duck farms is now in its sixth generation.

Ferndale Farms – Turkey
Cannon Falls, MN
154 miles from Local Foods
Breed: Broad Breasted White

When Dale Peterson and his wife, Fern, first started growing turkeys on their Cannon Falls farm, they did it the only way they knew how without shortcuts. More than 75 years and three generations later, that philosophy has not changed. Ferndale takes pride in growing turkeys the way that nature intended and without the use of antibiotics or artificial growth stimulants. Free-range during the warmer months. Fed their natural diet of grains, vitamins and minerals from a local feed mill. And processed-naturally, without additives.

Gunthorp Farms – Turkey
La Grange, IN
154 miles from Local Foods
Breed: Broad Breasted White

Gunthorp Farms is a family owned business with on-site farm and processing facility. All of Gunthorp Farm’s animals are raised on pasture without the use of antibiotics. Each Gunthorp turkey has been raised free-range and without the use of antibiotics on Greg Gunthorp’s family owned farm in Indiana.
The story goes that in 1998, a small pig farmer by the name of Greg Gunthorp was selling his pigs into the commodity market for less than his grandfather had during the Great Depression. It doesn’t take an economist to realize something different needed to be done… fast. Being as stubborn as Greg is, he said he wasn’t going to be the last Gunthorp to raise pigs. He knew he could join the rest of the pig industry by building a barn, but his family had raised pigs on pasture for at least 3 generations before him. He finally found a solution when he made one phone call to the chef at Charlie Trotter’s restaurant in Chicago and was asked to bring them a whole hog the next week. I guess you could say the rest is history.

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