The following farms and ranches have certified that they meet Eatwild’s criteria for producing grassfed meat, eggs and dairy products. Contact them directly for additional information or to buy their products:
At Afterthought Farms we find it is more important to know where our food comes from than how much it costs. We take great pride in working very hard to provide the safest and best food available.
We have a very small herd of French Alpine Dairy Goats. In keeping our herd small we can provide individual attention and the best care possible. We can guarantee that the RAW goat milk we get is absolutely the safest and best available. We also keep a small flock of Welsummer and Cuckoo Maran Chickens. These girls provide us with the safest and prettiest eggs available. We pasture raise chickens to guarantee the best tasting chicken you’ll ever have. There growth is supplemented by Illinois Grown Organic Feed. They are processed at a USDA inspected facility. This guarantees a level of food safety you can’t find in your “big box store.”
We know exactly what all of our animals eat from day one so you know you are getting the safest, tastiest food available in the area. We also have fresh, chemical-free produce available. Our farm is small and our quantities are limited so please call for availability. Also we love visitors so please call and we’ll show you around.
Afterthought Farms, Vicki Boliard, 882 North 1700 East Road, Owaneco IL 62555. (217) 824-7833.
All Grass Farms is a diversified pasture farm providing our Chicago-area customers with grass-fed, nutrient dense meats, eggs, poultry, and dairy products including:
100% GRASS-FED BEEF – mama’s milk, pasture forages, and hay – no grains ever
RAW GUERNSEY MILK – grass fed, supplemented with organic feed at milking time only
PASTURE-RAISED CHICKEN – pasture supplemented with soy-free organic feed
PASTURE-RAISED/FREE RANGE EGGS – with soy-free organic feed
WOODLAND/PASTURED PORK – supplemented with certified organic feed
PASTURED THANKSGIVING TURKEYS – with certified organic/soy-free feed
RAW LOCAL HONEY – from hives on our farm
ORGANICALLY GROWN VEGETABLES – available through our seasonal CSA and farm store
All of our livestock are raised outdoors on pasture, eating what nature intended – ryegrass, timothy grass, meadow fescue, clover, chicory, and alfalfa in the pastures, with the chicken and hog pasture forage diet supplemented with certified organic grains and surplus garden fruits and vegetables. All of our animal feeds are certified organic and GMO-Free.
We practice sustainable agriculture and management-intensive grazing, rotating our livestock to fresh pasture daily during the spring, summer, and fall months, and providing stockpiled forages supplemented with grass and alfalfa hay during the winter months. We don’t use any chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, hormones, or antibiotics on our land or in our animals. We follow organic practices but are not currently certified organic.
Visit our farm store for eggs, meats, and vegetables in season, open daily from 10 AM – 6 PM, located inside the Brunner Family Forest Preserve at 18N681 IL Route 31, Dundee, IL 60118. Visit our website to order bulk meat packages and for more information about upcoming farm tours, our farming practices, pricing info, or to sign up for our monthly newsletter.
All Grass Farms, Cliff McConville or Konda Dees, 18N681 IL Route 31, Dundee, IL 60118. (847) 387-3568.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.allgrassfarms.com
AT THE ANDERSON FARM, we raise the most luscious, lip-smackin’ lamb you’ve ever sunk your teeth into.
Sure is tasty
Keeps you slim
In your waistie!
Our lambs are raised naturally on mother’s milk and quality, rotationally-grazed pastures. That’s why they taste so good! And no, we don’t use artificial hormones, steroids or antibiotics.
TO HELP YOU PLAN, a bundle of whole lamb typically includes:
2 legs of lamb
2 packages lamb leg steaks (4 per package)
1 rack of lamb
4 packages rib steaks (4 per package)
1 package shanks cut into 3/4 cross sections
loin chops (4 per package)
IS THE MEAT GOVERNMENT INSPECTED? Yes. Freezer lamb is USDA inspected, cut, double-wrapped, frozen and sold as a bundle.
HOW MUCH STORAGE SPACE DO I NEED? A typical refrigerator freezer compartment can store 2 or 3 lamb bundles. Each bundle requires less than 1 ½ cubic feet of space.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? Freezer lamb sells for $10.99 per pound. Each bundle weighs approximately 30–45 pounds. Due to market fluctuations, prices are subject to change without notice.
WE ARE ENVIRO-FRIENDLY and just plain friendly. We love it when folks stop over for a farm tour and buy a lamb. Our farm borders Highway 61 just 30-40 minutes from Davenport, Iowa and Rock Island, Illinois.
WHEN IS LAMB AVAILABLE? We try to have lamb ready all year but sometimes we sell out. It’s best to call or email before you come.
Anderson Farm, Kari Anderson, 1575 Underwood Avenue, Muscatine Iowa 52761. Call (563) 554-1397 (please leave a message).
E-mail: email@example.com. Website: http://www.grassfedrecipes.com
Angelic Organics Learning Center is the educational nonprofit partner to Angelic Organics community-supported agriculture farm, a certified organic vegetable farm that follows Biodynamic principles. In recent years, the Learning Center has expanded its pasture-based livestock program and is selling high quality meat. The Learning Center raises and sells pasture-raised Scottish Highland beef, pork, chicken, and goat.
Our pastured animals are raised outdoors with free access to pasture, sunshine, fresh air, clean water, and shelter. We raise all our own hay on farm. We use no grains for ruminants (with the exception of our dairy goats who, during lactation, receive up to one pound daily of certified organic soy-free grain), no hormones, no antibiotics, and no soy. Goats are available in July and all other cuts are available in early December.
Our pastured meats are ‘transitional’ organic (i.e., not yet certified). We are working with a certifier in 2016 to gain organic certification for our livestock.
Our goats and chickens are for on-farm pick-up only and beef and pork are available for pick-up at a family-owned meat processor in Seward, IL, that services small farms in our area. We do not ship or deliver.
Angelic Organics Learning Center, Thomas Spaulding, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia, IL 61011. (815) 389-8455.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.learngrowconnect.org. Pasture Meats: http://www.learngrowconnect.org/catalog/pasture-meats
Bauer Custom Meats is a family owned and run business in northern Illinois, centrally located between Chicago, Peoria, La Salle/Peru, Rockford, and the Quad Cities. We serve all of northern Illinois, eastern Iowa, and even some folks in southern Michigan, Minnesota, and Indiana. We raise grass fed and finished whole and half lamb and beef year-round. We also offer pastured chicken (whole) and pork (whole and half) raised on locally produced grain and forage.
We believe in the humane treatment of animals allowed to live similarly as they would in nature, not crowded in a feedlot and fed unnaturally high levels of grains and concentrates. Our animals are never treated or implanted with hormones, or fed antibiotics to unnaturally increase rate of weight gain. We use an inspected meat processor nearby and butcher to your specifications.
Bauer Custom Meats, Anthony or Sandy Bauer, PO Box 237, Mineral IL 61344. (309) 288-5110.
E-mail: email@example.com Website: http://www.bauercustommeats.com
Grass fed beef, $6.50 lb. hanging weight; averages 75 pounds per quarter
Grass fed goat (kid), $175 each
Grass fed goat (adult), $225 each
Grass fed lamb, $270 each
Pastured pork, $6.00 lb
Pastured turkey, $7.00 lb
Free-range chicken eggs, $4.00 dozen
Free-range duck, $30 each
Free-range Guinea fowl, $25 each
Pastured broiler chickens, $20 each
Beef, goat, lamb and pork are cut, wrapped and frozen by Green County Locker in Monroe, WI. Poultry is processed by a local custom processor. All prices include processing. Orders taken for future delivery, no animal is slaughtered until ordered to provide the freshest meat possible.
Can arrange pick up at 136 Skyline Drive, Carpentersville, IL 60110, or at the farm near Freeport.
Boru Farms, Jeanne Raia and Jay Radke, 8225 IL Hwy 26 N, Freeport IL 61032. (815) 291-9766 or (815) 541-6662.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://naimhe8.wix.com/borufarm.
Brammeier Farms – Organic 100% Grass-Fed and Grass-Finished Beef.organic logo
Brammeier Farms is a family organization and has been in the family for nearly 100 years. We have been farming organically since 1999, and have been certified organic through OCIA since 2001.
We sell our beef by the whole, half, and quarter cow for $4.00 per pound (hanging weight + processing fees). We also sell our beef in 25-pound bundles, which contains a variety of cuts, at $9.00 per pound.
If you wish to just buy ground beef (in quantities of 20 pounds or more), the price is $7.00 per pound.
Brammeier Farms, Gerry Kerkhof, 1993 335th Street, Wilton, IA 52778. (563) 370-6415.
Brass Family Farm: 100% Grass-fed Red Devon Beef
OUR PHILOSOPHY: We believe farmers have an exceptionally important calling: To grow and raise the most healthy, nutrient-dense food possible so that current and future generations can thrive and be nourished.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES: We are not in the commodity beef business. We are in the food production business and are directly responsible for the health, intelligence, and longevity of the consumer. We refuse to compromise our convictions for the almighty dollar. Sadly, not every farmer or business shares in this philosophy.
OUR FAMILY: We are a 4th generation family farm located 5 miles Southwest of Rockford, IL. near Stillman Valley, IL.
OUR CATTLE: We raise Red Devon cattle. Red Devon cattle are one of the oldest heritage beef breeds in existence today. They are the breed that the Pilgrims chose to bring with them to America in 1623. George Washington also owned a herd of Red Devon cattle. Devon grass-fed beef has a particularly rich and robust flavor that is juicy and fine-textured.
OUR FARMING PRACTICES: Our herd is 100% grass-fed. They never receive grain. Our cattle are born on our farm and spend their entire lives on pasture. During the growing season, our herd is moved once a day to a new “salad bar” slice of pasture. During the dormant season, our herd either grazes winter cover crops or is fed grass/alfalfa hay.
Please visit our website for more information about our farm and our 100% grass-fed beef.
What we offer your family is the same meat we feed to our family. You get the very best of what our labors produce. Put another way, we won’t ever sell you something we wouldn’t happily eat ourselves.
Brass Family Farm, Stephen Brass, 9402 North Meridian Road, Stillman Valley IL. 61084. (815) 218-5076.
E-mail: Stephen@Brassfamilyfarm.com. Website: www.BrassFamilyFarm.com
Broad Branch Farm is run by Anita and Brian Poeppel with help from our three young daughters, Lucy, Susannah, and Laura. We are a small diversified family farm trying to grow the best, cleanest food possible, for ourselves and for you. We are not a Certified Organic farm, but all purchased inputs are Certified Organic, and we never use antibiotics, growth hormones, herbicides, pesticides, or artificial fertilizers.
We raise grass finished beef, pastured chickens and eggs, vegetables, and pastured pork. Cattle spend their whole lives outside except for extreme weather events eating green growing pasture, stockpiled dormant pasture, or Certified Organic hay, depending on the season. We use management intensive grazing to ensure the highest quality pasture, and also for the health and sustainability of the land. The cattle are grown to about 26 months to ensure fully finished, juicy, flavorful meat.
Laying and broiler chickens are raised on the farm from 2 day old chicks in our brooder house, and begin grazing once they can tolerate the weather. Every chicken enjoys fresh pasture in a rotational grazing system. All purchased chicken feed is Certified Organic. Our pastured eggs and broilers are exceptional in flavor and nutrition.
We offer our beef, chickens, pork, eggs and vegetables through our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. This is a subscription which customers sign up for and receive weekly, bi-weekly or monthly deliveries. Visit our website for details.
Broad Branch Farm, Ltd., Anita and Brian Poeppel, RR 1 Box 44, Wyoming IL 61491. (309) 695-2051.
E-mail: email@example.com. Website: http://www.broadbranchfarm.com.
Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm is an old-fashioned family farm conveniently located in north central Illinois.
Our farm is a living system that thrives on responsible stewardship of our resources. We raise our animals in ways that nurture and respect their natures. Chickens, pigs, and beef cattle are fed high quality pastures and locally grown feeds; they don’t need drugs, hormones or antibiotics.
Milk & Meadow Beef ™ is unique. Our calves are NOT weaned prematurely, are NOT altered (dehorned or castrated). They go to the butcher at 8-10 months of age to ensure a consistently lean, tender, delicately flavored product you can feel good about feeding your family.
Beef can be purchased as a whole, half, or mixed quarters. Pork is available in wholes or halves. We offer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares that include a monthly assortment beef, pork, chicken and eggs. Shares are for a period of three, six, or twelve months and can be renewed around the calendar. An “every other month” delivery option is also available. From June through October you can find our products at the Logan Square Farmers Market.
More information and share sign up is available at our website.
Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm, Jody & Beth Osmund, 1985 North 3609th Road, Ottawa IL 61350. (815) 431-9544.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.cedarvalleysustainable.com
Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm is committed to educating producers and consumers about the importance of local, healthy, environmentally friendly foods. We offer informational programs to local government, volunteer and civic groups, churches, and groups concerned about health and the environment. If you have a group of 10 or more people interested in learning more about local food production and Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm, please contact us to schedule a presentation.
Jody & Beth Osmund host field days at their farm and offer farmer training in pastured poultry at workshops and conferences in Illinois and Wisconsin. In 2007, Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm received a USDA grant to develop and present materials to encourage and teach other farmers how to sell sustainable meats directly to consumers. In 2008 & 2009 the Frontera Farmer awarded Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm grants to help them improve farm infrastructure to increase the farm’s food production and improve animal handling and grazing rotation. In 2010, Jody participated on a panel discussion “Let Them Eat Grass” at the Family Farmed Expo in Chicago; and Beth presented at the National Women in Agriculture Educators Conference in Baltimore, MD.
Dearing Country Farms is a small family farmstead located just 3 miles west of Bloomington, IL. We have raised-from-chicks, organically fed, cage-free, pastured laying hens that produce healthy, great tasting top quality eggs, as well as broilers and fryer chickens.
Through earth friendly and organic farming practices we grow and cultivate a wide variety of fruits, nuts, berries and vegetables. We have a small shop on our property where you can purchase all of our goods, and also sell through a variety of local grocery and specialty stores. In addition, we sell at the Downtown Bloomington Farmer’s Market every Saturday, June through October.
logoWe follow the USDA National Organic Program Standards, but are not NOP certified; we are a member of Certified Naturally Grown.
Dearing Country Farms, Brad Dearing, 16410 N 800 E., Bloomington IL 61705. (309) 963-4932.
E-mail: email@example.com. Website: http://www.dearingcountryfarms.com.
The Dickman’s family farm is located 1 hour southwest of Chicago. We have been operating our farm since 1960. During that time, we have learned the value of knowing what goes into your food. We pride ourselves in supplying our customers with top quality products.
Our chickens are moved onto fresh grass every day starting at two weeks of age and are processed at 6 weeks of age. Weights range from 3–6 pounds per our customer’s requests. All of our feed is mixed weekly on the farm and contains no hormones, pesticides, antibiotics or animal by-products. Our pasture has been chemical-free since 1997.
Our fresh poultry products are available April through October and must be picked up at our farm or one of the Farmer’s Markets we attend. Fresh frozen products are available year-round. Our product line includes whole chicken, cut up chicken, bone in and boneless breast and various chicken sausages. We welcome visitors to inspect our facilities at any time during the production cycle. Please e-mail or call for specifics on hours, quantities, and availability.
Also available are fresh brown eggs with deep golden yolks. Our laying hens are free to roam on grass and scratch for bugs. The best tasting fresh pastured turkeys are available for Thanksgiving. Numbers are limited, so order early.
The Dickmans, JoAnn Dickman, 6480 S. 14000 West Road, Herscher IL 60941. (815) 426-2154.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.dickmans.net
Dierks Farms would like to introduce you to the Dierks family: Violet, Larry, Pam, Lari, Lane and Lathan Dierks. Violet, Larry’s Mother, is part of the third generation of Dierks Farms, a grass-fed Beef operation in Southern Illinois.
We are proud to have an intergenerational farm. Violet, adds history and wisdom to our farming practices. Our family is the 4th and 5th generation of Dierks to farm our family farm. Our family works everyday to improve the world around us by using farming practices that will preserve our farm for generations to come.
Dierks Farms was founded on the basis of grass-fed beef even before the health benefits were brought to light. Today, we believe in grass-fed because it benefits our family, our animals, our customers and our environment. Our farming practices are centered around the humane treatment of our animals. Our animals are raised on stress-free grass that is rotated on a regular basis both for the animals and the environment. Our cattle are never fed corn and are not given antibiotics. This creates the best quality grass-fed beef possible. Our family farm has a close relationship with the soil and water conservation service and has received Soil and Water Farm Family of the Year. This proves that our environmental farming spans all throughout our farming practices.
Don’t just take our word for it, try our meat and fresh produce for yourself. You’ll love the taste and your body will love the healthy benefits. We strive to be “America’s Grass Fed Beef!”
Dierks Farms, Pam Dierks, 273 West Point Road, Ava IL. 62907. (618) 559-9302.
E-mail: email@example.com. Website: www.americasgrassfedbeef.com
Eden Project Farms is a small, diverse farm providing best quality food products as well as maintaining ecological balance of the land. The main purpose of our farm is to follow principles of a natural, homemade, sustainable, small-scale, diversified, more than organic way of farming. We only feed certified organic products to our animals.
We offer variety of different products but our main items are:
Farm Fresh Eggs – Our Red Star brown egg layers follow rotation after pastured cows and are fed organic, non-GMO feed that does not contain soy. Hens have daily access to fresh pasture, fresh air and sunshine. Our eggs are sold on first come, first serve basis. Please refer to order form in the Farm Stand menu on the web site or you can always email or call us to order.
Honey – We raise Italian honeybees at the farm without using any chemicals. Honey is non-pasteurized and limited in quantity.
Pastured Meat Chickens – our meat chickens are raised similarly to laying hens. They travel around the pasture in portable shelters and are rotated on daily basis. Organic, no-soy feed completes their diet.
Lamb / Sheep – are 100% grassfed which makes their meat more tender, high in omega 3s, linoleic acid, antioxidants, even vitamins, minerals, calcium, and dietary fiber. We use managed grazing and “flerding” technique (cows and sheep together) which reduces and prevents parasites in all species by interrupting their parasite cycle.
Pastured Pork – our hogs are raised in small herds, first to make sure that we take the time to observe each individual and assess its needs for better quality product; secondly, to use pastures and wooded areas that other animals would not utilize. Hogs graze freely and have access to fresh air, sunshine, dirt and grass every day which accounts for approximately 80% of their feedstuff. Organic no-soy hog feed completes their diet.
Eden Project Farms, Anna Lipinska-Perez, Farm Address: 3470 Spring Creek Road, Barrington Hills, IL 60010; Mailing Address: 414 S. Third Street, West Dundee, IL 60118. (847) 401-9785.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.edenprojectfarms.com
Flying S is a family farm in East Central Illinois devoted to taking care of the land logo1and animals. Intensive Grazing practices are used to produce naturally healthy grass fed beef. We are approved by the American Grass Fed Association; we’re not certified organic, but you can come inspect us anytime!
Flying S beef is dry-aged for 14-21 days and is frozen in thick clear vacuum packages. With advance notice we can cut your steaks any thickness you like.
Whole frozen pastured chickens available year-round!
Save time and gasoline by picking up beef orders in Orland Park, Glenview and Indianapolis. We deliver after each time we butcher.
Butchering dates and current pricing can be found on the website.
If you care about what you’re eating call or email to order some natural grass-fed beef today. Thanks for supporting local farms.
Flying S Beef, Penny Shaw, 17594 E. 500th Avenue, Palestine IL 62451. (618) 586-2488.
E-mail: email@example.com. Website: www.flyingsbeef.com
Forest Hill Farm raises certified organic, 100% grass fed beef from registered Red Angus cattle. The beef is dry aged for flavor and tenderness. We follow MIG grazing practices for both cattle and sheep.
Our Lamb is certified organic, 100% grass fed. Organic certification is through OCIA.
Forest Hill farm offers pasture-raised pork from our Gloucestershire Old Spots which graze certified organic pastures. Seasonal plantings of oats, buck wheat, rape seed, clover, and pumpkins add to the quality of our pork.
Pasture-raised poultry is available beginning each June. Free-range, heritage bred turkey is available beginning in November. Duck is available beginning in September.
All our livestock is raised using organic practices, however only the beef and lamb are certified organic.
We sell retail cuts of organic beef, organic lamb, and pastured pork and poultry.
Interested in buying larger quantities?
Whole, half, quarter steers
Whole and half lamb
Whole and half hogs
Iowa Delivery Locations: Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Dubuque
Illinois Delivery Locations: Oak Brook, Crystal Lake, Woodstock
Wisconsin Delivery Locations: Prairie Du Chein