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Pasture-Raised Food Directory for Minnesota and Across the U.S.

Eggs that are fresh off the farm from pasture-raised hens have double the Vitamin E (great for immune system), 2.5 times as much omega-3 fatty acids (aids vision, heart and brain health).  WOW!  

Breakfast note: Try eggs and  whole wheat toast (like I do 3x/week) - you'll generally eat 400 calories less throughout the day as this combo curbs hunger longer.   

What is Pastured Food and Where Can I Get It?

It's all about the grass, man.

A pasture-raised farm needs healthy soil and careful pasture management - only a high-quality pasture will raise high-quality animal products. Therefore,  many pasture-based ranchers refer to themselves as "grassfarmers" rather than “ranchers.”

Eatwild (www.eatwild.com) is THE directory for pastured farms and products.  This website is a comprehensive directory of all ranches and farms who meet Eatwild's criteria to be on their directory. 

On Eatwild's "Beyond the Farm" site, in Minnesota, they list buying clubs, Farmer's Markets, restaurants and stores who carry the pastured products of their qualified ranches and farms.  Also on this site are recipes and resources about how to enjoy pastured products to their fullest!

For my family, there are two things I pretty much insist on buying "fresh" - eggs and chicken.  I also do often buy grass-fed beef at Trader Joe's (which does a great job of telling you where your food comes from).  I could buy more pasture-raised, but it hasn't trickled through all of my grocery shopping habits just yet. 

I guess the chicken thing (thanks to shows like "FOOD INC.") really made me consider how the food I eat ended up in my mouth.    On a similar note, I learned from Dr. Oz last week that "Tiger Shrimp" is generally shrimp that is raised oversees where the shrimp eats their own excretement.  My shrimp-eatinghabits have adjusted to exclude "tiger" from a selection on a menu or grocery store.

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