The best-tasting poultry, beef, pork and game in the world, raised with care on small family farms
Banding Together — Small Farm Philosophy
Started in 1962, Joyce Farms is still a family-owned business. Their heritage lies in the small, traditional family farm. They believe small farmers, with their deep caring and passion for the animals, are the best at raising them, often using age-old artisan methods passed down through generations. They partner with small farmers, many of whom have been marginalized by big-industry meat producers, and they are proud to say they’ve helped them to grow and thrive once more.
Better Animals, Better Lives, Better Taste
Modern agricultural methods focus on yield, not quality. As a result, we have seen a widespread loss of natural flavor in food. Most people today rely on spices, sauces and complicated preparation methods for a flavorful eating experience. But this wasn’t always so. Before mass production methods and genetic modification, animals were raised humanely and naturally, without antibiotics or growth stimulants. They were able to live a natural life and raised with care and respect. And believe it or not, happy and healthy animals result in tastier animals.
Heritage Breed — Old World Breeding And Flavor
Joyce Farms realized that Americans were missing out on a rich array of culinary class poultry. In their search through Europe they discovered slow-growing heritage breeds. By bringing these breeds home, they revived traditional raising methods and now produce specialty poultry and game that impresses even the most discerning chefs with its quality and flavor.
Nothing Added — Ever
The farms that raise Joyce Farms animals must abide by one guiding imperative: that there is nothing added EVER. Quite simply, that means: no pesticides EVER, no animal by-products EVER, no hormones EVER, no growth stimulants EVER, and no antibiotics EVER. This commitment is what allows them to produce meats the way they were meant to taste.
Why Heritage Breed?
Heritage Genetics Strong DNA leads to healthier, more active animals.
Culinary Excellence Deliciously rich flavor, leading to superior taste, and better meat texture.
Artisanal Processing Everything done by hand, and slower line speed allows a much closer inspection than in industrial plants.
Pasture Raised With strict animal welfare standards, they create a low-stress environment that allows the animals to be raised the natural way.
To learn more about Joyce Farms, visit their website.
The Heritage Foods cooperative was founded in 2001 to preserve endangered species of livestock from extinction. Their partner farmers grow 100% heritage breed pigs, turkeys, lamb, chickens, ducks, guineas, and geese. All animals are raised humanely, outdoors, on pasture, using traditional farming techniques. They reproduce naturally and are never fed any antibiotics or growth hormones. Heritage meats are juicy and tender from their marbling and boast a profound taste and depth of flavor that has not been squashed by a corporate culture that only cares about rapid production.
Vital Mission Farm is a small regenerative farm with a big focus on being a part of the climate solution. Their mission is to produce the highest quality food in a manner that is nurturing for the animal, healthy for the consumer, regenerating for the soil, providing habitat for wildlife, and healing for our environment.
Established in the fall of 2007, after Kyle and Emily Becker purchased a 100 acre farm in Mooreland, Indiana. Their initial focus was freezer beef and since that time, they have diversified their farm offerings to also include pork, chicken, turkey, eggs, and milk. They sell their products direct-to-consumer at farmers markets and through a CSA program, as well as to restaurant in East-Central Indiana.