We’ve come a long way since the days when organic and natural foods were the exception instead of the norm. Consumers now insist on and get “clean” wholesome foods, including meats. In Southern Oregon, there are approximately 20 ranches and dairies that produce premium grass-fed organic and natural meats, including Full Circle Bison Ranch.
Full Circle Bison Ranch is the only certified organic bison ranch west of the Rockies. Bison are grass-fed on only certified organic pastures and raised hormone- and antibiotic-free. Bison meat has less fat and cholesterol and fewer calories than beef. It also has more iron, vitamins B-12 and E, protein, and Omega-3 fatty acids.
A ceremonial tobacco offering is made prior to the humane harvesting in the field at Full Circle. The meat is then custom cut, vacuum sealed and flash frozen. A variety of cuts are available through Southern Oregon growers markets, at the ranch and through their online store.
Circle Star Ranch, in Roseburg, Oregon, specializes in the raising of GMO-free foods such as 100% grass fed beef, bison, lamb, chicken, and eggs,
Here are a few others:
Numerous Oregon Tilth certified producers in Coquille, Klamath Falls and Myrtle Point are listed on the Oregon Tilth Website. The majority are dairies whose primary crops are organic grasses, hays and grains, but who also offer beef and cull dairy cattle for harvesting. If you’re interested in buying your hormone and antibiotic-free meat locally, asking around at growers markets and checking out these ranches may get you just the cuts you’re looking for.
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