Yesterday, my girls spent a good portion of the day at the UConn Extension Center in Haddam for a 4H Skill-a-thon event. This center is pretty much used as the headquarters for the Middlesex/New Haven counties' 4H clubs. While there, Rae found a brochure for Deerfield Farm in Durham, CT and brought it home to me as it advertised raw milk! Raw milk from grass-fed cows is one of the staples of The Maker's Diet. I immediately clicked on to their website to learn more about Deerfield Farm. Though their website mentions that they "let the cows eat the grass = less tractor usage on some fields = less emissions into the air & less manure to spread," it does not say that their cows are 100% grass fed. As such, I contacted them to inquire about their cows' diet and I am awaiting a response. I am hoping that they will be able to tell me that their cows are indeed grass fed - at least primarily. While they have been in business for quite some time, this is a new discovery for me - and I am VERY excited about it!
Additionally, on our grocery shopping trip, I picked up a package of ground bison. While I haven't been able to verify if it is grass fed or not, bison is raised differently than cattle - primarily allowed to graze on open fields rather than in smaller, fenced in pastures. It is generally more environmentally friendly as they will not over-graze. One thing that I was able to find out is that no hormones are used on bison. They are raised naturally. At $4.99 per pound, it is a little bit more expensive than the ground beef that you would normally buy, but not too much more. I am still hoping to find a reasonably priced source of grass fed meats. I am encouraged that a friend of mine will likely be starting on The Maker's Diet as well. I am hoping that we can plan our purchases so that we can get bulk discounts and split shipping costs, though I would much prefer to buy locally.