Here at the co-op, we are pursuing a goal of eliminating Niman Ranch and Applegate Farm products from our shelves. As many of you may already know, Applegate Farms is now owned by Hormel (the industrial giant and maker of SPAM), and Niman Ranch was recently bought out by Perdue, the third largest chicken producer in the country, and a company repeatedly caught breaking animal welfare rules and guidelines.
But rather than focusing on the negative aspects of industrial farming, we want to find people who are improving the world and doing things right. We believe in telling the good stories in a world full of bad news, and we know that there are better options available for our customers, the planet, and the animals that are being raised for food. This is why we are going out of our way to support the small scale family farms like Keller Crafted Meats, who raise heritage pigs without farrowing crates and make uncured, non-GMO project verified bacon sweetened with organic maple syrup. They also make a paleo bacon that is unsweetened, just heritage pork and salt, for people who like their food simple and delicious.
At the coop we now carry the following from Keller Meats:
Uncured non-GMO project verified rustic bacon (paleo, because it’s unsweetened) – $8.99 for 12 oz
Uncured non-GMO project verified maple bacon (made with organic maple syrup) – $8.99 for 12 oz
Uncured non-GMO project verified Good Morning Sausage – $6.99 for 12 oz
Uncured non-GMO project verified Apple Bacon Sausage – $6.99 for 12 oz