Meat Standards

By putting the ‘fair’ in animal welfare, we sell only the highest quality, conscientiously and humanely raised meat on the market

We have a little secret to share with our omnivorous friends. Our meat department isn’t all about showcasing, but it IS about the cleanest, freshest selection in the neighborhood. It IS about animal welfare. It IS about environmentally sustainable and regenerative practices. It IS about empowering farmers and ranchers to create change through holistic methods. At the bare bones minimum, our Meat Standards deliver products which are conscientiously raised and sustainably sourced without compromise. Our meat department is not your average, run-of-the-mill department. Ours is a cut above the rest with the widest selection of holistically raised, multi-species varieties of meat in town.

How do we source the highest quality meat and hold it to the most rigorous standards around?

We have a dedicated team of experts who know what to look for and require proof of authenticity. They research sustainable, humane and regenerative agricultural practices. We partner with third-party experts, farmers, and ranchers to support an ever-changing landscape and lead best practices. But it doesn’t stop there.

We catch the loopholes on label claims so that you can find the products that meet your expectations.

Transparency in the food chain is one of the most valuable ways we can empower change in the way animals are treated, how the environment is regenerated, human health is fostered, and a healthy economy is possible.

Things we DON’T allow:

  • Animal by-products (except for fish meal in some chicken feed)
  • Cages or gestation crates
  • Cloned animals
  • Genetically Modified animals
  • Hormones and other growth promoters, such as arsenicals and Ractopamine
  • Sub-therapeutic antibiotics (non-disease treating), including ionophores or other antibiotics, used to boost growth, weight, and/or feed efficiency
  • Therapeutic antibiotics (if an animal becomes sick and requires treatment with antibiotics, then that animal is removed from the herd)

Things we DO require:

  • All our chicken is free range
  • Feed that is natural to the individual species, i.e., grass for ruminants 
  • Ample outdoor space is a REQUIREMENT for all animals, so they can exhibit their natural behaviors, i.e., foraging for grass, rooting, pecking, etc.  
  • Animal welfare standards are always a REQUIREMENT and farms must have plans and management systems in place to: 
    • Provide proper nutrition for the individual species 
    • Promote health by providing the space necessary for health and wellbeing 
    • Provide animals with adequate indoor shelter during inclement weather  
    • Manage sickness, injury, stress or pain — with an emphasis placed on holistic treatment — including having a plan in place to provide humane euthanasia if it becomes necessary 
    • Provide biosecurity 
    • Provide humane handling from birth to processing 
    • Provide land management for pasture and range areas 

Things we prioritize:

  • 100% grass fed: The animals spend their entire lives on pasture, only eating grasses and other forages, which makes this top-tier quality when it comes to ruminant products.
  • Non-GMO feed: We prefer and encourage non-GMO feed
  • USDA Certified Organic: We support the National Organic Program (NOP) and allow all meat products that are certified organic to be included in our Meat Standards. NOP certified products must adhere to strict guidelines that include: no cloned or GMO animals, non-GMO organic feed, no animal by-products, outdoor access and no hormones or antibiotics are allowed.