- COREY'S DIGS - LYNN COREY - MAY 9, 2022 -
After publishing Corey’s Digs report on NEW Controlled Food System is Already in Place and They Will Stop at Nothing to Accelerate Their Control, Pete Kennedy’s article on Finding Sources of Fresh Food over at The Solari Report, seems only fitting. There are some terrific resources in here that can be very helpful and beneficial to many.
By Pete Kennedy, The Solari Report
With the accelerating deterioration in quality and reliability of the conventional food supply, one of the best steps anyone can take for health and preparedness is to increase purchases of food produced by regenerative farmers and small-scale artisans. What follows is a summary of resources to help you find fresh food.
Any search should start with the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF, www.westonaprice.org). WAPF is an international membership 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the American diet through education, research, and activism. The foundation operates on a system of local chapters; there are around 320 chapters in the U.S. and close to another 75 internationally. It is the primary responsibility of each chapter leader to locate sources of real food for both WAPF members and non-members who ask. To find a WAPF chapter near you, go here.
Every December, WAPF also publishes its Shopping Guide, a comprehensive listing of sources for 30 food categories, including meat, dairy, poultry, ferments, and other nutritious foods. (Members receive the guide for free; non-members can purchase the guide for $3.) With “Best,” “Good,” and “Avoid” rankings, the guide strives to identify the healthiest foods consumers can purchase in health food stores, supermarkets, and farms, including foods that can be ordered by phone or online.
I. Websites to Locate Regenerative Farms
For those who don’t live near a WAPF chapter or who live in a food desert with few (if any) local sources of nutrient-dense foods, here are websites listing regenerative farmers that include those who ship their products:
1. EatWild.com – Founded in 2001 to promote the benefits of eating meat, eggs, and dairy products from “100% grass-fed animals or other non-ruminant animals being fed their natural diets,” EatWild features a state-by-state-plus-Canada directory of local farmers who sell pasture-raised products direct to consumers. The website’s directory currently lists more than 1,400 pasture-based farms.
2. LocalHarvest.org – Local Harvest’s website has a directory listing “over 40,000 family farms and farmers markets along with restaurants and grocery stores that feature local food.” Local Harvest has listings for local farms, community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs, farmers markets, restaurants, groceries, pick-your-own produce and farm stands.
3. FarmMatch.com – The FarmMatch site connects consumers looking for nutrient-dense food with local farmers and buyers clubs selling food from local farms. Many of the producers on FarmMatch will also ship their products.
4. RealMilk.com – This is the website for A Campaign for Real Milk, a project of the Weston A. Price Foundation to establish universal access to raw milk. All farmers and food buyers clubs listed on the site provide raw dairy products; many also sell meat, poultry, eggs, produce, and other foods. WAPF has both a national and international directory of producers. For an interactive map, go here.
5. AzureStandard.com – Azure Standard markets the products of thousands of farmers and local businesses by providing a one-stop shop for people who have trouble finding organic, naturally produced foods locally. Azure delivers to drop points around most of the country and ships everywhere in the U.S. Go to azurestandard.com for more information.
6. PolyfaceFarms.com – One farm that needs no help to successfully market its products is the world-famous Salatin family farm, Polyface Farm, located in southwest Virginia; the farm ships beef, pork, poultry, and other nutrient-dense foods across the country to customers ordering through polyfaceyum.com.
II. Listings by Certification Organizations
For those interested in getting verification of standards that farmers adopt in raising livestock or growing produce, there are a number of certification organizations providing those services.
Consumers looking for grass-fed meat and dairy from grass-fed animals can go to AmericanGrassfed.org, the website of the American Grassfed Association (AGA). For a list of AGA-certified farms, go here. AGA certifies farms as “grassfed” if the animals on the farm are:
1. only fed grass and forage from weaning until harvest;
2. never treated with antibiotics or added growth hormones;
3. raised on pasture without confinement; and
4. born and raised on American family farms.
The influence of industrial agriculture has diluted the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) organic standards, especially for foods like dairy where giant confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs)—whose cows rarely or ever are out on pasture—nevertheless obtain USDA organic certification. The RealOrganicProject.org(ROP) formed to add on requirements to the current USDA standards to restore the term “organic” to its original intent. ROP has certified 850 “real organic” farmers; to view the list, go here.
Other certification organizations with listings for sources of wholesome foods include:
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