The following list has levels of pastured eggs and meat. They have been separated into categories of whether or not soy or other GMO grains are used. Pastured animals with soy and/or GMO grains may be better than most organic eggs and meats you can purchase at grocery stores, including Whole Foods, that don’t have access to sunlight and some portion of their diet in bugs, foraged plants, and sometimes whey/milk. Plus, all of these farms are local, and supporting local small farms is extremely vital to our food supply and economy. The options with soy and GMO grains are included here, and we encourage you to make your own informed choices about what you will purchase for your diet.
Before you buy from farmers, ask questions about what the farmers feed their animals, how much the animals are out on pasture, and whether they spray their produce with pesticides. Never assume anything when buying from farmers—many small local farmers spray pesticides on their produce and feed soy and GMO grains to their animals (they need to feed organic grains to guarantee non-GMO). Sometimes, the way they define pasture is really a small pen that is outdoors. Much of the beef found at farmer’s markets is grain-finished rather than 100% grass-fed. Also, most of the meat chickens currently available at local farmer’s markets and stores are fed GMO soy and grains. You can find soy-free pastured eggs at some farmers markets.
Also ask questions about how the butcher prepares sausages, as these typically do not have organic ingredients. You may also want to know how they are curing meats, such as bacon and hams. Each butcher is different, and this information will be as important as how the animal is raised.
If you are concerned about how the animals are treated, you can also ask farmers about their slaughtering practices, which can be very revealing.
More local farms can be found at Eat Wild Colorado.
If you have visited a farm or ranch yourself, or have up-to-date information not listed here, please contact Leslie McLaughlin, Boulder chapter co-leader at Boulder.WAPF@gmail.com