Mountain Valley Farms is more than just a place to buy products. We take great pride in the way that we raise our animals - No Hormones, No Antibiotics, No Steroids, No Pesticides, No Chemical Fertilizers. They are Raised on Pasture and in the woods in a Stress-Free Environment & Handled Humanely Throughout All Life Stages. Our cattle are grass-fed and grass-finished. Our pigs are a Heritage Berkshire Hamp/York Cross. We process only a small number of animals - No Assembly Lines.
It takes longer to Pasture Raise an animal. Industrial farms usually raise their calves until they are 5-6 months old and then send them to a feedlot to be fed corn and fattened - to be processed when they are 12-15 months old. Raising our grass-fed cows takes 24 to 30 months.
Grass Fed beef is high in omega three fatty acids and is shown to reduce bad cholesterol, is higher in potentially life-saving "good fats," and higher in CLA, a known cancer-fighting nutrient NOT present in corn-fed or finished cattle. Grass-fed beef is also lower in calories, with less than half of the saturated fat from a feedlot finished steer, and high in vitamins B6 and B12. If you want to follow Michael Pollan's first line of advice from his book, In Defense of Food, "EAT FOOD," where he elaborates with, "Eat Real Food! Not Food Products. Eat foods that your great-grandmother would recognize.", then Grass Fed Beef is EXACTLY what your great-grandmother and her early ancestors ate.
Please come and join us. We have lots more information here at the store as well as unique opportunities to buy other local products.