Chicken Is The King Of The Table

Chicken has become king of the table in America today. The consumption of beef per adult on the average is fifty to fifty-five pounds annually versus 75 to 80 pounds of chicken. There are many recipes from simple dishes to elegant dishes. It isn’t only healthier, but it more affordable than most cuts of beef for a family budget.

Chicken that is organically fed and pastured-raised have a lower risk of being fed contaminated feed. However, chicken that is labeled organic does not guarantee the chicken led a natural lifestyle. Asking for pasture-raised is a sure way to get the best chicken available.

Pasture-raised chicken comes from local farms that have only small flocks. They provide them a natural lifestyle where they can forage and peck, moving around naturally in the outdoors. Raised in this manner, the chicken you’ll get will be high in antioxidant nutrients, omega-3 fatty acids, and other daily recommended vitamins and less cholesterol.

Beef It Up With Fresh, Local Beef For The Healthier Way To Eat

Grass feeding is a fairly new practice to most us. But more people are learning that 100% grass-fed beef makes for a high quality product. When beef comes from 100% grass-fed cows, it is richer in beta-carotene, CLA, omega-3 fats, and Vitamin E. In addition, the risks of feed being contaminated are lower, making it safer to eat.

This beef is lower in fat, which makes the various cuts of beef you can get healthy. The cuts of beef best are bottom round, eye of round, flank, top round, and strip. 100% grass-fed beef contains as much as two times amount of beta-carotene and lutein than conventionally fed beef does. And this is true if the beef had to be silage-fed during the winter.

100% grass-fed beef has 500 to 800 milligrams of conjugated linoleic acid in a four ounceserving, 3 times greater than what is found in non-grass-fed beef. Depending on the pastures the beef have been raised in, the omega-3 fat can vary. Four ounces of grass-fed beef will have over 3 grams of total omega-3 fats.

There is a lot of talk these days about choosing pasture raised chicken over free range chicken. But maybe you’re not sure what the difference is the two? And why does it matter when it comes to eating chicken? Here we’re going to provide some information to answer those questions.

The USDA’s (and industry standard) definition for Free Range is that birds must have access to the outdoors. By being free range, there is access for the chickens to get outdoors, even if only by way of a “pop hole,” but there isn’t any minimum space requirement.

HFAC’s Certified Humane® Free range requirements are two-foot minimum space per bird. Weather permitting the hens must be outdoors for a minimum 6 hours each day. Pasture raised chickens have different space requirements. There can be 1000 birds per every 2.5 acres or 108 sf per bird. The hens are left outdoors all year long and the fields rotated periodically. The housing for the hens can be fixed or mobile as long as there is access for them to get in at night for protection from predators.

Pasture raised chicken have free roaming range, meaning, they aren’t fenced-in a confined area. Having free roaming space keeps them more relaxed and able to get more exercise. Raising chickens in a pasture is more humane because it allows them to follow nature’s schedule for eating and sleeping. When birds are allowed to graze naturally, they are less stressed and healthier, which in turn gives meat a rich fuller taste.

What’s Wrong With Grass Fed Beef From Grocery Stores?

When you read a label that says Grass Fed Beef doesn’t mean the cattle where the beef came from were 100% grass fed. It is common for ranchers to have fed their cattle corn along with grass. Many times the herd is sent to a fed-lot where they are grain-finished fed to fatten them up. But according to the USDA guidelines, if they are grass-fed at any point of their lives, the labeling can state the beef is from grass-fed cattle. This means that a grass-fed beef label really doesn’t have any substantial meaning.

The beef we sell here at Figbo is all-organic, 100% grass-fed raised cattle. When we say our beef is grass-fed, that means the cattle was not given any chemically induced feed, corn or grain given to the cattle where the meat came from. We won’t sell beef that has been fattened up on corn and grain before going to slaughter. And while it may cost a little more than the grass-fed labeled beef you get from retail stores, it is healthier meat. Because the cows were fed healthier, this makes for healthier meat for you and us.

You may wonder if 60 to 190 days of being corn fed can really make much difference when the biggest part of a cow’s life was grass-fed. What the producers of corn-finished meat won’t put on their label, is how much a cow’s nutrient profile changes towards the end. The animals’ tissues will have a decrease in the amount of CLA and Omega-3 fatty acids.

Why Support Your Local Farmers?

Boost Local Economy

By supporting local farms, you are helping stimulate and grow your region’s economy. Your dollars are an investment in local businesses that will in turn help grow local businesses which depend on area farms. Buying local makes the economy efficient by keeping the local economy alive.

Protect the Environment

In order to provide the supply chain with packaged foods and mass-produced food, multinational organizations are increasingly using farming techniques that negatively impact the environment. These methods can rapidly degrade the water and soil quality of a region, along with increased air pollution and damage to an ecosystem. By supporting local farms, you can help protect the environment and create a brighter future for your region.

Eating Healthier

Rather than feeding your family packaged goods and genetically-modified vegetables and fruits, you can get fresh produce from a farm that uses organic methods to grow their crops. Often, produce from local farms can go from the field to your dining table in less than 48 hours.

Encourage Entrepreneurship

By supporting small family farms, you are not only enabling long-time family farms to once again thrive, you are also empowering a new generation of farmers to apply new methods and techniques to create businesses that provide fresh, organic meat and produce.

Why Choose Pasture Raised Chicken?

Why should you choose our pasture-raised, organic-fed chicken over the chicken you can buy at the local market? Because it’s healthier! The chickens are raised healthier, and that makes the products we sell healthier for you. So maybe you’re asking “What makes Figbo chicken healthier?” Well, let us explain the difference:

Typical market sold chicken comes from a CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation). This is the standard commercial chicken operation which is usually situated in a barn that is very much warehouse-like, complete with a cement floor. Each bird has approximately only half a square foot of space.

The chicken that Figbo sells is pasture-raised and organic fed. The birds are protected from predators in an outdoor, electrified fenced area. Inside this area, each bird has plenty of space to forage and peck. They are rotated around every other day and are protected from direct hot sun and rain by tarp-covered structures. For the majority of their lives, they are exposed to fresh air and healthy, all-natural food.

Why Eat 100% Grass Fed Beef?

The way cows are fed has an effect on the nutrition value of the beef we get from them. It is important to know and understand the differences between grain-fed and grass-finished cows. Cows that are grain-fed are from feedlots that feed the herds grain so that they fatten up faster. Those grains are usually a corn or soy based grain. They are also given drugs or hormones that speed up their growth process as well.  Grass-finished cows are those that life their entire life in pastures, allowed to graze and eat as they want.

100% Grass Fed and Grass Finished Beef contains 80% less fat and 30% less cholesterol compared to Grain Fed Beef.

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