• LaurenWallace

Dayton Local Meat & Produce | Local, sustainable, ethical, & H&A free.

Updated: May 10

"Eat local!" "Eat seasonal!" "Eat sustainable!" . OK, cool...so, how?

With a Kroger or Walmart on ever corner, its really hard to know just what kind of food you are buying. Even with the "organic" section of most super markets or the more tailored markets like Fresh Thyme and Amazon's own- Whole Foods Market, getting the best produce is not always easy. There are a dime-a-dozen online produce shops that promise to deliver only the freshest organic ingredients to your door, and that's cool. BUT, how can you ensure you are eating the best quality meat and produce when you don't even know where it is coming from? Short of growing it yourself, there are limitations to your shopping.

Let's be honest, most of us do not have the space, knowledge, or time to raise our own poultry, livestock, or grow our own produce. Especially, the right way. Local, organic, free range, grass fed, hormone and antibiotic free, chemical free, and sustainably grown/ raised with the humane and ethical practices and a zero waste initiative- that is not an easy job. But that is the healthiest, most natural, nutrient dense, farm-to-table food you can eat. Providing that level of mindful and intentional nutrition, is a full time job that farmers with only the highest level of education, ethic, and moral can provide.

So, how do you find that? Well, if you are a Dayton, OH local, I have done the legwork for you. For those that are not, farmers markets, pop-up markets, local farms, and Amish markets are available with just a little research. Once you find a good one, ask them where they buy their meats, produce, honey, eggs, and dairy product. Farmers with like-minded ethical and naturalistic practices, tend to know one another.

Here are some Dayton local vendors and farms that supply just what the Doctor ordered.

Beef, Lamb, Chicken, Hog, & Eggs:

For grass fed, free range, hormone and antibiotic free meats and eggs, look no further than Carrol Creek Farms. This local farm believes in raising their animals humanely and sustainably, caring for them naturally while cultivating the natural ecosystem that they are a part of. Their animals feed and forage from the very grounds they are free to roam. Bring the kids when you stop in for your meats- they have an adorable little petting area with all of the baby animals, right outside their meat shop. And, never hesitate to ask for a tour- they will show you the different pastures, grazing fields, and wooded lots that the animals have made their homes. For larger orders, call ahead. Jess and Adam provide only the most natural, highest quality, and wholesomely raised meats and eggs, including:

-100% Grass fed Beef (Angus & Hereford)

-Woodlot raised Berkshire Hogs

-Pasture Raised Grass Fed Lamb (Katahdins)

-Free Range Chicken (Broiler Chickens)