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Business Thu Feb 07 2008

Arnolds Farm

As many of you know finding good quality meets can be tough, especially when trying to avoid the pitfalls of "factory farming". I just recently placed my first order with Tom Arnold from Arnold's Farm. Tom makes delivers with some regularity to the Chicago area, if not in the city itself.

I'll let the website do most of the talking but I can safely say this is some of the best beef I've had in ages. Most of what I bought was grass finished beef and the taste was amazing. Slightly gamy with a deep crimson color and gorgeous marbling. I also purchased some whole chickens and various other cuts which I have yet to dig into, but just by the color I can tell the chicken is going to be delicious. The breast meat and skin are a nice dark tan/red, not the pasty white you normally find with mass production birds. Tom allows his chickens to follow the grazing rotation of the cows and therefor they only feed on bugs, grass and other critters as they are intended to.

So forget the jokers at Whole Foods and the Stupidmarket, and support a local farmer! We live in a great city, please use these resources we have available.

 

Nina Interlandi / February 18, 2008 1:46 PM

Hi there!

Just wanted to drop a note and introduce myself...I run a Yahoo Group that is dedicated to eating locally in the Chicago area. I have been hearing some really great things about Arnold Farm, and I agree - their website says really great things about how their animals are raised and fed. I have just sent an e-mail to them trying to find out when they will next be making a delivery to Chicago - and I hope to purchase some of their grass-finished beef especially, if possible!

:)
Nina
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/chicagolocavores/

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