While the farm is the optimal way to burn extra energy, we focus on connecting our farm and others - to those folks that have interest in where and how their food is procured:) If you can find a weakness in this new, yet old-fashioned food system, feel free to enlighten me. It might be my idea of anticipating folks will smile when they gain access to real, health-giving food from a farm they can visit! There you have it. My weakest link, imo.
We don't do sales, cuz we don't. SELL .anything. Turns out, the commercial food regulators have their own def for the words "sale, sell, etc - that means - all ways - commercial transfer of goods! When you pick up bread and give it to your elderly Mother, is that a commercial transaction, really? Even if in trade for a hug or a Lincoln $5 spot? Commerce or private?
What we do is offer access to a privately managed food system, where you own your food on the farm, as a club:) I founded a private food club, aptly named Freedom Farms Coop - after the largest marketing entity in the state (MN dept of ag) attempted to steal our right of access to the foods of our choice. This club has taken our foodie community thru the commercialized court system and back to earth, having a jury that understood the difference between retail commercial trade and a private relationship with farm and farmer.
So, we are hundreds of families with the incentive to maintain our own health, along with those that support the same objective. While mostly volunteer effort gets this done with very little (if any) waste, we collectively source most any healthy food that is requested by our membership. Hence, we have our connection mode: www.farmmatch.com that does exactly that - if you put forth some effort. You simply input your food preferences and profile the quality that you require, and the search is on to find a match:) Ready. GO!
I couldn't be more pleased with the quality of products and services. I've ordered from other farms, and by far this is the best place! Not only was every single item delivered, but the quality of the milk, cheese, chicken, etc, was fantastic. Prices were great. If you are trying to provide real food for your family, I highly recommend this farm. They are very organized and friendly too. Blown away! (April '18)
Recent activity by (food health?) regulators remind me that we need to be vigilant in our collective response to commercial agencies and their attempts to bring us down to their level of mediocrity. A farm woman from northern MN was "asked" for inspection access. The commercial rules would have us all upgrade our kitchens to their overwhelming and idiotic measures to keep us from hurting ourselves:) I took a pic of what keeps reminding me of what happens when they try to commercialize access to food: See pic (upper left) of our farm doormat - advising of the extent of our knowledge of property rights, courtesy of Weston A Price foundation and FTCLDF - 2012
We have plans to add to our growing community as we promote the unique offerings from special sources in our region. Fruitful Seasons Dairy, near Alexandria, is considering the idea of a dropsite option for locals interested in expanding their access to variety beyond their awesome raw cheeses:) Adding to our club, a site near Kerkhoven - this site allows for yet another subset of folks to enjoy the collection of FFC values. A site in Watertown and Hutch?, a reset of our Hopkins site - now near to Minnetonka, recently added BC, Prior Lake n Eden Prairie, now Mound, Hutch and Monticello along with a potential new site near St Augusta. Pls contact me if this gets your attention:) Our connection to Azure is improved as I've volunteered to host the Sauk Centre Truckstop site and support special delivery to our members.. Better food options are out there and farmers need support, to transition to environmentally sound practices..
That'd be all for now. Happy n Healthy 2021 and beyond! Covid in the rear-view mirror:)
Be well, all ways:) Alvin in MN
pastured, NO soy/corn/wheat = NO influence from Bayer/santo
We package 60 eggs in cartons, recover the materials for zero carbon footprint - deliver along established route, courtesy of 20+ volunteer sites. Additional fee to cover overhead of delivery
Our premium eggs from heritage pastured hens, while supplies last!
Who else raises pork without the influence of Bayer/Santo? NO corn/soy/wheat! Soaking transitional barley, adding minerals and greens in season. Why do that - unless animal/human health is a priority?
custom hog processing at Riverside Meats, sausages with our recipes and theirs:)
custom hog processing at Riverside Meats, our recipes and theirs:)
We've replaced conventional stuff with sea salt, and organic cane!
Running a holiday sale or weekly special? Definitely promote it here to get customers excited about getting a sweet deal.
FAQ about FFC
6. Are the chicken pieces organic? - or just the whole birds?
Alvin - Ground chicken, wings, leg/thigh, links and breast as well as ground turkey are all grown by Larry Schultz Organic Farms. All of these are certified organic. We now have a great soy/corn-free option from 3Sixteen Ranch that follow our protocol, beyond organic.
7. Is the bacon organic?
Alvin - Bacon comes for hogs from Schlangen farm, grown without soy or corn - cured with either honey or maple syrup and sea salt, then cold smoked to finish a very satisfying healthy food. Organic just does not do it justice. We do have a vac-pak option that is done per same inputs by Conrath Quality Meats in WI. Only sea salt and white pepper added.
8. Does pastured mean partly grass-fed, as opposed to 100% grass fed? Sorry,
still learning the lingo.
Alvin - Pastured (in this case) refers to hogs and chickens, lamb and older
sheep, etc. We require our dairy and beef (ruminants) to be 100% grass-fed
because it leads to completely different profile of fat, protein and milk - as
compared to commercial dairy or feedlot beef, or even organic grain finished.
9. Coconut oil... what does WFN stand for?
Alvin - Wilderness Family Naturals is a MN company that specializes in healthy
oils, raw medicinal foods, etc. Google it! Now Wildly Organic
Questions are good. A sign of a growing awareness in the big picture of a
healthier planet. Let me know how you would proceed. Tx
Be well, Alvin
Schlangen Family farm
We have transitioned from a commodity
production model of the 90's
to a human food resource
Organic practices since 2000.
The difference is challenging
yet refreshing, purposeful!
Founded Freedom Farms Coop
in July, 2010 - to secure privacy of food access
for MN families and stay out of court:)
Be well, all ways:)
Alvin & Alice
We do pork
like you wouldn't believe was possible:)
We eliminate the influence of monsanto/ now bayer.
NO soy, corn or derivatives of such.
We grow greens indoors in winter to supply live energy year-round:) Same holds true for our eggs!
Precision grading (sizing of eggs by weight), selected breeds for instinctive connection to fertile soil and vegetation:) The only way to obtain truly nutrient dense food:) Find our food options at
Freedom Farms Coop
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We love our member families, we did three planned tours in 2018, included leased-to-club ruminants (100% grass-fed) dairy n beef!
33236 Oakland Rd, Freeport, MN 56331, US