After last week's drama around the Epicurious IG post (where they announced that they would no longer post recipes including beef), along with their subsequent article (which I would have linked to, but it was oddly taken down at the time of me writing this post), it got me thinking...I want to/should be talking more to you all about our strong belief in cows! What makes us different from many other brands in the beauty space is the fact that we use animal fats in a majority of our products...and we don't try to hide it!
We are LOUD and PROUD about our use of high-quality animal fats in our moisturizers & deodorants! All of the tallow that is used in our products is sourced through Fatworks Foods. Based in Denver, CO, they source all of their suet from small, US based, family-owned farms. All of these farms raise grass-fed, pasture-raised, happy & healthy cattle!
So I wanted to take a few moments today to share a bit more about some of the farms that provide us with the nutrient-dense suet that is used to make our tallow!
Deck Family Farm is a 320-acre organic farm in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. They sell their beef, lamb, pork, and chicken, raised on pastures rich in grass, herbs, and clover, providing a natural habitat that mimics what their wild ancestors lived in. Deck sells their products through local farmers markets, as well as a CSA Box. You can purchase beef, poultry, pork and through their online store, as well as fruits and veggies, dairy, eggs, coffee, nuts & honey via their CSA box.
Belcampo's 30,000 acre farm is nestled amongst the Northern CA mountains, at the base of Mt Shasta. There, they raise beef, poultry, pork and lamb.
All of their animals are raised on acres of regeneratively farmed pastures where they’re free to roam and graze. Their key tenets are based around product transparency, using farming practices that are good for the animals as well as the land, and giving animals a life that they deserve!
You can find Belcampo meats at one of their four restaurant/butcher shops, located in Northern & Southern CA, as well as at their 9 retail locations.
But Belcampo doesn't just sell their products. They're also extremely passionate about sharing the "why" behind what they do. Belcampo regularly puts on "Meat Camp", where attendees:
- Gain a thorough understanding of meat cookery, with a focus on open-fire grilling
- Learn butchery fundamentals & practice knife skills
- Get an inside look at sustainable farming practices
It ain't cheap, so I'm currently saving up so that I can hopefully attend one day!
"Marin Sun Farms is a meat company committed to creating a more sustainable food system by empowering farmers, conserving our landscapes and restoring the vitality of the foodshed and its inhabitants. We proudly operate the last remaining USDA inspected slaughterhouse in the San Francisco Bay Area, a certified organic and Animal Welfare Approved facility, and provide the highest quality meats available in California."
At Marin, they raise beef, lamb, goat, pork, poultry and veal. You can buy their meat online, or through their animal share program, which allows you to purchase a whole, a half or a quarter of an animal. You can also buy their meat at their whole-animal butcher shop in Oakland, CA.
These are just a few of the small, family owned farms that provide the fats that we use in our products. Please check them out! If you're local, support them by purchasing their products or perhaps even going into one of their restaurants/butcher shops. Give them a follow on social media. Remember, the beef industry will not change until we force it to change. Supporting companies like these is "voting with your dollar" for the good guys!
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