DROUGHT AND ORGANIC GRAIN SUPLIES
Due to ongoing drought conditions organic grain is now in short supply and consequently has increased in price dramatically. The Ethical Farmers after consultation with many of our customers have decided to change our certified organic feed to a natural chemical/GMO free feed. (Please Note: this feed falls outside the original Organic Standard and we will not call it organic.) The Australian Certified Organic (ACO) has increased allowable non-organic inputs into certified feed to 25%. We believe this to be misleading and is not a fair indication of “true” organic.
The change in our feed will affect all our egganic eggs and organic pork. We will continue to use certified organic feed for our meat birds until at least the end of the year, so all of our chicken meat products are still labelled “organic”.
In reality all produce that the Ethical Farmers use or produce will change very little and will always meet our strict standards that will be healthier for you and the environment.
It is not always possible for us to grow everything ourselves so we have forged great relationships with likeminded farmers who supply us and we work closely with them.
This ensures we understand how the animals have been raised and also enables the farmers to work with us in the pursuit of handpicking the best possible product for your plate. This also helps the producer to maximize returns – so we all benefit.
We would like to introduce you to our wonderful farmers and we hope you enjoy their stories!
We only stock Grass fed and finished beef. We source beef from Figtree Organic Farms. They have two properties one near Grafton and the other in Inverell in Northern NSW. Farmers Henry and Glenn are passionate about growing healthy and tasty beef, here is their story.
“At FigTrees Organic Farms we believe that the quality of beef should be determined not only on the visual appeal of the beef, but more importantly on the degree of healthy fats and protein which the beef contains.
To ensure the high standard of meat required by our outlets we use only the highest quality Hereford bulls available, generally sourced from Steve Collins 'Glenwarrah' Hereford stud, one of the industry's most respected breeders for meat quality.
The cattle are grazed exclusively on pastures because this ensures not only that the nutritional quality and flavour of the beef is the highest standard possible, but also that the cattle are raised ethically in their natural environment. By consuming beef from FigTrees Organic Farms you will be tasting beef the way nature intended it to be - naturally healthy for you.
At 'Billabong', Inverell our yearling and two year old beef is fed on a diverse high quality native and improved pasture in the foothills above Inverell and is a product that we are extremely proud of.
At 'Wilton Park', Grafton we specialise in producing top quality milk veal coming off healthy pastures on the Clarence River flood plain.
Through our commitment to organic and holistic farming you can be assured that our products not only taste great but they are also taking care of your health, farm health and the health of our surrounding environment and water systems.
We also stock Cape Grim Grass fed beef from Tasmania to supplement the beef form Figtree.
Some information from Cape Grim themselves
THE PUREST AIR IN THE WORLD.
Crystal clear air isn’t the only thing Cape Grim has going for it, though: rain quality hangs on air quality, so the rain is the world’s purest too.
Given that it rains in Cape Grim for 187 days a year on average, the pasture there makes for perfect grazing land.
So it’s hardly surprising that the British breeds of Cape Grim Beef, lungs full of clean air and bellies busy digesting the superior pastures on offer, have earned themselves a reputation for providing premium-grade beef, sought after by butchers and chefs who have built their careers on choosing the best produce and letting it speak for itself.
CAPE GRIM BEEF IS GUARANTEED TO BE TENDER, JUICY AND OF THE HIGHEST EATING QUALITY.
Compared to other beef products you should find it to have a rich and full flavour – reflecting the grass-only diet of the cattle.
And as required by Tasmanian law, it is completely free of hormone growth promotants.
- Hormone free
- Antibiotic free
- GMO free
- British breed beef only
- Graded to four & five star MSA tenderness grades
- Naturally marbled for maximum juiciness and flavour
- Humanely & Sustainably grown
Our pork comes from John and Julia Cordukes at Wollondale in the Southern tablelands. They breed Large Black pigs, and raise them free-range on their property near Goulburn in southern NSW. The pigs are healthy, happy, and free to roam in the fresh air and sunlight. They also feed on pasture and grain and have plenty of water and shade.
We have a fine selection of quality dairy, including some of the best
organic yoghurt and cheese on the market:
- Pepe Saya Cultured Butter
- Fromart (genuine handcrafted Swiss cheese)
- Paris Creek Organic Cheese
- Barambah Organic Cheese & Yoghurt
- Elgaar Organic Cheese, Yoghurt, Milk & Cream
- Ivyhome Organic Whole Milk Yoghurt
- Sacred Earth Organic Ghee