|Current Store Hours ~ Effective June 1st, 2016|
|Monday – Friday||10am – 6pm daily|
|Saturday||1pm – 4pm|
Pine View Farms has developed its own All Natural Protocol that all Partner Producers follow which says "all poultry and livestock are raised in a low stress environment, on a healthy vegetarian diet, without the use of growth promoting medications or hormones." Different certifying bodies have varying qualifications but suffice it to say that All Natural is very close to certified organic with the exception that the animal feed is not from certified organic sources. Protocols on animal welfare, stocking density, access to outdoors etc. are very similar.
Isn't all beef "aged"? All beef is not created equal. Dry aged beef is a traditional process where the sides of beef are hung in a cooler for a period of time. As the side hangs, moisture drips out which intensifies the rich beef flavour. Gravity does its work and stretches the muscle fibres while healthy microbes break down proteins --- all of which tenderizes the meat in a natural way. Large meat plants "carbon gas flush" their beef when packaging large primal cuts to mimic dry aging --- but we don't think it compares!
We use sea salt to cure our meats. In conventional meats, sodium nitrite is used to preserve meat, prevent botulism and give sausage that pink colour that most of us have come to expect. Using sea salt achieves the same purpose only the meat will not be as pink and the shelf life not quite as long. That's why we freeze most of our sausages and use within 5 days of opening the package.
No. Our steers have access to "green feed' which can be hay, pasture grass or silage but they also receive grain as part of their diet for two reasons: 1) feeding some oats and barley marbles the meat and lends a lovely flavour to the meat and 2) because of our climate where grass doesn't grow for at least 6 months of the year, it's very difficult to feed a grass only diet. Hence, hay and silage become part of the plan for winter feeding (both of which contain Omega 3's & 6's and healthy CLA's). Animals who live outdoors need the energy that comes from grains like oats and barley to stay healthy through the winter.