I would just like to preface this list by saying these are my own personal opinions – as biased as they may be!!!
1. Polyface meat is antibiotic and hormone free – which means my daughter is getting safe, pure, good old fashion great tasting food.
2. Every piece of meat is inspected and touched by a human hand – you will never buy or eat anything that we wouldn’t buy or eat ourselves.
3. There is a whole team of dedicated people who care for each and every animal. While we have been fighting some horribly high temperatures I overheard one of our interns, Dustin, talking about setting up a tent next to our broiler pens so he could keep an eye on them to make sure they were kept comfortable while out in the pasture with temperatures 100+. So sweet.
4. I got to take a baby pig home to bottle feed and care for because he was the runt and his “dad” Ben was worried about him not doing as well as the others. You think Smithfield would have cared or even noticed that they had a runt that needed a little extra TLC?
5. We all sit down to a home cooked meal 5 nights a week that consists of food grown here. Cooked here. Grown here. Everyone takes turns doing dishes. Kids running around everywhere. It sounds simple – but if you were here to witness all of our hardworking interns and family showing up sweaty, tired and dirty and sitting down to prayer and a home cooked meal – it would bring tears to your eyes. If any of you have a garden – or even just a tomato plant – you know the feeling of picking that tomato that you’ve watched grow and ripen and then eat it. No questions about what or if pesticides were used – just good old homegrown goodness. It just makes you proud to be you.
6. I am a single mom so working for a family business is a dream. Sometimes I’m running late or need to leave early to take care of my daughter. Everyone understands and always offers to pitch in and watch the store so she can come first. Family first. Priceless.
7. Polyface is like it’s very own fraternity/sorority. Anywhere you go and mention the name you meet people who have visited the farm, buy from one of our buying clubs or just give you a knowing “nod” letting you know they know the value of the farm and the hard working people that keep it going day after day.
8. We can’t be found on most GPS systems. We’re truly off the “beaten path”…over the river and through the woods…in the boonies…the middle of nowhere. In this day and age it’s such a gift to go somewhere where your cell phone doesn’t work. To just visit face to face with people instead of texting/emailing. One of the most beautiful places in the world.
9. Any of the Salatin clan can be found in the sales building at any point of the day talking to customers, running the register (we don’t let Daniel or Joel! ha!), answering phones, carrying coolers of yummy food to people’s cars or just sitting on the porch enjoying the fresh air and the company of the people that come to learn more about what we do.
10. You will NEVER meet a more honest, caring, hard working group of people in your life. People who honestly care about the food we all put into our bodies and care about educating others about how important it is to care about what we put into our bodies. You know the story of the Macy’s Santa in “Miracle on 34th St” who would tell customers where they could find what they were looking for if they didn’t have it? That’s Joel. He’s our Macy’s Santa. People call from all over begging for us to ship our food and we send them to their local farmers market or to www.eatwild.com to find a farm close to them to support. We just want to take care of our little part of this world and help others to learn how to take care of theirs. “Together there is nothing we cannot do” – Audrey Hepburn