Our goal is to help the community become aware of sustainable options available to them and to grow together to make a better city. We have great partners that help with our sustainable efforts. Please take a few minutes to look and see how you can improve your life, health, and our community.
Sandwich Me In is very excited to announce that we will be teaming up with this great Chicago based City Farm. This growing season we will have an organic raised plot producing most of the vegetables, only 20 miles away from the restaurant. The produce will be picked the day of and served to you. Learn more >
Gunthorp Farms raises Cornish Cross chickens. They also have a few Barred Rock chickens for those looking for a heritage bird. The chickens spend the first 3-4 weeks of their lives in the brooding barn under the care and management of the Gunthorp children. They are then moved out to pasture (the chickens, that is, not the children) and allowed to “day range”. Though being allowed to “day range”, the chickens still receive a mixture of corn, soybeans, and Hubbard’s Homestead mineral mix.
The pigs on the farm are raised “farrow to finish” on pasture, no crates for these pigs. The farm likes to keep things simple and natural. While on pasture, the pigs also receive a vegetarian diet of corn, soybeans, and Hubbard’s Homestead vitamin and mineral mix. Because of the breed, diet, and production method, Gunthorps can proudly say that they do not bring you “pork – the other white meat.” Pork should have some color, marbling, and flavor, and theirs does.
Gunthorp Farms strives to have the most sanitary conditions, the least amount of stress on the animals, and the least amount of chemicals of any processor in the country. They rely on extraordinary facility sanitation, conscientious hand evisceration, very slow line speeds, ample amounts of water, and very rapid chilling rather than relying on chemical interventions. These practices allow the farm to process poultry with no chlorine for antimicrobials and still easily pass the Ecoli testing as well as the UDSA’s Salmonella testing. Visit the farm’s website Gunthorp Farms >
Quarter Circle Seven
Quarter Circle Seven Ranch is an Illinois family owned and operated, all natural, grass-fed beef cattle ranch based in Marengo, Illinois. While it may look like they are out west somewhere, all the photography on their site was taken about 60 miles west of Chicago!
Research suggests grass-fed beef has more nutrients — as much as 10 times more beta-carotene, three times more Vitamin E and three-times more omega-3 fatty acids. Grass fed beef has lower levels of unhealthy fats which are better for cardiovascular health while possessing a lower level of dietary cholesterol. Grass-fed beef is better for the environment and better for you due to no hormones and no antibiotics. To learn more about this farm visit Q7 Ranch >
Bryant Family Farms, Doggeville, WI
Bryant Family Farms is a small business offering a delicious product at a reasonable price. They currently have about 250 chickens ranging in age from 1 day old to 2 years old. They have many breeds of birds laying white, blue, green, and brown eggs. They are well cared for, free range birds kept in 2 large 15′x40′ buildings during the night and are free to roam outside during the day. They are fed a grain ration mixed with minerals. They are also fed composted vegetables made available from restaurants which the farm supplies. As you can see from the pictures, the birds love the part of the day when the owner gets home to feed them.
The owner Nicholas “Nico” Bryant was born and raised in Evanston, IL. He spent his summers and weekends in south west Wisconsin at his grandparents’ Bed & Breakfast and farm. He acquired his love for farming there and decided to follow that same path. He would like to expand into the fresh meats and organic dairy from cows and goats. He also wants to offer a place where children can visit and learn. They can camp out and learn what it takes to live and work on a farm. He says it’s not as easy as everyone thinks, can be lots of work, but also is very rewarding.
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