REAL TALK.

Tips, tricks, recipes, and stories from our farmers and butchers.

  • IS PASTURE-RAISED CHICKEN HEALTHIER THAN CONVENTIONAL?

    3 FACTS THAT POINT TO “YES” Being skeptical of food label claims is totally understandable. But scientific evidence sure is hard to refute. So, to really drive home the importance of how your meat is raised as it relates to your health, we’ve put together a list of 3 facts that prove pasture-raised chicken—that is, chicken raised ou...
  • MOROCCAN SWEET POTATO SALAD

    We’re so stoked to share a special collection of recipes from our of our favorite pair of chef/entrepreneurs, Lycia Shrum and Taylor Macfee. Lycia and Taylor own a truly awesome bodega—Blackboard Grocery & Eatery— in the heart of Fayetteville, AR. And they run an exceptional catering business as well. Speaking from experien...
  • MORE THAN YOU EVER THOUGHT YOU’D WANT TO KNOW ABOUT SHEEP

    In this post you will learn: What a “hair sheep” is 3 fun facts about hair sheep 3 indisputable reasons hair sheep make for an exceptional eating experience More than you ever wanted to know about sheep? Maybe. But we think it’s pretty interesting stuff and simply can’t resist sharing it. WHAT IS A “HAIR SHEEP?” Let’s start with the ...
  • GRASS ROOTS FARMERS HELP SLOW GLOBAL WARMING: SOIL TESTING ON FARM PROVES A REDUCTION IN ATMOSPHERIC GREENHOUSE GAS

    Many conscientious consumers forego meat eating because livestock production has a reputation for being terrible for the environment. And it’s true—industrial agriculture is one of the world largest contributors of greenhouse gases. This article, and others like it, point to research that shows, “the three biggest meat companies…are estimated ...
  • Perfect Bratwurst with Grilled Veggies

    Recipe: Perfect Bratwurst with Grilled Veggies The easy slide into summer is a special time on our farms. Every blade of grass bolts for the sky, insects buzz with fervor, the breeze seems to bloom with the scent of fresh flowers, and our animals enjoy long daylight hours to forage and roam in their natural habitat. It’s also a special time with...
  • BATHING MEAT IN CHLORINE IS GROSS — AND IT DOESN’T WORK

    99% of chicken meat sold in the United States has been “cleaned” in a chlorine bath before it gets to your plate. At Grass Roots — we never process your meat this way. There are many, many reasons we use dramatically higher standards in bringing our pasture-raised meats from our farm to your table. In this post, we’re going to cover:...
  • RAISING KIDS ON THE FARM

    “WHEN EVERY DAY IS BRING YOUR KIDS TO WORK DAY—MAKE TIME FOR PLAY.” When my wife Andrea and I decided to start our own farm, we thought the whole project would be pretty straightforward. You raise the animals, you process the animals, you sell the meat. I suppose our initial attitude towards parenting was the same. How hard could it...
  • PERFECT BRATWURST WITH GRILLED VEGGIES

    Recipe: Perfect Bratwurst with Grilled Veggies The easy slide into summer is a special time on our farms. Every blade of grass bolts for the sky, insects buzz with fervor, the breeze seems to bloom with the scent of fresh flowers, and our animals enjoy long daylight hours to forage and roam in their natural habitat. It’s also a spec...
  • SPICY MANGO GRILLED CHICKEN WINGS

    Recipe: Spicy Mango Grilled Chicken Wings “Buffalo.” “Ranch.” “BBQ.” Wings can come in a lot of flavors, but sometimes the traditional options can feel a bit—tired. Not anymore. Katie at Chase Studio has developed a flavor-packing, taste bud-twirling recipe for our famous Grass Roots Chicken Wings. The sweet, savory and spicy layered flavor ...
  • THE DANGEROUS 2018 FARM BILL

    “IT’S A SLAP IN THE FACE TO EVERY RURAL REGION AND FAMILY FARMER—AND ANYONE WHO REALLY BELIEVES IN AND INVESTS IN THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITY.”   How would you feel if every state law that raised standards for meat safety and the treatment of livestock was struck down, all at once? And no future law regulating agriculture could be passed...
  • A RECIPE FOR MOM: ROASTED CHICKEN WITH APPLE DRESSING

    Roasted Chicken with Apple Dressing + Pomegranate Gastrique As our mom-farmers know: caring for a brood of chickens can be pretty similar to caring for a clan of kids. Constant attention, nights spent worrying about their health, and plenty of joyful moments too. The women of Grass Roots rise before their children and stay up past curfew—jugg...
  • HOW TO ENJOY YOUR FIESTA AND STAY HEALTHY, TOO

    5 TIPS FOR EATING WELL ON CINCO DE MAYO At the center of everything worth celebrating is a delicious meal, right? And Cinco de Mayo is certainly no exception. From mole to margaritas, there’s no better way to commemorate an important moment in Mexican history than by focusing on the country’s fabulous cuisine. So, for all you contentious eat...