Ground Beef with No Fillers!

The warm spring continues and we have begun planting some cold sensitive crops in the field. It might come a cold snap yet so we are not going to over-do it for right now. We do have some heirloom tomato plants, zephyr squash, green zucchini, and little leaf pickling type cucumbers for sale. You might want to be able to cover them if frost threatens. We still have a good selection of cool season plants and herbs that are cold hardy.

Some time ago we wrote about the big meat processors using meat glue to utilize meat trimmings and form them into expensive roasts by gluing them together. Even experienced chefs have a hard time telling the difference from the real thing by looking at them.

Recently, a product called ‘pink slime’ has been the news. This is trimmings that normally would be discarded to the dog food bin that are processed and added to ground beef. The pieces are ground, soaked in an ammonia solution, washed, then mixed into ground beef. Up to about a third of ground beef can be ‘pink slime’ and the FDA requires no labeling. Anything that contains commercial ground beef may contain this filler. A few grocery stores and restaurants have said they won’t sell ground beef containing ‘pink slime’ but how are you going to know since it is not labeled? Here is an article:

Ground beef from Peterson is all beef with no fillers, preservatives, or by-products. In fact, it is so good you will think you are eating ground steak!

On another note biotech giant BASF is locating its headquarters in Raleigh, NC after essentially being booted out of Germany. Most Europeans will not buy or plant genetically modified seeds (GMO’s). The company discontinued development of genetically altered seeds intended for Europe and moved here where the door is wide open for GM crops since the USDA does not require any labeling of GMO’s. Here is the article:

At Peterson Farm, we do not have plants, seeds, vegetables, or anything that is genetically modified (GMO). In fact, organic does not allow GMO’s and we follow organic production standards.

We have a good stock of USDA grass fed Jersey beef in all cuts. Right now we have short ribs on sale at buy three and get one free.

There is a good supply of free range farm eggs.

From the garden we have red kale, green kale, collards, turnip greens, Swiss chard, romaine lettuce, and leaf lettuce.

In addition to the plants mentioned above, we have large tomato plants in gallon pots and hanging baskets of bush pickle cucumber along with tumbling tom cherry tomatoes in red and yellow.

Hours at the Piedmont Triad Farmers market are Tuesday through Friday (10:00 until 2:00); Saturday (8:00 until 4:00); Sunday (10:00 until 3:00). We are in space 74, farmers area 2.

We hope to see you at the market!

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