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On our blog we tackle hard issues that are important to all of us as citizens of our country that range from food to farming to family. We give you a clearer understanding of what we do, what we care about and how it affects how you feed your family.

Check out the blog every couple of weeks to see what’s new in sustainable agriculture, food safety and quality, life on our farm, recipes, and more!

Americans Are No Longer Interested In Dieting

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Americans Are No Longer Interested In Dieting

Eating real food is much more sustainable than any fad diet.

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5 Seasonal Vegetables To Look For at Your Farmer’s Market

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

5 Seasonal Vegetables To Look For at Your Farmer’s Market

The weather is finally starting to warm up here in Iowa, and we’re in the mood for spring produce.

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White Striping Affects 96 Percent of Factory Farmed Chicken

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

White Striping Affects 96 Percent of Factory Farmed Chicken

White striping is making the rounds in the news these days, and for good reason. However, the problem itself has been growing for a long time. For those who haven’t heard, a muscular disease is impacting factory farmed chickens, and experts suspect it’s the chickens’ alarming growth rates that are causing the disorder. What is White Striping? White striping refers to a series of white lines that appear on chicken meat. These stripes are becoming more and more common, so you may not even give thought to them if you see them on your chicken...

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The Health Benefits of Lamb and Goat Meat

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

The Health Benefits of Lamb and Goat Meat

Here in the US, chicken, pork and beef reign supreme when it comes to consumers’ favorite meat choices. However, this isn’t the case in other parts of the world. Lamb and goat are particularly popular in many European, Asian and Oceanic countries, and for good reason. They’re incredibly tasty, and also very healthy to eat. Look, we love our beef and poultry products. But if you haven’t tried lamb or goat meat yet, you’re missing out. Here are just a few reasons you should consider adding lamb and goat meat into your diet.  Diversify Your Food...

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Eating Local Meat is Actually More Sustainable than Veganism

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Eating Local Meat is Actually More Sustainable than Veganism

Caring about the environment is absolutely a noble cause, and one that we at Heartland Family Farms take seriously. However, if you follow environmental news at all, you’ll probably have heard that going vegetarian is one of the best ways to save the planet — and that’s a notion we want to help lay to rest. Let me explain. First of all, let’s take a look at some of the research that has led to the notion that raising livestock is bad for the planet. A lot of this belief comes from a report published by the UN’s Food and Agriculture...

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Does the Quality of Your Meat Affect Your Health?

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Does the Quality of Your Meat Affect Your Health?

You already know that the image of a fresh family farm is infinitely more pleasant than that of a factory farm. Obviously, wide-open spaces, a loving family of caretakers, happy animals and fresher produce looks a lot better than cramped spaces, pesticide-sprayed plants, and animals living in poor conditions. But does the way your meat is raised actually affect your health in any way? Turns out, what’s good for animals is good for us. And there’s plenty of science behind the idea. Here are just three of the reasons why farm-fresh products are...

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The Story Behind Your Egg Yolks

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

The Story Behind Your Egg Yolks

Here in the US, many of us have grown accustomed to pale yellow egg yolks. If we saw the egg yolks from chickens raised abroad, we’d probably wonder what the heck was wrong with our eggs. It may surprise you to know that the natural color of wild poultry eggs is actually a deep orange color, not quite as bright as the outer peel of a particularly ripe orange. Of course, there’s plenty of room for variance in nature – sometimes you might encounter a bright yellow yolk or one that has a paler hue. But in nature, you’d never find the...

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How Do You Spell Transparency?

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

How Do You Spell Transparency?

When’s the last time you looked at a menu and read that something was “sustainably sourced,” “organically grown” or “farm-to-table”? If you’re like most of us, it probably wasn’t too long ago. In fact, these buzz words of the food industry have been trending for years. Why? Because restaurants and manufacturers know that customers want to trust the food they’re putting into their bodies. But it’s more than just these fancy buzz words that are trending within the food, restaurant, and agriculture industry –...

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Here’s how we keep our water clean Iowa.

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Here’s how we keep our water clean Iowa.

Grass-based agriculture completely eliminates the need for the nitrate-rich chemicals other farmers use - if all farmers got on board, think of the time, money and water we would all save - it’s real-life evidence that cows are all you need for an effective, sustainable operation.

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We don’t use pesticides: Here’s why.

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

We don’t use pesticides: Here’s why.

Lately in Iowa, there’s been a lot of conversation around clean water. The discussion is largely about whether lawmakers can fix the problem – and if so, how. The issue is complicated and multi-faceted. However, as farmers, we know that part of the solution is that we need to be careful about what we put into the soil. Part of that problem? Pesticides. While pesticides may not be the only pollutant in our water, there have been a multitude of studies showing that the chemicals do in fact affect the health of both the ecosystem and...

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