Our products aren’t just natural, they’re more natural than natural. For us, that means going above and beyond the food industry’s standards of natural and setting our own, so customers have no doubt they’re eating honestly natural food.
To be more natural than natural, we go the extra mile to use ingredients that exceed the industry’s standard of natural. Like our founder says, “we need to promise our customers a higher standard of natural.”
We take pride in crafting products that are all natural, and that’s why we use only Sea Salt to season them. Why compromise natural flavor and coloring with artificial chemicals masquerading as natural ingredients, when Sea Salt offers unparalleled flavor?
We never use synthetic nitrates or nitrites in our products. Instead, you’ll find celery powder in the ingredient statements of our all natural meats. Celery powder provides a natural way to enhance and preserve our products. Why use synthetic ingredients to fake flavor and quality, when Mother Nature has you covered?
From a short list of ingredients, to a short process, Garrett Valley Farms knows when it comes to naturally delicious food, less is always more! We partner with family owned farms and facilities to ensure our products are raised with care and pride. Working with these independent partners means we’re able to ensure our practices meet and exceed industry standards.
Spending hours smoking our products over real woodchips might not be efficient, but it’s the natural way to get rich and smoky flavor. Many of our competitors cut corners by using chemical solvents to extract flavors, and pump them into their products to fool consumers. You don’t have to worry about tricks like that with Garrett Valley Farms, naturally, we take the time to do it right.
We believe honesty is the best policy. That’s one of the reasons we never use sodium phosphates in our products. Sodium phosphate is an artificial preservative used to fool consumers into thinking they’re getting more meat, when in reality, the added salt is used to bind water and increase the overall weight of the product. Sodium phosphate also significantly increases the level of sodium in meat products, which is never a good thing.
We’ve found that some ingredients aren’t always so sweet, even if they taste like it. That’s why we choose to use raw sugar in our products. Processed sugars like high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, and other highly refined sugars are suspected links to major health concerns, including diabetes and obesity, which means there’s no room for them on our ingredient statements.
Talk about hiding in plain sight! Did you know that many companies put “dextrose” on their ingredient statements to hide the added sugar contained in their products? Dextrose is sugar derived from corn, which means it is processed sugar. That doesn’t sound natural, does it? You’ll only find naturally occurring sweeteners in our products (like cane and maple sugar)-never man made ingredients like dextrose.
As a Garrett Valley Farms customer, we know you care about what you put in your body. So chances are you also care about what we feed our animals. Each and every one of our farms uses a strict vegetarian feed for all beef, chicken, pork, and turkey used to make our products. Not only is this better for the animals, but it’s better for you!
You’ll never find antibiotics in our any of our products. Why? Because we know you don’t want to eat them. When companies give their animals antibiotics, YOU could end up consuming the chemicals. At Garrett Valley Farms, we manage the health of our livestock by ensuring healthy farming conditions and employing innovative practices to prevent illness from coming their way.
Our products wouldn’t be natural if we used growth hormones to promote development in our livestock, so, we don’t! While this has always been Garrett Valley Farms’ philosophy, many of our competitors are working double-time to remove growth hormones and other chemicals from their products. And as they’re busy doing that, our team at Garrett Valley Farms continues to develop revolutionary and humane practices to lead the all natural industry forward.
By the way: don’t let other companies take advantage of what you may not know about the meat industry. Federal regulations made it illegal to use growth hormones in pork or poultry. Luckily for Garrett Valley Farms, we’ve never used them.
There’s no room for shortcuts in our process. That’s one reason we’ve never used partially hydrogenated oils in our products. Another reason is that PHO’s aren’t natural! Your body not only has a hard time breaking down PHO’s, but the artificial ingredient, used by our competitors to extend shelf life, is the primary source of trans fat in processed food. We’re not willing to compromise all natural ingredients for a longer shelf life.
We’re guessing words like “stabilizers” and “gelling agents” don’t sound too appetizing to you. But the reality is, many food companies use ingredients like modified cornstarch and carrageenan (processed seaweed) every day to alter the texture and thickness of the processed food their selling you. We’re serious about our commitment to natural, that’s why we don’t take these cost-cutting measures.