Organic Valley: A Farmer Owned Company I Trust {Plus a Giveaway}

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Basic RGBAt Expo West, I had the extreme pleasure of being introduced to Organic Valley, a farmer owned company. Their philosophy of being closely connected to the farmers where the food comes from really resonated with me.

And I love their definition of Organic:

Organic is a philosophy and system of production that mirrors the natural laws of living organisms with an emphasis on the interdependence of all life. Simply put, we farm in harmony with nature.

Organic Valley was celebrating their 25-year anniversary at Expo West, and since the girls were with me, I took them to the celebration. Zoë was a little cold so she stayed in the stroller, but Kaylee had an absolute blast dancing to the Organic Valley band while eating her grassfed corndog!

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In their booth, Organic Valley was sampling some of their latest products, including:

Their meats are under the Organic Prairie brand and all of their other products (dairy, eggs, produce, juice, soy, etc.) are under the Organic Valley brand.

To give us an opportunity to try some of these products with our family, they kindly sent us a box of samples, which included their organic, grassfed ground beef, uncured hotdogs and raw cheddar cheese.

The girls were really excited because they got to sample the hot dogs and cheese at Expo West (I took them lunch) and loved them. I hadn’t eaten cheese in a while since I had gone dairy free, but I decided to give the Organic Valley cheese a try since it’s raw.

I ate some samples at Expo West and felt fine after eating them. Okay, I ate a lot of samples because it was so good! So we were excited to get 4 packages of the raw, grassfed cheese in our shipment.

organic-valley-grassmilk-cheeseOut of the regular cheddar and sharp cheddar, the sharp was definitely our favorite. I grated some up for Mexican food night and it was a huge hit. The girls were constantly asking for more cheese until all 4 packages were gone. It was sooooo good though!

I rarely buy hotdogs since most of them are so full of junk like nitrates and corn syrup, but I was so pleasantly surprised with the Organic Prairie hot dogs that I would allow them into my home.

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Check the ingredients:

Organic beef, water, sea salt, organic evaporated cane juice, celery juice powder, organic spices, organic onion powder, organic garlic powder, lactic acid starter culture.

And, you know, I don’t normally like hot dogs but I actually really, really like the ones from Organic Prairie! Brian wasn’t even planning on cooking one for me until I told him I wanted one – that’s how seldom I eat them. And I would happily eat these again.

We also made some hamburgers with the ground beef. Of course the grill died a few minutes after Brian put them on (looks like we need a new grill!), so we pan-fried them in our cast iron skillet. And of course we topped them with sliced of the raw cheese – so yummy!

organic-valley-ground-beefWe can get the Organic Prairie ground beef at our local Vons (for $7.99 per pound), so it’s usually what I end up buying. I typically cook one pound of the organic grassfed ground beef with one package of finely minced crimini/baby bella mushrooms and some minced onion.

This combo is great for tacos, meatloaf, spaghetti and pretty much anything you use ground beef in. It even fools Zoë! It’s an easy way to stretch your grassfed beef.

I wish our local store carried more Organic Valley and Organic Prairie products, because I would definitely support them with purchases. The products are quality, they taste great and I trust the source – that is so important these days.

You can see if your local grocery store carries Organic Valley and Organic Prairie products here (scroll down and look for the Store Locator box). You can also order online and have it shipped direct!

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Comments

  1. Nicole says

    I would like to try the organic singles. I have trouble finding organic products in our local grocery store though.

  2. Dorothy Teel says

    I would like to try the Organic Pork Italian Sausage, we have a new Sprouts and I wonder if they carry this line…

  3. Susan Broughton says

    I would also like to try the Premium Organic Sirloin Steak. I really like beef so this would be something that I would enjoy.

  4. Melissa Hartley says

    I learned this:
    Organically raised animals grow at their own natural pace, without artificial growth hormones. This means less animal stress and better tasting food! Clean water, quality feed, fresh air, healthy pastures, and nutrient-rich soil all contribute to the superior taste of organically grown food.

    Thank you :)

  5. Betty League says

    I would like to try the – Cultured Unsalted Butter, 1 lb, 4 quarters
    My family and I have been cutting down on salt and cooking with more herbs. I would like to try this product. thank you

  6. laurie nykaza says

    Organic Valley and Organic Prairie products I like that they are organic my son has a heart transplant and my daughter had cancer so the kids need to eat as healthy as possible.

  7. Becky Jones says

    The store where I shop carries many OV products, but I haven’t seen the raw cheese. I’d love to try it!

  8. Kathryn K says

    I would like to try the 100% grass fed raw dairy cheese. I have never seen these in a store, only the regular organic cheese.

  9. Julia Janzen says

    I absolutely LOVE their cream cheese! It’s one of my guilty pleasures to slather it on anything toasted. :)

  10. Yuki says

    I’ve been a fan of Organic Valley products for a long time – especially their dairy products.
    I was worried about growth hormones that might be added to milk, cheese, eggs, yogurt and etc.
    Organic Valley puts my worry to rest and everything tastes great.

  11. Colleen Murphy Stewart says

    I LOVE Organic Valley and support them each week. It’s the only milk and butter I will buy. I would love to try their raw cheese. I don’t believe our store sells it though? I shop at Woodman’s in Kenosha, WI. I’m so glad they carry many of Organic Valley’s products!

  12. says

    I’d love to try their cheeses and I think I saw them at my Publix so if I get a coupon (I’m all for saving money AND eating healthier), then I’ll buy them :)

  13. Jennifer says

    I would love to try OV butter and meat! I love their milk, cheese and half & half! Thanks for the opportunity!!!

  14. Linda says

    I had no idea they make american sliced cheese! We get milk and that is about it in our grocery stores…hope its coming to NEngland soon!

  15. Kirk says

    Please be aware that Organic Valley Raw Cheeses are NOT raw!

    According to Organic Valley Consumer Relations, “Legally, any milk that is not pasteurized is considered raw milk and must be labeled as such on products sold for consumption in the United States. For white fluid milk, the time-temperature relationship for HTST processed milk (high-temperature, short-time) is a minimum of 161°F for at least 15 seconds. Our raw milk cheese is heated to 158 degrees F for 15 seconds, which is just below the pasteurization threshold.”

    Just because it does not meet the legal definition for “pasteurized” doesn’t make it raw (all enzymes in milk are destroyed around 118F). So it can legally be called “Raw” while the cheeses are made from dead, pasteurized milk.

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