At 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!
In their booth, Organic Valley was sampling some of their latest products, including:
- Organic, grass-fed hotdogs
- Organic, raw, grass-fed cheese
- American slices made with real cheese
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.
Out 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.
Check the ingredients:
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!
We 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!