Home on the Range
Savvy shoppers looking for organic, hormone-free, non-GMO meats are fortunate that trusted Collier and Lee county local markets carry a selection of beef, bison and poultry locally sourced within the state of Florida.
Ada’s Natural Market, Fort Myers
Florida Fresh Meat Company is a thriving family of local, independent local ranchers using sustainable farming practices, raising healthy animals without hormones, antibiotics or steroids. Grass farmers steward the land with ecologically sounds practices, mimicking nature and the natural conditions that allowed the bison to graze the Great Plains and keep the soil fertile for thousands of years.
Location: 7070 College Pkwy., Fort Myers, 239-939-9600. AdasMarket.com
Food & Thought, Naples
Dakota is a brand of beef fed only grass and forage from weaning to harvest. Cattle never receive grain, added growth hormones or antibiotics at any time in their lives. Grass-fed organic cattle are raised under the strict standards of the USDA National Organic Program, which includes rules for humane handling, animal living conditions and pasture standards. GMO feed is prohibited.
Smart Chicken has led the way since 1998 in producing the safest, high-quality, fresh chicken using sustainable and humane farming practices and a unique pure air-chilling process. Smart Chicken remains the only USDA process-verified, pure air-chilled, no added water chicken in the country.
Thousand Hills’ mindset for regenerative agriculture considers mother nature as a system that holistically promotes working together to improve as a whole. Cattle have historically always been a part of that system. Herds of bison once roamed the land freely, grazing and moving as the forages were chewed down. Rotational grazing mimics this type of interaction with the land by allowing plants and soil time to rest and regenerate, with the positive impacts of animals grazing (manure as fertilizer and hoof action to stir up seeds).
Location: 2132 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples, 239 213 2222. FoodAndThought.com
For Goodness Sake, Bonita Springs
Three Suns Ranch is the largest bison ranch in Southwest Florida. It is one of only a few in the country that raises bison on grass, free of hormones and antibiotics, harvests them and cuts and wraps them USDA inspection.
Location: 118 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs, 239-992-5838, ForGoodnessSakes.com