Where is the farm?
Mint Creek Farm is located in central Illinois. We are about 80 miles southwest of Chicago in a small town called Stelle.
How big is the farm?
220 certified organic acres are home to our pasture raised herds.
What animals do you raise?
We raise beef, pork, turkey, goats, and lamb for meat and raise chicken and duck for meat and eggs.
How are the animals treated?
The animals are treated with humane respect. Our animals are raised in an open field with appropriate shelter from the elements provided. They’re allowed to wander and forage their paddock. We rotationally graze our heards and flocks on our 220 acres of Certified Organic pasture, this means animals are moved every 2-3 days in order to receive the most nutrients.
What are the animals fed?
Our lamb, beef, and pasture calf are 100% grass-fed and grass-finished. They receive no grain in their lifetimes. In winter, when pasture is not available, we feed them Certified Organic hay produced on local farms.
Our goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, and turkeys receive pasture throughout the growing season. To give them necessary nutrition on pasture, they are fed supplemental feed that consists of locally produced Certified Organic grains, OMRI-certified ocean fish meal as a source of protein and trace minerals, and OMRI-certified sea kelp as an additional mineral source.
Mint Creek Farm livestock and poultry receive only feed and forage that is Certified Organic, non-GMO, and soy-free. We practice rotational grazing, moving all of our livestock and poultry every few days to new, fresh pastures on our Certified Organic land.
Can I visit?
Yes, Mint Creek teams up with Chicago area chefs who use their ingredients for special Farm Dinners throughout the spring, summer and fall. Events include a dinner of local ingredients including Mint Creek meat, eggs, and poultry, as well as a tour of the farm, discussion with the farmers, and a chance for children and adults alike to meet our beautiful herds (and flocks.) Go to our events page to see the schedule for upcoming farm dinners and tours
I don’t see what I’m looking for in the online store. Can I place a special order?
Yes, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order for specific, specialty, or obscure cuts. Please note, availability may vary and that there may be a waiting period for these cuts. We are a small operation- our herds and flocks are small, as is the amount of meat can harvest.
The prices seem high compared to what I’ve seen at the grocery store. Why should I buy from Mint Creek?
The prices reflect the care and nutrition needed in raising animals ethically and naturally. Not only do our practices greatly benefit the environment, reducing carbon emissions in the atmosphere and topsoil runoff, but they also benefit your health. Grass-fed meats are high in nutrients including Omega-3 fatty acids which have been linked to brain health and low cholesterol.
What’s the difference between a braising, roasting and grilling cut?
Braising cuts are traditionally the tougher cuts of meat that require more time at a lower temperature, but have a fantastic flavor. These cuts are tougher because the animal used the muscle more-shoulder, neck, and shank are all examples of lamb and goat braising cuts. These cuts are fantastic for stews or curries and have a lot of flavor on their own.
Roasting cuts are traditionally cuts that are 1.5lbs and over that require a long cooking time. Typically these cuts with be labelled “roast” but beef brisket, for example, is also a roast that requires a long cooking time.
Grilling cuts are traditionally the most tender and most lean of all the cuts. For this reason they are best cooked over a high heat for a short amount of time. Beef NY strip steak and ribeye steak and lamb leg, loin, or rack chop are all examples of a grilling cut.