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  • JESS ROBERTS
  • Roasted “Poulet Libre” from Farm Girl Natural Foods

It all started, as these things do, with my running off at the mouth — and of course, my mouth was full. The place was Hillcrest Artisan Meats, and the subject of my ruminations was a hamburger we might have mentioned two or ten times. One of the local farmers who provides H.A.M. with some of their free-range meat happened to be in the shop that day, and while she didn’t introduce herself right then, I got an e-mail later that week asking if I’d like to do a review on some of her farm’s products. I agreed, with the understanding that she should be careful what she asked for, because I wouldn’t pull any punches if the protein wasn’t good. She told me she wouldn’t expect any less from me and told me to expect some samples.

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The farmer’s name is Katie Short, and her farm is called Farm Girl Natural Foods. And after spending over a week cooking with various ingredients raised on her free-range family farm, I’ve become a convert to her way of doing things. From sausages flavored and spiced to perfection to free range chickens that roasted up perfectly, the farm girl behind Farm Girl needn’t worry: there’s no way this is going to be a bad review. Join me down there under the jump for a look at meat raised and processed with care, because these animals raised in a low-stress environment really do taste better.