As people become more health-conscious and documentaries portray operations in the fast food and meat industries, people want to know more about the origins of their food.
On the first episode of “Portlandia,” the comedic hipster show on IFC, they take this idea to the extreme as a couple aim to ensure their restaurant meal is ethical and humane. Netflix’s “Chef’s Table” features chefs from around the world committed to the idea of sustainable, ethical food.
Locally, Aaron Brand of Brand Farms has tapped into this trend.
“The demand comes from customers wanting to know where their food comes from and how its raised,” Brand said. “I hold no secrets and customers like that.”
Brand has been in the business for over a decade; he started with only 50 chickens in 2005. He has worried about the farm’s location previously, but with constant demand that led to a new house and now 2,500 chickens, it doesn’t seem to be as much of an issue.
Not only does Brand provide customers with farm-fresh eggs not available in most grocery stores, he also helps out the environment and his own business.
Back in college, Brand had taken a diversified agriculture class, which encompassed farming practices that include diverse crops. Researchers from the University of California Berkeley noted that Diversified Farming Systems can “contribute to creating a more sustainable, socially just, and secure global food system.”
Brand adheres to this by also growing an apple orchard and creating diverse products like his Dried Honeycrisp Apple Chips.
Brand proudly carries on the multi-generational family business.
“I enjoy hearing customers talk highly of me and I enjoy what I’m doing and how I do it,” he said. “It helps me stay dedicated and provide a fresh, great product that people enjoy.”
The farm is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at 18605 Biscayne Ave. W. in Farmington.
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