Links we recommend
911 Earth – Athens, PA
911 Earth was the first store to carry our organic products, so they have a very special place in our hearts! They have a good selection of fresh produce, organic grocery products, natural body care products, natural pet foods, and many high-quality vitamins and herbs. Linda and her staff are friendly, knowledgeable and always ready to help!
The store is located at: 404 N Main Street, Athens, PA 570-888-3297 (no website)
GreenStar Cooperative Market, Ithaca, NY
GreenStar Oasis, Ithaca, NY
After several years of debate, GreenStar Cooperative Market started carrying red meats in May 2007. Engelbert Farms is proud to be the first vendor providing certified organic beef and pork to GreenStar. To be eligible to sell red meat to GreenStar, your farm must be inspected by GreenStar staff, and must be within 40 miles from the store.
GreenStar Cooperative Market carries a full line of organic produce, dairy products, meats and general grocery items and buys from local farms whenever possible.
Down to Earth Whole Foods, Endicott, NY
Down to Earth Whole Foods is locally owned and operated by Johan Bergford, and is a full-service natural food store. They have an on-site bakery and deli, and feature delicious soups and other hot food selections. Down to Earth offers delivery in the Triple Cities area.
Ithaca Bakery buys from local farms whenever possible. Engelbert Farms cheese is available in their cheese case, and our meats are occasionally used for specials. It is worth a stop to try their sandwiches or hot bar.
Lone Maple Farm, Binghamton, NY
Lone Maple Farm is celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2013!! Owner Mike Harris started out selling produce from a wagon with his grandfather. Lone Maple Farm has grown into an impressive farm market, featuring hydroponically produced vegetables and fruits. They have their own fruit orchard, and make their own wines in the fall. Lone Maple Farm also has an on-site bakery. Engelbert Farms products are available at Lone Maple Farm
Calaboose Grille, Owego, NY
The Calaboose Grille is located in the old jailhouse in Owego, and celebrated their first anniversary in April 2013. They have a reasonably priced menu with many wonderful choices. The Calaboose Grille uses Engelbert Farms organic beef for all of their famous burgers! They purchase from other local farms, too. During the summer months you can eat in or dine outside on the patio. We love to eat at the Calaboose Grille!
Engelbert Farm Products will be available this summer at Tioga Fresh, a virtual Farmers Market for Tioga County. Learn about local Farms and the Products they offer from veggies to meats and soaps to honey at www.tiogafresh.com. Then order on-line at www.wholeshare.com/join/1425. Products will be available to pick up Thursday 4-6pm in Owego. The Wholeshare website also offers a huge catalog of everything from NYS foods to Gourmet and Imported foods- all at wholesale prices.
Lively Run Goat Dairy
Lively Run Goat Dairy in Interlaken, NY is a member of the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail. In 2013 Engelbert Farms added Lively Run’s cheese making facility to their organic certification, so Lively Run will be making organic cheese for us from our cow milk.
Lively Run is a family farm with four members of the Messmer family working on the farm. They have a store on the farm where they sell their high-quality goat milk cheeses. It is worth making a stop to visit their farm. Check their website for hours.
Leona Meat Plant
To sell meat as “organic” it must be certified from the land it was born on right through the processing of the meat. Every package of meat must be traceable back to the day it was born. Until the past few years, it was difficult to find a slaughterhouse that was certified to process organic meat.
Mike Debach, co-owner of Leona Meat Plant in Troy PA had a vision in 2004. He saw the market for organic meats opening up and decided to certify their plant to process organic meat. They became certified to process organic meat in November 2004.
For a slaughterhouse to be certified to process organic meat, they must have a clear plan in place to prevent any co-mingling of organic and non-organic meat. Organic meat is generally processed the first thing in the morning when all equipment is clean. If organic meat is processed after non-organic meat, all equipment must be fully cleaned so there is no chance of co-mingling. Pest control methods must not be used anywhere near organic meat products.
Otsiningo Park Farmers Market
This will be Engelbert Farms’ 4th year at the Otsiningo Park Farmers Market! The market is held every Saturday, from 9 to 1, from the first Saturday in May through the last Saturday in October. In the summer there are over 30 vendors at the market, selling organic and natural meats, cheese, eggs, produce, honey, maple syrup, baked goods, dog treats, jams and jellies and much more! There are two hot food trailers serving up breakfast and lunch each week, too!
Michael and Karma Glos have been farming organically since 1998 in Berkshire, (Tioga County) NY. They produce certified organic poultry, pork and vegetables & herbs. We purchase all of our certified organic Tamworth piglets from Kingbird Farm.
Northeast Organic Farming Association of NY (NOFA NY, Inc)
NOFA NY was formed in 1982 when a group of like-minded people got together to form an organic farming organization. NOFA NY is one of the oldest organic farming associations in the country. They do many educational events such as workshops on growing organic vegetables, grazing, and transitioning to organic dairy production, just to name a few.
The certification branch of NOFA NY was formed in 2001 to be in compliance with the National Organic Program standards. NOFA NY Certified Organic, LLC currently certifies nearly 600 farms and processing facilities throughout the state of New York and in neighboring states.
Lisa Engelbert is the Dairy Program Administrator for NOFA NY Certified Organic, LLC. Because it would be a conflict of interest for their farm to be certified by the agency she works for, Engelbert Farms is certified through Vermont Organic Farmers, the certification branch of NOFA VT.
Northeast Organic Farming Association of VT (NOFA VT)
NOFA VT and their certification branch, Vermont Organic Farmers, LLC, is a “sister” organization of NOFA NY. They were formed in 1971, making them one of the oldest organic farming associations in the country. NOFA VT has over 1100 supporting members and Vermont Organic Farmers certifies over 500 farms and processors. They hold many educational workshops and research projects. Their Dairy Technical Assistance program provides assistance to dairy farmers in Vermont and neighboring states.
National Organic Program
National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)
The National Organic Standards Board is an advisory board to the National Organic Program. It is comprised of 15 volunteer members from different sectors of the organic industry. The Board includes representatives from the following: 4 Farmer/Grower seats, 3 Environmentalist/Resource Conservationist seats, 3 Consumer/Public Interest seats, 2 Handler/Processor seats, 1 Retailer seat, 1 Scientist (toxicology, ecology or biochemistry) seat, 1 USDA Certifier seat. The NOSB makes recommendations about substances allowed or prohibited in organic agriculture, as well as recommendations on organic standards.
NOSB members are appointed by the USDA Secretary of Agriculture to serve five-year terms. Kevin Engelbert served on the NOSB from 2005-2010, was active on the livestock and crops subcommittees, and served as Chair of the livestock committee in 2010.
The Tioga County Tourism
The Tioga County Tourism office in Owego, NY, promotes agricultural and other activities in beautiful Tioga County, NY.
Finger Lakes Cheese Trail
Engelbert Farms is participating in the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail! The cheese trail is a group of twelve farms all making artisan cheeses from their milk. Please see our Farm Store page for more information on open house dates.
Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative
Engelbert Farms has been producing milk in the same location since 1911. In 1981, we started farming organically, and became certified organic in 1984. We tried unsuccessfully to find a market for our organic milk for many years. Because there was no viable organic market, our milk was sold into the conventional milk market.
In August 2001 we joined CROPP Cooperative and started shipping milk through them to be packaged into the Organic Valley label. Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative purchases milk regionally, and whenever possible processes and sells it regionally. If you purchase Organic Valley milk in the northeast, especially if it is in an Organic Valley Northeast Pastures carton, you are likely purchasing some of our milk!
Please visit their website to see Organic Valley’s mission statement and their line of organic products.
Health Beat Natural Foods
Engelbert Farms meat and cheese products are available in Health Beat Natural Foods in Johnson City, NY! We are happy to have our products in another local store! Health Beat Natural Foods carries a full line of nutritional supplements, natural and organic foods, and has an on-site deli.
Local Harvest is a directory website geared towards connecting consumers with local farms. Our farm has been listed on the Local Harvest website for several years.
The Eat Wild website has tons of information about the benefits of grass-fed meats and dairy products. There are scientific studies posted on the site showing the benefits of raising animals on pasture.
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