We believe that food should have a “face.” In other words, you should know who is growing your food and know that your farmer, rancher or fisherman is personally accountable to you. We are the only internet provider of high quality protein where you can actually know the person who grows what you eat, rather than some vague “we work with family farmers across the midwest.” We take great pride in this, and believe that it is the future of agriculture to connect people directly with the producer of their food, even when the producer works in remote areas like we do here at Alderspring Ranch.
This matters both for the producer and for those who are blessed to eat their food. In the absence of personal accountability it is easier for the producer to cut corners, because the end product is diluted in a giant sea of mediocre food. But if you know us by name, we can take pride in our work as producers of the best food you can buy. We can be artisans and be rewarded for it. And you, the eater of that exceptional food, can form a relationship with your producer.
Here are our partners. You can click on the links above, or on the pictures of your producers below to reach pages with more extensive information about them and how they work hard to bring you the very best.
Chris and Heather have been involved in the fishing industry for nearly 20 years and have learned how to catch and package the exceptional Copper River salmon. They feel truly blessed to be part of a sustainable fishery and a community that cares about the fish and their habitat.
Accessible only by boat or plane, their fishery is based out of Cordova, Alaska, a small, rural community approximately 145 miles southeast of Anchorage. The Copper River and the Copper River Flats are beautiful and dangerous. One of the only intact watersheds of its size in the world, this wild river is fed by thousands of glaciers and surrounded by miles of unindustrialized valleys and mountains.
Copper River sockeye salmon are known to be the very best salmon you can buy. Their exceptional nutritional quality and taste are a result of their pristine environment, one that is not duplicated anywhere else in the world. The Copper River is one of the most pristine in the world, but it is also one of the largest and most powerful of the salmon-spawning rivers. Second in silt content only to the Amazon, the Copper River carries 70 million tons of glacial silt a day to the ocean. Upon entering fresh water the salmon will stop feeding as they begin the final leg of their journey to the place of their birth. The fat content found in wild salmon is directly related to the length and difficulty of their journey. In their quest for spawning grounds they will travel 300 miles and gain 3,600 feet in elevation. Mother nature has prepared Copper River sockeye salmon for their long, difficult journey by providing an extra layer of nutrient rich fat full of heart healthy Omega 3’s. It is this fat layer that provides the full-bodied flavor, color and richness of the Copper River kings and sockeye.
Commercial fishing in Alaska utilizes a sustainable natural resource. Wise use always provides first and foremost for future salmon runs. First priority is given to allow enough fish to migrate upstream to ensure these runs will continue indefinitely. Next priority is given to subsistence and sport fishing needs. Commercial fishermen have the lowest priority in the basin, which is why commercially available Copper River Salmon is so rare.
Similar to small scale ranchers and farmers in the lower 48, in the state of Alaska only individuals may own fishing permits and fish are caught by family fishermen, not by large corporations. You can know that the salmon you buy are personally hand-caught and fished for by the Maxcy’s, and by your purchase, you support another small family-owned and operated American business.
Brian and Kathleen Bean raise award winning grass fed lamb on their family ranch outside Sun Valley, Idaho. Lava Lake’s grass-fed lambs range freely over nearly one million acres of pristine central Idaho mountain rangeland, resulting in a nutrient-dense, clean, wild protein. Brian and Kathleen are committed to sustainable agriculture and are spearheading conservation actions in Idaho’s beautiful Pioneer Mountain region through their non-profit the Lava Lake Institute for Science and Conservation.
Dairy. For many of us this word evokes the wholesome goodness of Rosie the cow munching on a lovely grass pasture with blue skies and clouds drifting silently over the red barn backdrop. As recently as the mid-1900s, most dairies were like this throughout the US. The last 60 years have seen a revolution in milk production as the industrial model has been applied to dairy cattle. Now much of the milk produced in the United States comes from “mega dairies” with thousands of cattle, many of whom never taste fresh, green grass or feel the dirt beneath their feet, instead living their entire lives on concrete in a feedlot. It doesn’t have to be that way.
We at Alderspring have bought wonderful Rosie-the-cow-like products from Lifeline Farms, of Victor, Montana for over 20 years. Nestled at the foot of the snow-crested Bitteroot Mountain range, Lifeline Dairy was founded in 1984 and is run by husband and wife Ernie Harvey and Jen Holmes and their kids Isabelle and Liam. Together, they have built a successful dairy farm that is a return to the small scale dairies that once supplied our nation’s milk. However, Ernie and Jen have gone quite a few steps further to ensure not only the long term wellness of their dairy cows, but the wellness of their customers (sound like Alderspring?).
Alderspring has been blessed with young people coming to work here direct from work experiences with the pastured poultry guru, Joel Salatin at Polyface Farm in Virginia. Alderspring’s pastured poultry was raised by Ethan Kelly in 2014, and by Joshua Madany in 2015. This delectable pastured chicken is raised here on Alderspring’s organic pastures, supplemented with organic barley. We raise heritage breeds known for their amazing flavor and ability to forage. The pastured poultry enterprise gives our young employees an opportunity for a business venture of their own with the help and support of Glenn and Caryl. In 2014 and 2015, our pastured poultry was only available to Idaho customers, but another former employee, Josiah Barrett, is working to bring a USDA chicken processing facility to Boise, which will allow us to ship our poultry nationwide.