The Farm Organics

 

 

At a recent dinner party my friends and I discussed food and produce. My friend only eats and cooks free-range chicken. I should really do this because I’ve read too much about how commercially grown chicken has too much hormones and anti-biotics.

Then I asked my other friend about fish. He has a fish farm. I asked why all of a sudden, there’s too much Dory fillet in the frozen section of the supermarket. I don’t even know what dory fish looks like (Pangasius) nor where they come from. And why are they relatively cheap. So then he went on and told me about the possible risks of Dory and of farmed Tilapia. He says pick red tilapia over the regular black ones. So now I’m conscious and more paranoid.

I’m not here to discredit the aquaculture and poultry industries. For the record, I eat meat, poultry and fish. I try to make healthy choices for me and my family but we are not totally organic-eaters either. I buy local vegetables – onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots, pechay etc. even if imported ones are bigger an cheaper. I wish all grocery stores identified where their produce comes from. Isn’t that mandatory? We avoid processed food (no bright red hotdogs and no instant noodles) except for the occasional corned beef and SPAM (bad!) and choose slow food 94% of the time (yes, 6% of the time I buy fried chicken in fast food restaurants). No one’s vegetarian here. I’d say we’re a normal average family in terms of food choices.

While I have yet to discover a healthy choice of chicken and fish, I’m glad I found organic beef. My friends Tom and Tanya Favis sent us some steaks to try at home. And since trying it, we are now converts. The Farm Organics is available at The Landmark Supermarket Makati and Trinoma, and Rustan’s Makati, Forbes Park San Antonio, Edsa Shangri-la, Shopwise Libis and Echomarket.

 

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Quite the unusual gift from Tom and Tanya Favis. They wanted me to try organic beef from their farm.

 

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It was tender and perfect!

 

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This is their Rib-eye. They also have New York and Tenderloin. Plus the regular cuts like cubes, mechado, nilaga, sukiyaki, ground beef and more.

 

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The Farm Organics also has a gourmet line that includes ready-to-eat roast beef.

 

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Here’s what it looks like when you take home the Ready-To-Eat Organic Roast Beef with Mushroom Gravy. This is available at Landmark Makati, Landmark Trinoma and The Farm BF Homes Paranaque. For delivery, call 403-9130.

 

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And here’s the local pasture where the cows are raised with no antibiotics and no added growth hormones. The Farm Organics beef “contains more Vitamin E and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which supports our immune system and helps fight cancer. Both the Omega-3 fats and CLA in grass-fed beef actually reduce the risk of heart disease.”

 

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  • http://twitter.com/patricia_malong Patricia Malong

    Thank you for sharing this! šŸ™‚ Been looking for authentic free-range products available.Ā 

    • Anonymous

      You’re welcome.

  • Kaye

    Hello Ms Daphne, are they certified organic or not? Thank you.Ā 

    • Anonymous

      Good question. Who is the certifying body?

      • Kaye

        Locally, its the OCCP, for international recognition, Ecocert. I’m guessing they’re not because there is no seal on their poster. But I could be wrong.Ā 

  • http://www.sweethopia.com/ Razielle

    Dream farm! <3

  • http://thekaloka.com/ kaloka

    At my mom’s, she never feed us with commercially grown chicken (broiler) because she thinks the taste sucks (except Jollibee) and she does not even buy tilapia and bangus because they do not come from the sea according to her. haha! But it does makes sense. We do not really kno what kind of chemicals are being injected or feed to these products.

    http://thekaloka.com

    • Anonymous

      Wow!

  • ZT

    After reading Eating Animals and some other food books, I became a bit paranoid about hormone in meat too but I decided na I still want to eat meat. But I think hindi as malala and as scary as sa US yung products natin here because baka mahal yung antibiotics.Ā 

    I also buy beef from The FarmĀ occasionally pero I think that when it comes to eating meat, moderation is key, especially if you don’t have the budget for the organic brands. I eat more veg now too (mostly organic bought at Legaspi and Salcedo Markets but I buy at groceries din. Not the Taiwan stuff too- they scare me coz they look too perfect).

    Mahirap to be paranoid too much kasi masarap kumain eh!

    • Anonymous

      I totally agree with you! haha

  • Lynoppus

    Our family is very fond of cream dory because one can cook it in so many ways and it really taste good. Now I’m wondering about the risk of dory. I hope it’s not that bad.

  • Anonymous

    Also check out http://solraya.blogspot.com/ for chicken šŸ™‚Ā  I think they also have pork and beef.

  • Carriefer

    thank you for this eye opening entry … i am a fish and chicken person … but it is nice to know that organic beef are now available in the philippines

  • http://dontaskmetosmile.wordpress.com/ dontaskmetosmile

    Yeeeeps! The benefits of going organic might have just been cancelled out by the oiliness of the roast beef. Haha.Ā 

  • Carla

    I agree with your stance on healthy eating while allowing some occasional unhealthy “treats”. I do try to give my kids healthy food BUT I am certainly not some kind of paranoid organic police monster. I don’t let them eat canned meat or chips, but we still do eat stuff like packaged cookies and breakfast cereals, store-bought mamon and ensaimada, ice cream, Jollibee spaghetti. We spend our Sunday breakfasts at McDonalds. I know people who would scoff at all the sugar and fat. A friend who uses only organic Bragg for her cooking once openly berated me for using soy sauce, oyster sauce, and liquid seasoning, and another friend virtually told me i was gonna die early when she found out I drink instant coffee. What I’m trying to say is that I wish those advocates of organic food would stop judging and just allow us to make our own choices. I appreciate the efforts being made to educate people but the judging and superiority is really making me sick.

    • Anonymous

      Totally agree with you!

  • Jovee See

    hi daphne! I also share the same sentiment when it comes to eating. Not really a vegetarian but I try to eat more veggies. =) A friend actually supports organic vegetables which she sources from a farm in Capas, Tarlac. =) It’s the ultimate farm to table set up. You can check out their website at http://www.goodfoodcommunity.com/ =)