Environmental Responsibility and Delicious Food: An Interview with Farriss Farm
Farriss Farm is a local farm specializing in farm-fresh eggs, raw milk, and grass-fed/grass-finished beef, bison and lamb, along with many other products. Ferriss Farms guarantees that every bite of their food is not only delicious, it is also raised responsibly with no GMO’s, no hormones, and no antibiotics. Every animal is raised humanely and on pasture. Ferriss Farms prides itself in quality food that is delivered to the Delray GreenMarket weekly. This week, we took some time to get to know Ferriss Farms a little better.
- When did you start your business, and what sparked the idea?
- Ferriss Farm: In 2010, we were raising a large number of hens for eggs that we sold at our local green markets. Customers frequently asked us for chicken meat that tasted as good as our eggs. This sparked our quest to find great-tasting “clean meat” (no hormones, no antibiotics, no GMOs). We set out to meet other small farmers who raised their livestock humanely and on pasture without the use of chemicals of any kind. Although we started with pasture-raised chicken, we now also offer grass-fed/grass-finished beef, bison and lamb; forest-fed pork; farm-raised rabbit and much more.
- Name the top three words to describe your products.
- Tender, juicy and delicious!
- Share a simple recipe for the amateur chef, using one of your products.
- Cooking Tips for Grass-Fed Burgers
- For more juicy, flavorful and tender burgers, try dry brining. To dry brine, simply sprinkle kosher salt on both sides. (The salt will be absorbed into the meat so be careful not to use too much.) Place the patties on a wire rack over a plate. Allow the patties to rest at room temperature for 40 minutes.
- Cook the burgers over medium heat until the internal temperature reaches 160°F. Unlike fatty grain-finished beef, grass-fed beef is not forgiving. If you cook your grass-fed beef burgers too long or too hot, they will become dry and tough. We prefer cooking our burgers in a skillet using grass-fed beef tallow. Yum!
- For perfectly cooked burgers, always use a high quality instant-read thermometer. Cooking grass-fed beef to the proper temperature—that is, being careful not to overcook it—is critical. Gauging doneness by sight or touch is a recipe for disaster!
- Due to the different fat composition in grass-fed beef, your burgers may appear slightly pink when fully cooked. By using an instant-read thermometer, you can be confident that your burgers are fully cooked and avoid turning them into shoe leather.
- Name the top three items you always have in your fridge or cupboard.
- The perfect ingredients for preparing our pasture-raised meats:
- Fresh, locally grown mushrooms
- Organic shallots
- Healthy fats for cooking (tallow, lard, coconut oil)
- What is your favorite dish to cook?
- We really enjoy making Bone Broth because it is a staple ingredient in many of our recipes. Whether it’s chicken, beef, bison or pork broth, we love using it as a base for making soups, rice, quinoa, stews, braises and more. Bone broth also is a healthy beverage first thing in the morning or as an afternoon pick-me-up.