FAQs

The answer to customer questions, the answer to many current health problems, the answer to flavorless, nutrition devoid food?
“Eat REAL Food”! But since folks may have a few more specific questions, we’ll try to answer a few here.  Please understand that we’d love to talk with you, so don’t hesitate to call or email with any of your questions.

Why Choose
“REAL” Food?

So many of our foods today are produced using artificial, additive laden means, that it is virtually impossible to completely control our diets and eliminate harmful foods.  The more we mess with God’s original plan for foods the further it falls from the healthy, nourishment it was intended to be.

We can, however, minimize the effects of these negative factors by choosing “REAL” foods, whenever possible.  A “REAL” food is one that is produced the way God designed it, by the most natural means possible and left the way God intended it, completely unprocessed.

What is
“Additive Free”?

Most people aren’t aware that livestock feed can be full of “extra little surprises”.  The feed that is used to grow most of the traditional, feedlot style meat that we find in the typical grocery store contains hormones, antibiotics and supplements, introduced into the animals’ diet so that it will produce at an artificially accelerated rate.  These additives can transfer to the meat or milk, introducing invisible and often unhealthy additions directly into your family’s diet.

Our desire to avoid these additives for our own family led us to find and utilize feeds that are hormone and additive free.  We’ve found that when the animals are allowed to produce at the rate that they are naturally intended to, it’s a healthier situation for the animal and for the rest of us, as well.

CLA?  What’s that?

Conjugated Linoleic Acid, (CLA) is a naturally occurring component of meat and milk from grass-fed ruminants.  These grass fed products contain much more CLA than those from grain-fed animals.[19] In fact, meat and dairy products from grass-fed animals can produce 300-500% more CLA than those of cattle fed the usual diet of 75% hay and silage, and 25% grain.[20]

 Eggs are also rich in CLA, and it has been shown that CLA in eggs survives the temperatures encountered during frying.[21]

Antioxidant and anti-cancer properties have been attributed to CLA, and studies on mice and rats show encouraging results in hindering the growth of tumors in mammary, skin, and colon tissues.[6]

Furthermore, a European team, led by the Swiss scientist Lukas Rist, has found that mothers consuming mostly grass fed milk and meat products have about 50 percent higher levels of rumenic acid, (a specific form of CLA), in their breast milk.[7]

Just another benefit of our Lake View Farm products, in addition to sustainability, healthy freshness and delicious, wholesome flavor.

6. ^ Belury, M.A. (October 2002). “Inhibition of carcinogenesis by conjugated linoleic acid: Potential mechanisms of action”. Journal of Nutrition 132 (10): 2995–2998. PMID 12368384.
7. Lukas Rist, Andre Mueller, Christiane Barthel, Bianca Snijders, Margje Jansen, A. Paula Simoes-Wust, Machteld Huber, Ischa Kummeling, Ursula von Mandach, Hans Steinhart, and Carel Thijs. (June 2007). “Influence of organic diet on the amount of conjugated linoleic acids in breast milk”.
British Journal of Nutrition.
19. T. R. Dhiman, L. D. Satter, M. W. Pariza, M. P. Galli, K. Albright, and M. X. Tolosa (May 2000). “Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) Content of Milk from Cows Offered Diets Rich in Linoleic and Linolenic Acid“. Journal of Dairy Science 83 (5): 1016–1027. PMID 10821577. http://jds.fass.org/cgi/content/abstract/83/5/1016. Retrieved on 27 May 2006.
20.T. R. Dhiman (2001). “
Role of diet on conjugated linoleic acid content of milk and meat” (PDF). Journal of Animal Science 79. http://www.adsa.org/jointabs/iaafs108.pdf. Retrieved on 9 March 2007.
21.Lin Yang, Ying Cao, Zhen-Yu Chen (2004). “Stability of conjugated linoleic acid isomers in egg yolk lipids during frying”.
Food Chemistry (Elsevier) 86: 531–535. doi:10.1016/j.foodchem.2003.09.006.

What’s the difference between
Organic and Natural?

Wikipedia defines organic foods as those produced according to certain production standards, grown without the use of conventional pesticides and artificial fertilizers, free from contamination by human or industrial waste, and processed without ionizing radiation or food additives. If livestock are involved, they must be reared without the routine use of antibiotics, without the use of growth hormones and fed a healthy diet of all organically produced feeds. In most countries, organic products may not be genetically modified.

In contrast, natural foods are those produced and processed as naturally as possible.   For us at Lake View Farm, that means no pesticides or insecticides used with our pastures, facilities and animals, rendering them essentially organic.  It means feeding only pesticide, insecticide, hormone and additive free feeds.  It means allowing our animals to enjoy fresh pasture and sunshine verses cramped, dusty indoor pens.   We have chosen to forego the costly, impotent and ambiguous organic certifications and pass the savings on to our customers.

We have opted out of going completely organic, because the added feed costs of organic feed cause our prices to be prohibitive.  Instead, by minimizing our farm’s exposure to harmful chemicals, while maximizing our use of on-farm and locally grown feed sources, we feel like we’ve found the optimum balance. This allows us to market a product that is superior to that of the industrial food production machine at a price that is affordable to those who realize the importance of feeding their families REAL FOOD.

Why are your chickens
outside in open pens?

Chickens were designed by God to move about freely and eat grass, with all the little crawly critter condiments that come with it.  By raising our chickens as close to this original design as possible, we end up with chickens that are happy, healthy and taste like chicken is supposed to taste.

What is
Lake View Farm

We’re not the grocery store.
We’re not part of a conglomerate system.
We’re not buying in bulk with unlimited quantities.
We’re not a bargain outlet.

But we are…

LOCAL

You’re buying from a farm just a half hour from Eugene, Corvallis, Lebanon and Albany.  That’s FRESH!

SMALL

Unlike the grocery conglomerate, we know exactly how the food we sell is raised, because we raised it.  And you’ll know, too, because our customers are also our inspectors.  You look around, check us out and decide that this is a good place to by REAL food for your family.

PERSONAL

You’re buying directly from a farmer you know personally.  Besides REAL food, give us a call if you want to bring your family out for a picnic or to fish for bass in the lake.  We feel that our family farm is your family’s farm and hope you’ll feel that way, too.

COMMITTED TO QUALITY

This is the food we eat and feed out family.  It’s very important to us that it be fresh and as REAL as we can produce.

How much does REAL food cost?

Check out our handy pricing guide!

Other handy sources of information…

Real Milk.com

Weston A. Price Foundation

lvf.realfood@gmail.com

More than just food to eat,
food to live on.