Farmers Henk and Jin Verhoeven  have been coming to the Village Market from their farm near Orangeville for a few years now.

Jul 31, 2015

Recently they have drawn my attention to a blog post that quotes a U of T professor who tested their grass-fed beef. One point of error in the article though is that it says their beef is certified organic. This is not correct. Their farm may be certified organic, but the beef and other animal products -- while they may be grass fed -- are not certified organic. Then there's the question of whether they are biodynamic. Their farm was certified biodynamic in 1994, but it is not certified biodynamic currently. That means they can't call their products biodynamic. Talk to Jin or Henk at the Market if you want clarification on all this. Anyway, here is an excerpt from the post:

"Recently, Professor Richard Bazinet, a professor of nutritional sciences at U of T, tested Verhoeven's steak and found it contained a far better ratio of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than typical supermarket beef. Verhoeven's meat boasted a spectacular omega6 to omega3 ratio of just over three to one.

Amazing, you are all saying. But Pioneer, what does that mean?? This is good because beef is typically a higher, unhealthier ratio. Omega-3s are a family of fats generally considered to be healthy, in fish like salmon and plant versions like flax and chia. Omega-6, on the other hand, is pro-inflammatory, and we get too much of it from processed foods. In other words, shop at East Lynn market for your dinner and you’re one step to getting healthier!

Verhoeven, who runs the 100-acre Bio Vision Farm north of Guelph, says his certified-organic beef is 100 percent grass fed, a coveted status among the health-conscious these days. His Scottish Highland herd -- the sample that was tested at U of T -- has been on grass for about 25 years. But ‘grass-fed’ is a tough claim to prove, since there’s no certification for it. That’s why Professor Bazinet, a fatty acids researcher, has started testing beef himself. Verhoeven’s beef was low in omega-6 and high in omega-3, Bazinet says, and that’s convincing evidence the herd was truly eating grass....."

Photos: Henk and Jin's chickens, free ranging on their farm, a display of photos from their farm from the July 25th Village Market.

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