It is no secret that at our Indianapolis chiropractic clinic we encourage our patients to eat healthy. Many times we are asked if we have a good source for buying locally; we find that many people are too busy or not sure what to look for when trying to find a local farmer, and they have a misperception of higher costs. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Chris Baggott, farmer and owner of Tyner Pond Farm, to learn more about the farm and the products it offers.
Chris, along with fellow farmer, Mark Farrell, has operated Tyner Pond Farm, located in Greenfield, Indiana, since 2010. They produce all-natural beef, chicken, and pork, and are committed to making it easier for Hoosiers to eat healthier.
Why did you choose to own and operate a farm?
Chris purchased the farm in 2010, when he realized how broken the farming industry was, with quantity being put before quality, to help large producers make better profits. According to Chris, Indiana spends more than $18 billion per year in food sales, with 97 percent of the profit leaving the state. This means that Indiana is only profiting 6 to 10 cents per dollar. The remainder of the money goes to out of state processors.
Why do you feel buying from local farmers is so important?
The money a community spends, in Chris’ opinion, should stay within that community. Supporting local farmers isn’t only important for the economy, but it’s also a healthy alternative to buying processed foods.
How do you raise your stock?
The animals at Tyner Pond Farm are pasture raised, and not confined to a barn. They roam the farm and have natural diets. They are not given hormones to speed up their growth process; they grow slowly, at a natural rate. The livestock is hormone, pesticide and antibiotic free. Making the quality of the meat, not only healthier, but also fresher.
What are the advantages of eating meat from your farm, versus typical meat purchased from a supermarket?
Chicken purchased at a grocery store, for example, has been frozen at least twice, before it is thawed to look tempting at the meat counter. However, Tyner Pond Farm does their own processing, so the meat is fresh, and lasts longer. While the chicken purchased at the grocery store may only last a few days in your refrigerator, Chris explained, the chicken purchased from the farm will last for about two weeks…because it is fresh.
Can people visit your farm?
Unlike “factory” farms, Tyner Pond Farm encourages and educates its visitors. Chris explained that “factory” farms are so closely confined that they don’t typically accept visitors, in fear of what the animals may be contaminated with. Tyner Pond Farm, however, is an open farm, and visitors are free to stop by anytime…they just ask that visitors close the gate behind them.
What products can we purchase from your farm?
The farm raises chickens, cows, and pigs. They offer a variety of cuts, and process their own meats. You can purchase produce from Husk, a local food system that gives the community access to local produce.
Do you deliver?
Orders can be placed online, or you can shop at the farm. The farm offers free delivery within 50 miles of the farm. Chris recommends making weekly purchases, as opposed to buying in bulk, and freezing. Delivery makes up 90 percent of the farm’s business, with the average order size being around $40. When considering what the average consumer spends on a weekly basis at a typical grocery store, for meat that is not fresh, this is a very affordable alternative.
As we have stated in many of our blogs, while we believe what types of food you consume are important, the way these foods are raised/grown is equally as important. Tyner Pond Farm is doing an excellent job of providing all natural foods to the community. Part of the goal of the farm is to make fresh food part of your normal cooking, getting our society away from processed “convenient” foods. “Food is making us sick, but it is also the cure,” according to Chris.
We encourage you to support local farmers, help the local economy, and help yourself by staying healthy with chemical free healthy nutrition.
About Integrated Health Solutions
Dr. Charbel Harb is a licensed chiropractic physician and the Medical Director of Integrated Health Solutions. Our core belief is that each patient who walks through the doors is a person, not just a medical record or chart. Our greatest pleasure is bringing joy to our patients and helping them to fully embrace life, allowing them to enjoy each day: active, healthy and pain free.