16410 N 800 E
LOCAL, FARM FRESH & Grown following USDA ORGANIC Standards
FRUIT, VEGETABLES, EGGS, NUTS &
Dearing Country Farms has organically raised baby
chicks. No antibiotics,
vaccinations, steroids, or growth hormones have been given to them, only
kindness, care and certified organic grains. They are now free-range, pastured
on organic alfalfa, are cage free and kept from predators each night in their
hen house. They are let out each
morning at sun up and have access to fresh greens, fresh air and plenty of
sunshine. We ensure our crops are
free of synthetic herbicides, pesticides or any chemicals what so ever.
We use cover crops and employ earth friendly farming practices and
harvesting methods. Additionally, we
follow all USDA Organic Program guidelines, and are members of Certified
Our eggs are as fresh as you can get, some less than 24 hours.
buy local organic?
High standards, you know where they came from!
It's healthier !
Taste is incredible!
No nasty additives or preservatives!
No hidden costs, you are supporting local economy and small farm operations!
No synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers are used!
Better, more humane care for animals!
Good for wildlife and the environment!
Reliance on drugs removed (no vaccinations or antibiotics)!
Not genetically modified (steroids, growth hormones, cloning, etc.)!
How did we get started?
First you need to know that it has always been a dream of Brad's to purchase some land to design and build his home. Jackie always told him if you find some land on the west side of Bloomington, close to town, we could look into it. Years went by and nothing ever came on to the market that would work. Then one Sunday morning while reading the paper we saw it! 30 acres just 3 miles west of Bloomington. We immediately called on it, went to look at it and made an offer, all in about an hour. From there, we started designing our home and the building process, Brad has a degree in Technology Education (emphasis in construction management) and teaches at a local high school (some design and architecture courses) so we did all the work ourselves. (That means hammering every nail, not just picking out colors with a builder!) Dream one and two come true; now, how to pay for all this? At the time we were DINKS, what's a "dink" (Double Income No Kids), so we managed alright. Then Jackie became pregnant. With twin boys! Late in 2004, out of the blue, Jackie incurred pre-term labor and we lost them. We realized how precious life is and how a person cannot afford to waste their lives away in the hustle and bustle of the world. One needs to slow down and spend much more time with family and friends.
We have always had a small garden at our homes, and we had a 40 x 40 plot in the back yard at our new house as well. We grew tomatoes peppers and tried a handful of other items, with varied success. In 2005, we found out that Jackie was pregnant again, hurray. But our lives (and mindset) had changed and we wanted to find a way that Jackie could be a stay at home mom to raise a family with traditional values and ways and spend more time with a family. That would mean leaving her good corporate job, and going to one household income (a teachers salary at that). Brad had since spoke with a friend that raises some chickens and sells their eggs. That sparked the interest and a way to earn extra money so Jackie could stay at home, so we ordered 300 baby chicks. At the same time, we expanded the garden and got more serious about the farming. We have never used any synthetic chemical on our property and have always believed in natural and eco friendly ways of gardening, so it was a no-brainer to go organic in our growing methods. That summer of 2005 we started selling at the Downtown Bloomington Farmer's Market, we did not have much to sell, but stuck it out until our chickens started producing. At the end of the season we started going to local food stores to see if they would like to carry our eggs in their stores, and we found out that many did have a market base for organic produce and eggs and we began supplying them. Now the majority of the time is spent caring for the hens, collecting, washing and packaging eggs, then in addition, in the spring through fall growing, tending, harvesting and prepping produce for sale as well.
We do think it is every person's own
responsibility to be good stewards of our land.
We should watch what we put into our bodies, to get the most from our bodies.
Family and friends should be cherished and loved and not neglected.
Good morals and values need to be taught our children because they are the future of our country.
For more information, call, or visit our
to Buy and Eat Local - Organic!
No nasty additives
Avoids synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers
Reliance on drugs removed
No hidden costs
Care for animals
The birds are truly free range, spending more of their lives
comfortably foraging outside
They have better access to fresh grass and air
They have more space in their houses.
Their diet is rich in organically grown grains
The routine use of antibiotics is discouraged
Genetically modified feed is not used
Scientific research has shown that, in general, organic farming
increases wildlife on farms and helps protect the environment
Good for wildlife and the environment
Tops for taste
11. Supports local and
family farming operations