There’s an old adage that says, “With age comes wisdom.” My version of that says, “With age comes a lot of options and conveniences that our parents and grandparents never had.” My generation grew up either tending a garden for fresh vegetables or eating canned produce. Living in Iowa has always allowed us the luxury of buying beef and pork direct from friends who are farmers. We have split a side of beef with my parents and siblings on more than one occasion. There’s something to be said for knowing how the creatures are being treated, what they are eating, how much exercise they are getting and the types of inoculations they are receiving. It makes a huge difference in the quality of the food.
Our diet now consists of more fish and chicken than it used to so we have a spinach salad version of our Cranberry Feta Salad almost every day for lunch, enjoy this slow cooker meatless chili recipe and indulge in 30-minute chicken Ramen. It’s been a while since we purchased direct from our farmer friends, but we continually evaluate our grocery shopping to ensure we’re getting quality foods. We’ve discovered that not only are there a lot of local options, but there are also options online. Would it surprise you to hear that a name you’re familiar with at the grocery story recently launched a new direct-to-consumer website? Perdue Farms’ most popular organic chicken products are now in one handy pack that you can order online and have shipped to your front door. Yes, that’s great, but it’s only part of why I’m intrigued by this discovery. I had no idea that Perdue Farms has more than just chicken. I’ve only ever noticed their chicken products in the stores so I never really gave it much thought. You can find a whole line of premium protein products and brands, including Niman Ranch, Coleman Natural, Perdue Chicken, Perdue Harvestland, Panorama Meats, Spot Farms, Full Moon and more. Since it feels like everyone I know is on some type of keto diet, I’m sure this is welcome news for a lot of people.
I’ve said several times before that time is the one resource that every human being has a finite amount of. I would much rather find ways to bond with my kids than spend that time shopping to fill the refrigerator. As part of a promotion for Perdue Farms’ new direct-to-consumer launch, I received a family bundle and was pleasantly surprised that it included a variety of mouth-watering protein options. This shipment included Applewood Uncured Bacon, Uncured Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops With Rosemary and Uncured Pork Breakfast Sausage from Niman Ranch as well as PERDUE ® Panko Breaded Dino Nuggets, Individually Wrapped Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Tenderloins and Diced Chicken from PERDUE® Harvestland®. Sure we can purchase these items at the grocery store, but let’s be honest that it’s really nice to be able to purchase online and have things delivered to our front door. It’s a bonus that these bundles save you on the price of buying each individually at the store. As an example, the medium family bundle currently runs $64.99 on the site with free shipping on orders over $119. This is a 17% bundle discount vs. purchasing all products individually.
Most of the chicken items we received will be incorporated into our everyday recipes because, well, we eat a lot of chicken. I had considered sharing a recipe or two using the various products I received (like the sausage in an egg casserole or the chicken in my Mealthy MultiPot), but I decided against it. I’ve been reading a lot of comments lately on Facebook and elsewhere with people complaining about the multiple paragraphs of rambling before recipes they find on the internet. I’ll post a recipe on a different day without “all the paragraphs before it.” I’m glad I did because the Niman Ranch pork breakfast sausages by themselves were delicious. They are spicy and flavorful and would be an excellent ingredient in a recipe, but I was happy to enjoy them as is!
But today I want to take a minute to talk about something that I hadn’t known about the history of Perdue Farms (besides the fact they’re more than just chicken). They’re celebrating their 100th anniversary this year. Consistently during that time, the company has worked with small family farmers to raise animals with care while also emphasizing the importance of land preservation and healthy and nutritious food. I’ve grown up with best friends and coworkers who are farmers so this is something that hits home, literally. Only in recent years have mainstream consumers really sought out organic and natural food products or have recognized the importance of humanely raised animals. While they have stood on these general principles for 100 years, over the past 10 years Perdue Farms has transitioned from conventional chicken & turkey production to becoming the #1 supplier in the U.S. for Organic Chicken as well as a leader in premium Beef, Pork, Lamb, Pasture Raised, Grass-fed, Heritage Breed, Antibiotic Free (No Antibiotics Ever), Non-GMO, Ever, Certified Humane, GAP & more.
Not only are their products delicious – like the bacon wrapped pork loin chops we enjoyed – they are also socially conscious. Land preservation and the environment have always been important social initiatives for Perdue Farms. They have implemented several ideas to lessen their carbon footprint and protect the ecosystem. They make a donation to the Arbor Day Foundation with every bundle shipped. This helps reduce the footprint caused by shipping, but they’ve put consideration into their boxes too. Every box is made out of 100 percent recyclable cardboard and insulated with Green Cell Foam®, eco-friendly packaging that is biodegradable, compostable, and made from high-grade non-GMO cornstarch that is dissolvable in water. We were able to reuse our box to transport refrigerated foods while traveling during the holidays. Each purchase also includes a reusable and recyclable grocery bag as well as a pollinator seed packet to create a habitat near your home.
As a mom of active teens, we’re always looking for a balance between convenience and healthy. Sometimes we can plan for a family meal together and other times we discover at the last minute that it’s dinner for two. The individually wrapped Perdue Farms’ packaging makes it easy to switch up the meal plans on the fly without worrying about spoilage.
You can also find packages such as their Date Night bundle (which includes Niman Ranch Ribeye Steaks and Bacon-Wrapped Pork Chops With Rosemary, Coleman Natural Uncured Hickory Smoked Bacon and Perdue Whole Cornish Hens With Giblets. Their Large Gatherings Bundle boasts, “All the fixings you need for a big family feast or holiday gathering at your house” while their Game Day bundle offers an assortment of proteins to enjoy while watching teams square off for the title.
We’ll see if we can get a recipe or two on our site, but in the meantime you can check out the Perdue Farms direct-to-consumer program on their website. Use coupon code “FARMER10” to get 10% off your first order PLUS free diced chicken. Follow the latest news from Perdue Farms on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
What Perdue Farms products would you want to delivered to your door?