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Sweet Stem Farm

This blog post previously contained a video about Sweet Stem Farm dating back to 2009, before the implementation of GAP standards. We have taken the video down to prevent confusion. We market this product as GAP Step 2 in our stores, and the farm has been operating at a Step 2 rating since 2010. We have always believed in and fought for the improvement of welfare for farm animals industry-wide, and all the pork, beef, chicken and turkey in our fresh meat cases comes from producers who have achieved certification to Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating system.


SWEET STEM FARM (formerly MEADOW RUN FARM) - Lititz, PA Dee Horst-Landis and her husband Philip are turning her family's scenic land in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, into a sustainable farming oasis. With pastured chicken and turkey, grass-fed beef and lamb, and pastured pork from heritage breed pigs, this young couple is intent on building fields of healthy soil and grass from which to feed their livestock a grass-based diet.