Farmers & Ranchers

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Our meat and poultry is renowned for great taste and quality.

We believe this has a lot to do with the care that goes into raising the animals and the true partnerships we have with our farmers and ranchers. These partnerships allow us to offer the wide selection you see in our meat department, from grass-fed beef to pasture-raised veal to organics. True partnerships also support the growth of local farming and ranching, which means more local meat and poultry in your neighborhood Whole Foods Market.

Our partnerships are developed with a dedication to transparency, accountability and responsibility. We seek out partnerships with like-minded farmers and ranchers concerned with animal welfare. We collaborate with our farmers and ranchers to continually improve how animals are raised for meat.

We believe the treatment of animals should be guided by an attitude of care, responsibility and respect. We work closely with our farmers and ranchers to focus on raising animals for high quality, great-tasting meat.


We've sought out partnerships with a variety of regional and local grass-fed ranchers with the goal of helping bring grass-fed ranching back into the mainstream because of its positive impact on the animals, the environment and how it supports local communities.


Organic livestock standards prohibit the use of added growth hormones and the use of antibiotics. The animals can be fed only organic feed, and the processing for all meat and poultry products must meet organic standards as well.


Interested in local meats? Ask a meat department team member in your store about which items in the meat case are local. You can also check out our Local Producer Loan Program, which provides up to $10 million in low-interest loans to small, local producers.