Glatt Kosher Pastured Meat and Poultry
Grow and Behold is a young company specializing in OU certified Glatt Kosher pastured meats, all raised on small family farms.
According to Naftali Hanau, company CEO and founder:
“We adhere to the strictest standards of kashrut, animal welfare, worker treatment, and sustainable agriculture. We pay our farmers fair prices, generally above the national averages, ensuring that they can support their families while raising food for our customers. We work closely with our farmers to determine the best practices for raising animals in ways that support the natural environment and respect the natural instincts of the animals. Grow and Behold works with producers to ensure the highest standards of care for animals and people, all along the supply chain from field to fork. We’ve been blessed with spending years on organic farms, where watching food grow reminded us daily of the miracles of creation… Having our animals raised, processed and consumed as nearby as possible means we’re treading lighter on the earth, leaving less of a carbon footprint.”
Naftali is a shochet (ritual slaughterer), m’naker (ritual butcher), farmer and professional horticulturist. He grew up around the corner from the kosher butcher in Rochester, NY, and has been a carnivore from a young age. He learned shechita (ritual kosher animal slaughter) in Crown Heights, NY, and Scranton, PA, and has studied at butcher shops and slaughterhouses across the country with many experts in the field of kosher meat production. He holds a degree in horticulture from the New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture has been a Greenhouse Manager at Adamah, a Jewish environmental farming program in northwest Connecticut, worked on several organic farms and owned his own landscaping firm.
His wife, Anna, who is Grow and Behold’s Communications director, has been both a farmer and a Jewish educator. Formerly a vegetarian, she now eats meat when she knows how it’s produced and where it came from. She is the Associate Director of Food Programs at Hazon, and is the co-author of Food For Thought: Hazon’s Sourcebook on Jews, Food and Contemporary Life.
So how does the meat taste? In one word – exceptional. We grilled rib steaks and they were tender and flavorful. We pan–fried sweet Italian sausage (nitrite free) and added it to our Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup. Everyone loved it. The sausage added a delicious mild, smoky flavor. The ground beef formed a juicy, flavorful hamburger which we enjoyed on a potato bun.
There are many more products available that we look forward to trying. As we enjoyed the meat, we thought about the extraordinary practices of this company. We applaud Grow and Behold for its mission, its standards and its commitment to humane sustainable practices and the environment, while adhering to the highest standards of kashrut.
Read more of our conversation with Naftali Hanau.
Grow and Behold offers buying clubs in several cities across the U.S., and ships meat via FedEx to individuals throughout the U.S. In addition they deliver bi-weekly in the NY Area, soon to be weekly! To learn more, visit them at GrowandBehold.com.
January 16, 2012