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Why 100% Grass-Fed Matters


Good for your peace of mind, good for the planet

We as consumers are increasingly uneasy about the source of our food in a global economy. Our underlying belief is that food should be purchased and consumed close to where it is produced. When you purchase a bottle of milk, grass-fed beef or pork from our New Prague, Minn., farm, you know your food is not being trucked from a distant state or even from another country. It is raised in the pastures and woodlots of Scott County. Buying local helps support our rural economy and eliminates expensive fuel costs, which lessens pollution and helps our planet.


You get our trust at Cedar Summit

When you buy from Cedar Summit, you are buying from a family business, not a large cooperative or corporation. Our family, in addition to a few very valuable, committed employees, raise our cows and pigs, run our creamery, and monitor the quality of our products from top to bottom. We believe that family-owned businesses are the foundation of our economy in America, and you can trust you will always be able to put a face with the products you buy. Our goal at Cedar Summit is to pass our business down from one generation to another, and we’re looking forward to a fourth generation of family operators.


Healthier animals, healthier soil

At Cedar Summit, raising “grass-fed” cows isn’t just a marketing catch phrase. We know cows aren’t built to stand for long hours on concrete. Our cows get plenty of exercise and extra muscle tone walking to and from the pasture. And they eat grass — the stuff cows were meant to eat.  Our healthier and less-stressed herd means we spend 75 percent less on veterinary bills. Our cows also live longer – up to 16 years – and spend more of their productive lives in our milking herd than grain-fed cows. Because we maintain pastures instead of raising grain, our sod is strong and healthy and full of microbes that quickly break down cow patties into important soil nutrients. Raising sod instead of grain prevents soil erosion on our farm, contributing to cleaner water for our neighbors downstream.

Our customers also say milk and beef from grass-fed cows tastes better. They know the grass that cows eat is contributing to healthier animals and a healthier product for them. Meat, eggs, and dairy products from pastured animals offer you a healthier balance of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids, higher levels of CLA (a fatty acid that is a potential cancer fighter) and lower levels of saturated fats. They are richer in antioxidants; including vitamin E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. An independent study by Milkweed, a leading dairy-industry publication for more than 33 years, shows that Cedar Summit’s dairy products contain more “good fats”— omega-3 and CLA—than any other leading organic dairy product.


Food without the additives

Our products are raised organically so you don’t have to eat food that is doused in chemicals, injected with hormones and coated in preservatives. Our common-sense philosophy is organic is better for our bodies. It is no surprise that numerous recent food recalls are raising concerns about the origin and methods used to produce food, some of which comes from overseas. Many of us don’t want to take a chance on food grown, packaged and processed in places like Mexico and China where regulatory standards are not as tough as in the United States. Our decision to go organic can be traced to 1973, when our third-generation farm patriarch, Dave Minar, had a severe allergic reaction to an herbicide he was mixing. That watershed experience nearly four decades ago set us on a path toward producing healthier food and maintaining a healthier farm.