Even though I live only 20 minutes away from the farm, I didn't know of its existence. Thankfully, after having the opportunity of touring their facility, I'll definitely be paying them a visit from now on.
Lake Meadows Naturals is a local farm that sells cage free chicken and duck eggs, grass fed beef and goat, Berkshire pork, honey, and fresh herbs. Everything is clean and organic, which is the main reason Chipotle gets most of their fresh ingredients for their Florida locations from there.
Lake Meadows Natural's mission is to supply the area with great tasting and high quality food, while at the same time educating their customers along the way.
Their mission is perfectly aligned with Chipotle's "Food with Integrity" motto.
Did you know that Chipotle is the first and only fast food chain to ban GMOs from their menu?
"This is another step toward the visions we have of changing the way people think about and eat fast food,” Steve Ells, founder and co-chief executive of Chipotle, told the New York Times. “Just because food is served fast doesn’t mean it has to be made with cheap raw ingredients, highly processed with preservatives and fillers and stabilizers and artificial colors and flavors.”
It's always nice to discover new places, especially a great find like Lake Meadow Naturals, that supports Chipotle's movement.
The owner of the farm, Dale, gave us a private tour around his property and explained to us in great detail everything that goes on in the farm.
We started off the tour by getting up close and personal with these little guys.
How cute is that face??
After falling in love with the baby chicks, we went inside the incubator room to see the baby turkeys.
A little baby turkey hatched while we were there!
After they're born, Farmer Dale puts them in the incubator to keep them warm.
We later entered the quality control/packaging room.
The eggs are placed on a conveyer belt that is lit up in order to see if the eggs have any imperfections. If they pass the test, they are washed and ready to be packaged. You can purchase these eggs in their farm market store.
Now came the fun part.
Picking our own eggs!
It was harder than it looked but I successfully picked my dozen eggs.
If you're up for the challenge, you can pick your own every Saturday.
Before leaving the coop, I had to take a picture with my new friends.
Now onto the rest of the tour.
First time trying a mulberry.
Look at that smile!
Farmer Dale offered us fresh green beans straight from his garden.
How gorgeous is his house!!
Gorgeous views of his land from every angle.
Farmer Dale was nice enough to have us in his home for our delicious lunch sponsored by Chipotle.
Chef Tonda Corrente from La Femme Du Fromage prepared our meal.
The peach cobbler was pure perfection!
A perfect ending to the day.
Make sure when you visit Lake Meadows Naturals, you stop by their farm market store. It's filled with fresh produce, assortment of cheeses and plenty more!
After attending two events sponsored by Chipotle, I think it's safe to say I'm BFF's with them.
Well, the official term is "brand ambassador" but same thing right?
Huge thank you to Chipotle for including me in this lunch event and a special thank you to Farmer Dale for his generous hospitality.
Can't wait to whip up something delicious with the eggs I picked out!