Orchard Pond beef jerky from Tallahassee, Florida
Fresh Lemon and Cracked Pepper beef jerky from Orchard Pond
We tend to think Florida is flat as a pancake, but the area north of Tallahassee is known as the Red Hills Region. Nestled in those gently rolling hills is Orchard Pond, the organic farm of the Phipps family. The Phipps started bottling their honey in 2011 (they sell that amazing tupelo honey that's a prize commodity in that area of the world) and then branched out into pestos and granola. In addition to beekeeping and their organic garden, the farm prides itself on its humanely raised 100 percent grass-fed cattle. And now they're offering beef jerky, made from that beef. We tried the Fresh Lemon and Cracked Pepper flavor, full of bright lemon notes we haven't found in other brands of jerky.
$8 per 2-ounce package. Available online at orchardpond.com/.
White Oak Pastures grassfed beef jerky from Bluffton
Grassfed beef jerky from White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia
The label on the package says “Blistering Bluffton” in little tiny type. You could miss that - but you just have to look at the slices of jerky with their very generous sprinkling of dried red pepper flakes to know this is going to be one hot jerky. White Oak Pastures raises grass-fed cattle (along with nine other species of animals) on its 3,000 acres around the community of Bluffton in southwest Georgia. They serve meals to farm employees and visitors in their on-farm restaurant, and when they’re not cooking for lunch and dinner, the cooks are making three varieties of beef jerky - Sweet Teriyaki, Blistering Bluffton and a gluten- and soy-free flavor.
$5.99 per 2-ounce package of Blistering Bluffton and Sweet Teriyaki, $6.99 per 2-ounce package of gluten- and soy-free. Available at the White Oak Pastures General Store, 202 Church Street, Bluffton, or online at whiteoakpastures.com/.
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