Oaklyn Plantation is my source for healthy chicken and beef. My husband and I visited the farm when we placed our first order for hamburger and assorted cuts of beef. Raising animals in a healthy natural environment is very labor intensive and the owner, David, doesn't have a lot of spare time on his hands. But he was kind enough to take us on a tour of the farm to show us every aspect of the operation.
All of the pastures are carefully managed to ensure that all of the nutrients the animals need are available in the plants they eat - as nature intended. In contrast to modern feedlots, David's animals can go for a stroll, find a tree trunk for a nice scratch, or lay out in the sun and snooze. Two mountainous Great Pyrenees Dogs guard the poultry from predators as they scratch and peck their way around the pasture.
Over the course of the last 15 years or so modern commercially raised meat has turned into an unrecognizable 'meat-like' substance full of antibiotics and hormones. It is so encouraging to know that there are people like David at Oaklyn Plantation that are still practicing responsible animal husbandry.
You can order online, or pick up Oaklyn Plantation Meat and various local markets. I pick mine up when I visit the Columbia Local Market on Whaley St on Saturday morning. When I serve hamburger from Oaklyn Plantation I never have to wonder - I know I am feeding a healthy nutritious food.