About TC Farm
TC Farm is a group of sustainable family farms dedicated to raising the very best food.
We (Betsy and Jack) grew up in Eden Prairie with a love of cooking and good food. We were frustrated we couldn't find meat raised without some sort of shortcut. We wanted food without any shortcuts. So, we struck out on our own and founded a hobby farm to feed our family. That farm grew into TC Farm and the group of over 2000 member families who make it all possible.
Why TC Farm?
Like a lot of you, Betsy and I got more serious about what we were eating as we learned more.
We learned how:
- Grocery "grass fed" is often from feedlots being fed questionable items
- Even farmers' market eggs often use dyes to make the yolks darker
- Factory farms claim dirt feedlots are "pasture raised" - the USDA agrees
- Organic factory meats are often more problematic than conventional
We even volunteered at local farms and were discouraged that despite the idyllic views, the animals themselves weren't treated with the respect they deserved.
We didn't want to wonder what kind of shortcut was being taken with our food, so we started our own farm in 2010.
Raising food the right way means quality feed and wide open spaces. It takes a little longer and sometimes it costs a little more. Sometimes it even costs a little less!
As we added more members, we began to offer direct-to-home deliveries and partnered with other local farmers who wanted to raise animals and organic produce to our standards for our members.
"I feel good about serving my family food that has come from animals that have been raised in a healthy and humane way. "
What Sets TC Farm Apart?
- Slow-growing breeds have better texture and richer flavor
- Healthier, more balanced feed dramatically improves flavor
- Locally raised produce means food gets to you sooner. This means fresher produce.
- Heirloom produce varieties are at their peak when they don't need to be transported across the country.
- We don't use chemicals or anything harmful to the environment
- Unlike conventional farming, our farms improve the soil, restores native Minnesota prairies and protects our lakes and streams
- In fact, many studies show that our type of farming acts as a carbon sink. Building so much topsoil captures more carbon than the farming operations emit.
- We believe all life deserves respect.
- If we're raising animals to provide us with food, it is our duty to ensure a happy, healthy life and a respectful end.
- Our standards respect animals, respect the land and respect generations to come.
"In addition to the added benefit of supporting local farming families, it is also better for the environment and it has allowed my family to explore new types of food and new ways of cooking. Everyone wins!"
Jack McCann, Farmer
Jack McCann came to farming as a result of his quest for the tastiest food possible. After learning more about sustainable, pasture-based farming and the nutritious, delicious food it produces, he was determined to raise food right and provide it to others. He also wanted to take true farming to a higher level, by using rare, slow-growing breeds for optimal taste, texture and nutrition. Jack transitioned out of his previous career as an entrepreneur and management consultant to build and lead TC Farm. photo credit Heartbeat Kitchen
Betsy McCann, Farmer
Betsy McCann has a passion for cooking, and she knows that the best ingredients make the most delicious meals. Now that Betsy and Jack run TC Farm as a husband and wife team, she's happy to have the highest-quality food and appreciates the natural harmonies on the farm among animals, people, plants and land. Betsy leads a dual life as farmer and musician – she loves her career as the Director of Marching and Athletic Bands at the University of Minnesota. photo credit Gopher Photo