Simpls Fans, we’re delighted you are here!
Simpls is now a part of TC Farm.
At TC Farm, we deliver the very best local, delicious, ethically raised foods.
In addition to the Simpls meals you love, we offer:
- Pasture-raised meats, dairy and eggs
- Certified organic local produce
- Expanding selection of value-priced organic grocery
- No-tip home delivery for just $4.99
Complimentary 1-Year Membership
We are a membership-based community of consumers and farmers who want the very best in local food.
As a Simpls Fan, we are excited to offer you a 1-year complimentary TC Farm membership!
Annual memberships keep our deliveries tip-free without annoying hidden fees, all while providing our team members with livable wages and great health & retirement benefits.
Once you register for the standard free 30-day trial, follow the steps below to activate your free extra year.
To read the details about how our membership works and about our unique pay what you can structure, click here.
Working together we can build a more robust, ethical, and sustainable food system.
How to claim your free year of TC Farm
Find your TC Farm Membership, then click 'Manage Subscription'
You're All Set! Start shopping and enjoy 13 months of membership free!
A Better Grocery Run
Now with Simpls - a better takeout run!
TC Farm grew out of the hobby farm that Betsy and I (Jack) started over 13 years ago. And our mission remains the same today.
Thank you for joining our movement!
We have been fans of Simpls' work since Ryan and Mike called us to see if they could include our pasture-raised and organic-fed heritage ham for the original Simpls restaurants!
Betsy also works at the University of Minnesota and loved grabbing a bite to eat at the Stadium Village Simpls.
We are excited to work with their team to create amazing meals in our kitchen and continue to bring you the very best in local cuisine!
Please reach out to us to ask any questions you may have - we are an open book!
Two good examples are chicken and deli ham:
When it comes to taste and health, our chicken is in a league of its own. The breeds we use take over twice as long to raise and we use organic feed that costs two to three time more than conventional. The birds we raise live on lush pasture and eat more feed than factory birds. This costs more to do the right way.
Our deli ham is raised using only transition or organic feed and never any soy. The organic deli ham you find in the store isn’t raised on pasture and yet it still costs 50% more than our deli ham.
Many of our meats cost about what you'd pay somewhere else but ours are higher quality.
We started off selling bulk purchases like most farms, but we found that most people don't like every cut that comes with an eighth or quarter cow. Those bulk packages appeared cheaper, but they also included a huge percentage of liver, oxtail, bones and fat that were usually wasted, or worse tough dry cuts like rump or round roasts that result in a disappointing meal.
There are good reasons why these cuts aren't sold in grocery stores; why should you be forced to buy them just because you're doing the right thing buying direct from a farmer?
The amazing thing is that when we ran the numbers, it turned that out buying in bulk like this was actually more expensive for our members.
First, most processors can't offer organic spices, so let's say you splurge and buy some nice organic-fed pork. Why would you want all the bacon, ham and sausages full of conventional chemicals?
All our sausages are organic spiced, no-synthetic nitrates, binders or other questionable ingredients.
When buying in bulk, you'll usually only only get one or two kinds of sausages which means a freezer full of the same things instead of the wide variety our group is able to provide.
The other downside of buying in bulk is that unless you’re buying meat to a factory specification, there will always be some natural variation in flavor. Pasture-raised meats are hands down the best… but you could get ten people to all taste the same steak and get ten different opinions about it. And you can have ten steers raised exactly the same way and have ten differently flavored steaks. If you get a freezer full of meat and the animal you randomly received isn’t all that tasty, that’s quite a bummer. Getting small packages year round ensures you’ll get to try all of the natural variations in flavor and provide feedback so we know just what your family prefers.
Bottom line: if you’re comparing the same quality of product, buying in bulk won’t cost less for most families and our members seemed to be happier with our subscription program, that’s why we stopped offering the option a few years ago.
If you are outside our delivery area, we can still ship your food to you as long as you live in Minnesota or the surrounding states.
We aren't able to ship eggs, milk or produce. Sorry!
All ingredients are on each package's label and we also list the ingredients within the product information on the website. If you have any questions about the ingredients we use, just ask and we're happy to help!
Here are some common sensitivities that members ask us about. Make sure to check the product information on our website to review for any dietary restrictions or food sensitivities.
Pigs seem to do better without soy and the result is a higher quality and healthier meat. They are omnivores with a simliar diet to ours, so they need grain and also seem to benefit from some corn. However, since we don't feed them any soy, they get significantly less corn and a more diverse/balanced diet of field peas and small grains like barley, wheat, oats, flax etc.
In the past, we have raised our chickens both soy free and with soy. When raising chickens without any soy, they need other ingredients that are arguably not as good (like lots of fishmeal or synthetic essential animo acids). Basically, as birds they need a higher energy diet with a lot of specialized animo acids which are best supplied by soy. We have found that our organic soy fed chickens are healthier and look better than the others and we try to focus the feed on what is healthiest for the animals.
We still experiment with different feed rations to try and get the best feed for them, but over the last decade, we have found that a little bit of soy is better for them than no soy at all. This is especially true when they are chicks and just starting off their development. We do have chickens that are finished without soy, but they just have a healthier life if we get them some as part of a balanced diet.
Our ruminants (cows and lamb) are 100% grass fed, but actually graze grass from the pasture instead of the candy, sawdust and rotten fruit that feedlot store bought ‘grass fed’ animals are too often fed.
All of our animals are raised on pasture. You can see videos on our webpage that are representative of every aspect of the care of our animals.
However, once we smoke a sausage, we (and everyone) are required by the government to either use synthetic nitrates OR use celery powder and a natural fermentation process to cure the meat. The fermentation process requires a small amount of organic sugar to be added, so all of our ‘no nitrate’ smoked meats have some sugar in them.
This is the case for anyone who is following regulations as well. Some of our smoked meats have additional sugar added to match the style of the product. As a member you can select just the items that are sugar free if you wish.
Some Background on Safety of eggs, in case you want to know:
Most contamination of eggs occurs from sick chickens who have salmonella inside their ovaries and thus the eggs become contaminated independent of any sort of washing or storage strategies. By keeping our hens healthy and free of salmonella infections, we reduce the risk of illness.
The European standards take a different approach to contamination handling after the eggs than the US. They require vaccinations for Salmonella to reduce the possibility of contamination before laying, where as the US does not require this. Eggs raised in a factory setting (most of the EU or US) can be assured to mostly* be clean on the shell, which would reduce the risk of contamination from bacteria entering the shell.
However hens with access outside of cages are going to have some eggs which are soiled on the outside. NOT cleaning these eggs will increase the risk of contamination through the shell.
There is surprisingly little practical protection from the bloom on the egg in terms of protecting a soiled egg from contamination (just ask any farmer who has picked up a dirty egg in a field after a couple of weeks of being hidden).
Washing dirty eggs by hand which have NOT been refrigerated right before eating them would create additional health safety risks. The temperature differential between the eggs and the water isn't significant enough to ensure bacteria doesn't go INTO the egg from the outside. As mentioned below, we use hot water to sanitize the eggs, but the temps are carefully monitored to ensure the eggs are safe.
Reasons for Refrigeration
In the US, that risk is mitigated by cleaning the eggs so the shell is more likely to be free of bacteria and allow for safer refrigeration. Furthermore refrigeration protects the eggs which may have been contaminated before being laid by reducing the growth of bacteria already inside of the shell.
In my personal experience, and reading about both options, the cleaning of eggs not appear to increase the risk of leaving eggs on the counter or room temp as commonly described online.
The downside of refrigeration is that you really should have all eggs cleaned really well (even factory eggs). Which they are.
Besides safety, the benefit of refrigeration is that the quality of the eggs themselves is dramatically higher. Eggs on a counter for a week will see their quality degrade about the same as eggs in a refrigerator for a month.
There is no benefit from keeping eggs on the counter besides convenience. Their quality doesn't increase and, even in an EU system, the safety of the eggs is reduced (although this is a fairly low risk factor there due to the required vaccinations).
Some farms use more toxic chemicals to sanitize their eggs, these chemicals are NOT required under Minnesota and USDA rules.
Cleaning the eggs IS required under Minnesota rules and the process in Minnesota is a bit more stringent than in other states. Personally, we think these regulations are good for the public and even for farmers.
We use hot water and hydrogen peroxide to sanitize the outside of most of our eggs. This doesn't seem to have any safety or cross contamination concerns.
We also work really hard to keep the eggs as clean as possible when they are laid, so this reduces the risk of contamination as well.
Orders changed or cancelled past the deadline will incur a $40 restocking fee.
Please note that we do not provide refunds for perishable items cancelled past the deadline as we are unable to resell them on short notice.
*If you want to stop deliveries for an extended amount of time, we recommend removing all of your subscriptions for foods so that nothing generates automatically.
TC Farm membership renews on an annual basis and members are in full control of how much they contribute towards the membership fee.
If we are unable to make TC Farm membership work for your family, you can cancel your membership at any time in your account subscriptions.
To cancel TC Farm membership, you will need to:
1. Remove all of your subscriptions
2. Ensure that all pending orders are removed
3. Double check that you have cancelled your TC Farm Membership subscription
Please let us know if there's anything we can do on our end to make membership a better fit for you before you go! We'd also value any feedback regarding your decision to stop ordering from us.
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For smoked meats like brats, sausages and bacon, we usually vacuum seal. The same is true for our ready to eat organic meals.
For cuts that don't work as well vacuum sealed, we often use a heat shrink style wrap that is PVC, BPA and phthalate free This is really nice because it allows individual steaks or chops to be thawed at one time.
I've personally tried meats that were 2-3 years old as a test and could tell the difference in the age, but only slightly... The packaging we use does a great job keeping the meat fresh when you decide to cook it up.
We are pretty picky about the health impacts of our packaging. The food industry too often uses plastics that are made of toxic PVC and phthalates which are fat soluble and leach into the food. We specifically researched the polymers used in our plastics and consulted with industry experts to ensure we're using the safest materials.
To learn more about what is used to wrap other meats, the health impacts this causes and how it helps them sell 'fresh' meat that is 4-6 months old... check out this article we wrote.
The cows and sheep are 100% grass fed. Since there isn't any green growing grass in the winter, we give them hay to eat. There are different qualities of hay. The better hay is more leaf and less stem. If it is pretty much 100% thick stem, that is straw. Straw has almost zero nutritional value and is used more as a bedding in the winter. We manage the type of hay the animals get based on the type of animal, time of year and growth period they are in (pregnant/nursing cows need higher quality hay than a 1 year old steer)
In the winter, the pigs and chickens also get free choice access to hay to get some green in their diet. They both love it! The hay isn't as good as green grass, but it is the best we can do in the winter.
In fact, you'll notice a huge difference in the quality of our eggs over the summer when the hens have access to green growing pasture instead of dried hay. These eggs are more nutritious and the same is true for the meat raised on green pasture.
Pork raised on green pasture has much more vitamin A and iron as an example.
This is why we only raise chickens in the summer, whereas a lot of local farms have their 'pasture raised' chicken or pigs spend their entire time in a hoop barn without access to a green pasture in the summer.