MOUNT VERNON — Ever wonder where your grocery-store chicken was raised or what it was fed? Was it cooped up in a cage and given antibiotics or did it roam free in lush, green pastures? Well, when you buy your meat locally, you’ll never have to wonder again.
Wayne Zollars, owner of Smithhisler Meats, 8835 Columbus Road, gets most of his meats from the central-Ohio area. He prefers buying locally, due to the fact that local farmers tend to prefer using natural methods of farming.
“The benefits (of buying meats locally) are, you can source verify where the products are coming from,” Zollars told the News. “These small places aren’t using any enhancements of any kind, whether it be steroids or antibiotics. You can’t call all of it ‘natural,’ but it’s closer to natural than (meat) from big packers, I think. They’re not giving them all the hormones and steroids to enhance and make them grow faster.”
Purchasing meat directly from a local farmer is another excellent way to get a good look at how your food is produced.