Casa Fattoria offers local, chemical-free and in-season options for better health.
When you own a business that you hope will make a difference in the health of your customers, and you get a review like this, you know you’re on the right track. Casa Fattoria owner Tony Merendino sums it up like this:
“We had one customer who had an autoimmune disease. She called out of the blue, asking about our organic liver. Ten days after getting her order, she called and said three things.
- It was the first time my kitchen didn’t stink after cooking liver.
- The best thing she ever tasted.
- Typically when she eats liver, she has to take her medicine within three days. With Casa Fattoria liver, she didn’t need it for eight days.”
In 2013, Tony and his wife, Julie, Acworth residents, started Casa Fattoria, a small boutique farm on 115 acres in the Mountain Cove Farm Region of Chickamauga, GA. While Casa Fattoria Farms started as a retirement idea, it quickly became a passion centered around farming that feeds people in a traditional and organic manner. Their goal: to produce the finest beef possible, using natural and organic farming methods, and humanely treating the animals to the highest standard.
“Our mission is to offer the finest beef, taste, flavor and marbling, while being good stewards of the land,” Tony said. “At Casa Fattoria, we believe there is a different way to farm. Funny, it’s probably the old way. A more valuable, sustainable way where customers are earned rather than sold. We’re obsessively passionate about it, and our mission is to help people achieve their health and wellness goals.”
As the owners saw the benefits to their own health, they were more determined than ever to offer the same benefits to others.
“I realized that the food and health industry in America is broken,” Tony said. “They are both interconnected; food affects gut health, which in turn affects our immune system, organs and total body function. I believed that if I could change my gut, my body would be healthier, and it just so happens to be true.”
What Makes the Difference
Casa Fattoria cattle are raised in a natural and low-stress environment with no antibiotics, growth hormones or steroids. They are grass-fed — fattened on grass rather than grain — and roam free among six pastures of rye, clover and fescue. During the winter, cattle eat pesticide-free hay that’s been cut, dried and rolled from the farm’s fields.
By following sustainable farming practices, the focus is on the dirt, the grass and the cows. Stress-free cows, under organic farming principles, is a simple solution to eating healthy. Great taste, marbling and flavor are byproducts on this journey.
All the cows are registered Black Angus; all farming is sustainable and in a closed-loop system. Casa Fattoria farmers believe if they take care of the soil, the soil will take care of the grass, and the grass will take care of the cows.
The principles are simple; nature dictates what happens on the farm. The dirt determines what grasses will grow, and the farmers plant a variety of grasses for sustainability and for fighting against drought conditions. The livestock is rotated so the grasses will flourish.
The industry has undergone many changes and continues to do so as the food is more processed in factories and grown on industry-owned farms. Casa Fattoria’s process hasn’t changed over the last 10 years and won’t. The owners believe their products are in demand more than ever. In fact, business has doubled over the last five years.
“We believe local, chemical-free, in-season and free-range grasses for livestock is the answer,” Tony said. “Choosing to eat cleaner, healthier and procuring meat raised and processed in a conscientious manner is a lifestyle choice that Casa Fattoria can help you obtain.”
What You Need to Know
- The animals are free-range and have eaten grass and foraged their whole lives.
- Beef is lower in calories, has more Omega-3 fatty acids, CLA and vitamins A and E than traditionally raised beef.
- Cost is less per pound than hamburger found in traditional stores.
- Beef is certified, registered Black Angus.
- Shoppers can choose from quarter, half or whole amounts of all cuts, including organ meats.