Our Practices

What does USDA organic certification mean when it comes to meat?

As for organic meat, regulations require that animals are raised in living conditions accommodating their natural behaviors (like the ability to graze on pasture), fed 100% organic feed and forage, and not administered antibiotics or hormones.

When it comes to processed, multi-ingredient foods, the USDA organic standards specify additional considerations. Regulations prohibit organically processed foods from containing artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors and require that their ingredients are organic, with some minor exceptions.” - USDA.gov

Are your animals given any antibiotics or hormones?

Our animals raised for meat production are not given any hormones. As part of the animal husbandry ways of Organic farming, we must give animals antibiotics to save its life in order for the animal to not suffer. This rarely happens, but if this situation arises, the animal is treated, marked, and tagged specifically and is no longer certified organic. This animal is then sold and not marketed as organic. Animal welfare is a top priority on our farm. 

Do you use GMO grains in your grain mixture?

We do not use any GMO products on or in anything we grow. Our farm is certified organic which ensures that we never use these. 

What are the ingredients in the grain mixture you feed the chickens and hogs?

At OOA we proudly boast that we grind and mix our own organic feed ration for both the chickens and hogs. This ensures that all of our grains are as fresh and home grown on the farm. Our ration includes: corn, wheat, oats, roasted soybeans, vitamins, and minerals.

Are your beef cattle corn finished or 100% grass-fed?

Our cattle are 100% grass fed from start to finish. They are never fed any grain. 

Where are your animals taken to be processed?

Our beef and pork is processed at a USDA organic inspected facility in Minnesota, called Dover Processing. If you are getting bulk meat, we typically use a local butcher to handle that.

Our chickens are currently being processed at Staceyville Poultry Processing, a USDA Organic poultry Processor. 

Can I come visit the farm and see the animals you raise?

Yes you are more than welcome to see how we raise the animals first hand. We only ask that you schedule an appointment to do so. 

FedEx Home Delivery

When will my order be delivered?

Orders are shipped every monday(unless it is a holiday then on Tuesday) via FedEx Home Delivery. Packages will arrive 1-2 days later. You will get order status emails from FedEx with tracking information.

What if I’m not home?

No problem! FedEx will leave your order at the front door in an insulated box. Once home, unpack your items as soon as you are able.

How should I expect my order to arrive?

Your items are carefully packaged with dry ice so your food stays fresh even if you’re not home when they deliver. Any freshly thawed items can either be refrigerated or refrozen for later use.

What are the shipping costs?

For ground deliveries there is a $19.99 shipping fee with free delivery on orders over $199.

For express deliveries there is a $39.99 shipping fee with free delivery on orders over $299

When will my card be charged?

Because many items are charged by the pound we will not know your exact total until your order is packed, at which time your card will be charged.

Can I recycle my packaging?

All of the packaging is curbside recyclable

Ordering, Pick-up & Local Delivery

Do you sell bulk cuts of beef, pork, and chicken?

Yes we sure do! We offer ¼, ½, and whole cows. As well as ½ and whole hogs. For chickens we offer a discounted rate on orders over 20.

How far in advance should I place my bulk order?

We take bulk orders year around. You can place your order and be put on the waitlist at any time. For more questions on animal processing timelines please inquire via email.

What days do you deliver to the local area?

We deliver door to door on Wednesday nights to the local area. This includes: Dubuque, Key West, Peosta, Epworth, Farley, Dyersville, New Vienna, Luxemburg, Holy Cross, Rickardsville, Sageville, and Durango. Please inquire if you have questions about the delivery zone. 

We also have another delivery day to the Iowa City area and the towns along our route, including Cascade, Monticello, Anamosa, Martelle, Mount Vernon, Solon, and North Liberty. We deliver to these areas on the third Monday of the month. 

What forms of payment do you take?

We accept all major credit cards through our website shop. In addition to credit cards, we accept cash and checks at farmers market, and in our farm store. We also accept Venmo payments for specific situations.