Reviews for: Campo Lindo Farms
worth the price in TASTE
By: Philip Robinson (Sep 8, 2009)
I live in the Smithville area, and have found it rather challenging to find [organic/antibiotic-free] food that I can eat, due to various health related issues.
I happened upon Green Acre Market in the Briarcliff shopping area, and was surprised to find eggs and poultry from a local farm- Campo Lindo!
I have tried the 'organic brand' at many area local grocery stores- and while anything marked 'organic' tends to have a higher price, I can certainly attest that the Campo-Lindo 'brand' is certainly worth what you pay for! One might say it's the "best choice", if you get my reference.
The eggs are among the most flavorful I have ever had the pleasure of tasting! They're always fresh, and the yolk color is akin to deep orange, rather than the pale yellow encountered in most other eggs. They are a delight to taste no matter how you prepare them, and if you use them in other items, really help make a more powerful FLAVOR to your breads, etc!
With regards to the poultry itself- again, the most flavorful I've had! I've tried the boneless breasts and they cook very well and have a nice consistency (none of the discoloration and uneven texture one comes to expect from 'factory farmed', IE: diseased, chickens)! The only issue I have with this product is the cost. However I do understand some of that is due to preparation required to make it convenient.
The whole chickens have also been flavorful- with hardly any fat to speak of, and at a much more reasonable pricing (since the prep work does fall upon the consumer).
While some of their products are a bit pricey (boneless breasts, eggs) and others pretty reasonable (whole chickens) you get what you pay for-- which is quality meat, without the 'added value' of disease, chemicals and other un-natural additives!
I give 5 stars for flavor- on ALL [chicken] products I've had! I give 4 stars for the various pricing, but I do understand that is a function of the butchering/prep/processing cost.
If the rating system would allow a 4.5 sum, I'd give it-- but since it doesn't, I must defer to the lower score- only due to pricing.
BUT, as the title of the review clearly states- WELL WORTH THE PRICE IN FLAVOR!
Thank you, Campo Lindo, I do appreciate your hard work and will continue to patronize your extremely tasty products!
Campo Lindo would rather sell to food chains than you.
By: david Schroeder (Aug 14, 2009)
My interaction with Campo Lindo Farms consists of several phone calls, with messages left requesting a return call, (no calls were returned), a drive past the address, where there was no address posted at the street side at all (they are my neighbors for gods sake!), and the purchase of a Campo Lindo farms chicken from my local Price Chopper (for @$3.40/Lb). I have NEVER bought a $12 chicken before!
Believe me, I would have loved to become a good customer of these people. I tried several times over a two week period to contact them. They always took my message on their answering machine, but never once tried to call me back. Their picture looks friendly enough....I live 4 miles from these folks, and I expected a lot more from them. After all, their info (last updated in 2006) states, "just let us know you're stopping bye and we'll keep an eye out for you." Right.
I have since talked to some folks in the community, and I find that I might not want to go for a visit as the conditions are not exactly as described (again, this is hearsay as, I have not been invited to the farm).
Still, these folks somehow manage to get those chickens to the Price Chopper Supermarket. I think that is their bread and butter there. What a shame. What a disappointment.
Anyway, I still hold out hope that these folks are doing good by their word, and remaining free range and organic. I won't bother anymore with trying to contact them. I have found a family that is very interested in my business. They greet me with a smile and a handshake. We do good business.
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Carol Maddick says: (Aug 22, 2009)
I'm very sorry that we did not return your phone calls. I definitely take the blame for not being very organized, and I realize that it is no excuse. Neither is the fact that we are also very busy and seldom in the house to pick up the phone. One of us should have returned your calls. I also apologize for not having a mail box with our house number. A couple of years ago we went through 3 mailboxes in a very short time period with kids knocking them down and finding our mail scattered over several miles. I'm afraid that I haven't been able to convince Jay to put up another one. I realize you won't be coming by for product, but if you're ever in the neighborhood, feel free to come up the drive way and check out our conditions for yourself. No, we are not anything fancy, but we are quite proud of the way we treat our animals and our farm. More often than not, if you do drive in, you'll find at least one of us around, and we'll be happy to answer any questions. I am glad that you have found a local farmer to work with, and again, I am sorry for our lack of response. It's not an excuse, but if you chose to use our email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) I most always check it at the end of the day.