14. August 2017 · Comments Off on All About: Catsmo Smoked Salmon · Categories: Meat and Cheese, Standards



Catsmo Artisan Smokehouse of Wallkill, NY, is an artisanal smokehouse in the heart of the Hudson Valley. This family run and operated business always uses fresh salmon. For all the smoked salmon products that are made to order. The Co-op carries their organic, vodka dill, bourbon pepper, and scottish smoked salmon.  All the salmon is farmed raised in the farthest remotest regions of the icy northern Atlantic. Also their smoked rainbow trout is sustainably raised at Clear Springs in Idaho. They have been at the forefront of environmental stewardship and continue to be a leader in sustainable production and processing. They use pure water from the Snake River Canyon underground aquifer which exceeds EPA quality standards. Clear Springs is a 100% utilization farm, all trout viscera and scraps are turned into liquid fish fertilizer for organic farms. All Catsmo products are Kosher certified and SQF level 2 certified. SQF certifies and assures buyers and customers that food has been produced, processed, and handled accordingly to the highest standards. SQF is recognized by retailers and food service providers around the world who require a rigorous and credible food safety management system. Meeting customer demands and their clean food standards make the Co-op happy to carry Catsmo products. Fresh never frozen salmon made just a few towns away, the Hudson Valley is lucky to have Catsmo’s Smokehouse!


-Kelly Collinson

13. May 2017 · Comments Off on Standards: Our Fresh And Frozen Fish · Categories: Meat and Cheese, Standards · Tags:


Frozen Fish

Orca Bay (Renton, WA)

Orca Bay seafood is wild caught and sourced from every ocean of the world. They work hard to provide the highest quality frozen seafood available – always all natural and additive free, frozen immediately after harvest at the very peak of freshness. Their tuna is 100% dolphin safe

Orca Bay is committed to ensuring that workers are treated with respect and dignity and that working conditions in its supply chain are safe. In addition it is expected that the business activities of its suppliers are in accordance with applicable international, national and local environmental and sustainability laws and associated regulations.

Henry and Lisa’s Natural Seafood (Dover, NH)

Henry and Lisa’s wild caught seafood is all-natural — the way nature intended. There are no preservatives, dyes, growth hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, moisture retainers, carbon monoxide, tasteless smoke, etc. Henry and Lisa’s procurement strategy is to be as vertically integrated as possible. They meet with and work directly with fishers and their seaside communities. This assures they get the top of the catch, guarantees the harvest method and whenever possible returns a premium to the fishers. Their goal is to support the existing infrastructure in the industry and partner with processors who share our commitment to quality and sustainability.

Natural Sea

Natural Sea is committed to sustainable fishing. They offer wild caught  seafood products that, individually, meet the guidelines established by various independent agencies including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Marine Stewardship Council, Blue Ocean Institute, and Earth Island Institute.

All of their tuna is Non-GMO Project Verified. Their products contain no MSG or preservatives.

Smoked Fish

Catsmo Artisan Smokehouse (Wallkill, NY) 

All fish arrives fresh–never frozen—to Catsmo Artisan Smokehouse just hours after being pulled from the icy cold waters in which they were raised. Each fish is inspected both by sight and by smell. Catsmo is committed to upholding high standards and proven artisanal techniques to continue to produce the best smoked salmon available in NY. While their products are all-natural, HFFC does carry their organic smoked salmon as well, which is from some of the most remote salmon farm sites in the world, situated within the most pristine waters along magnificent and rugged coastline, windswept and storm tossed for much of the year.. These salmon are raised totally organically, no chemicals, antibiotics, or medications and fed with only organic food.

12. March 2017 · Comments Off on Fresh Meat Guide: Regional and Local Providers  · Categories: Meat and Cheese · Tags: ,


We at High Falls Food Co-op take sourcing seriously. We want to make sure our members and shoppers are being offered the best, healthiest, and most sustainable foods available. We strive to make sure that you are fully informed an empowered when shopping with us. The following is a list of our regional and local fresh meat providers. “Fresh meat” meaning meat that is not frozen, and found in our meat and cheese case.

Yellow Bell Farm
Red Hook, NY

Yellow Bell Poultry Farm chickens are 100% free of all drugs and additives, and hand prepared one at a time with attention to detail. On the farm the birds are cage free with ample room to roam both in a barn and outside. Owned and operated by a third generation poultry farmer, Yellow Bell Farm’s product travels just 23 miles to get to HFFC.

Campanelli Farm
Kenzoa Lake, NY

Located 53 miles west of High Falls, this regional poultry farm raises antibiotic free, hormone free, and steroid free poultry. Chickens roam in open air barns in a humane and healthy environment. The co-op also carries Campanelli eggs, and seasonally, turkeys during the holidays.

Hidden Camp Farm
Canajoharie, NY

Hidden Camp Farm provides the co-op with chickens and eggs of a very high quality. USDA organic, soy free, and pastured on 140 acres of lush rolling farmland in quiet upstate New York, 101 miles from HFFC.

Bilinski Sausage Co.
Cohoes, NY

Billinski chickens are raised humanely, are free range, and spend much of their time outdoors in an unfenced pasture where they can forage and roam, coming into the barn at night. Chickens are fed GMO-free and antibiotic-free feed. They grow at natural rates, allowing them to lead happy, healthy lifestyles. Sausage from Billinksi’s travels 75 miles from Cahoes to HFFC.

The Piggery
Ithaca, NY

The Piggery works with small, sustainable farms in Trumansburg, Enfield, and Eaton, New York. These farms humanely raise their pork and turkey, which are processed by The Piggery at their family owned butcher shop which is 160 miles from High Falls Food Co-op.

Larchmont Charcuterie
Processed in Larchmont, NY

Larchmont Charcuterie source their pork and beef from small farms which use organic practices in Pennsylvania. Their organic duck comes from Long Island, NY. Larchmont Charcuterie uses natural, vegetable-extracted ingredients in their curing process, ensuring full flavor and long-lasting stability.  Their products contain no added nitrates, sodium phosphate, or sodium erythorbate. Products travel approximately 95 miles on their journey from Larchmont, NY to High Falls Food Co-op.

Mountain Products Smokehouse
Processed in LaGrangeville, NY

Mountain Products Smokehouse source all of their pork, beef, and turkey meat from small Amish farms in Pennsylvania. They uses Bell and Evans chickens, which are all natural and humanely raised. Mountain Products Smokehouse is approximately 35 miles from HFFC.

Hardwick Beef
Northeast Regional

Hardwick Beef partners with more than 75 small family farms across the Northeast to raise cattle with old-fashioned grass-fed and grass-finished methods and humane standards of care and without any antibiotics or added hormones. Hardwick Beef believes in guarding natural resources and limiting the use of fertilizers and pesticides.