Sustainably sourced and operated

As a family-owned company, our view is long term. We vow to never give up our standards or forget why we started True Story: to provide families with delicious, natural food deeply rooted in values and ethical practices.

Our commitment

We want you to know who raises your food, where and how. We want you to know what we do to make our practices sustainable, and where we’re continually trying to do better.

The Environment

By relying on a network of small family farms, we can maintain strict standards of environmental stewardship. What’s more, our farmers are naturally incentivized to do so—they have been embedded in their farms and local communities for generations, and will be for generations to come. This environmental commitment extends past the farm and to our production facilities, shipping and packaging in the following ways:

 

  • Sequestering carbon on our farms and using farm management practices that protect the quality of the air, water and soil.
  • Treating wastewater at our production facilities to a high level of cleanliness to minimize the burden on our municipal systems.
  • Reducing plastics in our packaging by 10%.
  • Using biodegradable packing materials instead of styrofoam to insulate our shipments.
  • Reducing food waste, both in the way that we make our products and the partnerships that we’ve created with retailers committed to reducing food waste like Imperfect Foods and Misfits Market.

Our Land

Our family farms think of their operations as small ecosystems. We’re on a constant journey to improve our practices, including efforts to implement:

  • Diversified farming operations, including holistic, integrated systems of livestock, grain, hay, pasture, vegetable and forest product enterprises
  • Regenerative agriculture practices such as minimum and no-tillage farming, mulching, crop rotation, cover crops, and composting
  • Minimal use of fertilizer, plus regular soil analysis to prevent the overloading of phosphorous and other elements.

Our People

Our founding team represents four generations of sausage and charcuterie makers steeped deeply in the tradition of doing things the right way, not the fast way. We believe sustainability starts with people who believe deeply in raising meat right, and have the means and incentives to do so.

  • Our unique cost-plus model, developed by 5th generation hog farmer and True Story partner Russ Kremer, means that our small family farmers are guaranteed a stable, sustainable income with the opportunity to earn more—encouraging innovation and keeping the spirit of entrepreneurship and independence alive.
  • We take care of all our team members, including those who prepare, cook and package great-tasting True Story products.

Our Communities

We believe in sustaining every part of the large community that makes up True Story: our farmers, our retail partners, our employees, and you, the person enjoying our products. By adding value for everyone, we believe we can fundamentally change our food system and make meat a force for good.

  • Deeply rooted in community: Our farm families are deeply rooted in their communities. By reinvesting in local organizations, businesses and community causes, they help the culture of small family farms continue to thrive even in the face of large agribusiness.
  • I loveeee your guys’ products! Its been helping me eat healthy and trim some weight. My whole family loved these!!

    – Tammy

  • Thank you for making awesome and great tasting sausage my family and I love to eat. Your company is doing a awesome job. Keep up the fantastic work and thank you.

    – Tricia

  • We just served the apple and wildflower honey chicken sausage... the best tasting ever, not to mention the added benefit of knowing the products are high quality and the company prioritizes animal welfare, both of which are very important to my family.

    – Deborah

  • We've tried the Organic Beef Hot Dogs and were so pleased to find them as we don't eat hot dogs unless they are free of chemicals, etc. Thank you so much for producing healthy alternatives for us!!

    – Elizabeth

  • I recently purchased your Uncured Genoa Salame and am extremely impressed. You can really taste the difference between other genoa salame and this one. Keep making delicious Uncured Genoa Salame!

    – Matt

  • I have shared how delicious your sausages are with several friends who care about what they put into their bodies. I have multiple food allergies and my body loves this. Your Organic Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage is the best!

    – Debbie

  • I just tried your hot dogs for the first time, WOW! I have spent decades sampling every hot dog available and was blown away by how fantastic yours is. The flavor, the snap, and the authentic taste of beef. By far the best.

    – Mark

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