Tierra Farm: Organic, Raw & Nutty

Goodlifer: Tierra Farm: Organic, Raw & Nutty

There are few things happier in life than those that begin as an experiment and end up as a great success. In my way of thinking, such a situation describes the nut butters offered by Tierra Farm. This small privately-owned company is a certified organic producer with a roasting company and an actual farm in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, where they grow vegetables of many kinds. So how does this translate into nut butters, you’re wondering?

The short answer is that it doesn’t. Given the finite growing season for vegetables in New York State, Tierra Farm was seeking a source of income for the cold weather months. From that came the nut, seed, and dried fruit segments of their business. They deal with and sell only certified organic produce, and roasting, mixing, and flavoring is done in-house, all of which indicates a strong concern for their products.

Tierra Farm's Unsalted Hazelnut Butter & Unsalted Almond Butter.

Tierra Farm’s Unsalted Hazelnut Butter & Unsalted Almond Butter.

Tierra Farm's Maple Almond Butter & Unsalted Cashew Butter.

Tierra Farm’s Maple Almond Butter & Unsalted Cashew Butter.

I will admit that I have not yet tried any of the dried fruits, raw nuts/seeds, or dry roasted products available from Tierra Farm. I’m here to tell you solely about their amazing nut butters, because they’re worth talking about. I’m just finishing my current jar of their Maple Cashew Butter; I had to restrict myself to a small quantity daily so the jar contents wouldn’t be gone in three days. This is a wonderful combination! Cashews have a great flavor all by themselves, but here you get an added sweetness from (organic) maple syrup. The sweetness level is subtle; it won’t hit you over the head, nor does it detract from the cashew flavor.

Tierra Farm's Chocolate Hazelnut Butter & Choclate Honey Cashew Butter.

Tierra Farm’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter & Choclate Honey Cashew Butter.

I hope you didn’t labor under the delusion that this business manufactured just one kind of nut butter? Excellent, because in addition to their maple nut butters (they also have a Maple Almond variety), there are unsalted nut butters (Cashew, Almond, and Hazelnut; I like the delicate flavor of the latter). But if you’re looking for something with a little more oomph, Tierra Farm offers (are you sitting down?) chocolate nut butters. With their Chocolate Honey Cashew Butter and Chocolate Hazelnut Butter (not to mention their chocolate-covered fruits and nuts), they obviously have their finger on the collective pulse of chocoholics everywhere.

Tierra Farm also sells organic raw and flavored nuts.

Tierra Farm also sells organic raw and flavored nuts.

Tierra Farm's raw cacao nibs.

Tierra Farm’s raw cacao nibs.

Now, all of the butters I’ve mentioned so far are made from roasted nuts, and a company spokesperson tells me that they do not need refrigeration; at room temperature, their countertop shelf-life should be up to one year. For you raw fooders, Tierra Farm will soon introduce a raw almond butter on their website; this should be kept under refrigeration. Visit Tierra Farm’s website for complete information or to place orders.

About author
Stephanie Zonis was born with a spoon in her mouth — a tasting spoon, that is. She began cooking (especially baking) at a very early age, and for a short time even ran a highly illegal baking business from her long-suffering parents’ house when she was in high school. After acquiring a Master’s Degree in Foods, she eventually discovered the Internet in 1997. She’s been writing about food and developing recipes, especially where chocolate is involved, ever since. During those few moments when she’s not cooking or writing or thinking about food, Stephanie enjoys reading, walking, political discussions, and volunteering at a local no-kill cat sanctuary. She has been a member of a medieval re-creation group for longer than she’ll admit and loves absurdist humor.
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