I have a big crush on farms with values like Echo Farm. Their cows have names, not numbers, in fact you will find the cow's name who produced your product on the label! We picked up Royal's rice pudding and Miracle's chocolate pudding while in Vermont last week and I swear they tasted that much yummier because we knew they came from such goodness.
The way that most farm animals are raised today is appalling and i'm being more conscious about where and who I buy my food from. I'm trying to find more products from certified humane farms here in Quebec but unfortunately it's not as easy as I thought. But in Vermont grocery stores it seemed to be the norm to find eggs from cage-free chickens and meats from animals who weren't confined to crates and stalls. I really hope that more and more farmers adopt Echo Farm's values and respect for their animals here across the border. You can find a list of certified companies here.