Saturday, March 19, 2016

Spring Sale on Our Pasture Raised Black Angus Beef!

Our steers were gently raised on Our Tiny Farm in Etowah, NC. They lived on our pastures for two years eating the fresh grass growing there. In the winter we also fed them locally grown hay, carefully selected to not contain persistent herbicides. The meat was dry-aged for several weeks, butchered, vacuumed packed, and frozen at a USDA inspected facility in Forest City, NC. The beef is boxed and being held in deep freezers at a local commercial packing house.

These steers were harvested late last fall, but because of family health issues, we had to halt our beef sales this past winter, so now we are offering the following spring specials:
Quarters (average weight of 89 lbs) for $8.50 per pound
20 lbs of ground beef (1 lb packages) for $7.25 per pound
Liver for $3 per pound
(plus 2% sales tax)
New York Strip Steak
We sell our meat as finished, packaged weight; just like you would buy meat in a butcher shop or supermarket. (Many farmers sell their beef as "hanging weight" which includes the bone and excess fat. The way we sell it, you know exactly how much meat you are getting). An average quarter contains 6 ribeye steaks, 8 NY strip steaks, 6 filets, 1 round steak, 1 sirloin steak, 2 sirloin tip roasts, 1 London broil, 2 chuck roasts, 2 arm roasts, 6 stew beef (1 lb pkgs), and 50 ground beef (1 lb pkgs)  (this will, of course, vary slightly from quarter to quarter). We don't sell a front or back quarter but make an even assortment for each. We do not include soup bones or ribs in our quarters, i.e., you get more meat and less bone.

If 89 pounds of beef sounds like a lot, you can always split it with another family, but it also holds in a home freezer for a very long time. We are still eating some of our beef from November 2013 that we store in a chest freezer and it tastes as fresh and juicy as it did over two years ago. The vacuum packaging is what does it. If you plan to store the meat for a long time, to maintain the best quality we recommend you store it in a chest or upright freezer and not in the freezer compartment of your refrigerator. We also like the vacuum packaging because you can quickly thaw ground beef, stew beef, and steaks by putting them in a sink full of water for 20 to 30 minutes. We do not recommend thawing pasture raised or grass-fed beef in the microwave.

A quarter of beef takes up about 5 to 6 cubic feet of freezer space.  Our small chest freezer will hold a quarter with room to spare. The meat will be frozen solid and packed in two sturdy boxes. Please come prepared to transport frozen meat. If you don't have far to travel, you can just wrap blankets around the boxes. But if you have to travel for an hour or so, bring some large coolers or something to keep your beef frozen solid.
Why don't we call our beef "grass-fed"?  The term "grass-fed" is a legal term for beef that has ONLY been fed fresh grass and hay. Fresh grass and locally grown hay make up more than 99% of our steers' diet, but we do give them a cupful of sweet feed (grain and molasses) once in awhile to keep them "trained to a bucket". That means if they ever get out of the fenced pasture, they will come running to us when they hear us shake the buckets. So technically, we can't call our steers "grass-fed". We do not feed our steers hormones or antibiotics. We do not fertilize or spray herbicides on our pastures and we use fly predators (tiny wasps) as the basis for our fly control program. We are NC licensed meat handlers and are certified Appalachian Grown by ASAP.

If you are interested in buying or want to learn more, use the contact form on the right sidebar (if you are on a smartphone or tablet and don't see a sidebar, scroll to the bottom of this page and click on "View Web Version" and it will show up). You can make an appointment to pick up the beef at our farm in Etowah or we can arrange to meet you near the Asheville airport. We accept cash and credit cards or you can pay through Paypal.

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