We are so lucky to have two “farm to consumer” type beef places near us. We’ve never lived where we had anything like that.
The first is J-H Cattle Company. Their store is up in Joplin and I’ve never had beef like their beef. Even in the few times we’ve eaten really expensive steaks, it didn’t compare to the steak we get at J-H. Their ground beef is amazing. Their roasts are the best I’ve ever had. It isn’t inexpensive but they have decent sales. They butcher the whole cow and the steaks and ground beef go first so they’ll usually have a good sale on frozen roasts that are vacuum sealed and ready to go from their freezer to our freezer. Last weekend they had their angus roasts (pikes peak, chuck, sirloin tip) on sale for $4.99/pound. We got several for us and several for Chad. I think their ground beef was $3.99 last time it was on sale and that was for 80/20 or 90/10.
We bought a filet and a strip while we were there and grilled them yesterday. I can cut the file with my fork. That meat is so good.
Then, last week we got a flyer in the mail for Spring River Cattle Company is another farm to table meat store and it’s about 4 miles from our house. We pass that place often and I never even knew it was open. It is only open on Friday and Saturday from 11 – 5 or something like that but we went by there on our way home from getting Addie yesterday. All of their meat is frozen but they have brats, Italian sausage, beef sticks and andouille sausage! Their prices are a little higher than J-H but they are closer.
I do see that J-H is branching out a bit and now selling pulled pork sandwiches, brats and a few other things.
We should be getting the beef we ordered from a farmer within the next three months so once that arrives, we won’t be buying beef at all but with the beef shortages and high prices in the stores, it’s nice to be able to buy directly from the folks who raise the cows.