Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Producer Spotlight: Sun Prairie Natural Beef

Tom Parks and son Keith Parks, from Sun Prairie Natural Beef, are offering Home Grown Colorado readers a special deal (5 percent discount!) on grass-fed beef.
Tom, pictured here, is a CSU grad. He has been a large animal veterinarian for 34 years and the Parks family has ranched in Yuma for 24 years. Keith now helps with sales. The Parks started Sun Prairie Natural Beef in 2005 selling to friends and family. Now they connect with individuals, couples, and families primarily in the Metro Denver/Boulder area selling grass-fed beef direct.

The cattle are raised primarily on 13oo acres of native prairie grass 15 miles south of Yuma, Colorado, pictured below. The Parks practice rotational grazing to mitigate impacts on the land; their cattle are grass-fed, grass-finished and raised with no antibiotics or growth hormones. According to Keith, "This is our sixth year of having an all-natural program, and our third with an all grass-fed program. It's been an evolution for us."

Cattle are processed at Brush Lockers, a small, local, USDA-certified slaughterhouse and butcher facility, and Sun Prairie Natural Beef is the only customer Brush Lockers processes on any single day. This ensures there is no contamination from non-sourced cattle during processing. Beef is typically cut and frozen within a week of delivery.

The Parks are now taking orders for their Spring harvest, scheduled for delivery in early May. They sell 25lb boxes of frozen, varied grass-fed beef cuts. (Custom substitutions are also available.)

To place an order, go to The Meat Market section of the Sun Prairie Natural Beef website by clicking here, browse their beef selections, and place an order through the on-line cart system. When you see a coupon prompt, enter homegrownblog to receive your 5 percent discount. Supplies are limited, and orders are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. They will deliver orders seven different pick-up locations in the Denver/Boulder Metro (to be announced.) They also offer UPS ground shipping to the Front Range and beyond.

For additional information, check out their website at http://www.sunprairiebeef.com/. If you have any trouble with the online cart system, contact Keith directly at keith@sunprairiebeef.com.

Coming up next -- Colorado restaurants that offer grass-fed beef.

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