Showing posts with label grass-fed beef. Show all posts
Showing posts with label grass-fed beef. Show all posts

Monday, March 24, 2008

In Search of Grass-fed Meats -- Restaurants

To finish off our overview of grass-fed beef, following is a list of Colorado restaurants that buy and serve grass-fed meats from local ranchers. (If you missed the post on the many benefits of grass-fed beef, you can access it here.) This may not be complete, and some restaurants may change their menu items, depending on the season, so call first to be sure they'll have grass-fed meats available.

Over the past few weeks, we've tried grass-fed meats at three different restaurants in Denver -- Le Central, The Mercury Cafe, and Potager -- with extremely satisfying results. It's a great way to sample meats before you place an order for yourself.

Remember, we can all help to support Colorado ranchers by asking our favorite chefs and restauranteurs (and your local grocers) to offer locally raised, grass-fed meats, eggs and dairy.

Aspen

The Little Nell
675 E. Durant
970-920-3300
Milagro Ranch
High Wire Ranch

St. Regis
315 E. Dean
970-920-4670
High Wire Ranch

Basalt

Smoke
241 Harris Street
970-927-5158
Milagro Ranch

Boulder

The Kitchen
1039 Pearl Street
303-544-5973
Various

Carbondale

Six89
689 Main Street
970-963-6890
Milagro Ranch

Denver

Le Central Restaurant
112 E. 8th Ave
303-863-8094
Free range poultry from Eastern Plains Natural Foods Coop

Potager
1109 Ogden
303-832-5788
Various

The Mercury Café
2199 California
303-294-9258
Grass-fed elk and lamb

Durango

Aspen Café
46825 Hwy. 550 N.
970-259-8025

and
3600 N. Main
970-259-6280
James Ranch

The Brick House
1849 Main Ave.
970-247-3760
James Ranch

Cocina Linda
311 W. College Drive
970-259-6729
James Ranch

Cyprus Café
725 E. Second Ave
970-385-6884
James Ranch

Mancos

Absolute Bakery
110 S. Main
970-533-1200
James Ranch

Ouray

Billy Goat Gruff's Biergarten
400 Main St.
970-325-4370
Kinikin Heights Natural Foods

Pagosa Springs

Boss Hoggs Restaurant
157 Navajo Trail Dr.
970-731-2626
GrassRoots Meats

La Tazza Restaurant
157 Navajo Trail Dr.
970-731-2626
GrassRoots Meats GrassRoots Meats

Ridgeway

Ashe Fine Dining
304 S. Lena
970-626-2743
High Wire Ranch

Oriental Chinese Restaurant
565 Sherman
970-626-4486
High Wire Ranch

Siam
146 N. Cora
970-626-2742
High Wire Ranch

Telluride

Argentine Grille at the Rico Hotel
Main Street
800-365-1971
James Ranch

Siam
200 S. Davis
970-728-6886
High Wire Ranch

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.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Restaurant Spotlight: ...and the "Bum Steer" Award Goes to....Elway's

Since the Oscars are coming up, I thought I'd start an award of my own: The Bum Steer Award. And it's going to the new Elway's downtown.

Designed to appeal to an upscale crowd, including "people living downtown, people traveling, and a heavy convention crowd at night," Elway's Downtown offers "100% USDA Prime Beef steaks, hand-cut on the premises, by the piece seafood raw bar, great wines at great prices, and a comfortable, memorable and attentive dining experience."

The Denver Post's Bill Husted reports that: "prices at Elway's Ritz-Carlton are about $1-$2 more than the same dishes in Cherry Creek. But breakfast at Elway R-C starts with one egg, any style, for $9. Kobe beef tasting is $65 for four ounces. . . ."

Wait. Did I hear Kobe beef?

Kobe beef comes from Wagyu cattle, which are genetically predisposed to intense marbling and (supposedly) superior taste. According to Wikipedia, "The meat from Wagyu cattle is known worldwide for its marbling characteristics, increased eating quality through a naturally enhanced flavor, tenderness and juiciness, and thus a high market value."

Wikipedia also outlines the health benefits associated with Kobe beef: "Because of the Wagyu cattle's genetic predisposition and special diet including beer and sake, wagyu yields a beef that contains a higher percentage of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids than typical beef. The increased marbling also improves the ratio of monounsaturated fats to saturated fats."

Various website promoting Kobe beef also praise the producers of these animals for raising them in luxury. Here's some marketing language from The Allen Brothers Website (purveyors of "Great Steakhouse Steaks.") "Wagyu cattle gain their tenderness from the exceptional way in which they are cared for. Wagyu are traditionally fed beer to maintain their fat content, and enjoy frequent massages and Sake rubs, where the fine rice wine is actually brushed into their coats to keep them supple. The resulting meat is nothing short of incredible."

Now, before you take out a second mortgage and go rushing down to Elway's for a sample, you should check out an article by Barry Estabrook in the December 2007 issue of Gourmet Magazine entitled Raising the Steaks. In it, he quotes Raymond Blanc, one of the few Western chefs to have visited a Japanese Kobe beef farm, and David Blackmore, an Australian cattle rancher who has made multiple visits to Japanese farms and agricultural centers over the years.

They paint a much different picture.

According to Blanc, "The animals were kept in some kind of crate, so there could be very little movement. They were very dirty from their own manure. It was disgusting, such a contradiction from what I'd read."

According to Blackmore, "From the time they are a week old until they are three and a half years old, these steers are commonly kept in a lean-to behind someone's house where they get bored and go off their feed. Their gut stops working. The best way to get their gut working again is to give them a bottle of beer. The steers have been lying in their own manure. The farmers are proud of their cattle, and the first thing they do is grab a bit of straw and rub the manure off. That could be seen as being massaged. Wagyu can also get a lot of joint swelling. I can imagine that farmers would be massaging joints so they could get the animals off to market."

According to Charles Gaskins, a Wagyu expert at Washington State University, "The steers grow so big and heavy, they get arthritic. It's a matter of keeping the animals going until they are ready to be harvested."

Elway's offers three different kinds of Wagyu beef on its tasting menu, including Kobe Kaishiki Farm Beef, Australian River Ranch Beef, and Clear Creek Farm American Beef. Just for kicks I checked out the Clear Creek Farm Website to see what they said about their beef, and I was pleased to find a web page devoted to animal health. However, when I clicked on it, there was no meaningful content on that page. Hmmm. I wonder why?

Now, I don't want to diss John Elway; anyone with a pulse in Denver has to remember the glory days of the Superbowl(s). He's active in charitable causes and you've got to love that.

Nor do I want to diss Elway's restaurant. In my previous Corporate life, I had a couple of work-related dinners there that were pretty darn good.

But I do want to sugest that he's missing an opportunity. What could be better than offering Colorado-raised, grass-fed beef and other meats to all those Convention Center tourists? Good for the customers, good for the cattle, good for local ranchers and good for Colorado.

Come on, John. Help us get the local foods movement over the goal line.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

In Search of Grass-fed Meats - Direct

Cattle and beef production represent the largest single segment of American agriculture. In fact the USDA says more farms (35 percent) are classified as beef cattle operations than any other type of farm.[1] In 2006, there were 97.1 million cattle in the U.S.; 33.7 million were harvested (that’s 648,000 every week!), and 26 billion pounds of beef were produced.[2]

In Colorado, there are more than 13,000 beef producers and 2.6 million head of cattle. It’s an important industry; nearly one-third of Colorado’s counties are classified as either economically dependent on the cattle industry, or having the cattle industry serve an important role in their economies.[3]

The vast majority of beef produced today (about 85 percent
[4]) is raised conventionally; that is, calves are born and started on pasture, but once the cattle reach 12 to 18 months of age, they are taken to a feedlot or concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO). There, they typically are given growth hormones, and they spend the next four to six months getting fat on a questionable mixture of corn and “other stuff.” (See my previous post: The Great Corn vs. Grass Debate.) They are also often given vitamin supplements, vaccinations, antibiotics and parasite treatments to protect their health. Once they reach a weight of 1,100 – 1,250 pounds, they are transported to meat packing plants to be slaughtered.[5] The top five beef companies (Tyson, Excel, Swift, Farmland, and Smithfield) control 89 percent of steer and heifer slaughter. [6]

Fortunately, there are more and more local, artisan producers, who raise their cattle on pasture, treat them humanely, eschew growth hormones and antibiotics, and feed and finish them on grass. According to the American Grassfed Associations, grass-fed beef now accounts for only about three percent of the U.S. market, but that figure is expected to reach 10 percent over the next decade.

As I understand it, local ranchers who raise their beef on grass can have their meat processed in two ways:

  • Custom/State Exempt – These are local butchers/processing facilities that must comply with basic sanitation rules. There is no USDA inspector on-site; however, plants are inspected via periodic, unannounced visits from the USDA. The meat from the animal being processed can only be consumed by the "owner". It cannot be re-sold or used in a retail environment. If you sign up with a local rancher for part-ownership in a cow, you can get custom-processed grass-fed beef from these facilities. This allows producers/owners to get the cuts they want and also allow for appropriate aging of beef – which contributes to the taste and tenderness of grass-fed meats.

  • Federal Inspected Facilities – These facilities have a USDA inspector onsite at all times. They range from small, local processors -- owned by individual meat companies that process their own beef (and do it for others as well) -- to huge industrial-scale facilities that can process up to 400 head of cattle an hour[7]. The meat processed in these facilities can be sold locally, interstate and internationally.

Most of the cuts of grass-fed beef you buy at chain groceries and big box stores are processed in large meat processing plants, and could be imported from almost anywhere (barring a ban related to concerns of mad cow disease or other potential pathogens). Note: there may be some exceptions; beef from The Lasater Ranch comes to mind. If you want grass-fed beef from Colorado, you should check out the following producers. Depending on how and where their meat is processed, they provide beef whole, in halves, quarters or one-eighths, specialty packs, or individual cuts. Those that sell whole or split animals generally take orders throughout the year and process the meat in the spring and/or fall. Frozen cuts may be available online (or in ranch stores) year-round.

This is not an exhaustive list, and I can’t guarantee the accuracy of the information, so feel free to add information in the comments section. For the sake of convenience, I have also included producers of grass-fed elk, lamb, goats, pastured chickens and free range eggs (as I ran across them).

Here you go – have fun and bon apetite!

Co-ops and Buying Clubs

Eastern Plains Natural Foods Co-op, Bennett
303-644-4079
The Eastern Plains Natural Food Cooperative is a collaboration of private individuals interested in purchasing all natural meat and poultry, and local area farms raising livestock under pasture-based, non-intensive, chemical free conditions. 2008 memberships available now!

Fresh & Wyld, North Fork Valley
970-527-4389
Sources products from local ranchers. Offers grass-finished beef, buffalo, elk, lamb and farm fresh eggs. Order online.

Tallgrass Beef, Sedan, Kansas

877-822-8283
Offers various cuts of grass-fed beef, some sourced from Colorado ranchers. Also offers free-range chickens. Order online.

Ranchers

Ancient Harvest Ranch, Mancos
970-533-7685
skeperry@hotmail.com
Offers grass-fed beef, cut, wrapped and frozen. Halves, splits and 20# packages. Order by phone or email.

Ante Grande Elk Ranch, Del Norte
19612 West Hwy 160
719-657-0942, or 1-888-338-4581
Provides elk meat derived from grass-fed animals with never a hint of steroids or animal by-products. Offers whole, half or split-quarter elk and a variety of frozen cuts. Order online.

Arriola Sunshine Farms, Delores

970-882-4222
We raise grass-fed beef, heritage turkey, hay, free-range chicken eggs, ducks, Navajo Churro Sheep and organically grown vegetables for the Cortez Farmers Market, local restaurants and groceries.

Back Country Beef, Cotopaxi

Oswald Cattle Company
719-942-4361
Offers grass-fed beef in halves, splits and variety packs; order online.

B Bar S Ranch, Nederland
282 Twin Sisters Road
303-442-1995
Offers grass-fed beef, whole cows, halves and splits. Order form available online. Cows are delivered mid-to-late September.

Black Forest Bison Company, Colorado Springs

1234 E. Woodmen Road, Suite 120
719-488-3898
We offer 100% grass fed, pasture raised, no antibiotics, no hormones, no steroids Bison. They never go to a fed lot and are never fed grain, so they are from start and finish on grass. We offer frozen cuts of our bison, in our store in Colorado Spring or by mail order. We have all the cuts you would expect to find, from steaks to roasts to ribs and or ground. We also make, in our shop award winning all natural bison jerky, sausage and bratwurst. All our meat comes from our own ranch, located on highway 83 just north of Colorado Springs. We are open 7 days a week, M-Sat 9 - 6, Sun 11 - 4. Our store is located at 1234 E. Woodmen Road, Suite 120, between I-25 and Academy. Our phone number is (719) 488-3898, also check out or website www.blackforestbison.com for prices, recipes and online ordering of our jerky. If you have any more questions please do not hesitate to send me another email or call. Thanks for thinking of us!

Blue Mountain Bison, Lyons

Offers whole, halves and quarters of bison. For more information contact our Business Manager, Katherine Jonjak at kjonjak@rmi.net, or call 303-823-0640.

Chico Basin Ranch, Colorado Springs
719-488-3898
Raises grass-fed beef sold through The Lasater Ranch (see below). Contact the ranch for more information or place an order online at www.lasatergrasslandsbeef.com.

Closer to Heaven Farms, Hotchkiss
12130 Payune Siding Rd.
970-835-4050
Dairy goats and goat milk shares; goats are primarily grass-fed (grain supplemented only when being milked.) Also offer farm fresh eggs and roasting hens (grain-fed).

Crazy Horse Bison Ranch, Briggsdale
970-396-6746, 720-289-0826
Grass-fed bison available from the ranch, various cuts available. Call for information and to order.

Critterhaven, Pueblo

719-948-3773
Offers frozen grass-fed lamb, no hormones, no antibiotics; order online

Cure Organic Farm, Boulder
303-666-6397
Produces grass-fed lamb and pork as well as pastured, free-range hens and eggs. Products are sold through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. 2008 CSA season runs for 20 weeks from June 4th to October 15th; Fruit Shares still available.

Desert Weyr, Paonia

970-527-3573
"We are now able to offer our Black Welsh MountainTM brand meat products by the piece. We have packages of frozen mutton chops, steaks, whole leg and shoulder roasts, shanks, ground meat and stew available for pickup at the farm or delivery in Paonia. Whole sheep and all lamb cuts must be special ordered. Sorry, we do not ship meat. We welcome your visits; we are open whenever our Delta County Farm Tour flag is up or by appointment."

Diamond F. Brand Beef/McNeil Ranch, Monte Vista

719-852-2458
Members can order frozen grass-fed beef products online. Unless otherwise requested, all orders are shipped by UPS Ground at no charge.

Edmunson Ranch, Walsenburg
719-676-4049
Offers whole grass-fed beef, free of growth hormones, steroids, chemical fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, grains and animal by-product feeds. Beef is available seasonally; cows can be reserved year-round and tagged for your family, but butchering time, unless otherwise specified, will be in October.

Fox Fire Farms, Ignacio
970-563-4674
Offers frozen organic grass-fed lamb, goat, beef, and organic free-range eggs. Order online.

GrassRoots Meats, Pagosa Springs
800-681-2260
Offers all natural grass-finished beef and lamb, raised without added hormones or antibiotics. USDA inspected. Available year-round online in a variety of retail cuts and packages, as well as wholes, halves, and quarters. Wholesale also available to restaurants, health food stores and food co-ops.

GreenPlace Ranch, Olathe
888-786-3374
The ’08 harvest currently has available 5 – 2 year olds for order. Expected time of harvest is from the end of March through 'til the end of April. Orders will be taken until mid-April. Call or e-mail to make arrangements for your order. Other animals come to maturity throughout the season. We are also pleased to announce that we will now take orders for our USDA label quantity retail Beef Paks (an assortment of steaks, roasts and hamburger) in the $250 to $500 range + shipping. Give us a call to reserve your order. Plan on a pick-up date for the halves or wholes after two weeks of aging.Also, we are constructing the first of 6 large greenhouses for the purpose of growing untainted produce and we are also going to be raising turkeys and providing eggs and chickens this year.

High Wire Ranch, Hotchkiss
970-835-7600
We raise 100% grass fed bison and elk, never any grain. Our pastures are herbicide and pesticide free and our animals are not given hormones or sub-therapeutic antibiotics. All our meat is USDA inspected, professionally processed, and vacuum packaged with no added nitrates. We have steaks, roasts, ground, sausages, organ meat, dog food and jerky. We ship frozen meat in a foam lined box with dry ice via 2nd day FedEx on Tuesdays. Colorado orders are shipped FedEx ground. To place an order call us at 970.835.7600. In the summer we are at the following farmers' markets: Aspen, Boulder, Carbondale, Ridgway, and Telluride. For a current list of the health food stores and restaurants carrying our meat please go to our web site. We will be hosting a Wine and Buffalo Feast on May 17, 2008 at the ranch. Dinner will feature locally raised foods prepared by Chef Yvon Gros of the Leroux Creek Inn. Attendance will be limited to a 100. Tickets are $45 each and will only be sold in advance. Wines from Leroux Creek Winery will be available at a cash bar. Contact Sue Whittlesey at 835-7600 to purchase your ticket.
Hi Ho Sheep Farm, Fort Collins

970-215-3449
Offers pasture-raised, grain supplemented lamb. Now taking orders for 2008 lambs. Until the 2008 lambs are ready to harvest, we have a very limited supply of individual cuts that include riblets, snack sticks, and boneless loin chops. Meat orders of $50 or more are delivered at no charge to the Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, and Windsor areas. Orders can be placed via phone 970.215.3449

Hines Ranch Beef, Kit Carson
719-962-3427
Hines Ranch Beef comes from animals raised exclusively on grass and forages such as alfalfa, sorghum, cornstalks, and wheat pasture. The animals are not treated with synthetic hormones, chemical fly spray, or feed antibiotics. The beef is dry-aged for 12–14 days to improve tenderness and flavor. Quarters, halves, and whole carcasses are available. Contact the ranch to order.

Hollingsworth Land and Cattle, Indian Hills
720-270-5626
Offers grass-fed beef without added hormones, no steroids, no antibiotics of any kind, no animal byproducts, no farmed or synthetic feeds, and no salts or water added. Our meat is hand trimmed and flash frozen in portion controlled cuts that are vacuum cryovac packaged and delivered straight to you from the ranch. Contact the ranch for information.

Homestead Market, Paonia

970-527-5655
Grass-fed animals are available mid-august thru September. Call or visit the website for additional information.

Indian Ridge Farm & Bakery, Norwood
970-327-0336
Offers grass-fed pastured poultry, layer hens, hogs, turkeys, beef cattle, lamb and goats. The farm markets its products via direct sales to customers in Norwood, Telluride and the surrounding region, and through farmer’s markets. The farm is also offering 25-35 CSA memberships this season.

James Ranch, Durango
33800 Hwy. 550
970-385-6858
Offers grass-finished beef, whey-good pork and artisan cheeses. Available at their road side stand (hours vary; call first) or by special order (form available on-line.)

Javernick Family Farms, Canon City
545 S. Lincoln Ave.
719-371-3241
Free-range chicken eggs, grass-finished beef and pastured lamb.

Johnson Ranch, Hesperus

970-588-3470
Produces grass-fed beef, with no antibiotics, growth hormones, vaccinations, animal by-products, or confined feeding. Beef is available by advance order in whole, half, split half, and eighth. USDA inspected lean ground beef is available on demand.

Jupille Ranch, Montrose

970-252-0630
Offers beef shares, pig shares and lamb shares, with 1 beef share = 1/8 beef, 1 pig share = 1/4 pig and 1 lamb share = 1/2 lamb. Now taking orders for May grass-finished beef and May special reserve.

Kinikin Heights Natural Foods, Montrose
970-901-9959
Offers grass-fed beef, lamb, and grass-fed grain finished chickens and turkeys. Our meats are available by the pound, quarter or halves. All meat is USDA inspected and flash frozen unless otherwise requested.

Kinnett Ranch, Maybell
970-272-3232
Offers goats for butcher and lamb and beef. All are raised on pasture & hay—no grain, no excessive chemicals, no hormones. Contact the ranch directly for information.

KW Farms, Alamosa
719-589-0429
Note: I couldn’t reach these guys to get their details. Call them directly for information.

Landmark Harvest, Buena Vista
719-395-81 57
Grass-fed beef, no growth hormones, no antibiotics, no chemical pesticides, not confined. Offers split quarters, which may be reserved at any time of the year with a deposit. Please call for the next availability of beef, current pricing, and other details.

Larga Vista Ranch, Boone

719-947-0982
Offers grass-fed beef and pasture-raised pork in whole beef/hog, half beef/hog, special 40-pound mixed boxes, or individual supermarket-style cuts. Contact the ranch for more detailed pricing, processing, and delivery information on the larger quantities of meat.

Lasater's Grasslands Beef, Matheson
719-541-285
100 percent grass-fed beef, no hormones, no antibiotics, no pesticide use. Beef is dry aged 14 to 21 days. Multiple cuts and packages available; order online

Lazy P Ranch, Pierce
970-381-5554
Offers grass-fed beef; working toward organic certification. You can order whole or half animals, generally ready in six months. Call the ranch for detailed information.

Lazy R/Z Ranch, Delores
15509 Hwy 145
970-882-0141
All natural grass -ed beef available for sale by the pound. All beef is individually packaged, frozen and priced accordingly. Cuts vary from our premium ground beef, a variety of roasts, and most steak cuts. All our beef is processed and inspected in a USDA approved facility without harmful chemical baths commonly used by larger operations. Our beef is available for sale at our home office at the ranch between Cortez and Dolores. Due to the nature of our line of work we do not have business hours, so calling ahead is recommended. We also sell at the farmers markets in Cortez and Dolores during the summer months.

Maytag Mountain Ranch, Hillside www.maytagmountainranch.com
719-942-4860
Offers whole, halves and quarter splits of grass-fed beef, no hormones, no antibiotics, no chemical fertilizers offered in halves and quarter splits. Beef is usually available starting in June and running through October. Call the ranch for additional information.

Milagro Ranch, Carbondale
970-963-3446
Offer grass-fed beef in halves, quarters and eighths, individual prime cuts may be available. Contact the ranch directly to order.

New Moon Farms, Boulder
303-440-6881
Free range chickens and eggs

Northern Colorado Poultry LLC, Grover
970-231-9706
Free-range chickens

Observatory Rock Bison Ranch, Jefferson
719-836-1782
Our animals are pasture raised on lush & native grasses. We never use grains, antibiotics, growth hormones or pesticides of any kind. Available in one quarter or one-eighth packages. For information, call or email
pam@orbisonranch.com

Prairie Gold Natural Beef, Simla
303-513-7700, or 719-541-2185
Grass-fed, grass-finished, pasture raised beef; whole animals offered. Contact the ranch for details.

Princess Beef, Hotchkiss
970-872-2144
Offers grass-fed beef, no antibiotics and no hormones. Offering whole, half and split quarters, as well as a standard package. Beef is limited with most of the supply ready October – November. Order form available on their website.

Quintana Farms, San Pablo
719-672-0316
Offers grass-fed beef and lamb in a variety of cuts. USDA inspected. Call ranch for information.

R Patch O Heaven, Eaton
970-454-2375
Offers shares in raw cow and goat milk available from the farm or thru other share holders in Loveland and Erie Co.

Rainbow Run Bison, Fort Lupton
303-659-1029
Note: I couldn’t reach these guys to get their details. Call them directly for information.

Reverse K Bar Ranch LP, Collbran

14523 57 Rd.
970-487-3265
Offers grass-fed beef by the cut or whole/half animal. To order, view product pricing online and e-mail
beef@reversekbar.com.

Salazar Natural Meats, Manassa

719-843-5264 or 719-580-5264
Pasture-raised, in open meadows and other hay pastures, no hormones, no antibiotics, no animal by-products in feed, non-confined. Offers whole steers, beef packaged in one-eighth, one-quarter, one-half or whole beef packs under the Salazar Natural Beef Label, as well as steak or ground beef under the Salazar Natural Beef Label. Call the ranch directly to order.

Scenic Mesa Ranch, Hotchkiss

970-872-6031
Offers grass-finished buffalo, no hormones. Various cuts available through their online store at
http://buysomebsion.com

Shady Springs Ranch, Franktown

303-660-5569
Pasture-raised, grain supplemented turkeys; order online

Stillroven Farm, Berthoud
970-535-4527
Offers grass-fed beef, pastured chicken, and pheasants -- available at the farm on Wednesdays and Fridays during the spring and summer, and on weekends during the winter. Call for times.

Sun Prairie Natural Beef, Denver
303-859-2280
We sell 25lb or 50lb box of frozen, varied grass-fed beef cuts from cattle raised primarily on 1300 acres of native prairie grass 15 miles south of Yuma. Our product is seasonal. We offer a Denver Metro delivery in May and in October/November. We are targeting May 3rd for our Spring delivery. Check back in mid-March to place your order.

Sustainable Settings, Carbondale
6107 Highway 133
970-963-6107
Offers 100 percent grass-fed beef, lamb and yak; available at the Sustainable Settings Ranch Store; please call for hours/availability.

Triple M. Bar, Co., Manzanola
719-672-4404
Note: I couldn’t reach these guys to get their details. Call them directly for information.

Western Spirit Ranch, Parker

303-841-0648
Offers humanely raised, completely natural, antibiotic-growth-hormone-GMO-free, grass and range fed livestock, including Colorado lamb, Bershire pork and Heritage poultry. We take orders all year long for our fall Colorado Lamb harvest and periodic availability of Pure Berkshire Pork. We encourage buyers to place their orders as early in the year as possible. For 2008, we will again deliver free to customers along Colorado’s Front Range. All other shipments will be via overnight express [Colorado] or express delivery service for out-of-state. Call or visit the website for detailed information.

West's Best Beef, LLC , Jarosos
719-672-4404
Offers grass-fed beef in various cuts, USDA inspected. Call the ranch for information.

Windkist Ranch, Hartsel
2400 Fourmile Creek Rd.
719-839-5817
All natural grass-fed, grass-finished yak, goat and lamb. Available cuts listed on website; order by phone or email.

Windsor Dairy, Windsor

6427 WCR 68.5
970-674-0571

A certified organic dairy farm that offers raw milk (via cow shares), farmstead cheese, organic grass-fed beef, organic grass-fed pork, pastured chicken and eggs raised on the farm and USDA inspected. Open 1-5PM on Fridays and Saturdays.

Sources:
[1] Fact Sheet: The Cattle Industry, Who We Are, from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Associations, Updated 10/2006
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Saturday, February 9, 2008

In Search of Grass-fed Beef - Retail

When I started looking around for grass-fed beef a couple of months ago, it was nowhere to be found. I finally checked out my local Vitamin Cottage and found a frozen brick of grass-fed ground beef from The Lasater Ranch. I brought it home and made a dandy little meatloaf. The flavor was good; the texture was fine, and I could feel my body tingling from all those healthy Omega 3s and CLAs.

Suddenly, I'm seeing grass-fed beef everywhere! Safeway has started carrying grass-fed beef from Maverick Ranch, and now -- believe it or not -- even Target carries it!

This week, we picked up a couple of grass-fed sirloin steaks, and if the weather holds, they're going on the grill tonight.

As promised, here's a starter list of retail grocers where you can buy grass-fed beef. This is a compilation of best available information from the following sources:

It's not comprehensive, by any means, so if you know of other sources, please add them to the comments section. In addition, I can't vouch for the veracity of any of the listings; nor am I recommending any vendors. Finally, keep in mind that you still need to read labels (or talk to your grocer) to find up what's really up with packaged beef. (Check out my previous post on Beef Labels 101.) A lot of the grass-fed beef offered in chain grocers and big box stores is imported from who-knows-where, and just because a cow is grass-fed doesn't mean it's free of hormones, steroids and/or antibiotics -- or wasn't confined in a factory farm feedlot. Your best bet is to look for grass-fed, pasture-raised, non-confined, no antibiotics, no added hormones beef.

Better yet, once you've tried a couple of cuts, you may want to order grass-fed beef (or other meats) directly from a Colorado rancher. I'll share everything I've learned about that process in my next post. In the meantime, here's a list to get you started....

Alpine Natural Foods, Frisco
310 W Main Street
970-668-5535
Beef: 100 percent vegetarian feed, grass-fed, no added hormones, no antibiotic use, non-confined, pasture-raised

Back to the Basics, Colorado Springs
2332 Vickers Dr.
719-590-9143 Beef: 100 percent vegetarian feed, cage free, no added hormones, no antibiotic use
Bison: Grass-fed, no added hormones, no antibiotic use

Bamboo Markets Health Foods, Steamboat Springs

1110 Yampa Street, Ste. 100
970-879-9992

B&F Mountain Market, Nederland
60 Lakeview Drive
303-258-9470

Black Canyon Organics, Olathe

5476 5700 Road
970-323-5733
“We carry an assortment of natural and organic grocery items. We offer home delivery to Crested Butte, Gunnison, Telluride, Delta, Montrose and Olathe. We will be producers of some specific items in the next year. Here's what we carry that meets your request:
* Organic Lamb - grass fed, Colorado raised
* Organic Beef - grass fed, Colorado raised
* Natural Yak (a member of the bovine family) - grass fed, Colorado raised
* Natural Elk - grass fed, Colorado raised

Black Forest Bison, Colorado Springs

1234 E. Woodmen Rd.
719-488-3898
“We offer 100% grass fed, pasture raised, no antibiotics, hormones, steroids Bison. They never go to a fed lot and are never fed grain, so they are from start and finish on grass. We offer frozen cuts of our bison, in our store in Colorado Spring or by mail order. We have all the cuts you would expect to find, from steaks to roasts to ribs and or ground. We also make, in our shop award winning all natural bison jerky, sausage and bratwurst. All our meat comes from our own ranch, located on highway 83 just north of Colorado Springs. We are open 7 days a week, M-Sat 9 - 6, Sun 11 - 4.”

Clark’s Norwood Market, Norwood
1435 East Grand Ave.
970-327-4211

Clark’s Market, Aspen
300 N. Mill Street
970-925-8047
Beef: 100 percent vegetarian feed, no added hormones, no antibiotic use, non-confined, pasture-raised
Bison: 100 percent vegetarian feed, grass-fed/grain supplemented, no added hormones, no antibiotic use, non-confined, pasture-raised

Clarks Market, Telluride
700 W. Colorado Ave.
970-728-3124

The Colorado Cupboard, Longmont
2001 N. Main St.
303-485-0605

Durango Natural Foods, Durango
Eighth Ave. & College Drive
970-247-8129
“We carry the following:
* Beef - grass-fed, grass-finished, many cuts available (in store we have ground, stew, sirloin steak, and chuck roast), from James Ranch in Durango * Buffalo - grass-fed, grass-finished, many cuts available (in store we have ground, kabobs or stew, and steaks, currently sirloin, tenderloin, and New York, from Scenic Mesa Buffalo in Hotchkiss. We also carry Italian sausage, which contains some grass-fed pork, origin unknown.
* Lamb - grass-fed, grass-finished, certified organic, many cuts available (in store we have ground, kabobs or stew, usually loin chops, usually boneless legs) from Foxfire Farms in Durango
* Elk - grass-fed, grass-finished, many cuts available (in store we carry ground and stew), from Colorado Elk & Game in Montrose.

Fort Collins Food Co-op, Fort Collins
205 E. Mountain Ave.
970-484-7448

Good Health Natural Grocers, Glenwood Springs
722 Cooper Ave.
970-945-0235
Bison: Grass-fed, no added hormones, no antibiotic use

Gunnison Vitamin and Health Food, Gunnison
722 N. Main Street
970-641-5928
Carries local, grass-fed beef from Lasater Ranch

Hardin’s Natural Foods, Hotchkiss
31424 HWY 92
970-872-3019
Beef: grass fed, no added hormones, no antibiotic use, non confined, pasture raised
Bison: pasture raised, non confined, no antibiotic use, no added hormones, grass fed, 100 percent vegetarian feed

Healthy Solutions Community Market & Deli, Steamboat Springs
335 Lincoln Ave.
970-879-4747
Beef: 100 percent vegetarian feed, grass-fed/grain supplemented, no added hormones, no antibiotic use, pasture-raised Bison: 100 percent vegetarian feed, grass-fed, no added hormones, no antibiotic use, organic, pasture-raised

Highland Health Foods, Montrose
16367 S. Townsend
970-249-5207
Bison: grass fed, no added hormones, no antibiotic use, non confined, pasture raised
Great selection of locally raised meats, including certified organic Yak

Joy’s Natural Foods, Pagosa Springs
117 Navaho Trail Dr., Suite T
970-731-1500
Beef: Grass-fed, No Added Hormones, No Antibiotic Use
Bison: Grass-fed, no added hormones, no antibiotic use

Love-R-Health Foods, LaJunta
220 W 3rd Street
719-384-2332
Bison: Grass-fed, no added hormones, no antibiotic use

Lucky’s Market, Boulder
3960 Broadway
303-444-0215
Beef and Bison: 100 percent vegetarian feed, free range/roaming, grass-fed, no added hormones, no antibiotic use, non-confined, pasture raised (beef is also organic).

Manitou Natural, Manitou Springs
56 Park Avenue
719-685-5434
Carries local, grass-fed beef from Lasater Ranch

Manna Natural Foods, Cedaredge
195 W. Main St.
970-856-7372
Beef: 100 percent vegetarian feed, grass fed, no added hormones, no antibiotic use, non confined, pasture raised
Bison: pasture raised, non confined, no antibiotic use, no added hormones, grass fed, 100 percent vegetarian feed

Marczyk Fine Foods, Denver

1770 East 17th Avenue, 303-894-9499
Bison: Grass-fed

Michelle’s Ambrosia Market, Pueblo
112 Colorado Ave.
719-545-2958
Beef: No added hormones, no antibiotic use, organic, pasture-raised
Bison: 100 percent vegetarian feed, grass-fed/grain supplemented, no added hormones, no antibiotic use, pasture-raised

Mountain Earth Natural Goods, Crested Butte
405 4th Street
970-349-5132
Beef: 100 percent vegetarian feed, no added hormones, no antibiotic use, pasture raised Bison: pasture raised, no antibiotic use, no added hormones, grass fed and grain supplement, 100 percent vegetarian feed.

Mountain Harmony Natural Foods, Walsenburg
110 6th St.
719-738-2436
Bison: pasture raised, no antibiotic use, no added hormones, grass fed and grain supplement, 100 percent vegetarian feed.

Mountain Mama Natural Foods, Colorado Springs, CO
1625-A W. Uintah Street
Carries local, grass-fed beef from Lasater Ranch

Mountain Naturals, Aspen
316 Aspen Airport Business center, Suite B
970-925-5502
Beef: 100 percent vegetarian feed, grass-fed/grain supplemented, no added hormones, no antibiotic use
Bison: 100 percent vegetarian feed, grass-fed, no added hormones, no antibiotic use, non-confined, pasture-raised

Mountain People’s Co-op, Nederland
30 East First Street
(303) 258-7500
Bison: 100 percent vegetarian feed, grass fed/grain supplemented, no added hormones, no antibiotic use, non-confined, pasture-raised.

Mother Nature’s Health Foods, Canon City
915 Main St.
719-275-9367
Beef: 100 percent vegetarian feed, grass-fed/grain supplemented, no added hormones, no antibiotic use, organic
Bison: 100 percent vegetarian feed, grass-fed, no added hormones, no antibiotic use, non-confined, pasture-raised

Mountain Earth Natural Goods, Crested Butte
405 4th Street
970-349-5132
Beef: 100 percent vegetarian feed, no added hormones, no antibiotic use, pasture-raised
Bison: 100 percent vegetarian feed, grass-fed/grain supplemented, no added hormones, no antibiotic use, pasture-raised

The Natural Market, Montrose
1541 Oxbow Drive #1450
970-252-9090

Nature’s Oasis, Durango
1123 Camino del Rio
970-247-1988
Carries James Ranch grass-finished beef

Naturally Yours, Pagosa Springs
162 N. Pagosa Blvd.
970-264-2053

Nature’s Pantry, Buena Vista
545 N. Hwy 24
719-395-2649
Beef: 100 percent vegetarian feed, grass-fed, no added hormones, no antibiotic use, non-confined, pasture-raised
Bison: 100 percent vegetarian feed, grass-fed, no added hormones, no antibiotic use, non-confined, pasture-raised

Neighborhood Natural Goods, Salida
320 W. 7th St.
719-539-7409
Beef: 100 percent vegetarian feed, grass-fed, no added hormones, no antibiotic use, non-confined, organic, pasture-raised
Bison: no added hormones, no antibiotic use

Old River Trading Post, Paonia
15495 Black Bridge Road
970-527-4740
Beef: 100 percent vegetarian feed, grass fed, no added hormones, no antibiotic use, non confined, organic, pasture raised
Bison: organic, non confined, 100 percent vegetarian feed, grass fed, pasture raised, no antibiotic use, no added hormones

Rainbow Co-op, Ridgeway
970-626-9720
(Buying club with no storefront)

Rocky Mountain Natural Store, Colorado Springs
1502 W. Colorado Ave.
719-329-0180

Rocky Plains, Erie/Dacono
4022 WCR 11
303-833-3791
Grass-finished bison

Rocky Plains, Loveland
207 S. Washington Ave.
970-667-3112
Grass-finished bison

Sammy’s Organics, Colorado Springs
1801 S. 8th Street
719-471-3348

Season’s Harvest, Ridgeway Natural Foods, Ridgeway
521 Clinton Street
970-626-9719

Simple Foods Market, Salida
1548 G Street #4
719-539-7144
We offer grass-fed and finished beef from Landmark Harvest Meats of Buena Vista and grass-fed and finished lamb from GrassRoots Meats of Pagosa Springs. All of these meats are sold frozen. Most cuts are available, though not always in stock due to space limitations.

Sunnyside Farms Market, Durango
1135 S. Camino Del Rio
970-375-6400
Carries grass finished beef from James Ranch

Sunshine Markets Natural Foods, Salida
233 F Street
719-539-7735
Beef: 100 percent vegetarian feed, grass-fed, no added hormones, no antibiotic use, non-confined, pasture-raised

The Market at Mountain Village, Mountain Village
455 Mountain Village Blvd.
970-728-6500

TR’s Country Store, Rye
6154 Boulder Ave.
719-489-3003
Beef: Free-range/roaming, grass-fed, no added hormones, no antibiotic use, non-confined, organic, pasture-raised

Vitamin Cottage, Multiple Locations Offers local grass-fed beef from the Lasater Ranch (frozen ground beef). May vary from store to store; call first to check.

Wild Oats/Whole Foods Markets, Multiple Locations
According to Whole Foods’ Rocky Mountain Meat Coordinator, grass-fed beef can be purchased at any Rocky Mountain store (fresh, all cuts available). Local grass-fed beef from the Lasater Ranch can be purchased from the Colorado Springs store (fresh, all cuts available).

Winter Park Organic Market, Winter Park
78336 U.S. Hwy 40
970-726-4704
"Due to the size of my small health food store, I can only carry frozen beef products. I carry the following:
* Greener Pastures Ranch Beef products- Grass-raised from Steamboat Springs. Finished frozen, ground beef, sirloin and beef strip. My inventory changes according to what they have to harvest from.
* Gosar Ranch- Ground beef from Monte Vista, CO. Finished frozen, fed either grass or alfalfa.
The Buffalo Guys- ground buffalo from Elk Mountain, WY. Finished frozen. The label doesn’t specify what the animals are fed.

Yauk Specialty Meats, Windsor
220 Main Street
970-686-9080

Zuma Natural Foods, Mancos
560 Menefee
Carries James Ranch beef