While I’ve dabbled in grassfed meats over the last year or so, I never really got completely serious about it. I did a few orders from La Cense — and good stuff it was — but that’s not local. I’ve sourced a few things here and there from farmers’ markets and such, Whole Foods, and even a butcher shop.
But now I’ve gone all out, buying a subscription to Marin Sun Farm’s Meat CSA, which includes purely grassfed local beef, lamb, and pastured pork. I purchased a 6-month subscription to Package #2, which includes 4 pounds of steaks, 8 pounds or roasts & braises, and 5 pounds of ground, for a total of 17 pounds per month for six months. That works out to an overall $7.65/pound which I find very reasonable considering the quality, that’s it’s local, nicely packaged & frozen, and that the monthly drop off point is a mere five minutes away. And, I now have a 7 cu box freezer I picked up a couple of weeks back.
For the initial delivery I also supplemented with an additional 10 pounds in the steaks category for $100, $10/pound. I was really happy to see that 3-4 packages from that order are rack of lamb, perhaps my favorite meat in the world. I also got four dozen pastured eggs.
I must say that I enjoy the serendipity aspect of getting a CSA pack such as this. I probably should have written everything down so’s I could list it here, but there were many cuts I’m not very familiar with, particularly of lamb & pork. I’m looking forward to diving in. There were two bavettes included, so I believe I’ll grill up one of those tonight.