The conversation went very quickly! I hardly knew what to say, and the lady I was talking to sounded like she was in a hurry. All I really was able to manage to get through was that we wanted as much of it as possible to not be ground beef, that yes I wanted the tongue but no I didn't want the heart, and oh yes, could I have the suet?
On Wednesday of last week, the farmer sent an email to the handful of people they sold some cows to, to let them know the beef was all butchered and frozen and ready to be picked up. They also said that they were having a pasture walk on Saturday and we were all welcome to come. That sounded so awesome! I wanted to go and check out their farm before, but wasn't sure if I could actually face the cow that we'd soon be eating. But since the cow was already butchered, I'd only really be facing our cow's friends and family.
So Thursday, Chad went out to the butcher's on his lunch break and brought home this.
|Totally 70s kitchen flooring.|
Now I'm a nerd, deep down. I needed to know how much meat we got, what kind of cuts we got, how much we paid per pound, and if we actually saved any money going this route. So before I carted the meat downstairs into our new freezer, I weighed and wrote down how much of each kind of meat we got.
here. If you're not that interested in numbers and figures, I'll just tell you here the basics.
We paid the farmer $4.50 a pound for hanging weight of our 1/4 cow, and that included the butcher fee. Since our quarter came out to be 135 pounds, that's $607.50. After processing, we got about 91 pounds. That means we paid $6.67 for the parts of the cow we actually brought home.
Now, if I went to our local Wegmans and bought the same cuts of organic grass fed beef (although Wegmans doesn't carry organic in all the cuts we got), we would have spent $7.96 per pound. So it actually was a good deal. We ended up filling our freezer quite well.
It wasn't just about how good of a deal we could get on meat, though. It's about quality. It's about knowing that the cows are very well taken care of, that they eat good natural foods, and that they're happy. I don't know if you can actually taste a difference (some people say you can), but I liked just knowing that we got to make at least one cow happy.
And he was pretty delicious, too.
Tomorrow I'll show some awesome pictures we took on the farm that our cow came from!