Every year we purchase a beef from local farmers, Charlene and Jimmy. They live about 25 miles down the road. I've sipped tea in their kitchen and toured their farm. When Charlene and I chat on the phone, the conversations are lengthy. I know her and I know how she feeds and cares for her stock.
These calves are raised naturally alongside their mothers. They consume nothing but milk, fresh grass, and, in the winter, hay. Unlike the beeves raised in big, agribusiness feedlots, they are fed no grain, receive no growth hormone implants, and are not given antibiotics. When the time is right, they are butchered and dressed by a local butcher.
Most importantly, to me, they never ever have to endure the fetid, cruel conditions so prevalent in modern, big-agribusiness beef operations.
So as of Tuesday morning, our freezer is full of local, highly nutritious, clean, humanely-raised, grass-fed beef that is so amazingly flavorful it defies description. Thank you Charlene and Jimmy.
P.S. If you live in Maryland and have been looking for beef like this, you can reach Charlene and Jimmy at (301) 994-1192.