Buying Beef Locally in Bulk | Works for me Wednesday

by Marcy on May 14, 2008 · 2 comments

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I grew up in a rural, farming community, and my parents always bought our beef from a local farmer, in bulk. We always had more than enough ground beef, steak and roasts in the freezer, which was both convenient and cost effective. And nothing says summer to me like steak on the grill with corn on the cob and a salad. YUM!
When I went to college and had to start grocery shopping on my own, it freaked me out to buy beef at the grocery. I didn’t know what was in it, or where it came from. Not to mention, it could be pricey depending on what you purchased.
About a year ago, my husband and I decided it was time to purchase a quarter of a beef from a local farmer. I was tired of spending so much money on beef at the grocery, and also wanted to do something to support our local farmers. We purchased a small chest freezer, and took the plunge.
I loved having various cuts of beef in the freezer, on hand for whatever I felt like making for dinner. We ended up paying around $2/lb for ground beef, sirloin, cube and round steak, and roasts. We eat beef 1-2 times per week, and a quarter of a beef has lasted us just over a year. I have found the meat to be much less fatty and of better quality than what I can find at the grocery for a comparable price. I know where my beef came from, I know that it wasn’t injected with antibiotics and growth hormones, and I supported a local farmer. And all of that works for me.
As with anything, it is important to do your own research and to make the best decision for you and your family (which isn’t always the same as mine!) For more information about buying beef locally, check out these resources or talk to the farmers at your local farmers market:
* Eat Wild – info about purchasing grass fed beef (I have looked into this, but not actually tried it yet)
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1 Christina March 22, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Hi!
Where do you purchase your beef from? I live in Columbus as well. Thanks for all of the great advice and money saving tips!

2 Marcy March 22, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Christina – I now get my beef from family – and they are 3 hrs from Columbus. :-( I do have friends who have used a farmer in Marysville. I would check localharvest.org to see what it turns up in Central OH. I wish I had better info for you.

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