I'm looking to get into grass-fed/pasture-raised/natural etc. meat for my family and am thinking of going whole hog (hah!): deep freezer, quarter cow, whole pigs, multiple chickens etc.
I've been shopping around, and it seems like most places give you the steaks, some chuck roasts, and then throw everything else into the grinder.
Can anyone recommend a farm that will work with me on butchering? I'm hoping to get a guide (maybe like this one
) and work with the farmer to get some interesting cuts, rather than 100 lbs of ground beef. I like burgers as much as anyone, but...
You might want to check out Arnolds Farm near Galena, www.arnoldsfarm.com
. I purchased two rib eye steaks at an indoor farmers market recently, and they were delicious. This family farm also offers whole, side and quarters of beef; processing is done at Lena Maid Meats in Lena, Ill. and custom cuts are available.
I did notice that the website doesn't include all the offerings that are sent out with their email newsletter; if you want to see those, send me a PM with your email addy and I'll forward the most-recent message I received.
I plan on branching out and trying some of their other offerings. I have no relationship to this farm; I just liked what I purchased, and appreciated the fact that Tom Arnold spent a lot of time at the farmers market telling me about the differences between types of beef so I could be sure to select something with a taste my husband and I would enjoy.
Good luck in your quest!