After initially looking into another farm, we finally decided to go with D & R Ranch up in Mora. They were nice, fast and fairly priced. Turn around time was just a couple of weeks and I do believe that this beef is, hands down, the best beef I've ever tasted. While they are not certified organic, their cows are all grass fed, hormone and antibiotic free. What more could you ask for, right?
So, how did it all really break down? Well, we went in on a half a cow with some friends of ours, which gave us each a quarter of a cow. So, our family paid a total of $404.50 for our quarter. This bought us approximately 64 pounds of beef. That factors out to $6.35 per pound (including the slaughtering, butchering and packing). We also paid an additional $12.50 for them to deliver the beef to us (we would've spent at least that much on gas to get to them and back).
Now, a pound of grass fed, organic beef at the Farmer's Market costs (on average) $6/pound. Stew meat, steaks and other cuts range from about $8/pound to $20/pound. So, all in all, we got a good deal. Not as good of a deal as we initially thought we were getting, but a good deal none-the-less. And, of course, in addition to stocking our freezer with some super yummy beef, we're also supporting local ranchers, which is a big plus in my book.
The question is, was this a novice mistake on our part (buying into that $3.85/pound price tag), smart advertising on their part or something else? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!
Linking up to Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways #12