The cattle at Farmers to Families are all pasture raised and fed a natural grass diet their entire lives. This natural lifestyle leads to healthier meat. Beef from grass-fed cattle is leaner than from grain-fed cows and lower in cholesterol. Additionally, grass-fed beef contains 50% more omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed cattle. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to improve everything from heart health to mental health. It is also higher in antioxidants and vitamins as well as conjugated linoleic acid, a fat that has been shown to improve immunity and has anti-inflammatory properties. Grass-fed beef is also less likely to contain superbugs, making it healthier from a food safety standpoint as well.
But how does it taste? One complaint about grass-fed beef is that it doesn't have enough marbling, causing the meat to be tough and negatively affecting the flavor. The cows at Farmers to Families are given supplemental grain in their last months, while still being allowed to forage in the pastures. This added grain increases tenderness and marbling while keeping the health benefits of grass-fed beef. So not only is the beef healthier it's tastier too!
Standard grocery store beef is raised to grow as big as possible, as fast as possible. In order to accomplish this, these cows are removed from their natural foraging and fed a diet to encourage fast, unnatural growth. We strive to return to a more natural approach to our food, the way farmers had been raising cattle for years before our need for bigger, faster meat took over. Our cows spend their lives in the pasture, they are never put in a feedlot. We don't use antibiotics or hormones. We use only humane practices on our family farms, so you can feel good about your choice to feed your family our beef. Our cows are happier, healthier and tastier!