|Part of my DD Ranch purchase|
Agricultural Connections is a one stop shop for buying locally in our community and they have a year round CSA you can purchase on a as needed basis. This summer, instead of using the place in Eugene we get our CSA from, we're going to use AC and see how we do, though I'm a little worried that we won't have the same variety but it is good to be supporting local.
DD Ranch is known throughout Central Oregon as one of the best sources for organic grass fed beef and just as delicious pork products. DD Ranch’s location 3 miles east of Terrebonne’s town center offers spectacular views of both Smith Rock State Park and the Cascade Mountain Range. I plan on picking a date and heading out for a tour with my son when time allows.
Our first meat purchase included: 2 T-bones, 2 cube steaks, 2 beef stew, 4 packages ground beef.
For Easter we decided to grill up the T-bones along with a side of asparagus and potatoes. The steaks had a different smell to them and folks on twitter were telling me to expect that but the more and more I think about it, I think something was wrong with them. I've had grass fed beef before and they didn't have a funny smell. And when we ate them, they totally had a funny taste.
A few days later, I made some burgers from the DD Ranch Beef and they were awesome! They had the right amount of fat and all I seasoned them with was salt and pepper. Later on in the week, I made beef stew and it was amazing. I think the T-bones were a fluke so I'm not going to hold that against anyone.
I plan on ordering more beef as we need it and also looking into some pork packages. I will say, it's nice to support local.
Why buy local sustainable beef? The farmers are your neighbors so if you have questions, they can answer them for you plus you're supporting the local economy and cutting down on shipping since the farmer is close to you.
If you're looking for a local farm or CSA, try LocalHarvest.org and find something near you.