I write and talk frequently about eating cleanly, well-sourced foods. From pesticide-free, non-gmo produce to pastured eggs, grass-fed dairy, and more. For a number of people it’s not always that easy to source clean meats. Grocery stores don’t always carry what you want, it may be organic but it’s not grass-fed, or it’s grass-finished not fully grass-fed, or it’s not pastured. There may not be easy access to a local farmer who is raising sustainable animal products. For whatever reason there are times when your only way to source what you want is to purchase it online.
I’ve recently discovered a new source for clean meats, all sourced from providers who follow sustainable practices, Greensbury Market. I was fortunate enough to be able to try some of their organic, sustainably raised beef. I had holiday houseguests and decided to have a tasting party for them, serving the steak and hamburgers from Greensbury Market. While we had delicious vegetables, a lovely fermented cabbage and cucumber dish, and a salad, the focus of the meal, of course, was on the meat. I asked my guests for honest feedback and here’s what they shared:
“I’m not a big meat eater, but I would definitely eat this again.”
“This is really tender meat.”
“Delicious! Great burger.”
“This tastes better than the steak we usually eat.”
I agree, I found it to be very tender and quite delicious. I also liked that the meat was very lean. A quality best found in pastured beef since the cows are not fattened up by feeding them food they can’t digest well.
Usually I try to avoid “work talk” at the dinner table but this time I was able to share with my guests why it’s so important to choose clean meats. Grass-fed beef in particular has less saturated fat, more omega-3 (yes you can get it from beef, not just from fish), and a higher level of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a fatty acid that is beneficial for avoiding cancer (those with higher CLA appear to have less incidence of breast, colorectal, and stomach cancers), reducing cardiovascular risk, blood pressure, and high cholesterol and triglycerides.
According to Greensbury Market they source all their meats from small farmers who are environmentally proactive, practice sustainable agriculture, and are focused on animal welfare. Additionally, their meat comes from animals that are not given synthetic hormones or antibiotics.
They offer beef, chicken, pork, and seafood, all sustainably sourced. Having tasted it I can say that their beef is delicious. I am a fan of their stated agricultural focus, especially that the animals are humanely raised. If you’re looking for a good source for clean, humanely raised, pastured, grass-fed meats, I’d encourage you to check out Greensbury Market.