Why grass fed? And why Tronstad Farms? First, grass is what cows are supposed to be eating...and as a result the beef is healthier and it tastes better. Long before cows were mass produced in corn-fed feedlots, they were fed grass on pasture. Fortunately, here in Montana, we have more cows and acres than people. So for those of us that know better, we can get high quality grass fed beef, not pumped full of antibiotics and growth hormones, at reasonable prices. And in the case of our beef, we know exactly where our beef comes from...Across the street from our Farm! Mike makes sure his Angus cows are 100% grass fed and finished without any growth hormones or antibiotics! He keeps his herd relatively docile, so it's the tenderest grass-fed beef we've ever had. We carry this beef in our store. We feed it to ourselves and our children. And we use it in the hamburgers at the maze event every fall! Needless to say, we're pretty excited about it!
It's important because it's just so tempting to use corn to fatten up the animal - but nature never intended it. That's because a normal 800 - 1000 pound animal can easily get to 1400 pounds in a just a short time on corn before their slaughtered. And because the temptation to get the cows bigger faster is so great...and because consumers don't get a say in how what their beef was fed...it's estimated at 90% of beef in the U.S. today is fed corn (Most organic beef is fed corn as well!) So while the producer get's a lot more money per animal, the consumer get's a lot less flavor, less nutrition and a lot more fat. Yes look at the picture...on the left, pound for pound you just get a lot more fat with a corn fattened animal! Not to mention loss of flavor and nutritional value. Look at the table below for the nutritional differences:
"I just wanted to let you and your wife know that I made burgers for dinner and my kids loved the meat! I’ve purchased lots of beef/cows over the years and have had lots of different flavors and textures. We loved this beef and it was the best we've ever had! Thank you both so much!"
- Rachel Handley
"The beef is awesomely tender and tasty!!!" - Tracy Stoick
"We LOVE the beef! Truly the best beef we've ever had! I hope we can eat it all before next year so we can buy another one! - Aimee Carlson
The beef is great! Tender and tasty. We are enjoying it. - Janet Nielsen
Every year we commit to selling a certain number of animals from Tronstad Farms to our CSA members and the general public. In 2017 we sold 8 animals in four weeks! This year we're selling 10 animals.
All beef comes sealed, labeled and in boxes. The mixed quarters/halves include an equal portion of the front and hind quarters so each share is an equal portion of all the cuts. This is the same beef as here in the Farm Store so try before you Buy!
Quarters are sold on a per pound basis based on the “hanging weight." This price is all inclusive, and is $4.75lb for a quarter, or, if you will buy a half or whole animal, $4.50lb for a half or whole. Prices are based on the hanging weight of the animal and include processing. They general range within about 10% of the amounts listed below which for the average animal is approximately:
Mixed Quarter: $800.00
Mixed Half Beef: $1500.00
Whole Beef: $3000.00
Here are the approximate savings on the quarters, halves and whole animal, for an apples to apples comparison to our already competitive retail prices (example our ground beef is $6.00lb in the store vs. major grocery store recently had $9.00/lb):
Quarter: Save about $175.00 over our retail prices (CSA Members save $200)
Half Beef: Save about $450.00 over our retail prices (CSA Members save $500)
Whole Beef: Save about $900.00 over our retail prices (CSA Members save $1000)
Please keep in mind we have only 8 animals available for our 2017 bulk beef program – We will take commitments until we are out. A batch of animals will be processed every 21 days starting September 1 through November. All animals will be sold on a first to reserve basis. We require $100 deposit to reserve... balance due on delivery. We will arrange pickups every 3 or so weeks at the Farm Store.
For additional questions or to reserve go to the farm store on Thursdays through Sundays or call Scott at 406-261-2539 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.