I love the concept of eating grass fed meat, but for a long time couldn’t think about changing one more thing about the way we shop and eat. When I finally began to seriously look at grass fed meat suppliers, I was delighted to find that there is a really good, local option: Rosewood Farm.
The guys running this farm are change the earth for the better kind of people. Their tag line is ‘food as a product of conservation‘. They clearly care deeply about ecology and (to my mind more importantly) the little piece of earth they have been entrusted with. If you can keep up with their frequent and informative blog and Facebook posts you too may become impassioned to champion the cause of true biodiversity promoted by the grazing of native cattle on Yorkshire flood plains. They are championing an ecological model which has a symbiotic relationship between animal husbandry, food production and conservation of the land.
All very good and well you may say, but how easy is the ordering and delivery process? How pricey is it? What does it taste like?!
The website dedicated to the online shop is not super flashy, but it is attractive and fairly user friendly. You can order Dexter beef, mutton and lamb in ready made up boxes, or you can create your own box. There is also a sideline in skins and wool which I haven’t yet sampled. You can pay by PayPal (easy!) and delivery is well priced or free if you have a York postcode or if you spend over a modest minimum amount.
I have now received 3 deliveries and the meat has arrived within the week. Everything was well labelled and packed. My mixed beef box contained a generous quantity of lovely meat. It was packaged for functionality rather than beauty. You may also like to note that the meat arrives frozen.
5kg of mince is £43 (ie £8.60 per kg). A 5kg mixed beef box (including some joints and steak!) is £53. Delivery will usually be free for one reason or another. If you order on a Monday you will get an extra 10% meat free.
I honestly think it is a very fair price for a premium product which is guaranteed to have stayed away from gm (or any!) cereal feed, herbicides and pesticides. It compares favourably with the price of mince beef at my local quality butchers and very favourably with the price of organic beef mince which I would actually have more reservations about buying.
What does it taste like?
This beef does taste different from conventional beef. It has a strong flavour which I think I love, but it does take a little getting used to. I am still trying to experiment with cooking techniques to see if it needs to be slow or pressure cooked to aid tenderness. I am aware that purely grass fed meat is usually more muscly than the meat from more sedentary cows.
My only sadness so far is that I can’t buy all my meat from this one source. Time to investigate new suppliers for pork and chicken….