When Justin and I were first married (and in my bachelorette days), we were eating whatever meat I picked up from the grocery store. I based “health” on the percentage of fat in the meat. Was it 80/20, 93/7? I honestly had no idea what I was doing or what anything on the labels actually meant.
Fast forward a few years when our family embarked on this allergy-friendly, real-food journey. As with all labels, I realized there had to be something to what was on meat labels, and sure enough – there was lots learn! Grass-fed, grain-fed, nitrate-free, gluten-free, antibiotic-free…. so many confusing labels!
After much research, we quickly realized the health benefits of grass-fed beef (over grain-fed) and the benefits of supporting local farmers. In Iowa, the land of GMO corn and soy, I knew I had to do some digging. One of the first local farmers I came across was Wallace Farms.
Over the years we purchased meat from a variety of Iowa grass-fed farmers, but we always came back to Wallace Farms. (This post back in 2012 talks about ways to find local farmers. We had been using Wallace for sometime at this point.)
The Wallace Farms cattle eat nothing but grass and hay and are never given additives, synthetic growth hormones or antibiotics. Rather, these cattle eat what Mother Nature designed their bodies to digest – grass – nothing more and nothing less.
Wallace Farms pays attention to soil, grass quality, animal care, and processing. This perfected process really does come through when you’ve tasted other grass-fed beef. Some other grass-fed beef might have a different texture or odor that can be unappealing. We’ve never experienced this with any Wallace Farms product.
For more about the Wallace Farms quality, check out Wallace Farms – How We’re Different. I learned a lot reading this, particularly about how the stress of an animal can impact taste. Fascinating!
Over the years we’ve been able to enjoy most of Wallace Farms offerings. In fact, I kind of get silly-excited when it’s pick-up day! Just look at that BEAUTY…
The meat comes frozen, so I take it right downstairs to our deep freeze once we get home. Our pick-up location is about 8 minutes from our house.
If you’ve never ordered from Wallace Farms, it’s super easy! Register online, order during the open window (NOW for West Des Moines/Waukee), pay online or at pick-up, and pick your order up the following week. (Note: register and order before Sunday, Oct. 26, for pick up next week in Waukee and West Des Moines.)
Pick-up happens at 10 locations across Iowa and 3 in Illinois. Click the nearest location for the order and pick-up schedule for each location.
Also note that NOW is the time to buy your Thanksgiving Turkey! This is a great way to spread the gift of clean eating to your family this holiday.
Curious what to order? Join me tomorrow for my favorite Wallace Farms products. In the meantime, check them out online and set up your profile so you’re ready to order when your window opens.