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Meat Run

The Cen-Tex SmokerThe Cen-Tex Smoker Posts: 17,698
edited March 4 in EggHead Forum
We are weaning our family off commercially produced meats as much as we can. We are very fortunate to live right in the middle of some fantastic farmers markets that include some local all-natural meat producers. All of this meat was raised and processed within 20 miles of my house. Definitely more expensive but we are adding more veggies to our meals and using less meat altogether. You can definitely taste the difference too. I bought all of this from the farmers who raised it today. They were right there answering every question I had. Where do they live? What do they eat? What breed? How old? Etc. pretty cool to know where your food comes from. Avg cost for pork was $9 per lb. Wagyu beef was $15lb, whole chicken was $5lb. Ground beef and bison were $10lb. Veggies are just coming in. Bought some carrots, potatoes, and the best freakin peanuts I’ve ever eaten. Roasted not salted and still killer. Im a salt fiend and these were perfect just roasted. 

Right to left: pasture raised chicken, ground bison, ranger cattle Wagyu tri-tip, sirloin, and ground beef. Terra Purrezza picnic, Pork chops, pork skirt, Richardson farms brats, pork chops, shoulder steaks (country style ribs), Johnson farms organic carrots, and peanuts from a local guy who does pecans and peanuts  
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  • CaptainjimparkCaptainjimpark Posts: 296
    Pretty cool,I’m trying to do the same thing.
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 16,779
    Good for you supporting the local producers.  No doubt a different flavor and texture.  Great looking selections and options right there.  
    That said, my over the top protein regimen (for sure no salad in several months and minimal bread and salt (other than meat preps and lightly with rubs)) manages to keep my cholesterol below 200 for the past several years.  I would ascribe it to clean living and sheer desire but that would be a big stretch.  Gotta be rocket fuel for the win  =)
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 14,014
    I'm lucky to have this privilege too, living in the middle of the largest agricultural(and land-based) county in Maryland. The beef I get is likely not close to what you have, though.
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 16,507
    That’s incredible. Great groceries brother!!
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,944
    Good for you & your family. My radius is around 30 miles. The local bison farm failed a couple of years ago after a drought, and they couldn't get enough hay. The lady of the house was breaking into tears about it. The beef producers now in their 2nd generation held on, but have been $ stressed by taking care of Gramma.

    Lots of good veg. I'm glad about that 'cause my old spine doesn't tolerate pulling up carrots anymore. And the woodchucks and racoons have become major problems, this in the middle of a city.


  • dmchicagodmchicago Posts: 1,062
    @The Cen-Tex Smoker

    What Farmers Market? Bee Cave Galleria?

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  • The Cen-Tex SmokerThe Cen-Tex Smoker Posts: 17,698
    dmchicago said:
    @The Cen-Tex Smoker

    What Farmers Market? Bee Cave Galleria?

    Most was Bee Cave but the Terra Purrezza pork was actually the Pedernales market in the parking lot of Soralina Pizza (Apis) out in Spicewood. They are about the only thing holding that one together but it’s new.

    Bee cave has Richardson Farms (Pature raised Pork, chicken and grass fed beef), Ranger Cattle (the 100% wagyu guy that I got those huge briskets from a couple a years ago- the ones I sent to Scottie and Grim). They have come down on thier prices quite a bit and have started to offer more cuts that I like. They send all the glory cuts (ribeyes, strips, and filets) to the Driscoll and other restaurants. They have a bison producer who’s ranch is in Colorado but they live here and Johnson Farms for produce. My favorite beef out here is still Rockin M Ranch grassfed but they don’t sell at markets. They are sold out all the time now. I found them early but they have caught on big time out here. Now i have to order like 1/4’s or big assorted boxes to get any at all. Not a huge fan of that- I like to pick and choose what I get.  
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 11,127
    So damn awesome. 

    I miss the farmers’ markets when we lived in Iowa. There was one happening every day of the week. Best fruit and veg I’ve ever eaten. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 13,007
    I really should try that out. The CT Dept of Agriculture put this together. The closest place is less than TWO MILES away! Gotta check it out!

    http://www.ct.gov/doag/cwp/view.asp?a=3260&q=412836

    Not much for farmer's markets around here as far as I know. Just individual farmers.

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 11,613
    Yep we have a farmer’s market here too.  Always look to buy meat there when I can.
    "If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots." - NdGT

    "The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand." - DT


  • The Cen-Tex SmokerThe Cen-Tex Smoker Posts: 17,698
    I really should try that out. The CT Dept of Agriculture put this together. The closest place is less than TWO MILES away! Gotta check it out!

    http://www.ct.gov/doag/cwp/view.asp?a=3260&q=412836

    Not much for farmer's markets around here as far as I know. Just individual farmers.
    I prefer going to the farm over going to the market- you get more secret stuff on the farm. The market is nice because you can pick up veggies and other stuff though. I’ve been to the Ranger Cattle farm and drove around looking at cattle with the guy who owns it. fun stuff. 
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  • kl8tonkl8ton Posts: 2,296
    Nice!

    LBGE - 36Blackstone
    Grand Rapids MI
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 11,127
    Dude, you're approaching the exit ramp to homesteading.

    I dig it. Those pies do look fantastic.

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • SciAggieSciAggie Posts: 3,564
    Great post all the way around. I need to hit those farmer’s markets when I’m in town. 
    Coleman, Texas
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  • GulfcoastguyGulfcoastguy Posts: 1,671
    I know a local goat meat producer but I think that is to lean to egg. Maybe in a Dutch oven.
  • R2Egg2QR2Egg2Q Posts: 1,986
    Very cool.  I think I need to give the farmers market a closer look.
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  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 5,695
    Cool thread.  Nice work! 
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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 11,613
    Great looking pies man!
    "If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots." - NdGT

    "The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand." - DT


  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 14,014
    caliking said:
    Dude, you're approaching the exit ramp to homesteading.

    I dig it. Those pies do look fantastic.
    Next he is gonna have blog and YouTube channel: "Prepper prepping with CT: I left the reservation and you can too!"
  • 20stone20stone Posts: 1,481
    I’ll hijack my own thread. ...we have started to grind our own (albeit store-bought at this point) wheat berries and using a sourdough fermentation to bake our own bread. We used that tonight to make pizza dough for the first time and it was freaking awesome. We did chicken out and add a little 00 flour to the beast as it was fermenting.
    Dude, you are killing me.  After watching @20stonespice's success, I am on her "no flour, no sugar" plan, and pizza is the one thing that I crave.  I am still baking bread, and just giving it to @20spawn4, and while I miss it, it's no big deal.

    ....but pizza, sourdough pizza, it has left a hole in my heart.  So thanks a lot for tormenting me.

    PS - Now < 19 stone
    LBGE since 2008 and a MM from 2016
    Karubeque C-60 Dishwasher (when time is no object)
    Owner of multiple large scale refrigeration devices (sometimes too many)
    Vertically integrated BBQ and charcuterie operator, for recreational use only
    Elicitor of secrets from goats through unconventional methods
    Sourdough bread enthusiast

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  • The Cen-Tex SmokerThe Cen-Tex Smoker Posts: 17,698
    caliking said:
    Dude, you're approaching the exit ramp to homesteading.

    I dig it. Those pies do look fantastic.
    it's getting close. I lost 5lbs the first week and didn't count a single calorie. Just made what I wanted to eat with local natural ingredients. That's not why I'm doing it but was pretty shocked to see that. 
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    1- KBQ C-60 (The Dishwasher)
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  • The Cen-Tex SmokerThe Cen-Tex Smoker Posts: 17,698
    SciAggie said:
    Great post all the way around. I need to hit those farmer’s markets when I’m in town. 
    I'll show you around.
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  • The Cen-Tex SmokerThe Cen-Tex Smoker Posts: 17,698
    caliking said:
    Dude, you're approaching the exit ramp to homesteading.

    I dig it. Those pies do look fantastic.
    Next he is gonna have blog and YouTube channel: "Prepper prepping with CT: I left the reservation and you can too!"
    everyone would be like "why do you have just Tito's in your prepper cellar"? 
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    1- KBQ C-60 (The Dishwasher)
    I- Blackstone 36" Griddle
    1- Sweet-A$$ Roccbox Pizza Oven
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  • The Cen-Tex SmokerThe Cen-Tex Smoker Posts: 17,698
    20stone said:
    I’ll hijack my own thread. ...we have started to grind our own (albeit store-bought at this point) wheat berries and using a sourdough fermentation to bake our own bread. We used that tonight to make pizza dough for the first time and it was freaking awesome. We did chicken out and add a little 00 flour to the beast as it was fermenting.
    Dude, you are killing me.  After watching @20stonespice's success, I am on her "no flour, no sugar" plan, and pizza is the one thing that I crave.  I am still baking bread, and just giving it to @20spawn4, and while I miss it, it's no big deal.

    ....but pizza, sourdough pizza, it has left a hole in my heart.  So thanks a lot for tormenting me.

    PS - Now < 19 stone

    Lot of ways to skin a cat out there. She has done some amazing work. Hard to deny the results!

    I always thought bread was the bad guy and had good results when cutting carbs (bread). I am following Michael Pollan's thought on this. It's not bread that's the bad guy, it's commercial bread. It's "all the other stuff" in there, not the wheat, water, yeast (starter). The fermentation is where it's at. You started me down this path! I didn't do it to lose weight per se but I did want to eat healthier overall. I was going to give this a month, then start dialing in the calories etc if I didn't see any weight loss. 5lbs in week 1 was a very pleasant surprise. especially eating what I ate. I feel incredible too. Joint pain is basically gone, sleeping better, working out more. overall been a very positive first week. We shall see how it continues.
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  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 6,492
    Eating better, losing weight, and feeling better all sounds good, but that's a lot of work.  Do you deliver to San Antonio?

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  • The Cen-Tex SmokerThe Cen-Tex Smoker Posts: 17,698
    Foghorn said:
    Eating better, losing weight, and feeling better all sounds good, but that's a lot of work.  Do you deliver to San Antonio?
    It is a ton of work. If I didn't work at home I don't think I could pull it off. Not everyone can just go downstairs and throw a pasture raised chicken salad together or fire up a bge for lunch or have grass fed smash burgers off a blackstone on a whim.

    Plus all the curing, butchery, and bread making etc. I like doing all that stuff and have time but It's not for everyone.  We spend a lot of time cooking and cleaning. 

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  • The Cen-Tex SmokerThe Cen-Tex Smoker Posts: 17,698
    BTW-Austin peeps: I am giving this place a test run but I am excited if they are what they seem. They buy meat from only local farms that raise natural, pasture roaming animals. They are about the same price as the farmer's market guys but they bring it to your door every Sunday. Order by Thursday, delivered on Sunday. Pretty smart idea and the prices are OK for the quality of the meat they are (supposedly) bringing. They actually bring in whole animals and butcher to order on Friday and Saturday, then deliver Sunday. No age on the beef so that will be interesting. I'll just wet age it a few weeks if I like it.

    I'll let you guys know what I think once I try it. 

    https://rosso-flynn.com/

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  • 20stone20stone Posts: 1,481
    The Cen-Tex Smoker said:
    It is a ton of work. If I didn't work at home I don't think I could pull it off. Not everyone can just go downstairs and throw a pasture raised chicken salad together or fire up a bge for lunch or have grass fed smash burgers off a blackstone on a whim.

    Plus all the curing, butchery, and bread making etc. I like doing all that stuff and have time but It's not for everyone.  We spend a lot of time cooking and cleaning. 

    @20stonespice has been a champ as we have done our thing, and we also cook up a ton on Sundays getting ahead of the game.  I went to WF yesterday, and came out of the store with 6 bags of produce.  The most processed things I had were cheese and yogurt.  Everything else was one ingredient.
    LBGE since 2008 and a MM from 2016
    Karubeque C-60 Dishwasher (when time is no object)
    Owner of multiple large scale refrigeration devices (sometimes too many)
    Vertically integrated BBQ and charcuterie operator, for recreational use only
    Elicitor of secrets from goats through unconventional methods
    Sourdough bread enthusiast

    Houston, TX

  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 3,006
    I have to admit, a quick glance at the title I thought it was going to be a very different thread
    Visalia, Ca
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