Ken Boersma of Swan Meadow Farm with cows

Where’s the (Local) Beef?

We think sinking your teeth into a juicy burger or steak is one of life’s greatest pleasures. That’s why we’ve rolled out a way to indulge in beef that’s not only healthier for you, but better for the environment, while also supporting local farmers. So fire up the grill and whip up a batch of your best rub — you’re definitely going to want to use them now that we’ve rolled out our grass-fed Local Beef to all our Ohio stores! Sourced from small farms across the state of Ohio, our Local Beef offers the unparalleled quality you expect from us, with a ton of added benefits.

Matt Falb of Falb Family Farm and his cows
Matt Falb of Falb Family Farm

What’s so special about it?

  • It’s healthier for you! Being grass-fed instead of grain-fed, the beef has less total fat, but more of the types that are good for you: heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid (thought to reduce heart disease and cancer risks). It also boasts more antioxidants, including Vitamin E. And the animals are never given antibiotics or treated with hormones.
  • Not only better for you, the standards our local beef farmers hold for their cattle is better for them, too. Animals are treated humanely: they’re raised in a low-stress environment, grazing in pastures. Our farmers know that happy, healthy animals result in better quality beef.
  • Since the beef is sourced from Ohio it’s easier on the environment, too. Less resources are needed to transport it since it isn’t traveling very far.
  • Furthermore, buying local beef means you can feel good knowing you’re helping out not only farmers who are incredibly dedicated to their craft, but also their communities and families.

Introducing Our Farmers!

We source our local beef from six farms throughout the state, and, while each farm is distinct, they all share a deep passion for their craft: raising quality beef.

State of Ohio map with local beef farms

  • Glenn Farms — Located in Ashland, cows graze on 210 acres of land at Gordon Glenn’s farm.
  • Marshy Meadow — Farming runs in the blood for the Townsend family. Mardy Townsend raises her herd at the farm in Windsor, taking after her mom who started farming in the 1970s.
  • Gifts of Life Farmstead Tom and Sherrie Thomas started their farm after retiring from social work and manufacturing. It’s nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Malta, OH.
  • Falb Family Farm — Matt Falb is the 4th generation of his family to farm at this location, in Orrville.
  • Hope Ridge Farm — Blonde d’Aquataine cattle raised by Brad Miller roam the lands at this Wingett Run farm.
  • Swan Meadow Farm — Ken Boersma (pictured in the topmost photo) raises Blonde d’Aquataine cattle at this farm located in Rittman.
The Glenn family of Glenn Farms and cows
The Glenn family of Glenn Farms and their herd

Where can you find it?

All of our Cleveland stores have it! Look for signs highlighting our farmers and for labels that read “local grass-fed beef.” Since grass-fed beef has a slightly different flavor than grain-fed, keep your eyes peeled for in-store demos to try before you buy. And, as always, if you don’t see the cut you want or need some cooking tips, be sure to ask – our butchers are always happy to place special orders or share their favorite recipes!

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2 comments

  1. Wondering what is done for the cows in the winter? Are they exclusively, 100% grass fed, or do they get supplemental grain?

    1. Hello – Thank you for your interest. All of the Ohio farms that we source our local beef from have their cows on grass diets. When the weather doesn’t permit them to be out in the fields, they are fed hay or haylage. Haylage is simple forage that is baled at a higher moisture content than dry hay & then stored in a sealed plastic wrap. If you give the local beef a try, we welcome your feedback!

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