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Half-Share Meat CSA

March 2, 2010

Our half-share CSA from Eight O’Clock Ranch arrived on our doorstep today!

I love the little penguin on the side!  K was really worried about the meat being left outside all day, so he kept an eye on the tracking and came home at lunch to bring it in. The package was shipped yesterday, and K reported everything was still frozen solid.

Inside the box was styrofoam (not a fan) protecting the meat, along with a paper telling us about 8 O’Clock Ranch.

We are three small ranches that pulled together to provide 100% pastured beef, lamb, pork, eggs and more! Over 300 acres of pasture are provided to our Hereford/Galloway beef, Suffolk sheep and Yorkshire/Duroc pigs.  Everything is raised organically and humanely, just the way we feed our families.

Our half-share comes to 10lbs of meat a month.  We are splitting our half-share with friends, so really we’re getting a 1/4 share.  5lbs of meat per month is plenty for us!  We still might buy some chicken from the farmer’s market when it’s back in season.  Yes, can you believe that?  Chicken actually has a season!  No one at the farmer’s market are selling chicken right now.

So, what did we get with our 10lbs this month?

  • 2.72lbs boneless beef roast
  • 1lb ground lamb
  • 1lb ground beef
  • .88lb t-bone
  • 1.20lbs boneless pork chops
  • .72lb pork shoulder steak
  • 1.58lbs lamb sausage

We already have ideas for what to do with most of this. Too bad it’s not all ours!  Yummy lamb breakfast sausage with fresh buttermilk pancakes, and a shepherd’s pie made with the ground lamb are definitely in our future! We’re thinking that since it’s too difficult to split the roast, K is going to make sauerbraten with it and we’ll invite our friends over for dinner to share.  Sauerbraten is basically a German pot roast, marinated in vinegar (and other spices) for a long time before cooking.  We’ll get some red cabbage because I think it’s still in season at the farmer’s market, and make some boiled potatoes with the Red Chieftain’s we got from Barber’s Farm, and have a wonderfully local meal!

It’s so exciting to think about getting a package like this for the next 3 months!

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  1. March 2, 2010 11:59 pm

    That is such a great idea!

    The styrofoam is frustrating though – but I guess it’d be hard to keep stuff frozen for transporting without?

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