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Where to Buy Half a Cow—and Other Bulk Meat Orders—in Washington
Forget shrink-wrapped days-old grocery-store steaks: You can now get custom cuts from a local farm—and skip the meat aisle for months to come.
43 Pure Meadows La., Swoope, Va.; 540-885-3590
Joel Salatin’s acclaimed farm sells bulk beef packs in themes such as Country Club—filet mignon, New York strip, and other steaks (60 to 100 pounds at $6 a pound)—and Slow-Cooker’s Dream, a mix of roasts, shanks, and bones (70 to 110 pounds at $5.25 a pound). Pork is available, too.
140 Touchstone La., Amissville, Va.; 540-270-8150
Free-range whole lambs (about 50 pounds) can be butchered to your specifications, and precut half lambs are available, too. The lambs—$7 a pound for whole, $10 a pound for packages—are slaughtered in the fall, so order earlier in the year to ensure availability.
Wolf Creek Farm
4345 Wolftown-Hood Rd., Madison, Va.; 540-948-5574
Cow breeds such as Red Devon and Polled Hereford, which yield flavorful, tender meat, are the focus here. A 188-pound half cow is $1,034; dry-aged cuts are also sold.
This article appears in the May 2011 issue of The Washingtonian.