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Reader Request: Where To Find Grass-Fed Beef

Lexee writes:

I would love to know if anyone knows of a local butcher who sells grass-fed, pasture-raised meats. For that matter, I would also love to know if there are any other places that sell local (to Colorado) grass-fed beef. I know Sunflower Market sells grass-fed beef, but I’m not sure where it’s sourced from.

Do you know where to find grass-fed beef in Colorado Springs?  Please comment on this post with your tips!

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  1. Lasater Grasslands Beef. If you pick up your order you receive 20% off.

    http://www.lgbeef.com/

    • Meredith says:

      Lasater also has retail locations locally:

      Vitamin Cottage Colorado Springs 1780 Woodman Rd Colorado Springs, CO 80920

      Whole Foods Market – Pike’s Peak 7635 North Academy Colorado Springs, CO 80920

      Whole Foods Market – New Center Point 3180 New Center Point Colorado Springs, CO

      Manitou Natural 56 Park Ave Manitou Springs, CO 80829

      Mountain Mama Natural Foods 1625-A W. Uintah Street Colorado Springs, CO 80904

  2. I’ve found grass fed beef on Craigslist before, under the farm+garden section. You can often buy a half beef from a local farmer who is butchering one for himself, or sometimes they’ll even sell meat by the pound. I bought ten pounds recently from a local farmer for $3.50 a lb and was very happy with the quality, and the price. You can even post a wanted ad.

  3. Searle Ranch in Monument specializes in Texas Longhorn cattle and sells 100% grass fed beef (at great prices). My sister purchases a lot from them and says they are the best tasting beef she has had. And supporting a local rancher is a great feeling. Their phone number is (719) 481-3735 and their website is http://searleranch.com/html/longhornleanbeef.html
    They are located near Hwy 83 and Hwy 105 which makes them close and convenient to get to.

  4. Vitamin Cottage

  5. We also raise natural grass fed longhorn beef in the northern Black Forest. We sell by the quarter steer (or half). G+C does our butchering. We will have beef available next month. Contact me if you are interested in learning more. 495-1328

  6. Allison says:

    Ranch Foods Direct

    • I love love love the beef at Ranch Foods Direct (I buy a 20-lb ground beef bundle about every 1.5-2 months) but it’s actually not grass-fed… It’s finished on grain.

      • Yes, one needs to decide if they want pasture raised, but grain finished or if they want grass fed and finished which keeps the omega-3′s higher. Be sure to ask local ranchers if the beef you are buying is grass finished if that’s what you want.

  7. Heather says:

    This is a great question, thanks for asking!

  8. Ranch Food Direct on El Paso Ave., off of Fillmore

  9. roxanne says:

    Lots of area farmers/ranchers raise beef and have them butchered. If you know a local farmer you could contact them and ask to go in next time they butcher. Sometimes the butchers shops (we use Ottomans in Flagler) have extra meat for sale that has been butchered and frozen but not picked-up. This applies to beef, pork, whatever they butcher. They usually price everything the same ($2.50/lb) which can be expensive for ground beef-though it is super high quality and no added fat- but is a great price for roasts and steaks! It all evens out. We butchered 1/2 a beef (split with our brother) last year for about $2.66/lb and are still using it. LOVE no fat added ground beef!

  10. thanks for all the suggestions! i just contacted searle ranch and am going to pick up on tuesday. it’s so helpful to know what other options are out there, too, for the future. thanks for sharing! :)

    • Kristine says:

      Can you tell us the final cost per pound you paid for your Searle beef (and amount you bought)? And if you called around, it would be helpful to know prices of several suppliers. thx!

  11. hi kristine,

    sorry i’m late in getting back to you! we actually just picked up the beef yesterday because life got crazy. it was $4.40 a pound if you buy 40 lbs. (we did and split with a friend.) it comes wrapped in 1 lb. bundles which is really convenient! we tried some last night and both my husband and i agree that it is REALLY good. stan and his wife were very friendly, and you can tell they are passionate about what they do. they’ve been in the business for a long time! they raise texas longhorn cattle and have lots of good info both on their website and in a brochure they gave us about why longhorn beef is a good choice (leaner, less fat waste, etc.). they really know their stuff and we felt great buying from them! we will definitely continue to in the future.

    one last note… we didn’t love the grass-fed beef from sunflower because there were pieces of gristle that you couldn’t chew. and the flavor wasn’t amazing, either. the searle beef we got had NO gristle at all… the fat is very well blended with the meat so it was tender and delicious!

    hope that helps… i did look around on some other websites, but this was the best price i saw. i didn’t look around much on craigslist, however, and it sounds like you can get some great deals there!

    off to make some homemade jerky! :)

  12. One of the best grass fed beef places is South Platte Free Range Beef LLC in Northeast Colorado. They will deliver to you too. They are on facebook

  13. Bobette Hood says:

    We raise pasture fed beef: We sell it on the hoof and you can take it to the meat locker to be butchered…or? We can deliver to the locker for you .we are just a small hobby farm. ph:719-764-2375

  14. Meredith says:

    king soopers at hancock and academy has grass fed ground beef now though i don’t recall the price

  15. Stephanie says:

    I was wondering where you get good chicken, pork, and fish. I’m really trying to learn more and eat more all natural foods. Any ideas or suggestions for us? Thanks!

    • I received a flyer recently for Shadow Wings Ranch and Farm. They are East of Colorado Springs and raise chickens, turkeys and hogs it appears. They use organic practices although they are not certified organic. Here is a sample of their prices:

      Grass Fed Chicken Eggs: $3.50/dozen
      Grass Fed Whole Chicken: $2.00/lb
      Grass Fed Whole Turkeys: $2.50/lb
      Grass Fed Hogs: $3.50/lb hanging weight + processing fees

      It looks like they also have rabbit meat and fresh produce.

      Here’s the website and contact info:
      Shadowwingsranch@gmail.com
      406-314-8685

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