Our gym (CrossFit King of Prussia) participates in the Philly Cow Share program where a group of people go in together and buy a grassfed cow. This helps the farmer and distributor by only needing to make one shipment run to us, and the members get a great deal on grassfed beef by technically buying in bulk. People usually end up with an eight (about 43lbs.) or even a sixteenth of a cow and get a range of ground beef, steaks, roasts, etc. But what if you don’t want that much cow or don’t have a group to go in on a cowshare?
Enter Grassfed Direct. Located in Tacoma, WA, the company was started by …:::dun dun:::… two CrossFitters who were talking one day about where to get grass fed beef. Brian Haynes and Andrew Imholt decided to start their own company in 2010 and this is the result. You can choose individual steaks, roasts, ground beef, etc. where there is no minimum to buy. Their cows are 100% grassfed AND grass finished (did you know that some farms will feed their cows grass for most of their life, but then grain feed them the last few days to fatten them up?? Tricksters…)
I know what you’re thinking: their price per pound is high since they are selling individual items. Not true. 1.14lbs. of ground beef is $7.98 ($7/lb), four burger patties are $8.75, and a medium top sirloin steak (1.17lbs) is $14.07 ($12.02/lb). These are very competitive prices, even compared to cow share programs and definitely compared to local markets, at least in the Philadelphia region. And if you compare prices, they aren’t that much more than grainfed beef!!
One of the best things that I read on their website was a FLAT shipping rate of $20 to out of state customers. Theoretically you could order 1000lbs. of beef and it would cost $20 to ship across the country! That’s crazy to me and frankly, you should take advantage of it because I can see this changing. If you happen to live within 50 miles of Tacoma, you can get FREE shipping for orders over $40 (as of the time of this writing), and if you live even closer, you can pick it up directly. If you live any closer than that, you’re probably the cow.
I have absolutely no affiliation with these guys, I am just trying to get you good information about healthy sources of food. Of course, if Andrew and Brian happen to read this and want to send me some “samples,” I wouldn’t stop them. In fact, I would do a review post! The fact that they are CrossFitters and have a passion for grassfed beef is a match made in heaven.