Buying a portion of beef is not for everyone--here are a few things to consider as you decide whether to purchase a whole, half, or quarter beef for your family.
Buying a whole beef can definitely save you money--when you compare to grocery store price, your savings are usually 20-60%--that's a lot! But, there's more than just the per-pound pricing to consider, when you're looking at buying a whole cow, you also have to consider your up-front cost--which will be much more than you're probably used to spending on meat at any one time.
So, if you have the money to make the up-front investment, here is what you get when you buy directly from a rancher via Open Range Market:
✓ high-quality beef straight from the Ranch
✓ enough meat to last 6 months to a year, depending on your usage
✓ the satisfaction of knowing that you're supporting a local (often family-run) business
Here's what you don't get with Open Range Market:
X retail mark-ups
X beef that's sourced from a faceless corporate ranch
Did you know that only 8 percent* of U.S. farms market foods locally, through direct-to-consumer or intermediated sales? Open Range Market is trying to increase that number because we believe that more people should have the option of knowing where their food is coming from.
Additionally, farm and ranch families comprise just 2 percent* of the U.S. population. Open Range Market sellers are real live ranchers located all across the US. You’ll be able to browse rancher listings to find the beef that best fits your preferences. So, you'll feel good knowing that you're supporting a small business.
PICKING UP vs. HAVING BEEF SHIPPED DIRECTLY TO YOUR DOOR
With Open Range Market, each member will choose how they want to receive their Club upon sign-up and once the Club is full, each participant will receive a notification that their order is either ready for pickup at the processor's location, or ready to be shipped.
Shipping a large quantity of meat can get expensive. To save money on shipping costs, we suggest buying from a local producer and choosing the “pick-up” option. The best part? Road trip! So, if you can find a rancher within a few hours of you, we highly recommend picking up your Club directly from the Processor.
If you're considering buying a whole beef, you already know that you're in for a lot of meat but be sure to read How Much Freezer Space You Need to Store a Whole Beef to get a good idea of exactly how much room you'll need to store your bulk beef purchase.
BEEF BURN OUT
One of the Top 3 Reasons to Buy Beef Direct from a Rancher is that you'll always have meat on hand for meals—no last-minute runs to the grocery store because you're out of hamburger before your neighborhood BBQ. BUT, that also means that you may just hit a rut with your beef recipes. The best way to avoid this "beef burnout"? Meal-planning by using a combination of old favorites and fun, new recipes like these 5 Beef Recipes to Beat the Winter Blues.
Buying beef in bulk gives you a unique opportunity to explore cuts of beef that you may not otherwise pick out at the store. There are some seriously hidden treasures that you may not have tried simply because you're not familiar, like these 3 Underrated Cuts of Beef You Need to Try.
So you can thank us later when Flank Steak Tacos become your new go-to family meal.
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*Source: Fast Facts About Agriculture