I live in Oak Park and I'm looking for some paleos that might be interested in a meatshare in the Chicagoland area. That sounds way more dirty than I intended it to. Let's try this: I live close to Chicago. I want to find a group of people willing to share the price of buying a grassfed cow.
Does anyone have any suggestions for finding local meatshares? I've done some googling, but I'm not really making much progress.
While "meatsharing" is sorta catchy. :) I think most people refer to it as "cowpooling". If you google "cowpooling chicago", this is one of the articles that comes up:
American Grass Fed Beef, Doniphan, MO (866-255-5002).Quarter (100lbs) $550 pickup/$700 delivered; Half (200lbs) $950/$1,250; Whole (400lbs) $1,660/$2,200.
Bauer Custom Meats, Mineral, IL (309-288-5110). Whole Angus (600lbs) $2,103; whole Dexter (350lbs) $1,236.
Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm, Ottawa, IL (815-431-9544). Whole Angus, grain-finished (540lbs) $2,400; Whole Angus, milk and meadow–fed (350lbs) $2,105.
Flying S, Palestine, IL (618-586-2488). Quarter (105lbs) $563, half (210lbs) $1,050.
Nature’s Pasture, Auburndale, WI (715-952-4370). Mixed quarter (105lbs) $685; half (210lbs) $1,275; Whole (420lbs) $2,450.
SS Backwards Longhorn Meats, Medora, IL (618-729-2004). Quarter (100lbs) $275; half (200lbs) $555; whole (400lbs) $1,120.
I live in Chicago and was looking into buying a quarter cow...but it would be even more cost effective to split a half. The best price I've found for 100% grass fed/finished was through Meadow Haven Farms. For a 1/2 it comes out to 3.00/lb hanging weight + processing (ends up around 4.35 lb yield + processing).
What do you get in a quarter of beef? http://curiousfarmer.com/2009/03/01/beef-carcass-breakdown-what-to-expect/ My partners deliver to Chicago. http://jordandalfarm.com/index.php Hope this info. helps. Good luck!
If a quarter is too much for you (I wouldn't have the freezer space) Arnold's Farm in Illinois sells 25 lb. beef packages. Usually their beef is corn finished, but it looks like they'll have grass finished beef available in September.
Are you still looking for people to go in on a meat-share? I am very interested. I don't have much freezer space either, so it sounds like we're looking to split a similar sized meat-share. Let me know if you're still interested, or will be interested in the coming months.
After doing a little online research of my own, these two sound like decent options: