I really want to buy beef in the form of a whole cow (well, processed from a whole cow ideally). My friends all think it's too much money, or get hung up on the thought of eating a cow they know was butchered specifically for them, and don't want to do it.
I've found farms on eatwild that sell cows. Now I need to find people to buy one with (I'm thinking maybe 3 other people, about 1/4 cow a piece). Any idea on how to go about doing that? Or do you think it's better to just find a farmer who can handle finding other people? (Threads in the cowpooling tag I just found said this is possible.)
You often don't have to buy a whole cow. Farmers will sell halves and split sides (1/2 of a side) and handle finding the other people themselves. I always buy a half and then split it with a friend of mine. Typically, you buy your portion, pay the farmer for the hanging weight, then pay the butcher to process the cuts you want.
Just bought a freezer so I can fill it with good farm raised, grass fed, yada yada - cow, pig, chicken. May be some venison next fall as well! It's a great time saver. Saves a little money, but really not that much - perhaps because we eat more!
I just finished the first version of a website that should help for these kind of things: it's mainly a collaborative directory of paleo resources, but also doubles as a platform to exchange within groups focused on a geographical area.
It's still early days and it is an alpha version right now, but if you want to check it out at www.hltribes.com, you can create a local group for your area, and hopefully find people interested.
I would be very interested in your feedback on the site, since it was designed for just such a use :-)