ButcherBox From a Farmer’s Perspective

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A few years ago I wrote a post about how to navigate the potentially muddled grass-fed beef market. All of the misleading information out there about grass-fed meat propelled me to try and inform my readers about how deceptive the grass-fed label can be. As I researched the grass-fed topic, I stumbled upon what was then a start-up company called ButcherBox. 

Years later, ButcherBox evolved into a cutting edge provider of high-quality, meat for healthy living enthusiasts who defy the drive-thru dining culture.

ButcherBox is like an online neighborhood butcher.  As I read their story, I realized they understood that not everyone has access to reasonably priced grass-fed, pasture-raised meat.  ButcherBox knows that the average consumer does not live close enough to a farm to buy into a cow share. They created a business so that anyone can purchase grass-fed, grain-finished meat. As an owner and operator of a farm, I get that.

Why Do I Need ButcherBox (even with a herd of beef cows in my pasture)

We own and operate a modest farm tucked away on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Our farm is home to my son’s small herd of grass-fed and grass-finished cows. ButcherBox buys meat from farms like ours where animals are humanely raised. 

My no-fuss healthy living credo is always to try to buy locally grown or raised food. When that is not possible, then I recommend finding a reputable, trustworthy option.

In some seasons, we have more customers than quarters of a cow. Therefore, I need to find a comparable source of meat for our dinner table. I buy meat from ButcherBox even though we raise our beef. When I buy meat for my family from ButcherBox, I can trust that I am getting the same quality of meat that we produce on our farm.

Farm Life

True Story: During the summer months we often dine outside overlooking one of our pastures which borders our backyard.  It’s as though we are eating with the bovines.  From where we sit, we can hear them chewing their cud.

One evening, in particular, we grilled steaks that I bought at a local grocer. I paid a hefty price for the quality meat that we slapped on the grill and doused with a marinade. As we sat around our farm table that night, we chuckled at the proximity of the healthy herd that roamed the pasture; yet, I had to buy meat for dinner.

Why did I have to buy meat? Herds that are grass-fed or grass-finished take longer to grow. They are also in high demand. Our ButcherBox plan fills our plate with premium meat while our herd follows their natural pattern of growth.

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Why I Buy Meat From ButcherBox

  • ButcherBox delivers 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef, free range organic chicken, and heritage breed pork directly to your door, and shipping is always free!

  • ButcherBox curates a one-of-a-kind selection of the healthiest, tastiest meats, humanely raised and free of antibiotics and hormones. Or you can customize your box and select your favorite cuts and get 20% more meat. The price works out to less than $6.00/meal.

  • ButcherBox cares for the well-being of the animals. They find farmers who share that same philosophy. Farmers who care about the food they feed their animals to the conditions in which the animals dwell.

  • ButcherBox employs farmers who allow their animals to roam and graze in their natural habitat.

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Convenience Without Compromise

Too often in the world of food and farming, convenience means a compromise in standards. Even with ButcherBox delivering to your door, they still commit to a higher standard of quality. When I am forced to shop for grass-fed, ethically raised meat in a supermarket, I find myself dashing in and out of several stores to locate the quality of meat I want.

Know What Goes on Your Plate

Environmentalist, food activist, writer, and farmer Joel Salatin makes this bold claim about food and our culture,

In recent decades, our culture, putting food on the table does not require any knowledge or involvement except how to scan a credit card, open a plastic bag, and nuke it [food] in a microwave. No civilization in history has ever been able to be this disconnected from its ecological umbilical.

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Eating is a fundamental act that we do several times throughout the day. Two of the most powerful skills you can teach your children is to know where their food derives and how to cook their food. Companies like ButcherBox provide a foundation to build a lifestyle of conscious food choices.

Camille Kingsolver, co-author of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life sums up conscious food choices like this,

The first step toward valuing and trusting food is probably eating food that has some integrity. People who hold their traditions of food preparation and presentation in high regard don’t tend to bargain-shop for cheap calories.

Food resources like ButcherBox carve a way to cultivate a lifestyle of healthy living. 

Deep down, everyone longs to connect to the land, but not everyone has the privilege of dining al fresco with the Angus herd.  Companies like ButcherBox make it easier to fill your plate with clean, sustainably raised meat. It’s the next best thing to buying your meat directly from a farmer.

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  1. christa Sterken on February 4, 2020 at 6:15 pm
    I really appreciated this perspective, I've wondered about this company...thank you!
    • Denise Sultenfuss on February 5, 2020 at 3:16 pm
      Yes, they actually buy their meat from small farmers like us.

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