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Hello -- I am considering ordering a quarter or a split quarter of beef from a local farm. Any recommendations? I'm considering the following farms:

* Morris Grassfed Beef -- T.O. Cattle Company (San Juan Batista)
* Chileno Beef (Petaluma)
* Clark Summit Farm (Tomales)
* Holding Ranch (Lafayette)
* Marin Sun Farms (Point Reyes)
* Drake's Bay Family Farm -- Lunny Ranch (Inverness)
* Napa Free Range Beef (Napa)

I'm looking for good flavor, decent cost. Most important is that it be locally produced and grass fed (all of the above are, I believe...)

Thoughts?

Thanks.

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  1. Wondering whether anyone has tried the local, grassfed, dry aged beef from Bud's Custom Meats in Penngrove? Had a brief phone call recently when I learned that they sell quarters as well as individual cuts. Several years ago I bought some porterhouse steaks from Bud's that were fantastic, but I know they weren't selling grassfed then.

    Willowside Meats in Santa Rosa has grassfed beef from Potter Valley in Mendocino County.

    Black Sheep's beef is raised in Potter Valley too.

    Talked with Conlan Ranches in Valley Ford a few weeks ago. They've got a 100% Charolais steer available, as well as Angus and Wagyu crosses.
    http://www.conlanranchescalifornia.com/

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    Bud's Custom Meats
    7750 Petaluma Hill Rd, Penngrove, CA

    Willowside Meats & Sausage
    3421 Guerneville Rd, Santa Rosa, CA

    Conlan Ranches
    Valley Ford, CA, Valley Ford, CA

    1. I ordered a quarter last year and a half this year from Chileno. Overall I have been very happy with the beef and plan to order from them again next year. I have been happy with the steaks, the roasts and the ground beef I have gotten. Short ribs were cut a little short and I will ask the butcher to cut them bigger next time. But the meat itself was delicious.

      I think (I am notoriously bad with numbers) that the half was $700 and it came out to about 150 lbs. I'm sure Mike and Sally Gale would be happy to give you current prices.

      One thing that has been difficult for us has been that they use a butcher in Cotati who is not open on Sundays, and is disorganized to put it mildly. We made an appointment to pick up the quarter last year, arrived to find no one there, eventually found the meat on our own, and left the money with a note as well as a phone message explaining what we had done. We received 3 calls from them over the following 9 months asking us to come get our beef. We've been happy enough with the beef that this won't deter us from ordering again.

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      1. re: Pistou

        to add onto this , does anyone know where to get a 1/4 or 1/2 pig?
        same deal, natural, but not grass fed of course..

        1. re: jason carey

          When I spoke with the folks at Bud's, they said they can supply "party pigs", locally raised, by special order.

          For pig, Black Sheep - more info,
          http://www.chow.com/search?search%5Bq...

        2. re: Pistou

          Is the butcher in Cotati Ibleto Meats?

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          Ibleto Meats
          1492 Lowell Ave, Cotati, CA

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            That's the one. Thank you! I couldn't remember the name.

            1. re: Pistou

              I called 'em the other day in search of some oxtails and was informed that it's not a retail butcher set-up. I didn't take the time to inquire about what the business IS.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                You are talking about Ibleto's, yes? It's a strange place . . . The first time we picked up our order from Chileno, the time no one was there, we had to search around quite a bit to find our meat. Everything was unlocked, and there were freezers full of pasta, sauces, and one with mountains of italian loaves growing stalactites of ice. Also one fridge with hanging sides of beef. We made lots of Sopranos jokes.

                All by way of saying I'm not sure exactly what they do and who they sell to aside from acting as the butcher for Chileno Valley customers. I believe they are related in some way to Angelo's beef jerky (yum).

        3. You can also buy directly from PL Bar Ranch in Gonzales. Here's my post on the Calif. board,
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/402176