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Stillman Farm Beef

SeaSide Tomato Jan 9, 2008 07:33 PM

At the last Farmer's Market of the past season, I stocked up on root veg, other items and picked up a Rib Steak (labeled as such) while at the Stillman's booth. It was already frozen, so I popped it in the freezer at home. Since last night was so warm, I thought it was an ideal time to grill it up before it died a slow, cold death over the whole winter in the freezer.

Well--I thawed it on the counter all day in it's vacuum pack while I went to work (please don't tell the General Chow board, where this practive could be debated forever :) ).

Got home, rubbed it up with EVOO, S, P, a bit of wocestershire and minced garlic. Let it sit about an hour in this mix while I prepared other items.

Results were fantastic--medium rare with great flavor and texture. This is one of my top 5 (maybe 3) steaks ever--I'd say number one, but that woudld require serious recall of exact meals--and top 3-5 is high enough!!

I can't wait for the new Farmers market season to start--I'd love to join Stilman's meat and produce CSAs--but it's just too much food! Anyway, I cannot reccommend their beef enough!

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  1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: SeaSide Tomato Jan 10, 2008 07:04 AM

    Be aware that you can get half shares of the produce CSA (I don't know about the meat one), which are a far more manageable amount of food.

    The turkey we got from Stillman's for Thanksgiving was the single greatest turkey we've ever had.

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      SeaSide Tomato RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jan 10, 2008 09:02 AM

      Thanks. When I cook at home I try to stick to 4 - 6 oz of meat/poultry/fish so that I can have the occasional wonderful chowish meal. I'd like to do a half share--but even a portion of a half share is too much if I stick to that. That steak was a big treat--and two meals.

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        Allstonian RE: SeaSide Tomato Jan 10, 2008 09:07 AM

        You may be in luck: it appears that they are now offering a 6-month quarter-share plan, which gives you five pounds of meat per month.


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          SeaSide Tomato RE: Allstonian Jan 10, 2008 09:10 AM

          Many thanks!

    2. franksnbeans RE: SeaSide Tomato Jan 10, 2008 07:43 AM

      Their chickens are great too. At the risk of hyping them out of their stock, I can't recommend them enough. Incredibly meaty legs (chickens bred to actually stand up and walk around -- what a novel idea!), and delicious.

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        Allstonian RE: franksnbeans Jan 10, 2008 08:13 AM

        Indeed - it took me the better part of the summer to finally get one from Aidan (they sold out fast when he had them!) but it was delicious, and, like the turkey, proved to be more cost-effective than it seemed because it was big and we got at least one dinner out of the meat plus a terrific soup from the carcass.

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        9lives RE: SeaSide Tomato Jan 10, 2008 08:20 AM

        If you like Stillman's, you'll probably also like River Rock..another local farm. Their beef is usually available at Lionette's Mkt in the SE.

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          powella RE: 9lives Jan 10, 2008 08:32 AM

          They also carry River Rock at City Feed in JP and, in farmer's market season, at the market in Brookline on Thursdays. Also, River Rock will deliver to your home. I just looked at the website and it looks as though they are trying to start a "Beef of the Month Club" or "mini-CSA". Their stuff is great and worth checking out. Nice people, too.

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            cambridgejen RE: powella Jan 11, 2008 06:58 AM

            I've done the River Rock beef subscription for the last three months and it is fantastic. They give a good variety of cuts and the steaks are amazing.

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              powella RE: cambridgejen Jan 13, 2008 08:18 AM

              Thanks, Cambridgejen, it's good to know. I was wondering about the variety. Since we are getting a City Feed within a five-minute walk from my house, we may just see what kind of variety they carry there.

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