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American Farmers Network - Humanely raised, grass fed, organic meats. Anyone have experience with them?

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bonoeuf Oct 9, 2013 05:21 AM

http://www.americanfarmersnetwork.com

This showed up on one of the "deal" sites, Amazon, I believe.

Pasture Raised, Free Range, No Growth Hormones, Antibiotics or Pesticides

Has anyone tried their products? I'm not a big fan of Omaha Steaks and wonder if it's similar to that or better.

It would be nice to grab the deal if the food is good!

Thanks!

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    gourmanda RE: bonoeuf Oct 9, 2013 07:55 AM

    Seems wildly expensive. Especially when they give no indication as to where, exactly, their "network" farms.

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      metacognito RE: bonoeuf Oct 25, 2013 04:11 PM

      Yes... almost 2 weeks ago I placed an order for American Farmer's $99 Amazon deal which ultimately required customers to plug their Amazon voucher codes into an order process via the vendor's website. I followed directions and, after a few days of hearing NOTHING from American Farmers (customary order confirmation or shipping notice apparently not part of their business practice), I attempted to reach them by phone (3 times) in the middle of the day. I was unable to reach a human at either 'customer service' or 'new orders' numbers, nor could I get a callback. Subsequent product inquiry submitted via their own website was similarly unsuccessful. It finally required a complaint to, and follow up by, Amazon in order for me to learn the fate of my order (and it took the vendor 2 days to reply to Amazon). According to info provided to Amazon by the American Farmers, the order is presently 'on the way' as of 'earlier in the week', and should reach me 'soon'. It's Friday evening here and I'm a bit concerned as to the state in which my order of fresh meat products will finally reach me (stay tuned for a follow up).

      In any case, I'm left with the impression that these elusive 'American Farmers' amount to a couple clueless hicks operating out of the trunk of a car somewhere and strongly recommend you find other sources for a more reliable supply of meat products.

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        Merci RE: metacognito Nov 9, 2013 02:27 PM

        Took almost a month for me to get my delivery. Absolutely horrible company, horrible customer service, and the meats are worst. After tasting the " filet ", with so much fat and tough chewing, I wouldn't feed these meats to my Afghan Hounds. They really ought to be ashamed of themselves.
        I cannot believe that Amazon would associate with them.

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          mcf RE: Merci Nov 9, 2013 02:45 PM

          Tell amazon. They'll make it right with you or lose the seller, in all probability. They take their fanatical customer service pretty seriously.

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            GRILLCHEF RE: mcf Mar 14, 2014 12:46 PM

            Thanks to your suggestion, I did then call Amazon and they refunded me! yayyy Amazon!

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              thepilot RE: GRILLCHEF Mar 31, 2014 07:26 AM

              I got a refund also. Thanks people for posting. As I said, my dog and cat would not finish it. The meat has gristle in it and the animals aren't that stupid to eat tough junk sold to humans. What a laugh! DONT BUY THIS STUFF. IT IS JUNK!

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        Aggean RE: bonoeuf Jan 23, 2014 09:27 AM

        I used this deal back in June to order meat for my dad for his birthday. It came super quickly…actually before his birthday, and he raved about the meat. I decided to try it myself just now. The ordering process was pretty easy, and I immediately received an email confirmation. Maybe things have changed since that last poster. Anyway, I am awaiting my meat now. I will have to update when it arrives, and I finally get to taste.

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          Aggean RE: Aggean Feb 2, 2014 06:54 PM

          Ok, the meat came and it looks great. FYI they only ship Monday-Wednesday. When they ship, they send you a tracking number. Everything is packed in freezer ready bags. Overall, I have had 2 great experiences with this company.

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            dhartman RE: Aggean Apr 4, 2014 11:55 AM

            Was the meat any good Aggean?

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              Aggean RE: dhartman Apr 24, 2014 10:43 AM

              Yes! My husband loved the strip steak, but I preferred the filets. Everything was great. I have since ordered 2 more big orders including hamburgers, chicken breasts, and boneless pork chops in addition to the steaks. Everything has been tasty so far (of course I still have a freezer full to go, but the cuts look good, not overly fatty).

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          GrandmaGinny RE: bonoeuf Feb 12, 2014 09:16 AM

          AWFUL!! Meat is tough and tasteless!

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            GRILLCHEF RE: bonoeuf Mar 13, 2014 05:25 PM

            Absolute worst steak order I have ever had in decades! The strip steak was inedible as we could not chew it... it was like trying to chew the sole of a shoe. I have been grilling for many years and know how to produce a perfect medium-rare everytime. The company said it was MY fault that I didn't cook it correctly perhaps! Are you kidding me? The filet was filled with unchewable cartilage...how is this possible with FILET? 6 cuts of meat I wouldn't feed to my dogs as it would choke them to death. Terrible customer service to top it all off- incredible.

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              GRILLCHEF RE: bonoeuf Mar 14, 2014 10:56 AM

              The update to my last post about this horrible product is that Amazon has fully refunded me! Yayy for Amazon! Thanks to a previous post that suggested I contact Amazon when American Farmer's blew me off!

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                Merci RE: GRILLCHEF Mar 14, 2014 11:30 AM

                Great! Luv Amazon! They refunded me also. I can't imagine them suggesting this company again.......just the worst.

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                thepilot RE: bonoeuf Mar 31, 2014 05:09 AM

                My advice to you: don't order this meat. It was the worst beef I've even eaten, and as an airline pilot I've had beef all over the world. Their customer service is horrible, they were indifferent and all they would do was offer a coupon. Trust me. I've also been a restaurant evaluator for 2 different companies and I have NEVER eaten filet which had gristle in it. My dog and cat wouldn't even eat the while thing. Horrible product, horrible experience. Stay away!

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                  sammym1 RE: bonoeuf Mar 31, 2014 07:21 AM

                  Do not buy this meat!! It is a total rip off. The steaks are tiny and full of fat and gristle. Definitely not even worth half the price!

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                    Merci RE: sammym1 Apr 4, 2014 12:03 PM

                    All I can say about this "Farmers" meat is …"It's disgusting and they can't get that from healthy cows"…..Try Allen Brothers….expensive but well worth it. They serve some of the best steakhouses in the US.

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                    ospreycove RE: bonoeuf Apr 4, 2014 01:21 PM

                    Don't know anything about them I have been very satisfied with my orders from White Oak Pastures,great customer service, excellent products and a true humanely raised pasture operation. They specialize in beef, pork, various poultry,(chicken, turkey, geese, Guinea fowl) rabbits, and lamb.

                    https://whiteoakpastures.com

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                      mcf RE: ospreycove Apr 4, 2014 01:42 PM

                      I got one miserable beef steak from White Oak via Heritage foods who refunded me. More like a bag of blood with a thin slab of awfulness swimming in it. Tough, tasteless, and I've been eating gf for years.

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                      MountainWanderer RE: bonoeuf Apr 8, 2014 09:51 AM

                      Stay away! We had an improperly sealed steak from them that we left in the fridge to thaw. The next morning we had pools of blood all over the fridge. I called the company and they were of no help/seemed unconcerned with the problem they created. Their response? Offered to sell us more steaks at a bit of a discount! Oy!
                      And I agree with others that their steaks are often tough.

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                        klo1335 RE: bonoeuf Apr 24, 2014 06:58 AM

                        We did the order through Amazon Local a few months ago. The order came fast, they were packaged well, and the burgers we made were wonderful. My husband always has digestive issues when we buy burgers from any of the local grocery stores. He didn't have any issues with these burgers. So far they are a great.

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                          mynameisnotjoe RE: bonoeuf May 23, 2014 02:27 PM

                          Keep in mind, naturally occurring beef is variable and often quite different than the beef-like product you find at mass grocery stores.

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                            thepilot RE: mynameisnotjoe May 23, 2014 03:34 PM

                            I'm quite aware of this. I've eaten grass fed beef from local farmers, whole foods, our local coop and from around the world. (I'm an airline pilot, and have been so for 25+years). This is the worst "grass fed" beef I've ever had and my own dog and cat wouldn't eat it, was so tough.

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                              Merci RE: thepilot May 23, 2014 09:04 PM

                              Ditto….that beef was horrible and the farmer should be smacked!

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                              SnackHappy RE: mynameisnotjoe May 23, 2014 03:53 PM

                              Naturally occurring beef?

                              Does it spontaneously appear in a field somewhere?

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                                thepilot RE: SnackHappy May 23, 2014 05:19 PM

                                Now that's funny!

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                                  mcf RE: thepilot May 23, 2014 05:32 PM

                                  I guess they spring up, like mushrooms in the fields after rain.

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                                Merci RE: mynameisnotjoe May 23, 2014 09:05 PM

                                That beef was horrible and the farmer should be smacked!

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                                  ferret RE: Merci May 24, 2014 10:59 AM

                                  The concept that "our meat is so good that we want to freeze it and ship it cross-country" makes little sense to me. As does the idea that nobody here lives near any local source of meat that is as good or better.

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                                thisgirlcaneat RE: bonoeuf Jun 16, 2014 02:51 PM

                                I'm shocked with all the negative reviews. I have bought from this place 4 times already. The first experience there was a delay with my order and their customer service took 2 days to respond. A long response but I ended up getting my order the very same day. All 3 other orders were delivered in a timely matter. I have to agree some cuts I received were on the chewy side, although i cooked those pieces on a pan rather than a grill and I wondered if that caused the chewiness. But other pieces came out great and delicious. The burgers and chicken breast are really tasty too.

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                                  SlightlyBurnt RE: thisgirlcaneat Jul 1, 2014 06:53 AM

                                  I also had a very good experience with them. I wonder if it varies by location -- I believe it's a network of farms. I live in Colorado and received meat from 'Meadow Organics' and it was very good. If you google them you'll see they have basically the same website as American Farmers, so I guess it must be some sort of coop. Maybe different ranchers provide different grade of product? Maybe in reviews we can add location and if there's a brand on the packages other than American Farmers...?

                                  I was about to order again and am a little cautious now, but will try again. My kids actually commented on how good the pork chops were, which is really saying something.

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                                    Merci RE: SlightlyBurnt Jul 18, 2014 10:12 AM

                                    My steaks were from a different farm....it was not Meadow Organics. I can afford Whole Foods and do not buy steaks from the supermarket. The steaks I received....over a year ago were inedible. Again, I wouldn't even serve it to my Afghan Hound. Luckily, I received my money back. Perhaps the steaks are now being delivered from a different farm....if so, good for all of you that like and continue to purchase. As for me, I only order steaks online from Allen Brothers....not only do they ship to my home, but the service top Steakhouses in the US, including top rated ones in New York and Chicago.

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                                      ospreycove RE: Merci Jul 19, 2014 11:25 AM

                                      You are missing the point. Although Allen Bros. Sells some grass fed beef, the prime steaks sold to steakhouses are finished on grain, (meaning corn), feedlot finished beef has a much bigger fat cap, and is more tender than pastured, grass fed,hormone, and anti-biotic free beef; bit is not so good for YOU. Feedlot finished beef does not qualify as humanely raised and sustainable.

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                                  Amdaniel RE: bonoeuf Jul 18, 2014 09:10 AM

                                  We loved it. Omaha was unimpressive and not organic or grass fed. If you are used to cancer steaks from the grocery store, of course you will be disappointed with real meat that was raised grazing in a pasture. Watch Food, Inc and order grass fed... Unless you can afford Whole Foods. It's "wildly expensive" because it won't put you in a coffin!!

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                                    Merci RE: Amdaniel Jul 18, 2014 10:11 AM

                                    I can afford Whole Foods and do not buy steaks from the supermarket. The steaks I received....over a year ago were inedible. Again, I wouldn't even serve it to my Afghan Hound. Luckily, I received my money back. Perhaps the steaks are now being delivered from a different farm....if so, good for all of you that like and continue to purchase. As for me, I only order steaks online from Allen Brothers....not only do they ship to my home, but the service top Steakhouses in the US, including top rated ones in New York and Chicago.

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                                    jpc8015 RE: bonoeuf Jul 18, 2014 11:47 AM

                                    $35.00 per pound for boneless rib steaks that are more than likely so lean that they overcook very quickly. No thanks.

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