Acres in Zion is a wonderful, somewhat small farm that offers grass fed beef that isn’t finished with grain. That right there is not always the easiest to find. Looking at their website you can tell immediately that they are huge fans of the Grass-Fed beef culture; as their “About Us” is just an article by Jo Johnson about titled “Why Grassfed is Best!”.
I have personal experience with the beef from Acres in Zion though I have no personal contact with the farm itself as of yet. Some family went in 1-2 years ago to purchase a 1/2 cow with each house getting 1/8 of a cow. My wife has stated that it is the best beef she has ever had. My taste buds are not as discerning and I can’t quite make such a statement; but I blame the somewhat typical male eating patterns known as “shoving too fast to taste”. Either way, we are in the process of acquiring additional ground beef from Acres in Zion from a friend who is purchasing a portion of a cow. Typical costs run around $6/lb as packaged. They advertise $3.85/lb hanging weight, which is before the butcher gets his knife into the animal and debones, trims, and cuts.
What remains to be verified is the “stress-free” environment that they mention on their website. From the family member that purchased the cow for us last time they even kill the cow in a stress-free way as stress just before death will change the taste of the meat as the body releases a number of hormones to deal with the fright. I was told that the cows are essentially killed alone (so other cows don’t hear and stress out) and killed quickly while licking a sugar cube. But again, I’ll want to see that for myself before I say that is what they do.
- Grass Fed, Grass Finished Beef
- Grass Fed Lamb
- Eggs (According to Eat Wild, though not mentioned on their website)
- Location: Enumclaw, WA –
- NW Farm Review Rating: 5 Star
- NW Farm Review Visit: None
- Standards Confirmation: None
- Website: Acres in Zion – http://zionacres.com/