My partner and I just received a free, large chest freezer from a family member and now we are eager to fill it up!
We really want to support local ranchers by buying beef and pork (and maybe lamb) directly from them and in bulk, and prefer it to be grass-finished (or non-feedlot). If not grass-finished and/or organic feed, then grain-fed is fine as long as it supports a small, local rancher.
Can anyone suggest ranchers they have experience using? Plus, any tips as to when and how to purchase? Pricing? Best deals?
I know a lot of these ranchers require that you pick up from them or from the butcher, which is a reason that this is a locally-based question.
Along those lines, is it advisable that I order through a butcher, and who?
Thanks in advance!