Have any of you tried the meats from the free range, natural, organic, ethical, etc. kosher vendors? I am talking about places like
www.growandbehold.com or www.kolfoods.com
or similar (there are others).
My family tries very hard to reduce our environmental footprint and walk-the-walk instead of just talking the talk, but I have yet to take the leap into these vendors. Kosher meat is very expensive, but these vendors are at least 25%-35% more, and that has kept me from patronizing them so far. But as I get ready to purchase for the chagim, I am wondering if they are worth it.
There are many ways to evaluate this purchase: taste, costs, ethics, environmental impact, buy local, kashrut issues, etc. I know that the values part of the equation is very personal. And the kashrut agencies are the same: OU, Star-K, etc.
But what about the quality of the meat? Are these meats noticeably better tasting? less fatty? Or is the value and enjoyment simply that you bought it instead of feedlot cruelty beef?
And, is there really a difference in the way these animal are treated? I can read the claims on the websites, but, the skeptic in me wonders if these animals really live (and die) in a gentler way.