I just got back from the Old Town Alexandria farmer's market. Smith Family Farms is now going there weekly to test it out. I love them, and their smaller-sized portions are convenient for a single beef-lover. They've never steered me wrong -- all the products I've tried, the liver, chicken, eggs, and various steaks have been nothing short of fantastic. They even gave me over a pound of beef heart for free to see how I like it, and are always helpful with recipes and vastly knowledgeable about the product in general.
However, I asked for the filet mignon today, and they told me that "the filet is the mock tender." Obviously, I wasn't paying enough attention and took them, though I thought something was off (side conversations, short attention span). Did they steer me wrong, or is this just an oversight on their part? I thought they were reputable, but some quick googling shows otherwise. I was planning on grilling these, but now I have to hit up Whole Foods (shudder) for a proper filet. Anyone have experience with these guys, or other beef producers that can give me insight as to what happened? They were my go-to for beef, and I really want to like them, but not if they're operating in less-than-reputable ways.
Thanks so much, Chowhounds!