Holding Ranch is a very small operation that grazes its cattle in the hills above Lafayette. If you've hiked in Briones Regional Park, you've probably seen some of their cattle.
They are now selling their 100% grassfed beef at at the Walnut Creek and Concord farmers' markets. I bought a couple of rib-eyes from them last Sunday and grilled them over hardwood charcoal tonight. The rancher suggested about 3 minutes per side for the steaks. I did 4 minutes per side and it came out great. Warm pink most of the way through with an excellent char on the outside. Wow, what great beef! It had a great texture and mouth feel and a wonderfully beefy flavor. The juices that came out while it rested after cooking were mouthwatering too. I'm definitely going to be a regular customer. They also sell at the ranch on Deer Hill Road if you can't make it to the market. Call ahead and see what they have. They only butcher a few at a time, so their selection is limited. Hmm, maybe short-ribs to braise next week.