Find locally raised beef with the Minnesota Grown Directory published by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Choose from beef producers and farms throughout Minnesota. Our online Directory provides quick access to farm details, links to their website and access to Google Maps driving directions.
Did you know there are over 14,000 farm families producing beef here in Minnesota adding up to 2.4 million cattle? Much like the awesome diversity of production styles present in Minnesota agriculture, hardworking beef farmers in our state and come in different shapes and sizes!
Minnesota Grown can help you connect with a local farmer raising beef that aligns with your interests and values. No matter the type of beef you’re interested in, we’re confident our Directory includes a member raising meat that will satisfy you and your family! To find a beef producer near you, use our interactive map and search feature at www.MinnesotaGrown.com.
Why Local Beef?
Many people remember the days of their parents or grandparents purchasing a side of beef from a neighbor, or simply a certain taste of the “way beef used to be.” By initiating a conversation with a local farmer selling beef direct, you can re-establish these connections today!
Purchasing your first order of local beef can be overwhelming, but don’t worry! We spoke with two Minnesota Grown members raising beef, Jamie Jacobs from Kick-A-Dollar Farm in Big Lake and Sean Heber from HD Beefworks in Northfield. Both Sean and Jamie agreed that talking to your farmer, getting to know the product, and asking lots of questions are welcomed. All beef is state or USDA inspected. If you’re not sure you’ll like the taste, ask your farmer for a sample or a smaller sized package to begin.
If you’re interested, take advantage of the unique opportunity of purchasing direct from a local farmer by visiting the farm to learn more! Remember to call ahead first, but many farmers are happy to chat with their customers and welcome questions. If you’re interested in the feeding methods and the process of raising the animal, Jamie recommends, “Educate yourself! Ask how the animal is taken care of, or come see for yourself.”
Sean says, “Shop local, and know your farmer.” We couldn’t agree more! There are many benefits to starting a relationship with a local beef producer today, from the economic benefits of supporting your community to the consistency and quality of knowing about the food you’re purchasing.
Preparing Your Locally Raised Beef
If you’re purchasing grass-fed beef and haven’t prepared it in the past, Sean advises to “Cook the meat slow and low.” He suggests letting the beef naturally defrost in the refrigerator for a few days before cooking. Then, cook the beef at a low temperature for a longer amount of time. Letting the meat rest off of the grill before consuming can also aid in a tender, perfectly cooked meal. Then, enjoy the delicious taste of beef raised right here in Minnesota!
Naturally, we had to ask our experts to share their favorite way to cook and enjoy beef. Jamie said, “Just grill it.” The Jacobs family loves the simplicity of grilling the meat and letting its natural flavors shine. Sean agreed, telling us that grilling the beef is a family favorite in their house as well. They enjoy steaks, burgers, roasts and more! Yum!
A few ways to buy Minnesota beef directly from the producer:
- Buy a quarter, half or whole beef for custom processing.
- Because you own your share of the meat before it is processed, you’ll have the ability to work with the butcher to choose how you want it processed and packaged. You’ll have options like how thick you want your steaks cut and how many pounds of ground beef you want in each package.
- This is a popular option because you’ll always have a supply of local meat waiting in your freezer.
- Buy individual cuts of meat.
- This option offers consumers the ability to pick and choose the cuts and quantity they want to purchase. Because the farmer needs to balance inventory and label the product for re-sale, this is often slightly more expensive than purchasing a side of beef for custom processing.
- Buy a share in a Community Supported Agriculture Farm (CSA Farm) that supplies beef.
- While most CSA farms supply fresh produce, a small but growing number of farmers are using the CSA model to supply locally raised meat.
- A meat CSA generally requires an up-front commitment by the consumer to purchase a pre-determined quantity of meat on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.
How to Buy Local Meat Directly from a Minnesota Grown Farmer