It’s easy to find a way to incorporate fresh, local beef into your meals with the Minnesota Grown Directory!
Why choose Local Beef?
There are many reasons to choose local including supporting your local economy, the ability to customize how the meat is cut, reducing environmental impact, and often saving money.
A lean serving of beef is low in calories, high in protein, and contains more than 10% of the daily value for 10 essential nutrients (protein, iron, zinc, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, niacin, riboflavin, choline, selenium, and phosphorus).
Preparing Your Locally Raised Beef
Find simple 3 step instructions from the Minnesota Beef Council for cooking beef in different styles like on the grill, in a skillet, or in the oven. Looking for inspiration? Check out these fresh recipes!
A few ways to buy Minnesota Grown 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):
- 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.
For more nutrition information, recipes, and cooking methods visit the Minnesota Beef Council website.