Why Grass-Fed Beef?
USA Today reported that the USDA recalled 1.8 million pounds of ground beef in one day because of E. Coli contamination and published an extensive list of stores selling it. (USA Today 2014/05/23). This is only one of hundreds of such recalls in the last few years.
The real appeal of small local farms is that the consumer can see for themselves where their food comes from and meet the people producing it.
Raising grass-fed beef mimics the production model of bison and other wild herbivores. The foundation of this model is lush pastures, high in organic matter. These pastures store vast amounts of carbon. Used extensively, this approach to beef farming could help to restore and heal the planet.
Our beef carries a small carbon footprint, is humanely raised, healthy, and very pleasing to the palate. In these times of million-pound hamburger recalls and animal abuse horror stories, Maple Hill Farm offers a sane alternative.
In New England, the hilliness of the land and the rockiness of the soil have dictated agriculture based on grass and animals since the Puritans. The world is full of places where the best, sometimes the only way, to get food from the land is by grazing (and hunting) the animals, which transform grass into proteins.
The animals can do the work by utilizing rotational grazing. They harvest their own food and deposit their own waste as fertilizer in the pastures.
Consumers are beginning to be more selective. When asked the following question in a survey concerning burgers: “Which burger selected offerings would you be interested in seeing more of at restaurants?” 43% answered, “grass-fed beef burgers”. (The State of The Burger, US-April 2016-Mintel).
The same study showed the importance of a product from a local farm. “Grass-fed beef is an especially appealing burger trend with its purported superior taste, healthfulness claims, and “feel good” connotations; burgers made with grass-fed beef are an especially important trend in the burger category.”
Sustainable, renewable, regenerative, and productive are a few ways to describe Maple Hill Farm’s place in the world.