Our family recently bought an organic cow from a farmer. The cow had not been given grain, hormones or antibiotics. We split the cow 3 ways within our extended family. The meat tastes incredibly good and is so affordable this way. The farmer took it to the processing plant for us, we paid the farmer and the plant, then went back to pick up the meat. Grass fed beef actually has less fat in it than skinless chicken thighs you find in a store. Here is some info about grass fed beef. The meat ended up being $1.49 a pound. Usually the price is closer to $2 a pound, we just got a big cow. That is for all cuts including steaks!!! The meat came shrink wrapped and we put it in an old chest freezer.
The farm we used was Briles Farm. They were so kind and helpful. Click here to find out more information about their wonderful farm.
My parents have an organic farm. We are able to buy chickens for $2 a piece, we grow a lot of the food the chickens eat. These chickens provide eggs and meat for us. I try to limit my kids exposure to meat with hormones, so this works out well for our family. If you live in an area where you are allowed to raise your own chickens, it is not difficult to do. They can live in a rather small area and they do a great job “tilling” the soil and eating weeds. Even a couple of hens can provide you with eggs for the week, and they are a lot of fun to watch.