A group of 14 of us went to visit the ranch in Northern Orange County where the owner of 5 Bar Beef, Frank Fitzpatrick, keeps his bulls and steers. We had a wonderful tour of a beautiful scenic landscape where we saw many happy and very healthy-looking bulls and steers feeding on lush green spring grass. Frank answered lots of questions for us and even sold us some beef. The group seemed very pleased and impressed with his operation, and one of our members even video-taped our interview with him.
We all got an education during the video-taping: As Frank explained, due to the quickly-growing green spring grass, the fat of these animals is extra dense with nutrients, which you can see because of the color the nutrients give the fat: a yellowish, orange, pinkish hue. This color gradually fades as the year goes on. Eventually the fat goes white, and then you have to wait until spring again to get such great nutrient density. In Frank’s words, he’s “in this business to sell the fat. It’s the most nutrient-dense, healthiest food a human being can eat!” Since most of us don’t want to eat the fat by itself, a lot of it gets mixed in with the ground beef.
Frank did impress upon us that once the rains subside and the grass starts to go brown, the nutrient value of the meat begins to decline. Frank’s best recommendation is for us to get our order in this week while the grass is still green and the nutrient density of the beef is at its height. Frank has already selected the healthiest steer for us that he can find, with the largest amount of fat. For those on the tour, he even explained the characteristics to look for when picking the best steer on the ranch. So anyone who orders with our group will clearly get some of the healthiest and most nutrient-dense beef around!
This is just one example of the many great things that are happening at your local chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation. If you’re interested in being part of the Grass-fed Beef Buyers Club, please let us know, and you can join in on our next order!