Florida Grass-Fed Beef: Tasty, Nutritious & Local
Did you know that most Florida-raised cattle are shipped out-of-state to be fattened before slaughter? They get crowded into commercial feedlots in Texas, Kansas and other states, given antibiotics and growth hormone, fed a high-calorie corn diet, then slaughtered for sale to supermarkets across America.
It’s not a pretty picture. But it’s the way most beef has been produced in this country for the past 40 to 50 years.
A group of cattle ranchers in the Florida panhandle would like to turn back the clock. They’re raising beef cattle the old-fashioned way—by letting them graze freely on grass. The meat is processed in local facilities and sold directly to Floridians by Arrowhead Beef, a popular Delray GreenMarket vendor.
“Our vision is to take people back to the era of regionally produced food, when your mom knew the butcher and the butcher knew the farmer,” said Arrowhead Beef co-owner Tom Pellizzetti.
Multiple Health Benefits
Florida grass-fed beef is lower in fat and calories, high in healthy Omega 3 fatty acids, and richer in antioxidants than commercially produced beef. It does not contain hormones or antibiotics, and contrary to what many think, it’s not tough. Arrowhead’s steaks are “wet aged” for 28 days, which Pellizzetti says makes them consistently tender.
Online Ordering Coming Soon
Now in its second year of operation, Arrowhead Beef is re-launching its website to enable easy online ordering. By the end of August, the company hopes to offer its “Summer Grilling Package”—a 12-pound assortment of flash-frozen ground beef, steak, and kabob meat shipped directly to your home.
“People who haven’t eaten beef for 25 years tell us this is something they can digest, and they feel better about eating something that’s closer to the land—not perpetuating a faceless industry,” Pellizzetti said.
Be sure to look for the sign that says Florida Grass-Fed Beef when the Delray GreenMarket reopens in October! Meanwhile, check out www.floridagrassfed.com for cooking suggestions, recipes, and the story of Arrowhead’s heirloom breed stock.