I finally found a local farm that has grass fed and grass finished beef!

This is a question, patients and people at my talks, ask me all the time.  I am always talking about the benefits of grass fed beef.  The media has told us for years to stay away from beef to avoid heart disease.  What they didn’t tell us was that there is a difference between grain fed and grass fed cows.  Grain fed cows are like cows eating McDonald’s.  It’s not what they are meant to eat and the  fat they produce in their body is saturated fat and they are extremely fatty.  Now grass fed cows are like humans who eat a balanced diet filled with whole foods.  They cows are leaner and are filled with anti-oxidants like Vitamin E and Omega Fatty acids including CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid)  which has been shown to help fight cancer and heart disease.  So eating moderate amounts of grassed beef is good for you!

I have found some national delivery services for grass fed beef but I am also a proponent of buying local.  I  did have a hard time trying to find it locally as many are grass fed but corn or grain finished. So I was coming up short, UNTIL NOW!

Shady Brook Farm is owned by Adam & Jada Henson and is located in Haywood County, North Carolina..  I actually met Adam at the Waynesville Historic Farmer’s Market.  This fall I had a booth there to sell teas and salves.  The great part was meeting all the wonderful farmers and vendors who also have a passion for natural health and sustainable living.

I am little bit skeptical of farmers who claim their beef is grass fed so I tread with caution and ask a lot of questions.  It was a very cold morning and Adam and his daughter were setting up next to me so I figured I would probe to see if this was a farm I could recommend.  He told me about his farming practices and I was sold!  He pastures his beef all year round. He also pasture raises chickens that help to turn over the area grazed on by the cows previously so they can return to that spot next year and it will be fertilized well.  Lastly, they found the best time to process the beef to increase nutrient density.  This farm gets my unbending stamp of approval!!! They  have new beef in stock now and of course they will be back at the markets come the spring.

You can connect with them at http://shadybrookgrassfarm.blogspot.com or www.facebook.com/shadybrookgrassfarm