How do I get Century Harvest grass-fed beef?
Our beef is available at the Maryville Farmer's Market, or directly from the farm at our Maryville office or Greenback commercial kitchen. We also offer fresh meat delivery within 30 miles of the farm for a $60 fee. You may also order by phone or email and we will arrange a pick-up for you.
Will you ship your products?
We offer shipping for our branded merchandise, pickles, preserves, and canned goods. We are not shipping fresh ground beef, steaks, or charcuterie at this time, but they can be picked up at our farm or we offer delivery within a 30 mile radius for an additional fee.
What is the % fat makeup of your ground beef.
Our meat will average 3-5% fat content, based on genetics and the time of year the cow is slaughtered. This would commonly be referred to as 95/5 or leaner.
What is the % fat makeup of conventional ground beef?
Most grocery ground beef is sold at 10-30% fat content. While most offer up to 93% lean, the majority of the ground beef sold is 20-30% fat (up to 10x's the amount of fat found in Century Harvest's lean, grass-fed beef).
Can you sell your meat to restaurants?
Yes. Please contact us for more information.
Is all grass-fed beef the same?
Absolutely not. While there are many very high-quality, grass-fed products on the market, there are others who are using the term loosely as a marketing strategy. For instance, many larger establishments will start their cattle on grass (not necessarily "open pasture") but then finish the cattle on grain. Studies have shown that the levels of omega-3 fatty acids built up in the cow's fat will virtually disappear after just a few months on grain, meaning that all of the nutrition that was built up during the grass diet is then removed prior to slaughter. The consumer is essentially paying extra money for "grass-fed" beef and is not even benefiting from the nutrition that would be found in 100% grass-fed beef. Century Harvest cattle are 100% grass-fed and see 2 spring lushes.
How is grass-fed beef different from beef that is fed corn and pharmaceuticals?
Grass-fed beef is lower in total fat and has virtually no saturated fat. Beef from cattle raised on a corn-based ration is very high in the saturated fat. Learn more about the difference between saturated and unsaturated fat and why it matters to you and your health insurance provider.
How is beef from cattle raised on pasture different from beef raised in a feedlot?
Cattle raised on pasture have less stress. Cattle raised in feedlots experience very high levels of several types of stress. There is stress from overcrowding. There is stress from acid buildup in their upper digestive tract resulting from ingestion of too much corn. There is respiratory stress from breathing too much ammonia as a result of manure and urine buildup and mismanagement. Our cattle just roam around and eat lush grass on fresh pasture every day. Our beef does not have bitter tasting lactic acid deposits in their muscle tissue as a result of stress. Read about some of the other differences between grass-fed beef and conventional beef.
How is organic beef different from grass-fed beef?
Cattle that is raised organically can be fed grain as long as it is certified organic, so it can be very high in total fat and saturated fat. Grass-fed beef that is not certified organic can be raised on pasture fertilized with synthetic ammonium-nitrate based fertilizer and treated with herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, and other pesticides. The cattle can also be treated with antibiotics, dewormers, hormones, and etc. Our pastures are fertilized with compost made from hay and cow manure, and we use no antibiotics, dewormers, or hormones of any kind on our cattle.
Why aren’t you certified organic?
We are “producer pledged and consumer certified.” Without delving too far into politics, we think that the federal government is generally inefficient and wasteful. We think it irresponsible to take your food dollars and pay the USDA to tell you that your food is high quality. We would like to save you that money so that you can come visit the farm and inspect it for yourself. We cordially invite you to certify our farm for yourselves.
Do you use GMOs (genetically modified organisms) on the farm.
We absolutely do NOT. We have no need. Genetic modifications are made to high energy commodity crops like corn, wheat, and soybeans to increase yields of mature seeds. Ingesting mature grain seeds is detrimental to bovine health and meat quality. Click here to learn why. Also, commodity crop farmers require uniform maturation to harvest mechanically with modern combines and grain wagons. Since we harvest biologically, we do not require expensive gene modification of the forage species to be successful.
Are there health benefits associated with eating grass-fed beef vs. corn-fed beef?
There certainly are. Apart from having less total fat and almost no saturated fat, cattle that eat grass on pasture produce beef that is much richer in Omega-3 fatty acids. Grass-fed beef also contains conjugated linoleic acid which reduces the risk of cancer and heart disease. Our beef is also richer in antioxidants and vitamins than beef raised on corn and pharmaceuticals in a feedlot. Learn more about why grass-fed beef is healthier than corn-fed beef.
Feel free to contact us if we can be of further assistance.