Century Harvest Farms Grass-fed Beef Salami

Grass-fed Beef

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.

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.

Charcuterie & Salami

How should I slice/serve my salami?
The best way to prepare Century Harvest Farms salami is to cut one end of the salami and then make a slice down the length of the salami. After the slice pull the casing off the salami and discard. Thinly slice the salami into discs. Some people prefer the slices to be paper thin and transparent, while others like them a little bit thicker. We suggest trying both and seeing which you prefer.

How should I store my salami?
For longer storage, unwrap each salami from the paper packaging and hang between 50-60°F with 70-75% humidity and good air circulation. Otherwise keep wrapped in white wrapping and refrigerate. We do not recommend freezing our dry salami products.

What is the shelf life of the salami?
If stored properly, our salami will last months. The longer you properly store the salami, the more dry it will become.

My salami has mold on it (white, blue, or green). Is it edible?
Mold is beneficial to the aging of salami. All of our salami are stuffed and cured in natural beef casings that are misted with the beneficial mold. Our salami can have both white mold (penicillin nalviogense) and blue/green mold (penicillin glaucum). Both are harmless strains, similar to the mold found on cheese. Depending on storage conditions, mold may change in color and increase or decrease in quantity. We recommend peeling back the natural casing before slicing and eating. This will also remove the mold.

Do your products contain gluten or other allergens?
Our salami does not contain any wheat-based ingredients. It also does not contain eggs, nuts, or soy. We do not use gluten-containing ingredients in our salami, but we cannot guarantee whether raw materials such as our spices (which are packaged in facilities that may also process gluten) may contain minute traces of gluten or none at all. The facility where we make our salami also makes other products that contain gluten. We do have a written plan to mitigate the risk of cross contamination. Our salami does contain dehydrated milk powder and milk is a listed allergen.

Where can I buy your products?
Century Harvest Farms products are available at fine retailers across the USA. Visit our purchase page to find a retailer near you.

Do you offer wholesale pricing?
Yes, Century Harvest Farms is currently seeking retail and distribution partnerships. Please email us and we will send our sales sheet with wholesale pricing information.