Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Texas Longhorn Beef

I have been making weekly trips to the Barton Creek Farmers Market for about a month. One of my favorite places to get my beef for the week is Wright Longhorn Beef. Grass-fed Longhorn Beef is high in omega-3’s, has less fat than chicken or turkey, and is packed with flavor. Longhorn cattle are also much easier on the fragile and dry ecosystem of Central TX, because they browse (eat shrubs) as well as graze (eat grass). The cattle have no added hormones or unnecessary antibiotics, and are never exposed to the stresses of the feed lots that mass market beef cattle endure.

I specifically asked Mr. Wright about his longhorns and was pleased to hear they are 100% grass-fed from start to finish, and he even invited me to visit his farm. Some farmers feed cattle grass for only part of the duration and then stuff the cow full of grains but still claim it is "grass-fed." The key here is to be an informed consumer and ask questions.  Plus, by buying Longhorn, you’re helping to keep the symbol of Texas a viable breed.

I buy the ground beef and sausage each week and it's delish! If you aren't shopping at a Farmers Market, then start now. By doing a quick google search, you will be amazed at what you can find in your area.

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