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Old Creek Ranch

July 27, 2010 |  by  |  Meat, Resources

Finding a local source for good quality humanely raised meat has been on my list for awhile. I’ve been buying Hearst Ranch beef and it’s great, but I wanted to feel a little closer to my source. Have a face and name,someone I can thank personally for helping me feed my family the way, I believe, is the right way.

Vietnamese Inspired Meatloaf
  • 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
  • 3/4 lb ground pork
  • 2 Grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • handful chopped cilantro
  • chopped mint
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp Gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 range-free eggs
  • Sea salt & Pepper
  • Mix everything together and bake @ 375 for approx. 1 1/2 hrs.

We have a few ranches here specializing in grass-fed meats. I had been a little intimidated because I thought you had to buy a whole cow, which I am not in the position to do. I finally called around and found out that, no you don’t have to have a stadium sized freezer to buy local. Yes, we’re in business! After checking out their website and reading their philosophy, I chose Old Creek Ranch in Cayucos, CA.  They’re family owned and have been since 1949. Teri and Bob Blanchard, the owners, are super friendly and took the time to answer questions when I called and encouraged me to come out to see the ranch. All of their meats (beef, goat, lamb, pork) are 100% grass-fed and pasture-raised. They also have Hass (my fav) avocados and oranges.  I decided on ground beef, chuck o’ bone, sirloin steaks, a pork roast, homemade lard (can’t wait to make tamales), and a bag of oranges…Terri threw in a bag of yummy avocados! What we’ve tried so far has been excellent. I’m posting the recipe I made the first night that was big hit in my house. It was super juicy and exploding with flavor. I actually just made meatballs out of the same recipe and froze them for quick dinners.

So, the question everyone wants to know…is grass-fed meat more expensive than commercial? Yes, it is as it should be. Ranchers who decide to raise animals in the way nature intended, pastured and able to graze, are not taking any short cuts. They work hard for a quality product. I don’t have a huge grocery budget, so I limit the nights we eat meat. I also have found a little goes a long way. It doesn’t take much to be satisfied. My son is a huge bacon lover (I must say I have a bit of a fancy for it myself). I started cutting my bacon in half or even thirds, I use part on a night I’m not cooking meat and freeze the rest. Warm bacon dressing drizzled over a spinach salad…oh yeah, that’s what I’m talking about. How about crumbled over sauteed collard greens or brussel sprouts or anything else for that matter! Anyhow, a little of bacon goodness and my son is a happy satiated camper.

Old Creek Ranch Philosophy

At Old Creek Ranch we are guided by the philosophy of “production in harmony with nature.” Cattle, sheep, and goats are rotated across their range in a manner designed to mimic the beneficial impact of wild grazers.
We are predator friendly. Our management style produces a thriving natural food chain for a diverse population of cougars, coyotes, hawks, and other predatory critters, while guardian dogs diligently protect the domestic livestock.
We encourage plant, animal, and insect diversity in our orchards and rangeland, building soil health and fertility, while reducing opportunity for large populations of troublesome pests. Fertilizers, when used, are organic. We use no chemical or artificial fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides or growth stimulants on land, plants or livestock.
Our goal is to produce wholesome flavorful food, using methods that are in total harmony with nature.

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