Grab Some Grass-Fed Beef & Fixin’s at This Local Spot

Mountain Valley Farms takes great pride in the way they raise their animals — no hormones, no antibiotics, no steroids, no pesticides and no chemical fertilizers. Animals are raised in a pasture and in the woods in a stress-free environment and they are & handled humanely throughout all stages of life. The cattle are grass-fed and grass-finished. Pigs are a Heritage Berkshire Hamp/York Cross. Mountain Valley Farms processes only a small number of animals; there are no assembly lines. Beef is available in a variety of cuts, on a limited basis, including filets, New York strips, rib eyes, prime rib, ground beef, London broil and more. The beef is also dry aged. Dry aging involves hanging the beef in a cooler for several weeks near freezing temperature to allow moisture to evaporate from the muscle. This concentrates and saturates the beef flavor and allows the natural beef enzymes to help break down the connective tissue making the beef more tender. Only high grades of beef can be dry aged as the process requires an evenly distributed fat content – something that is inherent in grass-fed beef. You rarely find aged beef outside of high end steak houses or upscale butcher shops. Grass-fed beef is high in omega 3 fatty acids and is shown to reduce bad cholesterol, is higher in potentially life-saving “good fats” and higher in CLA, a known cancer-fighting nutrient that’s NOT present in corn fed or finished cattle. Grass-fed beef is also lower in calories with less than half of the saturated fat from a feedlot finished steer, high in vitamin B6 and B12. And if you want to follow Michael Pollan’s first line of advice from his book, In Defense of Food, “Eat real food! Not food products. Eat foods that your great-grandmother would recognize.” Then grass-fed beef is EXACTLY what your great-grandmother and her early ancestors ate. Stop by Mountain Valley Farms in Ellijay. You’ll find more information at the store as well as unique opportunities to buy other local products.    [one_half]

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