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You have reached the mecca of locally and sustainably grown meat, bringing you one step closer to providing your family with the best that Sonoma and Marin Counties have to offer. Our passion for truly amazing tasting Beef, Lamb, Pork and Chicken is topped only by the pride and satisfaction we get from sharing it with you and your family. Whether you are just curious about how our animals are raised, or you need a suggestion as to how to cook something you purchased, or you are a regular looking to see what's new, our website has something for everyone. So take a few minutes and cruise around. You are sure to find something new every time you check in with us, and your feedback is always welcome.
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Shopping at VF on a Budget!
We're not cheap, but we are easy!
One of the constant struggles for us is managing our prices. When I was growing up, it was no big deal to go to the freezer and pull out a Rib Eye or a couple packs of Lamb Loin Chops for dinner without a thought. When we started our meat company a few years back, we realized that it was a lot harder to decide what to have for dinner when we had to look at the price tag. Granted, we are not exactly "paying" those prices, but there are opportunity costs to each cut that we feed our family. This experience created a keen sensitivity towards our pricing and making sure that everyone has access to what we do here. To that end, we try and make sure that if anyone comes to us with a budget and an open mind, we can put together tasty and affordable options. Here are a couple of examples:
LAMB: I believe Loin Chops are the best cut of lamb. However, at $20/lb they are a luxury. Try grilling up some shoulder chops at $12/lb. Cook them hot and fast so you get a great crust, crispy fatty bits, and a nice medium rare on the meat. It's a little more work to get the meat, but the flavor is amazimg.
BEEF: Prime Rib ($25/lb) leftovers are my favorite sandwhich, but tough on the wallet. Check out my serving suggestion for Prime Rib, but substitute Eye of Round. Once the 2.5 hours are up, put the roast in the freezer for 20-30 minutes so it is firm enough to slice thinly. Not only does this "stretch" the amount you have, but thinly sliced and medium rare mean you will have a super tender sandwhich!
PORK: Pork Tenderloin($22/lb) Medallions are delicious! So is our Pork Scallopini ($14/lb) and it's super simple. These thin slices of pork leg are great to keep on hand for those nights when you need something satisfying and quick. Check out this Scallopini suggestion that takes about 15 minutes not counting boiling the water!
CHICKEN: It can be really hard to pay $6.50/lb for a whole chicken when Rocky and Rosie are on sale for $1.99/lb. This is a classic example of you get what you pay for, but that doesn't put $15 back in your wallet. Here are a couple of options to help out. You can always save 10% by asking for a frozen chicken. If you stock up with six or more frozen birds, you get the wholesale price of $4.75/lb. You can get a chicken every week through our Chick-A-Week program for as low as $14 per bird or about $4 a pound!
Dog Food or People Food?
Offal, or organ meat has greatly increased in demand over the past few years. I can remember sheep shearing season on the ranch growing up, and Grandma Parks setting out cold heart and tongue sandwiches for the crew. It wasn't because we ddn't have anything else, it was because it tasted so good! Today, with the "trend" of snout to tail eating, offal has become popular again. Many folks are buying offal and feeding it to their dogs as a means of feeding them meat that they can rely on. We get calls all the time asking us to save all the organ meat we throw away. We don't throw much of anything away. However, we have a new offering for those of you that love offal, either for yourself or for your pets. The box will contain whatever we have a lot of at the time and usually will be 60-80% liver, either beef or lamb. We will always try to put some of the tastiest bits in, and feel free to let us know what you like.
Butchers Box - $35 for 10# of mixed offal, or $75 for 25#!
We love getting "tested" here at Victorian Farmstead. We believe that with very few exceptions, if it comes from a beef, lamb, pig or chicken we can make it happen. We put in our cutting instructions on Sunday nights with our butcher shop, Golden Gate Meat Co. If you let us know by then, your order will be ready Thursday afternoon. Just call or e-mail Adam at email@example.com to place your order. It is usually best to call as a discussion about what you are trying to accomplish can lead to some pretty cool collaborations!
The Holiday Season is Here!
It's our favorite time of the year here on the farm! As always we have a great selection of holiday favorites for your special family meal, as well as some great suprises. There is a perfect choice to fit every budget! For all your holiday meal orders, give Adam a call at 707-332-4605.
Here We Grow!
We are thrilled to announce that as of November 1st, 2013 we will be open at the new Community Market at the Barlow in Sebastopol. This has been a long and exciting process. We are so proud to have a space that allows us to bring our meats to our extended local commuunity and to collaborate with a great local partner in the Community Market. Their dedication to bringing the best quality products to Sonoma County puts us in great company and their strict standards validate the commitment to sustainable, locally raised meat that we have been preaching since 2010. Bear with us as there are sure to be some growing pains as we learn on the job. Come check us out and let us know what you think of our new digs!
We are asked from time to time if we offer a shorter trial subscription, so you can see if it is a good fit for your family. While we don't offer a trial subscription, we do offer a trial box. Next time you stop in at the farm or see us at a farmers market, simply ask for a trial box. Adam will put together a sample box for you and you get 10% off the retail prices! This is a great way to see what amount of meat you family goes through over two weeks or a month and save some money in the process.
Our Ranchers & Friends
Stemple Creek Ranch raises the majority of our beef. Located on the border of Sonoma and Marin Counties, Loren & Lisa Poncia do an incredible job of not only raising the best beef anywhere, but also in taking care of the land the cows are raised on.
Golden Gate Meat Co. North is the USDA butcher shop that cuts and wraps our weekly harvest. The Offenbach Family and all their staff does an amazing job with all our normal needs and with all the special orders and change orders we throw at them each week!