Thursday, January 22, 2015

January AgLocal - Farmer's Pick Box

Do you like knowing where your food comes from? Do you enjoy grass fed proteins? I know I do. Eating local, grass fed, free range and all that good stuff comes at a price but sometimes that price is worth it. I try really hard to buy local, free range, grass fed and all that good stuff. I shop sales, I look at label and spend a little extra when I can. It doesn't always happen and sometimes I buy the mass produced commercial proteins but I do try. When I saw an ad for AgLocal I knew it was something I wanted to check out. 

AgLocal lets you buy pasture raised meat from independent family farms. AgLocal does all the work in checking out the family farms, their practices and they publish all of the info on their website.

AgLocal offers a monthly subscription box full of proteins from family run farms that promote low-stress natural environments and the symbiotic relationship between animal, land and people. The box price starts at $85 for a small box and $150.00 for a large box. Currently they offer six different boxes to choose from. Each box has different cuts of meat, sausage or chicken in it. Do you like to grill? There is a grill box. Prefer the leaner cuts of meat then go with the fit and lean box. Are you all about the bacon? Then the bacon box is for you. I decided to go with the farmers pick box because it had lesser known cuts of meat that you may not find in the supermarket. I'm all about trying new things so this is perfect for me. 

Price: $85.00-$150.00 per month shipping included. You must email to skip. 

This currently ships to California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada & Arizona. Ships from San Francisco, CA.

The good:

Family farm raised with all the good stuff. 

Information: They provide a ton of info on the products and the farms they come from. 

Skip or pause: You can put you subscription on skip or pause but you have to email.

The not so good:

Price: This doesn't come cheap but you can feel good about buying it. 

Limited delivery area: Limited to 5 West coast states for now but hopefully they will expand as they grow. 

Skip or pause: I wish you could do it online but at least you can email as opposed to calling. 

The meat is shipped frozen in an insulated box with dry ice packs. 

Inside the box was all kinds of info about the farms, the cuts of meat and recipes.

How cute is this paperclip!

This is the small farmer's pick box.

Contents of the Farmer's pick box:

2.64lbs. Beef Brisket from SunFed Ranch in Sacramento, CA.

2.50lbs. Beef London Broil from Open Space Meats in Newman, CA.

2.07lbs. Denver Lamb Ribs from Anderson Ranches in Brownsville, OR.

4 pack Sweet Italian Pork Sausage from Circle Star Ranch in Roseburg, OR.

I don't really have a way to calculate the value of the box since there are so many variables. I did do a quick search at Safeway and priced these items at about $64.00. The products I found though were not premium, local farm, grass fed, antibiotic free, etc. This box cost $85.00. So I asked myself. Would I pay an extra $20 for the benefit that AgLocal brings? The answer is yes I would. I know that is not possible for a lot of people. I grew up in a single parent household where my mom made things like creamed tuna casserole and added extra pasta to pot so it would stretch a little farther and maybe we would have leftovers for lunch. An extra $20 was not something we discarded. I am very fortunate that as an adult I have the extra income to purchase items like this. We don't typically eat a lot of meat but when we do I want to try my best to do the right thing and eat responsibly. I also want to support small farms and farmers who provide and quite frankly do the work I don't want to do. Farming is hard back breaking work and the pay isn't great. I figure the extra $20 is my way of saying thanks farmers, I appreciate you. 

If you're interested in giving AgLocal a try you can subscribe (cancel anytime) or they now offer by the cut orders. You can choose want you want and shipping is free with orders over $100. Use my referral link to get $5 off your first order. 

Verdict: I won't order every month but this is something I'm definitely interested in and will be purchasing from in the future. 

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