When most people think of buying in bulk, they think of paper towels, laundry detergent – but that’s not always the case.
“We raise 100-percent grass-fed beef,” Harriet Baucom of Baucom’s Best said.
Eating organic and local foots is not just limited to fruits and vegetables. For many reason, people have turned to beef – and they’re buying it in bulk.
“The interest started once we found the health benefits of grass-fed beef…it was meat we would want our family to eat,” Baucom said.
Baucom and her husband own Baucom’s Best – where carnivores, instead of buying a weekend supply of meat, can fill up their freezer for up to two years, with one trip to the farm.
“There can be a waiting list but usually we can get them a processed size of beef pretty quickly,” Baucom said.
Just how much are people buying? Baucom says that there is about 250 pounds of usable meat in their half-cow sides – and financially, buying in bulk makes sense, where customers can pay ground-beef prices, but get filets and ribeyes, as well.
“Usually, an average family of four will last anywhere from 12-14 months and it has a freezer life of two years," he said.
While the Baucom’s do sell smaller quantities at farmer’s markets, they field calls, weekly, from customers wanting to purchase quarter, half or even whole cows.
“You’ve got it right in your freezer,” Tim Walkup of Frontier Meats said. “Two, three, four-hundred pounds in your freezer and it’s there…Most of the beef that we get here, in fact, all that I know, is from Union County. It’s local beef.”
Besides the convenience of having a meat department in your garage, the health benefits can be a driving factor.
“If you talk to certain doctors they say, ‘Oh, food doesn’t play a role,’ – oh it plays a huge role,” Dr. Corrine Weaver said.
Dr. Weaver gets most of her meat from local farms for health benefits, including chicken.
“I wanted to raise my kids all-natural,” Dr. Weaver said. “My kids have never had any drugs and they’ve never had any medications…when you’re looking to buy meats they’re pumped with antibiotics…we decided to go all organic.”