A native Iowa Citian who returned to raise my family here, I find myself *far* more opinionated when it comes to everything from the restaurants to the city council. Here is my $.02.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Where's the Iowa beef?

Well I think I found it.

Late this fall at the IC Farmer's Market I came across Heritage Point Farm Quality Beef. Mr. Jay Dee Coffland was among the most friendly vendors selling his high quality meat with a smile.

It was recommended to me by a good friend of mine who swears that it is the best. I thought I would give it a go being that it was sold frozen and I love to stock my freezer. We are not big beef eaters so this was a true test.

Plus, it's 90% lean for all you health conscious meat eaters.

Browning the first pound for sloppy joes (yes, we really do make kid food still as grown ups) was the test. It was awesome. Smelled fresh, looked fresh, tasted fresh. We have made burgers, meat sauce for pasta, poor man's sloppy joes, meatballs and meatloaf so far and all have been excellent due to the quality of the meat.

It is nice that you are buying from a locally based farm and getting good old Iowa meat. Moooo.

Here is the info you might need if you are curious enough to give it a go yourself:

Heritage Point Farm
Jay Dee & Carol Coffland

Cuts of Meat:
Rib-Eye Steaks
3/4# - 1" thick boneless steaks from the front of the loin. Some considered to be the juiciest and most flavorful steak grilled or broiled. Sold in packages of 2 steaks. $9.00/lb.

3/4# - 1" thick steaks are the favorite of many! These steaks are the bone in version of the New York Strips and Beef Filet in one steak. Sold in packages of 2 steaks. $8.00/lb.

3/4# - 1" thick bone- in steak from the front portion of the rump. Sold in packages of 1 (1.5 to 2 lbs.) $6.50/lb.

Tenderized Round Steak
Mechanically tenderized from the leanest part of the beef. Sold in packages of 1. Call for price.

Minute Steaks
Tenderized single serving round steaks that are very lean. Sold in packages of 2. $4.00 /lb.

Rump Roast
Lean boneless roast cut from the most tender portion of the hind quarter. Sold in 4-6 lb. roasts. $4.90/lb.

Sirloin Tip Roast
Flavorful tender boneless roast from the rear leg. Solid is 4-6 lb. roasts. $5.50/lb.

Club Steak
Wonderful cut of rib steak - juicy and flavorful. Sold in packages of 2. Call for price.

Beef Burger
90% lean and so flavorful. Sold is 1 lb. packages or 1/4 lb. patties. $3.20/lb.

Beef Brats $4.20/lb.
Philly Meat $4.00/lb.

Other cuts available include: Chuck Roast, Arm Roast, Short Ribs and Soup Bones. Halves and Quarters cut the way you like it.

Happy meat eating.


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