Phil Miller links to my post on grass-fed ground beef:
The description of the professor's farmer's market sounds an awful lot like the farmer's market in Mankato, including the price divergence of seemingly perfect substitutes. But I don't recall ever seeing meat for sale at ours. I don't know why that is, but at that price it probably wouldn't matter, at least for ground beef. I buy virtually all my ground beef from a local butcher in Mankato and I pay around $3.89 per pound. I don't know if the cattle were "grass fed" or even what "grass fed" precisely means. I also don't know all the ins and outs of the price of ground beef set by my butcher relative to the sellers at the professor's farmer's market. But I know the ground beef I buy is damn tasty. And cheaper. Yay!
Phil's post brings three things to mind:
- I don't have a problem with grain-fed but since grass-fed is leaner I can eat more and not worry so much about my high cholesterol. I ate a 2/3 of that pound. Plus, and don't tease me about this, grass-fed beef is better for "the environment."
- One of my favorite Parks and Recreation episodes is when Ron Swanson squares off against Chris Traeger in a burger cook off. Ron wins, of course.
- Why does Phil call me "Professor Whitehead"? We've never met, but, still, no one gives me that sort of respect. No one.