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A Trip to the Buffalo Farm

buffalo-stance-585Fire up the 80s song “Buffalo Stance” by Neneh Cherry because every time I hear the word “buffalo,” I think of that darn song. (And, by the way, what the heck is a buffalo stance, anyhow?) And today, I’m talking about buffalo! Lots of them! On a farm!

Here’s one, in what might be considered a buffalo stance? Little guy is striking a pose. And, let’s be honest, probably isn’t all that psyched to see me, buffalo-eating woman.

 

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’ve been evolving my diet to eat more and more veggies and limiting most of my meat consumption to organic and grass-fed. After my month-long vegetarian experiment last year, I’ve been adamant about being truly aware of my meat-eating decision. I figure, if I’m going to eat meat, then I want to know where it’s coming from and how it’s being treated. (Well, about 80 percent of the time—I’m by no means perfect and I do eat meat when I’m out.) And I don’t just want to trust a label on a package, I want to see it for myself.

Lucky for me, I live in the Midwest, and getting to farmland is just about a 20-minute drive from my home. So, every couple of months, my husband and I (and maybe some friends or family—we’re always trying to convince people to come with us) jump in the car on a Saturday morning, and head on down to KC Buffalo Company in Belton, Mo.

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The farm has acres upon acres of land for the buffalo to roam, and according to the farmer, they allow their buffalo to live three to four years before becoming meat. This may not seem like a long life, but according to usual practices, these animals are ancient. While it is sad to see the little faces of the buffalo you’re probably going to be eating in a few years (they always keep the youngest one up by the shop), again, I’d rather know what I’m eating than be in complete denial about what my food is and where it comes from.

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Buying directly on the farm, from the farm has a few perks. First, the prices are cheaper. Second, it’s a fun trip out of the city. And third, it gets my culinary creative juices going. They sell ground buffalo, steaks, jerky, stew meat, brats, breakfast sausage, roasts, bacon and even buffalo tongue. Pretty much, if a buffalo has it, you can buy it. Which I think is pretty cool. No part wasted! Plus, they have cool buffalo signs around, like this one:

buffalo farm

Oh, and I’d be remiss to not mention that not only is the meat high quality and delicious, it’s super good for you. Compared to other protein sources, it’s lean, low calorie and super high in vitamins and minerals. And did I mention I know where it comes from? Hey, even my mom thinks it’s worth smiling about!

Are you like me and like to see the meat you’re eating or would you be if you had a farm near you? Or do you prefer to not see it, thankyouverymuch? Or are you a vegetarian or vegan? Ready to get in a Buffalo Stance? Let’s discuss! —Jenn

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7 Comments
  1. Denny says:

    Knowing where your food comes from is great, but I love the fact that the free range/pastured products are so much healthier.

  2. D says:

    I’ve really started to gravitate to the local farms around here as well, instead of relying on the grocery store. This year my parents bought a lamb from our local farm and you can’t beat the taste on it. Plus most of the lamb in the grocery store comes from New Zealand so the cost is astronomical, so despite them paying about 250 for the whole lamb, it’s lasted them almost the entire year and my folks eat a lot of lamb, we are Greeks…we like our lamb. We too have a buffalo farm up north that I’ve been meaning to take a trip up to check out. Not only does it support your local community, but is better for you and doesn’t have all that crap injected into it like the groceries stores do. Oh and did I mention deliciousness.

  3. Fun post. I love buffalo and I feel much better knowing where my meat comes from. Those meat packages that say it comes from like four different continents…huh??.. Not normal.

  4. FBG Tish says:

    Now see Jenn, I thought of “Buffalo Soldier” by Bob Marley…

    Now that you’ve introduced me to Buffalo burgers I can never go back to beef!

    PS @Storiesandsweetpotatoes I’ve never noticed the different continents thing. I’m now scared.

  5. We have been living overseas for 3 years now and have had this conversation many times. My husband and I can not wait to get back stateside so we can start buying our meet from local famers. Being over here on a military base (in Japan) we are limited with our meats. If we go out in town all the labels are in Kanji and the meat handling here is sort of…well…frightening! So – we stick to the commissary where everything is frozen and flown to us from the US. Which means that it’s never fresh and sometimes has an expiration date that was from a year ago – but thanks to good old modern deep freezing the DECA people don’t see anything wrong with that.
    After dining on overly salty and preserved meet for 3 years we welcome the chance to actually see and pet our dinner and thank the farmer who takes such good care of his product!

  6. Kellie says:

    Great article. It seems like it should be so simple to make the changes you’ve made in your diet.. Just making the move to grass fed makes a huge difference, and then of course the more ‘whole Foods’ we can consume the better.. It was great to read your story and experience..

  7. Liza says:

    My husband and I recently moved out to the country, and there is a CSA shares farm 10 minutes away. In addition to organically grown veggies they also have grass fed beef, organic chicken and pork. I’m hoping I’ll get a chance to help out on some of their “farm days” when share holders can come help weed and see how the animals live. It’s the best alternative I can find, as a meat-eater!