If you've been researching ways to save money on groceries, you've likely come across a bold idea: buying a whole beef direct from a rancher, on your own or as part of a group (also known as "cowpooling"). While the idea of buying beef direct from the source isn't a new one, it's having a resurgence now with the growing popularity of the local food movement. Not only does buying a whole cow online save you money on your grocery bill, it has several other benefits you may not have even thought of, including:
1. You Get to Know Where Your Food Comes From
RanchMeat was established when a long-time rancher from Montana realized that people were getting further and further from their food. So RanchMeat was born to connect local ranchers and meat lovers easily online. Now more than ever, it's important to know exactly where your food comes from, so you can make educated decisions about what you're feeding your family.
2. Stocking Up: You'll Have Meat for a Year
As we mentioned, many people opt to buy meat directly from a ranch to save money. But did you know that buying a whole beef can also save you time? Buying meat in bulk means fewer trips to the grocery store, and it means never having to say "there's nothing in the house" again. We recommend only storing beef for up to a year—but your mileage may vary depending on how much you buy, and the number of meat eaters in your family.
3. You'll be Supporting Local Agriculture
If you like the idea of keeping your money local, supporting local agriculture is a great way to put your money where your mouth is—literally. RanchMeat participants are real live ranchers located all across the US. So, when you buy directly through RanchMeat, you can feel good knowing that you're supporting a small business.