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What is grass fed beef?

Grass fed beef simply means that the cattle were allowed to forage and graze for their own fresh food. They may be given close substitutes like alfalfa during the winter, but unlike grain-fed animals, the emphasis is still on providing the closest thing to a natural diet as possible. Grains are higher in calories, and encourage the cows to grow much faster and cheaper, but grass is much higher in key nutrients like Omega-3s and B vitamins, and result in steaks that are leaner, healthier, and much more flavorful!

Are your cows free range?

Our all-natural organic grass fed beef comes from cows born and raised in the United States. Greensbury cows are literally “Made and Raised in the USA” and live freely, peacefully and naturally on our pastures located around the United States, most notably Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas. Our cows also have access to safe, reliable shelter in cases of harsh storms or weather conditions which could be harmful or stressful to their well-being. All of our grass fed organic animals only live in organic pastures with like animals, based on federal organic regulations and best practices.

When you order grass fed beef online from Greensbury, you can be sure you are eating healthy organic beef from natural cows, many of which are raised according to the strict standards required to produce organic milk and dairy products. Don’t just take our word for it.

Where do your cows graze? What about water?

Our cattle only roam, graze, and feed on fields that have grasses free of pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides. Not only are these fields and pastures free of these harmful substances, the fields have been purged and free of these harmful substances for over ten years. That’s more than a decade without fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or the like; which is why we can legally say our grass fed beef is organic certified by the USDA and more. Our cows drink well water located on these same all-natural grazing lands. The water is tested at least once a year by an organic certifying body in order to ensure quality and safety for our animals.

What's the difference between organic and all natural?

Organic label requirements are much different from the “all natural” requirements. To be labeled certified organic, products must meet the following criteria:

  • Born and raised on a certified organic pasture
  • Never receive any antibiotics
  • Never receive growth-promoting hormones
  • Are fed only certified organic grains and grasses
  • Have unrestricted outdoor access

Why is grass fed healthier than grain fed?

Grass-fed beef is lower in both overall fat and in artery-clogging saturated fat than traditional grain fed or corn-fed beef. A sirloin steak from a grain-fed steer has more than double the total fat of a similar cut from a grass-fed steer.

Grass-fed beef also has the added advantage of providing more omega-3 fats. These healthy fats are most plentiful in flaxseeds, fish, and are also found in walnuts, soybeans and in meat from animals that have grazed on omega-3 rich grass. When feedlot cattle are fattened on grain, they immediately begin losing the omega-3s they have stored in their tissues. A grass-fed steak typically has about twice as many omega-3s as a grain-fed steak.

In addition to being higher in healthy omega-3s, meat from grass-fed, pastured cattle is also up to four times higher in vitamin E than meat from feedlot cattle. It is also much higher in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a nutrient associated with lower cancer risk.

Do you source any of your grass fed beef overseas?

Our cattle are born and raised in the U.S. We work with a community of organic farmers and ranchers devoted to sustainable agriculture and the welfare of the animals they raise. We value farmers who let their animals roam free on pastures, who refuse to use hormones or antibiotics on their animals or put toxic chemicals into the soil and who only feed their livestock with organic feed and grass.

What is sustainable seafood?

Sustainable seafood is seafood that is either caught or farmed in ways that consider the long-term vitality of harvested species and the well-being of the oceans, as well as the livelihoods of fisheries-dependent communities. Sustainable seafood is a way to replenish our oceans and manage their resources into the future. Informed consumers can make all the difference by finding out where their fish comes from and by making responsible choices.

Sustainable fisheries target plentiful species, including those smaller and lower on the food chain, because they can reproduce quickly to sustain their populations. They also mandate environmental safeguards like curbing bycatch and reducing dredging and other destructive fishing practices. Sustainable wild fisheries must be well managed, with accurate population monitoring and regulations that can track seafood from the fishing boat to the dinner table.

Aquaculture is a big part of the picture. Fish farms produce half of all the seafood the world eats—but not all of them are created equal. True sustainable operations minimize environmental impacts like pollution, disease, and other damage to coastal ecosystems on which wild species depend. They also avoid using wild-caught fish as feed, a practice that puts enormous additional stress on wild fish stocks.

Is farm-raised or wild-caught fish better for the environment?

There is much debate on whether farm-raised or wild-caught fish is better for the environment. Both types of fish come with pros and cons. Many species of fish are overfished in their natural environments, and so there are a number of movements to halt traditional fishing methods among these species. Sustainability also is a concern with traditional fishing. “You have to send the fishing boats out into the ocean, they catch the fish and then have to come back, then take their truck to market, so [wild-caught fish] are not very carbon-footprint friendly,” says Mary Ellen Camire, professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Maine’s School of Food and Agriculture.

How does the product stay fresh in transit?

All of our meats are flash-frozen and vacuum sealed to retain maximum flavor and freshness for up to 12 months. When an order is placed, each of your products is carefully hand-placed inside an insulated recyclable cooler and packed with dry ice to keep it frozen and cool while during transit. Packages are shipped via UPS and your food should arrive cool to the touch, with little to no dry ice left in the cooler.

Is flash frozen more sustainable?

Yes, flash frozen is more sustainable and keeps products fresher!

  • Flash freezing reduces waste by extending the freezer-life of organic meats.
  • Flash freezing retains the natural flavor of the meat because it happens closer to when the animal or fish is harvested.
  • Flash freezing is safer because it kills most bacteria and prevents meat from being frozen and re-thawed in grocery stores.

Why do we ship our products Frozen?

We keep our products at a consistent temperature from processing to delivery. This is to ensure there is no loss of nutrients or value. Recent studies have found that 47% of proteins ordered from meal kit companies arrived at temperatures deemed too high for safe consumption is a fascinating statistic. We make sure the food you order stays at a consistent temperature, is safe, and will last up to a year in your freezer.

When will my order be shipped?

We ship standard shipping orders Monday through Thursday. If you would like expedited shipping or overnight delivery, those options are also available. To make sure your food arrives in the best condition, we do not ship orders if they will be in transit over the weekend. Orders placed after 11am EST on Thursdays will be shipped the following week in order to minimize time in transit.

When will my order arrive?

Our orders are shipped via UPS. You will receive an email with a tracking number as soon as your package has been shipped. Please allow a day for your tracking data to become available. To find out approximately when your order will arrive, take a look at our shipping page.

How much does shipping cost?

Shipping is free for all orders above $150 with the code FREESHIP150. For orders below $150, the standard shipping rate varies depending on location. We also offer rates for Two-Day and overnight shipping.

Where does Greensbury ship?

We ship anywhere in the contiguous United States. We do not currently ship to Alaska, Hawaii or any off-shore United States territories or possessions.

Do I have to be home when my order arrives?

No, but it does need to be placed in your freezer by the end of the day. Our packages are shipped with enough dry ice to keep your products cool until the end of the delivery day. Don’t worry if it’s been sitting on your doorstep and the dry ice has dissipated. As long as your food is still cool to the touch, you are in good shape!

How are our products different from national chains?

All Greensbury organic meats are sourced from American farms. We believe it is important to support American farms and farmers. Most national chains will import their grass fed beef and organic meats internationally from Australia and other countries to cut costs, which is hurting American farmers' ability to get their products in the hands of American consumers.