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There are delivery services for just about anything you can imagine. You can order subscription boxes for designer clothing; you can get signature socks delivered; you can even get fine wine shipped to you every month. But did you know you can also get high quality, organic meat?
How popular is organic meat anyway?
Organic meat delivery services are becoming more popular, even if you have never heard of them.
That’s in part because the demand for organic meat itself is steadily on the rise. Gone are the days when you only had a choice or two of conventional meat nearby. Gone too, are the days of consumers simply eating without asking questions. While it certainly is still considered somewhat of a niche market, organic meat truly appeals to anyone who is looking to be more health or environmentally conscious.
And the numbers back that up: in 2017, sales of organic meat jumped over seventeen percent and exceeded a market value of over a billion dollars. That fits alongside the rise in organic food demand in general, which reached an astounding excess of over fourty five billion dollars.
But even though local meat is also increasingly easy to find, that doesn’t mean it’s always organic.
Are there really that many delivery services available for organic meat?
In fact, yes. While the options for delivery services for organic meat are admittedly far more limited than for some other options, there are many to choose from–enough that it could be easily a lengthy process to finding the best delivery services possible.
Along with the rise of demand for organic meat and organic food in general, the prominence of subscription box delivery services has also risen, perhaps in part because Americans are increasingly juggling crammed schedules. Subscription boxes and related services, as a whole, have increased twenty-four percent since 2017, with 3 out of the top six subscription services securing spots for meal kits.
While organic meat itself is just a fraction of the food subscription market, there is enough demand that you now have many different options.
Why should I look at organic meat delivery services as opposed to full meal kits and meal services?
Subscribing for organic meat delivery services, of course, won’t make sense for everyone. Meal kits offer more full-service delivery, with everyone you need, from ingredients to directions, to cooking quick and easy meals.
But the problem is very few kits cater towards organic needs. Even those few that do incorporate organic meat or fish in their meals may not do so consistently. Plus, you’ll pay for the extra things you may not want.
If you want to cook your own meals but also want a steady delivery of organic meat, an organic meat service would make more sense. You can customize and add your own sides and prepare it however you like, whereas meal kits you may not always have control over the exact contents of your meals, nor the quality of ingredients.
Do keep in mind that most delivery services are not necessarily subscriptions–unlike meal kits, most of these services are for one-time delivery services, although you can order again.
Ordering organic meat delivery services is the safest bet if you want to be sure of the quality and consistency of what you’re getting.
Why go with a delivery service at all? Can’t I find organic meat at the store?
You can, of course, find organic meat at supermarkets–most of the time. However, if you are in a more isolated area, or have a supermarket with more limited options, you may find yourself disappointed. Normally your best bet for certified organic meat is to shop in a natural food store. But not only can that be just as pricy, but it also can still not carry exactly what you’re looking for. Delivery services open you up to organic meat you might not otherwise have access to.
Delivery services, of course, are also a matter of convenience: delivery services can save you a good deal of time, and give you access to meat or fish you truly like.
Of course, delivery services are not for everyone. In most cases, you’re likely to pay a little extra overall, and no matter how flexible the services are, you still do not have complete control over when you receive meat. So you do need to determine for yourself whether or not a delivery service makes sense for you.
Why should I care if my meat is organic?
While not everyone is convinced that buying organic over conventional is worth it, there is evidence to back up reasons why buying organic is better for your health. Here are just a few:
Organic meat has up to fifty percent more Omega 3’s, are essential to preventing heart diseases and regulating blood pressure.
Organic meats, minus some violations, are free or close to free of pesticides and other chemical agents that are normally digested from crops grown with pesticides
It may taste fresher, too, though this depends on the person whether they notice the difference from organic vs conventional
There are, however, a few misconceptions about organic meat. For one, organic meat does not necessarily mean that the animals were raised in a more humane way. While organic overall can be helpful for the environment, the overall effect is a bit more complicated. While chemical runoff from pesticides is a large concern, higher land use can also result in the increase of nitrogen gases being released.
But overall, most science points to the pros of organic meat outweighing the potential negatives.
What should I look for when trying to select the best organic meat delivery services?
There are many factors you’ll need to consider when looking for the best organic meat delivery services. If you consider these factors, there is much less of a chance you’ll select something you aren’t happy with:
Reviews and Ratings:
Always, for all delivery and subscription services, be sure to check our reviews and ratings, both from customers and from professionals. Look at the average ratings, but also look for reasons given for those ratings. Make sure to seek external ratings rather than internal ratings, which could be biased and selected purposefully. And take note of trends: if there is only one complaint, for instance, it may not be a big issue, but if you notice many consumers making the same complaint, be warned you might very well have the same experience. Better Business Bureau will also tell you if there are any complaints that have not been resolved.
Get to know the Company:
If you don’t know who you’re buying from, that is a problem. As nice of a website as they have, you need to know a little about who you’re ordering from–and in order to do that, you’ll need to do some investigating. Find out how long the company has been in business, their cancellation policies and different plans, and how they handle your secure information. Check out FAQs, privacy policies, and customer service. And make sure you read the fine print.
Find out about the meat itself:
Of course, this is really important. Just because they claim they have organic meat doesn’t mean you should immediately sign up. Instead, do a little investigating. The meat must be USDA certified in order to be fully organic. Also, you should know where the meat comes from, and where the animals were raised, and how. In addition, look for an indication of the following labels:
Grass fed vs grain fed– Grain is used to fatten livestock, and often this livestock are kept in poor conditions. Grass fed is healthier for the animals, more likely allows them room to roam, and results in meat that is lower in unhealthy fats but higher in Omega 3’s
Pasture Raised: A pasture raised label will tell you that the animals were raised with room to graze and roam, which is important for their health, and overall, what kind of nutrition you’ll be getting. It is also considered a more ethical way or raising livestock
Antibiotic Free: Even if the service claims to sell organic meat, the best organic meat will also come with a certification of antibiotic free. Growth hormones are used to artificially increase the size of livestock to increase revenue. While there are mixed ideas as to the impact of these hormones and human consumption, if you’re getting organic meat, you might as well skip the hormones too.
Meat Cut: What type of cut of meat do you want? For beef, sirloin, strip loin, and rib eye are considered the most culinary approved, while the flank steak is the leanest. For pork, the best cuts are considered to be a shoulder, butt roasts, and rib and blade cuts, as well as ribs.
When receiving the package: Even if you have already ordered, there are a few things you should check for when you get your organic meat delivery. When inspecting the meat, make sure there is no grayish hue. It should also be firm, and not wet. If it smells odd or looks odd, do not eat it and contact the company as soon as possible.
Is the price right?
Keep in mind that organic meat is going to cost you more than conventional meat. And when you add the delivery service itself to the price, you’re going to definitely be paying more than you would for conventional meat. Still, it’s a good idea to comparison shop. Compare between different delivery services and see what offers the best services at the best prices. And always make sure there is a plan that fits your budget.
What about customer service?
Customer service is important, no matter what the meat itself is like. Make sure there are clear ways to contact the company, including email, phone lines, and even online forms. Make sure there are people you can speak directly with, and ways to post complaints or inquiries.
If nothing else, make sure the organic meat delivery service seems like a proper fit. If you’re unsure, continue to look.
What are some organic meat delivery services that I could try?
While you’ll have to determine for yourself what delivery services are best for you, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most prominent organic meat delivery services out there. Feel free to check these out and compare them so you can make sure you find your best fit.
Greensbury: Greenbury offers delivery services for both organic meats and wild seafood. Beef, poultry, pork, lamb, bison, and seafood, including salmon, cod, yellowfin tuna, halibut, and shellfish are all available. Products can be delivered to you within forty-eight hours and stored for up to twelve months. While their products come from a variety of places, all meat products come from a handful of states on farms as indicated on their website. All meat is hormone free, grass fed, and USDA certified organic. Humane raising environments are also initiated.
Butcherbox: Butcherbox offers meat that is humanely raised and hormone free. Chicken, beef, and pork are all available for delivery. What makes Butcherbox unique from other organic meat delivery services is that you can create your own box with a mix of products, or choose a box of premade varieties. They also offer recipes and preparation tips. All their products are grass fed and their chicken is free range. This is more like a typical subscription service, in that you opt to sign up for different plans.
Organic Prairie: Organic Prairie presents itself as a farmer-owned delivery service that offers organic pork, chicken, beef, and even turkey. Formed by an independent cooperative of farmers, all meat is free of antibiotics, hormones, and pesticides. The company has been in business since 1996, making it more established than some other delivery services. In addition to their regular products, there are seasonal specials, such as the New York Strip and even other offerings like summer sausage and sliced pepperoni.
Seven Sons: Seven Sons comes from a family owned farm that, if you’re in the area, you can even visit yourself. You can opt to get your meat from either pickup locations or have it delivered to your door. There are no monthly commitments, and orders and typically delivered as soon as two days after your order. They offer a wide range of products, including grass-fed beef, pastured pork, poultry, and lamb. There is also fish and seafood, organ meat and bones, and even eggs.
Primal Pastures: Primal Pastures sells pastured raised organic chicken, beef, duck, and lamb, as well as specialty cuts to the western half of the United States, including the states of California, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Montana. While more limited in delivery options, this also means that the meat is coming to you, in some cases, from less distance. All meat comes in insulated packages that are fully recyclable.
Grassland Fed Beef: As the name implies, the focus of this organic meat delivery service is high-quality grass-fed beef. However, you might be surprised to discover that they also offer many other products, including poultry, lamb, bison, pork, and seafood. They have a featured chef and recipes to get you inspired and all of their meats adhere to sustainable farming practices. Information about different cuts, aging, and animal wealthfare is all available on the company website.
Wyoming Legacy Meats: If you’re looking for organic meat of a single origin, take a look at this delivery service. Wyoming Legacy Meats are all raised on either a central or a series of smaller ranches in northwest Wyoming, near Yellowstone National Park. All of their meat is humanely raised, USDA certified, and drily aged. Curated boxes are shipped on Mondays and Tuesdays by FedEx 2 day ground and are featured boxes based on certain meat and theme.
Wild Parcel: Wild Parcel offers USDA certified organic meat from a collection of smaller farms across the United States. Unlike many other delivery services, they also offer sample boxes as well as subscription boxes. All their meat is grass fed and includes options for beef, pork, and poultry. You select your subscription based upon the meat of your preference, with options to combine different kinds of meat. Choose from an all-beef box, beef, and poultry, beef and pork, or beef, poultry, and pork. Aside from a ten dollar fee for one time orders, shipping is free for subscription boxes.