Why do cut sizes vary, and how will I be charged?
If you browse our store you will see that we give the price per pound for each cut, as well as the average cost and weight of each cut. Each animal varies slightly in weight, and therefore the cuts of meat vary slightly.
You are only charged for the amount of meat shipped. The amounts usually vary within ounces of the average size. All prices given in our online store are good faith estimates. Your order is individually weighed and you are charged accordingly for product and shipping.
How will my order be shipped? How much will it cost?
Due to our dry ice delivery schedule we are now only shipping on WEDNESDAY. Please have your order in by EARLY Wednesday morning. Shipping is by weight and will be calculated when we pack your order.
What do you mean by sustainable agriculture?
We utilize mountain pastures that would not be farmed and would grow up to brush, or have to be mowed if we were not using them. We are sustaining the majority of the land in our town. Unfortunately we are losing land every year to new housing development. Half of the land we use is leased from other landowners. This is an area that used to be small dairy farms, most of which disappeared in the middle of the 1900’s. The pastures we use have never had pesticides applied to them. We use organic fertilizer and improve the quality of the soil.
What does North Hollow Farm feed its cattle?
Our cattle have always been raised as vegetarians, never receiving any animal parts or by-products. The cattle on the farm don’t eat anything that’s not produced on the farm. Their diet is grass in the summer and stored forages (hay and silage – ‘chopped grass’), grown organically on the farm, in the winter. This results in pasture fed beef which is high in beneficial Omega 3. This means their feed is not treated with any chemicals, genetically modified organisms, growth hormones, steroids, or antibiotics.
Our calves spend the first 8 to 10 months with their mother. This natural process provides the animal with antibodies from the mother’s milk to ensure animal wellness. When they are weaned, our cattle graze free range on grass. This open environment makes it less likely that cattle will spread bacteria or sickness to one another.
How are your animals slaughtered?
All of our beef is processed at a small USDA inspected plant in Vermont. The plant we use has a maximum capacity of 8 cattle a day. What that means is the inspector carefully watches each individual carcass.
We trailer our animals to the plant ourselves, in a trailer they are used to, because they have spent their lives getting in and out of the trailer in the summer to go to different pastures, so they arrive unstressed.
The slaughterhouse routinely tests for E. coli. We wait for the test results before sending out the meat to our customers.
Our meat is naturally aged to enhance flavor and tenderness.