Engle Family Farms is a 5th-generation farm and cattle ranch located on Whidbey Island, Washington. The Engle family sailed in with Captain Thomas Coupe, and started tending cattle here before the town had even gotten its name – Coupeville. It’s been in the family ever since, one of the oldest continuously operating farms in the state.
Rancher Bob Engle produces some of the best grass-fed beef you’ll ever try. He follows all-natural practices to raise his Angus-Hereford cattle – plenty of room to graze, never any growth hormones, and a 100% grass diet.
What makes Engle’s grass-fed beef better? First, land rights protected from commercial development and a natural environment that produces an abundance of nutrient-rich grass, enough to keep the cattle well fed all year round.
Second, Engle maintains a large, open covered area so the cattle can keep warm, dry and healthy during the famously rainy and cold months. The result? Steers that live calm, comfortable lives and eat well throughout the year. You could say they’re fat and happy! And that makes the beef tender and delicious.
Now, any cow standing in a field could be labelled “grass fed”, but it’s an entirely different level of grass-fed beef when animals are raised with this much care, this much grass – by a family that has been raising their animals on this very land for over 150 years.
First off, you won’t be charged anything unless we raise enough money and the cow “tips.” At that point, your credit card will be charged and we’ll handle the rest.
The meat is dry-aged for approximately 14 days to enhance tenderness and flavor, then processed into steaks, roasts and ground beef.
Next, your cuts are individually packaged in single-serving sizes and flash frozen. In fact, our steaks are vacuum-sealed in sous vide-ready pouches.
Finally, we deliver to your door for a flat fee, no matter how many shares you buy.
You won’t need to buy a new freezer to purchase through Crowd Cow.
Our shares include 6 to 9 pounds of beef – enough for a large dinner party. A typical family of four will go through this in about a month.
Our standard steak share is a little bigger than a gallon of milk. Even your freezer – packed with frozen pizzas and forgotten leftovers – can squeeze that in.
A typical refrigerator’s freezer compartment has a total capacity that could pack between 100 to 150 lbs of meat.
A cow’s natural diet is grass – not grain. They are ruminant animals, meaning they have an entire stomach devoted to breaking down foraged grasses.
Their physiology is poorly adapted to eating grain. Yet almost all the beef you can buy in America is grain fed, because that’s the cheapest and fastest way to increase the size of the animal.
Grass-fed beef is lower in saturated fat than grain-fed, but higher in healthy omega-3 fats. These crucial healthy fats are most plentiful in flaxseeds and fish, and are also found in walnuts, soybeans and in meat from animals that have grazed on omega-3 rich grass. Grass-fed beef also has higher levels of beta-carotene, Vitamin E, and other healthy nutrients.
Author Michael Pollan wrote in the New York Times about what happens to cows that move from the pasture to the feedlot and fed grain:
“Perhaps the most serious thing that can go wrong with a ruminant on corn is feedlot bloat. The rumen is always producing copious amounts of gas, which is normally expelled by belching during rumination. But when the diet contains too much starch and too little roughage, rumination all but stops, and a layer of foamy slime that can trap gas forms in the rumen. The rumen inflates like a balloon, pressing against the animal’s lungs. Unless action is promptly taken to relieve the pressure (usually by forcing a hose down the animal’s esophagus), the cow suffocates.
A corn diet can also give a cow acidosis. Unlike that in our own highly acidic stomachs, the normal pH of a rumen is neutral. Corn makes it unnaturally acidic, however, causing a kind of bovine heartburn, which in some cases can kill the animal but usually just makes it sick. Acidotic animals go off their feed, pant and salivate excessively, paw at their bellies and eat dirt. The condition can lead to diarrhea, ulcers, bloat, liver disease and a general weakening of the immune system that leaves the animal vulnerable to everything from pneumonia to feedlot polio.”
Whew. What’s more, to prevent their cows from getting sick, feedlots pump them full of antibiotics which lead to more resistant strains of bacteria which inevitably leap over to affect humans as well.
Factory farming is a ruthless, repulsive practice, and is unfortunately the norm when it comes to grain-fed beef. You are what you eat and poorly treated cows are bad for all of us.
Crowd Cow brings you the very best meat, from the happiest cows, at an affordable price.
We believe you should know where your meat is coming from. We want people to enjoy healthy, delicious beef while honoring the animals and ranchers that make it possible.
By connecting consumers directly with local, sustainable farms, everyone wins.