The short version of this long story started with a college kid in Missouri who got bitten by the farming bug and decided he wanted to raise cows. While also going to school and juggling part-time jobs, Jameson Morrow decided to squeeze in the time to give his passion a chance. He found some overgrown land he could rent for pasture, bought four cows and one extremely old tractor -- and, voila! -- Jameson was suddenly the operator of Missouri’s tiniest pasture-based farm.
When he returned to Missouri he partnered with his childhood best friend Mike Reed, and together they and their families started a pasture-based, grain-finished cattle ranch in Jefferson City using no antibiotics, hormones, or steroids.
Today these best-friend young farmers and their families operate Long Story Farms, where the Angus cows are rotated in an ecologically sensitive and calm manner across the Missouri hills, all the while munching fescue, Tennessee grass, and sorghum sudan, with extra hay and early-cut small grains in the winter.
“Our cows,” Jameson explains, “are content because I raise them in a picturesque setting with rolling pastures and the freedom to graze.”
The pasture-based, grain-finished beef from Long Story Farms is free of antibiotics, growth hormones, and steroid implants. Its mellow, buttery flavor is a real treat grilled or seared on the stove-top.