We Love Our Ranches
We meet a lot of ranches, but we only work with a select few. Like that scene from Portlandia, it’s important for us to walk the fields with the rancher, to understand their practices in-depth and to taste the meat before we’ll ever feature a ranch on Crowd Cow.
How about Angus from a ranch that's been breeding for marbling and natural immunity since the 70’s? Or the finest Purebred grass-finished Wagyu in the country, raised on a small farm in the San Juan Islands?
We regularly feature both on Crowd Cow and are always enthusiastic when we can discover and showcase outstanding independent farms to our customers.
Our co-founder Ethan went to an upscale grocery store to pick up some steaks and found himself wondering where the meat was from and why it cost so much.
In talking to his friend Joe, they discovered that many of their friends had purchased beef directly from local farms, and had bragged about how great the meat was. But the trouble of finding a good ranch, coordinating payment and pickup, and the idea of having to purchase and store up to a year’s worth of beef at once was too much.
There had to be a better way. Ethan suggested they “crowdfund a cow” so that 50 people could each buy a tiny amount of beef directly from a local farm. After a couple of weekends visiting ranches and building a website, Crowd Cow was launched and the first cow was sold in 24 hours.
How It Works
By farm or by cut, it’s easy to explore and shop our high-quality craft beef, pork and chicken.
Your vacuum-sealed, flash-frozen meat is being shipped directly to your door.
Share the experience of this incredible craft meat with friends and family around the table.