I'm in Santa Barbara. We have two local grass-fed beef operations. They are very different from one another and I think both have value.
1. Rancho San Julian. They eat native grass. Since the native grasses are gone by winter, they are supplemented with oats and hay. The meat I have bought is very tasty. I believe that even though these cattle are not grass-fed completely 100%, the way they manage the resource is very environmentally friendly. They truly care about the product. There is no feedlot involved at all.
2. Dey Dey's Beef. They irrigate grass. They use chickens and beef to manage the grass. The beef is 100% grass-fed. I think that because the irrigate the fields of grass that it's maybe a little less environmentally friendly what they do. Their chicken is outstanding. The beef has a very strong grass-fed flavor and texture.
I buy both because one is allowed to sell at the Saturday farmer's market and the other is allowed to sell at the Sunday farmer's market. Rancho San Julian has super cheap liver and I buy all I can when I can get there. Dey Dey's has rendered beef tallow and I try to get out to get some of that.
I have purchased from US Wellness meats. Their product is outstanding. When you order, you get on their newsletter which is always a pleasure to read on Sundays. I don't buy from them often because I have local product and because I don't know what to do with the styrofoam coolers. Styrofoam is very environmentally unfriendly. Their tallow is great and come in large quantities if you need it.
Female, 5'3", 48, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135.
Starting bench press: 30lbs. Current bench press: 75lbs.