Farm to Table has become a common restaurant tagline as the burgeoning movement touting the benefits of local, organic foods is increasingly influencing patron purchasing decisions. The notion of garden beds brimming with perfectly aligned rows of greens or cattle grazing rolling pastoral hillsides can’t help but incentivize diners to drop in for some deliciously fresh fare.
Not only will you get a meal made with ingredients at the peak of flavor but you’ll be supporting restaurant owners and chefs who buy from local farm suppliers.
MARIN SUN FARMS RESTAURANT
David Evans, a fourth generation cattle rancher in Point Reyes, is a pioneer in the local meat movement. His restaurant Marin Sun Farms is more than just a dining destination as it is located at the gateway of a national seashore with endless possibilities of exploration. Just off the main street in Point Reyes Station, it’s a perfect start or end to a day’s adventures with incredible food that comes from the land that surrounds it.
For a review of the restaurant, click below for my segment on Check Please Bay Area or go to the KQED website for a written version.
IS GRASS-FED BEEF WORTH A HIGHER PRICE?
The price of a burger at Marin Farms will run you $15. It’s juicy and deliciously prepared with MSF Bacon, Gruyère cheese and house made pickles. And because grass-fed beef is lower in calories and has more omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamins and minerals, it’s healthier than your typical burger.
But taste and nutrition aside, is grass-fed beef worthy of a higher price tag? For many, the value lies in choosing to eat meat more responsibly with consideration to the welfare of animals and the environmental impact of industrial farming practices.
- For compelling insight on animal welfare and the merits of grass-fed beef for a sustainable food system, read this post by Michael Pollan. Or better yet, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, an incisive, engaging book about conscious eating.
- For finding sources for grass-fed beef for eating at home, see the Eat Wild website and their comprehensive directory of pasture-based farms, grass-fed basics and much more.
- For information on how to make purchasing grass-fed beef more affordable, check out You Can Afford Grass-Fed Beef! The Ultimate Guide to Saving Money by Eating High-Quality, Local Meat (Available on Kindle)
MORE on MARIN SUN FARMS
Sustainable Food Model and Food Shed
For information on Marin Sun Farms mission to create a more sustainable food system and their Food Shed approach, click here.
And for a list of their co-producers, click here.
Impact of Drought
Lack of rain in Northern California is reducing the amount of grazing land and impacting grass-fed meat production. For the first time, Marin Sun Farms is needing to supplement with grain. To be transparent, they have created three-tiered labeling system. For updated information, click here.
Tips for Making the Perfect Steak Indoors
from Marin Sun Farms Head Chef Paul Bondick
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Sprinkle kosher salt and pepper on both sides of the meat and rub with a little bit of olive oil. Let sit at room temperature for a 1/2 hour.
- Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high flame until hot.
- Sear meat for 3-4 minutes a side.
- Place the skillet in the oven for 8 minutes for medium-rare. Use a temperature probe for accuracy.
- Spritz with lemon juice. (Optional)
For meat perfectly done to your specifications, use the following for internal temperature:
Medium rare 130º-135º
Medium well 140º-150º
Well done 155+º