Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Lean local ground beef - old world heritage

Will Donaldson of Horny Hill farm, Hartford, NY, is now bringing us grass-finished ground beef from his herd of Scottish Highland cattle. There are records of Highlanders dating back to 12th century Scotland, and archeological evidence of their existence as far back as the 6th century. That makes them the oldest living breed of cattle in the world.

The harsh conditions in the rugged, remote Scottish Highlands created a process of natural selection, where only the fittest and most adaptable animals survived to carry on the breed. American cattlemen recognized the qualities of the Highland and imported them to improve their current bloodlines in the 1890's.

Highland beef is naturally lean, well marbled and flavorful with little outside fat due to being insulated by long hair. Laboratory tests have proven that Scottish Highland beef is lower in cholesterol than buffalo, pork, lamb, or chicken.

In the British Isles, Highland beef is recognized as the finest available, and fetches premium prices. The British Royal family keeps a large herd of Highlands at Balmoral Castle, and considers them their beef animal of choice.

Your fellow Coop members are tickled to imagine you indulging in the same Sloppy Joes, chili dogs, and hamburger-noodle casseroles that Camilla Parker Bowles consumes daily. Look for the lean Highlander meat near our other fine ground beef from Slope, McDonald, Hardwick, etc.!

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