It’s difficult to find sustainable farmers and ranchers in Utah. If you do your research, you’ll notice that we’re about 10 years behind the Northern California or Oregon area as far as organic farming, free-range poultry, grass-fed beef, and pastured pork. I can count on one hand the number of people doing 100% grass-fed beef in Utah. I know because we bought a quarter beef last year. Even the hobby-ranchers buy a couple steers, raise them on grass for a little while and then send them to a feedlot to “fatten them up” on corn. They don’t know any different. Corn is so engrained into our American culture that even the old-timers that I’ve talked with think that it’s normal to feed a steer corn.
So when my sister saw McDowell Family Farms on a KSL news spot, she told me about them and I decided to see if they were everything they claimed to be, because many people are not.