Story by Explore Philly, Photos courtesy of Lil’ Ponderosa
Lil’ Ponderosa is a new farm-to-home grass-fed meat service for Philadelphia and surrounding areas. The sustainable ranch based near Lancaster, PA provides grass-fed meat for its own award-winning farm-to-table restaurant John J. Jeffries, and now offers its meats through special combination boxes and a monthly subscription service. Shop all cuts of beef and organ meat, house-made jerky, and farm heritage pasteurized pork from the neighboring farm.
Now carnivores don’t even need to move off the couch to order home delivery of locally raised grass-fed beef and pork products. Products are currently available a la carte or in special combination boxes, and a monthly subscription service will be rolled out by the end of the summer. Shop all cuts of beef and organ meat, house-made jerky, and farm heritage pasteurized pork from the neighboring farm. This new service offers a convenient solution for sustainable and health-minded families, heavy red-meat eating individuals following a paleo or high protein lifestyle, and all consumers looking for a locally-sourced, affordable, convenient organic meat service they can feel good about supporting.
We sampled a generous delivery of two Delmonico steaks, two New York Strip steaks, a Sirloin steak, dry aged ground beef and a bunch of delicious beef snack sticks with our favorite being the spicy pepper. With excellent quality and taste, we are now new fans especially with such questionable ingredients in meat in some grocery stores.
Lil’ Ponderosa Enterprises is the creation of Grass Fed Rancher extraordinaire “Uncle” Bob Boyce along with pioneering farm to table chefs Sean Cavanaugh and Michael Carson. After supplying grass fed and finished Black Angus cattle for John J. Jeffries restaurant for several years, Bob inspired the chefs to purchase a USDA inspected abattoir, make dramatic renovations, and complete an organic certification. Now the highest quality beyond organic beef is grass fed and finished, dry aged, meticulously butchered, vacuum packed, frozen and delivered to homes throughout Pennsylvania.
To achieve the highest possible quality, the beef is raised from a “closed herd” of purebred Black Angus Cattle. They are fed a grass only diet — from birth to harvest, exceeding the requirements of the USDA grass-fed label. They graze and live in a setting free of fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified grains. Lil’ Ponderosa is the proud recipient of numerous stewardship awards. Lil’ Ponderosa’s farming practices and methods help sequester carbon because they maintain a grass and sod cover – they do not plow which would release carbon into the atmosphere.