Evensong
Cow Share. 
100% Grass Fed, 
Red Devon Beef

Farm direct shares tailored for individuals, couples and families who prefer smaller quantities of beef.

In the years I have been selling grass-fed beef to our devoted customers, I have realized that though buying direct from a farmer they trust is super important to them, most folks can't store large quantities of beef some farms require them to buy. A whole, half, or even a quarter of an animal, is a LOT of beef.

Since I no longer sell my beef by the pound at markets, I have decided to put together a farm-based cow share program tailored to your needs. The beef from each cow will be divided into 18 shares. Each share comes in a canvas shopping bag and will likely weigh an average of 15+ pounds.

To join, you pay a deposit of $65. After the shares bags are assembled, you choose which bag has options (price and contents) that you want. Your deposit will be deducted from the price of the share you choose when your beef is packaged and delivered. 

Deposits are currently being accepted for beef ready for Memorial Day, 2021!

Please click through the details below for additional details and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. 

What will the final COST be?


Your $65 deposit (paid now) is deducted from your balance due for the package of cuts that you select. Packages will vary in contents, final price, and weight with the final cost for your beef likely ranging between $7.50 and $9 per pound. This is about a 15-20% discount off of my retail pricing. Depending on the option you choose, your balance due should range from $20 (for those choosing economical cuts) up to $80 (for someone wanting a whole rib roast, for instance).




HOW MUCH beef is in one share?


The average weight of one share should be between 15 - 20 pounds of beef, enough to fill a canvas shopping bag. Depending on the size of the animal, you may get more (probably) or less (doubtful). There are 18 shares available per cow and I will have 2 cows for this initial offering. You may purchase multiple shares if you would like more beef for your family.




Am I able to CHOOSE what's inside my bag?


Yes and no. From every cow there are limited cuts available and not everyone will get the exact same thing. Please refer to the list further down this page for an idea of what we expect back from the butcher. I encourage customers to let me know what items you'd love to have and what items you REALLY don't want. All packages contain a mixture of cuts and all have ground beef. While you have a choice of packages, please be aware that not all packages are the same and all are limited. No one is guaranteed all the cuts they want, but I will make every attempt to accommodate reasonable requests




WHEN will the beef be ready?


Our currently available beef will be processed in the beginning of May 2021. We will dry age the beef for 2 - 3 weeks and then it will be cut, wrapped and frozen. After I pick it up from the butcher, I will need a few days to organize and pack up the bags, and then you can come and pick up your share. I will also offer delivery to the DC Metro Area. It will be ready to go for the Memorial Day holiday!




Can you tell me about the PROCESSING?


Your beeves will be "custom processed" and not USDA processed. This means the facility is licensed and inspected by the state, not the federal government. When I sold frozen meat at farmers markets, it had to be USDA processed because of government regulations regarding retail sales, especially across state lines. Since you are buying a share of a cow while it is still grazing on pasture, we are able to use a custom processor. This saves the animals stress with shorter travel times (our processor is now 5 minutes away instead of over an hour), gives us more flexibility with butcher dates and, importantly, enables us to support other local small businesses in the Sharpsburg area. The meat is still in vacuum sealed, packed and labelled, just like from a USDA facility. Because of USDA regulations, custom processed meat can’t be sold at grocery stores or at farmers markets so all the packages are labelled “not for sale”.





Evensong Cow Share Details

Example of a "Cut Sheet"

Below is a list of possible cuts from one steer. You can see, when a steer is divided between 18 shares, there will be a great deal of variety between each share's contents.  Some cuts are extremely limited and only a couple of people might end up with them. If there is an item or two that is a "must have" for you, please let me know on the form when you sign up. I will do everything I can to accommodate your wishes. The remainder of your share will be filled out with a variety of other cuts that I select.

  • Ground beef will be divided equally between all shareholders

  • Tenderloin- 2 per cow- leave whole or cut into filet steaks

  • Rib Roast- 2 per cow- cut into 4 bone in rib roasts (about 6# each) or cut into rib steaks

  • Flank Steak- 2 per cow

  • Skirt Steak- 2 per cow

  • Hanger Steak- 1 per cow

  • Brisket- 2 per cow- can be left whole (6#) or cut in half

  • Eye Round- 2 per cow

  • Rump Roast- 2 per cow

  • Top Round- can be sold as a roast or it can be cut into sandwich steaks. I will order sandwich steaks unless someone requests top round roast

  • Tongue, Heart, Oxtail- 1 each per cow 

  • Items that there will be multiples of- New York strip steaks, sirloin steaks, sirloin roasts, chuck roast, arm roast, stew cubes, sandwich steaks

  • Items that will be divided equally between those that request them- liver, bones

Previous Share Examples

In my cow share program from 2020, these were SOME of the bag options. These are just to give you a rough idea of how some of the shares are put together. All are a mix of cuts and I decide on the mixture while trying my best ensure every share has a decent variety. It is expected that our share sizes in 2021 will be slightly larger and I will have more steaks available since I will not do as many roasts unless asked.

$85 Bag Might Include

These examples would have a balance due of $25

Example 1- Contains 2 Flank Steaks (2lbs), 2 Skirt Steaks (1.8lbs), a Hanging Tender (.9lb), and 5 lbs ground beef. Total weight approx 9.5lbs. (THERE WAS ONLY ONE SHARE LIKE THIS AVAILABLE)

 

Example 2- Contains a Chuck Roast (2.5lb), a Sirloin Steak (1.3lb), 2 packages of Stew Cubes, and 5lb ground beef. Total weight approx 10.8lbs (THERE WERE FOUR SHARES LIKE THIS AVAILABLE)

$105 Bag Might Include

These examples would have a balance due of $40

Example 1- Contains a whole Brisket (6.8-7.1lbs), an Arm Roast (2.25-2.8lbs), 4 pkg of long cut short ribs (2lb), and 5 lbs ground beef. Total weight approx 16.5lbs. (THERE WAS TWO SHARES LIKE THIS AVAILABLE)

 

Example 2- Contains a Sirloin Tip Roast (2.4-2.6lbs), a Chuck Roast (2.3lbs), 3 packages of Stew Cubes (3lbs), 2 pkg of long cut short ribs (1lb) and 5lb ground beef. Total weight approx 13.7-14.2lbs. (THERE WERE THREE SHARES LIKE THIS AVAILABLE)

 

Example 3- Contains a Sirloin Steak (1.4lbs), Sirloin Tip Roast (3-3.4lbs), a Chuck Roast (2.3lbs), 1 package of Stew Cubes (1lbs), 2 pkg of long cut short ribs (1lb) and 5lb ground beef. Total weight approx 12.7-13.8lbs. (THERE WERE TWO SHARES LIKE THIS AVAILABLE)

$135 Bag Might Include

These examples would have a balance due of $70

Example 1- Contains a whole, bone in Rib Roast (5-6lb), an Arm Roast (2-3lb), 4 pkg of long cut short ribs (about 2lb), and 5 lbs ground beef. Total weight approx 14.5-15.7lbs. (THERE WERE TWO SHARES LIKE THIS AVAILABLE)

 

Example 2- Contains a whole Beef Tenderloin, aka, Filet Mignon (2.5-2.9lb). This box also includes an Arm Roast (2.4lb), a Chuck Roast (3lb), 4 pkg of long cut short ribs (2lb) and 5lb ground beef. Total weight approx 14.9-15.3lbs. (THERE WERE TWO SHARES LIKE THIS AVAILABLE)

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