Ordering Process


By The Package

Customize your order. Order individual steaks, roasts, and burger online in the quantities you desire and pick them up within 24 hours at our farm store, on Saturdays at the Alpena Farmers Market, or on the first Friday of the month in Rogers City. Choose the pickup location and time that works best for you!

By The Quarter

Beef is available by the quarter, half, or whole. Call (989) 590-7544 or email thegoodnessofgrass@gmail.com for availability.

If you have the freezer space, buying a quarter or half cow is more economical than purchasing by the individual package. Additionally, you receive a diverse range of cuts customized to your desire. You can specify how thick to cut your steaks, what size to trim your roast, the quantity of ground beef per package, and a whole lot more.

You will receive approximately 100 lbs of beef per quarter.

25% Steaks
35% Roasts
40% Burger

Plus, heart, liver, tongue, oxtail, soup bones, dog bones, and suet.


We ask for $3.25/lb hanging weight and request a $100 deposit to secure your spot.

Our animals hang between 550-700 lbs. Hanging weight varies based on the frame size and age of the animal. Early maturing animals reach a “finish” at a younger age and a lighter weight. Later maturing animals reach a finish at an older age and heavier weight.

Take-home weight is approximately 65% of hanging weight. Thus a quarter cow hanging at 150 lbs would include 98 pounds of beef and cost $487.50 plus $100 processing (approximately).

In 2022/2023 we will be using three butchers for animals sold by the quarter. We prefer to use butchers local to Alpena but are not always able to do so as the good ones are overbooked. We also work with Ebels (a licensed USDA facility) in Falmouth, this location may be more convenient for our customers in southern Michigan. Once the animal is harvested, it hangs between 7-14 days to age. Aging helps tenderize the meat and bring out robust flavors. It will be another week for the butcher to cut, package and freeze meat before pickup. 

We sell animals by the whole, half, or split quarters. A split quarter is the average of the whole side of beef, not a front or back. When your quarter is hanging, we will provide you with contact information for the butcher at which point you can call with cutting orders. If you prefer one location to another (Alpena or Falmouth) or a timeframe (spring, summer or fall), please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your request.  

If you would like to purchase a Quarter, Half or Whole Beef please contact us.



How It Works

1 Sign Up

No need to sign-up to browse. Sign-up to place orders.

2 Shop

Fill your cart with your favorite grass-fed and grass-finished foods.

3 Pick Up

Choose the desired pick-up location. After the order has been packed, you will receive an email letting you know it's ready. Pay in advance with credit card or with cash or check at pickup.

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