Tennessee Grass Fed has been established as a family farm since 1837, but farmer Phil Baggett began the transformation towards grass-fed farming five years ago. TGF’s goal is to heal and improve the land while at the same time producing wholesome products of which they can be proud. They firmly believe that the animal protein portion of our diet should come from livestock that is raised on a natural diet of grass; not a diet containing added hormones or other additives. For beef, that means high-quality grass grown in open pastures. Therefore, being good stewards of both our land and the cattle we’re raising is essential. Using effective grazing management practices and the right combination of warm- and cool-season grasses requires less input of chemical fertilizers and fossil fuels, making it healthier. Furthermore, eliminating concentrated grains in feed further reduces our carbon footprint to well below that of traditionally finished cattle. We at TNGF were raised to believe our good name was the result of our behavior and how we treated people, so growing and selling our cattle locally supports our commitment to personal service and customer satisfaction.
KLD Farm located in Ashland City, Tennessee is a farm with a focus true free-range farming for all of their animals. KLD, which stands for Ken and Lucy Drinnon, claims to have some of the most richly flavored natural grass-fed and grain-finished cows in Tennessee; yum. As a kid who grew up on a dairy farm, Ken decided at an early age that the farm life was not for him, so when it was time for him to fly the coup, he did so: far. Ken raised a family in Los Angeles, but as retirement neared he decided it was time to relocate closer to his family, and moved back to Tennessee in 1993. Since then he’s been raising cattle on his 82-acre farm where the cattle rotate from pastures and always have access to clean water, natural grasses and plenty of hay. Of course, they are never given any hormones, antibiotics, or steroids; only love from the entire Drinnon clan, all of whom pitch in around the farm. KLD’s beef is USDA inspected, 100% chemical free, and is aged for 14-18 days to enhance the delicious flavor.
Located 3 hours north of Nashville in Lancaster, Kentucky, Marksbury Farm Market is our first and only regional—as opposed to local—beef provider. Marksbury partners with some of Kentucky’s most responsible farmers, all of whom align with their ideals for sustainable, humane, and all-natural production methods, as a means of providing high quality, healthy, and fresh meat to the local and regional community. While each different farmer with whom Marksbury partners is likely to have their own special formula for raising their cattle, living in the Bluegrass State gives these animals the opportunity to graze like kings: pastures may include the likes of Alfalfa, Bluegrass, Orchard, and Rye grasses. Most notably, Marksbury is not only a “home base” where sustainable farmers sell their meat; it also contains a state-of-the-art processing facility where 30-35 cows can be humanely processed in one day. Marksbury ages their beef for 14-18 days, allowing for optimum flavor and quality, and has the flexibility to offer us specific parts of the cow, as opposed to the entire animal. This means more of the meat you want, when you want it.