BrandRatingProduct offeringsMarket areaLocationParticipated in Survey?Score
5-SteakThis category of producers represents the “gold standard” in beef production. Producers in this top tier manage diverse, small-to-medium-scale family farms. They emphasize well-managed pasture, animal welfare, and land stewardship. Pasture and other forage makes up all or the majority of their animals’ feed and they are not finished in confinement.
Eight Mile Creek FarmRetail cuts, groundFarm direct, CSA, onlineWesterlo, NYYes1100
Alderspring RanchRetail cuts, jerky, wholesale, hot dogsOnline, shippedMay, IDYes1100
Wheatfield Hill BeefRetail cuts, ground, organsLocally in WI, farmers market, farm directDurand, WIYes1090
Misty Brook FarmRetail cuts, vealUnknownAlbion, MEYes1090
Engelbert FarmsRetail cuts, veal, ground, half, quarterLocally in NY, locally in PA, online, farm directNichols, NYYes1090
Leafy Creek FarmRetail cuts, ground, whole, half, quarterOnline, locally in TXComanche County, TXYes1085
Nick's Organic FarmRetail cutsLocally in Adamstown, MD, farm directAdamstown, MDYes1085
Windy N RanchRetail cutsFarm directEllensburg, WAYes1080
Full Circle Community FarmRetail cuts, ground, whole, halfLocally in WI, farm store, onlineSeymour, WIYes1080
Sublime OrganicsRetail cutsFarm direct, locally in OR, CSASublimity, ORYes1065
Pu'u O Hoku RanchRetail cuts, venisonLocally in HI, farm directKaunakakai, HIYes1060
Earthwise Farm and Forest DairyRetail cutsLocally in VTRandolph, VTYes1050
Avenales Cattle Co.Retail cutsOn-line, in San Luis Obispo and Templeton, CAShandon, CAYes1050
Williams Farm OrganicWhole, half, quartersFarm directStorm Lake, IAYes1045
Deck Family Farm (Friends Farm)Retail cuts, groundFarm direct, CSAJunction City, ORYes1030
Alden Hills Organic FarmsRetail cuts, sausagesOnline, IL, WI, farm directWalworth, WIYes1025
Ayrshire FarmRetail cuts, pet food, wholesaleLocally in VA and MAUpperville, VAYes1015
Red Hoof FarmRetail cuts, organs, groundLocally in WI, Locally in MN, farm direct, deliveryPort Wing, WIYes1005
Plaisance RanchRetail cuts, beef bacon, hot dogs, jerkyLocally in ORWilliams, ORYes985
Prairie Grazed MeatsRetail cuts, ground, sausageOnline, MTHavre, MTYes960
Panorama OrganicRetail cuts, groundNationwide, online, Whole Foods MarketsWestminster, COYes950
Lost Coast RanchRetail cuts, whole, halfOnlinePetrolia, CAYes950
4-SteakProducers in this category provide ample pasture for their animals, make a definitive effort to encourage natural behaviors, and make land stewardship efforts.
Stemple Creek RanchRetail cuts, bones, ground, hot dogs, organ meatsLocally in CA, onlineTomales, CAYes870
Thousand HillsRetail cuts, groundNationwideBecker, MNYes865
Lifeline FarmRetail cutsLocally in MTVictor, MTNo865
Seven Seeds Organic FarmRetail cuts, ground, sausage, organs, bonesFarm direct, locally in WI, shippedSpring Green, WINo795
Starry Nights FarmWhole, half, quarter, groundOnlineBurlington, WINo795
King's Crown Organic FarmRetail cuts, groundLocally in ID, farm directKing Hill, IDNo780
Cosmic Apple GardensRetail cuts, organs, groundLocally in ID, CSAVictor, IDNo775
Cross Island FarmsRetail cuts, whole, half, quarterFarm directWellesley Island, NYNo775
Hawthorne Valley Farm And CreameryRetail cutsLocally in NY, farm directGhent, NYNo770
Saint John's Organic FarmRetail cuts, whole, halfFarm direct, CSA, locally in IDEmmett, IDNo755
Sugar Hill FarmWhole, half, retail cutsFarm directSaint Marys, PANo750
Eel River Organic BeefRetail cuts, groundLocally in CAHydesville, CAPartial730
BlueLoon FarmRetail cutsFarm direct, OHWest Salem, OHNo730
McCluskey Brothers Organic Farms (Shillelagh Glen Farms)Retail cuts, gound, bonesLocally in WI, online, shipped, farm directHill Point, WINo715
Star Walker Organic FarmRetail cuts, jerky, groundOnlineFort Jones, CANo700
Cannon Hill FarmRetail cuts, groundLocally in VAMount Jackson, VANo690
Harvest Moon OrganicsRetail cuts, groundLocally in WI, farm directLa Crosse, WINo690
Elixir FarmRetail cutsLocally in AR and MOBrixey, MONo680
Winter Green FarmRetail cutsFarm direct, CSANoti, OregonNo680
Keune Organic MeatsRetail cuts, whole, half, quarterFarm direct, locally in WISeymour, WINo680
Coulter FarmsRetail cuts, groundLocally in PA, onlineHoney Grove, PANo675
Tide Mill Organic FarmRetail cuts, groundLocally in ME, farm directEdmunds, MENo670
DreamfarmWhole, half, quarterFarm directCross Plains, WINo665
Longest Acres FarmRetail cutsDelivery in VT and MA, farm direct, meat boxesChelsea, VTNo665
Badger Brook MeatsRetail cuts, organs, bonesLocally in VT, farm directDanville, VTNo665
3-SteakThree-cow rated brands failed to answer some or all of our questions about their practices, however they are considered likely to be highly rated (4 or 5) had they done so. Most of these brands are confirmed to meet or exceed the minimum bar set by the organic standards.
Squier Family FarmRetail cuts, groundFarm direct, CSAMiddletown Springs, VTNo660
Bittersweet FarmUnknownLocally in NYHeuvelton, NYNo655
Spring Creek FarmsRetail cuts, ground, halvesFarm directWernersville, PANo650
John's Farm & Cattle Tracks BeefRetail cuts, whole, half, quarterLocally in OK, farm directFairview, OKNo650
White Barn FarmRetail cuts, groundFarm directKinsman, OHNo650
Skagit River RanchHalf, quarter, retail cutsLocally in WA, farm directSedro Woolley, WANo650
Trail's End Organic FarmWhole, half, quarterLocally in IL, deliveryPutnam, ILNo645
Freedom Food FarmRetail cutsLocally in MA, CSA, WIC/SNAPRaynham, MANo630
Emerald Valley Farm (Hamilton Heights Farm)Retail cuts, ground, vealLocally in PANewville, PANo630
Farm On WheelsRetail cuts, groundLocally in MN, farm storeKenyon, MNNo630
Grassfat FarmRetail cutsLocally in SC, subscription boxHodges, SCNo630
Mint Creek FarmWholesale, quarter, bulkLocally in IL, farm direct, CSACabery, ILNo620
Cobblestone Valley FarmRetail cuts, sausages, whole, half, quarter, groundOnline, locally in NYPreble, NYNo615
Carversville Farm FoundationRetail cuts, groundLocally in PAMechanicsville, PANo605
Pautauwak FarmsRetail cuts, whole, halfOnline, farm directAlma Center, WINo605
Finch Family FarmRetail cutsLocally in NYSouth New Berlin, NYNo600
M6 RanchRetail cuts, groundFarm direct, onlineCouch, MONo595
Hu-Hill Farm LLCRetail cuts, groundFarm directFort Plain, NYNo590
Skiyou RanchWhole, half, quarterLocally in WA, farm directSedro Woolley, WANo590
Wholly Cow FarmsBulk, retail cuts, groundLocally in AR, farm directJudsonia, ARNo585
White Thunder OrganicsRetail cuts, groundUnknownWood, SDNo585
High Ridge Meadows FarmWhole, half, ground, retail cuts, organs, bonesFarm directEast Randolph, VTNo580
Flying Dog FarmRetail cuts, ground, hot dogsCSA, farm direct, locally in VTSouth Royalton, VTNo575
Shady Side FarmRetail cuts, ground, bonesFarm direct, online, locally in MIHolland, MINo575
Simon Certified Organic Family FarmRetail cuts, sausage, hot dogs, ground, vealOnline, locally in OHEast Sparta, OHNo575
Stony Pond FarmRetail cuts, groundLocally in VTFairfield, VTNo575
Luna Bleu FarmRetail cuts, whole, bonesLocally in VT, CSA, onlineSouth Royalton, VTNo550
Harmony Valley FarmRetail cuts, whole, half, customLocally in MN, subscription boxViroqua, WINo545
Reedy Fork FarmRetail cuts, organs, groundLocally in NC, farm directElon, NCNo545
Graham's OrganicsRetail cuts, whole, halfFarm direct, locally in MIRosebush, MINo530
Dobson DairyRetail cutsFarm directStatesville, NCNo525
Manna FarmRetail cutsFarm directFarmdale, OHNo520
Apple Creek Farm LLCRetail cutsMaine, farmers market, CSA, onlineBowdoinham, MENo520
Green Alchemy FarmWhole, half, quarter, organsFarm directKutztown, PANo515
Hanappe RanchHalves, quartersOnline, locally in MN, subscription boxNorthfield, MNNo505
Potters Brook RanchWhole, half, quarterUnknownLitchfield, MENo505
Seifarm Grassfed BeefHalf, quarterFarm directOconto Falls, WINo500
Singing Cedars FarmsteadRetail cuts, groundLocally in VTOrwell, VTNo490
King Hill FarmHalf, quarterLocally in ME, CSAPenobscot, MENo490
Organic Prairie (CROPP)Retail cuts, ground, hot dogs, sausageNationwideLa Farge, WINo490
Five Star FarmRetail cuts, whole, half, liveFarm directOakville, WANo485
Two Loons FarmVeal, half, retail cutsFarm direct, locally in MESouth China, MENo485
Hemlock Ridge FarmRetail cuts, ground, whole, halfFarm directAvoca, NYNo480
Hidden Acres OrganicsRetail cuts, groundFarm directLynden, WANo480
Kiowa Valley OrganicsWholesale, retail cuts, groundLocally in CORoggen, CONo480
Eakle EnterprisesWhole, half, quarterFarm directTremonton, UTNo475
Seibel's Organic MeatsRetail cuts, groundFarm directBloomer, WINo475
Sweet Grass DairyRetail cuts, organs, quarters, sausages, hot dogs, jerky, groundUnknownThomasville, GANo475
The Larson FarmVeal, whole, halfFarm directWells, VTNo470
Mountain Meadow FarmRetail cuts, wholesaleNortheastStudbury, VTNo470
Arabeth FarmRetail cutsUnknownJordanville, NYNo470
Wettstein Organic FarmRetail cuts, ground, sausagesFarm directCarlock, ILNo470
Brookfield FarmRetail cutsLocally in NH, CSAWalpole, NHNo465
Oreganic Beef Co (Rocker 3 Ranch)Retail cuts, groundNationwide, onlineMadras, ORNo465
Providence FarmsRetail cuts, ground, whole, halfOnline, delivery, locally in INFairbanks, INNo465
Adams Homestead FarmRetail cutsOnline, MaineBowdoin, MENo460
Baese Family FarmRetail cuts, organs, groundLocally in MIElsie, MINo460
Pleasant River FarmsRetail cuts, whole, half, quarterLocally in MEBethel, MENo450
Elmwood Stock FarmRetail cuts, ground, organs, sausagesLocally in KY, online, CSAGeorgetown, KYNo450
Glaser Organic BeefRetail cutsFarm direct, onlineSpalding, NENo445
2-SteakThese are operations that were less transparent to the public and Cornucopia, meaning it is difficult to confirm their practices. These brands may have outstanding questions or concerns regarding their practices and possibly their compliance with USDA organic regulations.
PnD Organic BeefHalf, quarter, retail cutsFarm directChehalis, WANo435
Parrott's Organic Farm & LivestockRetail cuts, groundFarm directTwin Falls, IDNo435
Windecker's Grassy Knoll BeefRetail cuts, halves, quarters, bulkUnknownFrankfort, NYNo430
Grassway OrganicsRetail cuts, whole, halfLocally in WI, onlineEast Troy, WINo425
Odermann OrganicsWhole, half, retail cuts, groundLocally in NDBelfield, NDNo425
Mesman FarmRetail cuts, ground, hot dogs, bonesFarm directMt Vernon, WANo425
Rose Ridge FarmRetail cuts, groundFarm directWaynesburg, OHNo420
Bossie's Best (VB Farms)Retail cuts, whole, halfLocally in KS, direct marketHome, KSNo410
Prairie Pastured Beef (Flaig Family Farm)Retail cuts, groundFarm directJunction City, WINo410
Gibson FarmsRetail cuts, wholeLocally in SC, farm directWestminster, SCNo405
Montana Better BeefRetail cuts, groundLocally in MT, farm directKila, MTNo400
Mount Airy FarmsRetail cuts, whole, half, quarterFarm direct, locally in VAUpperville, VANo400
B Bar BeefRetail cuts, ground, sausage, jerkyNationwide, onlineEmigrant, MTNo400
Kerith Brook FarmRetail cuts, whole, half, quarterFarm directKutztown, PANo400
Snake Hill FarmWhole, half, quarter, retail cutsLocally in OH, farm directChagrin Falls, OHNo390
Good Earth FarmsRetail cuts, whole, half, groundFarm direct, online, shippedMilladore, WINo390
The Selkirk RanchWhole, half, quarter, groundFarm directSandpoint, IDNo380
Medow Farms OrganicRetail cuts, whole, half, quarterLocally in WI, farm directWabeno, WINo375
McKnight FarmRetail cutsFarm directEast Montpelier, VTNo375
Miess Organic Beef FarmUnknownFarm directDodgeville, WINo375
SZ RanchRetail cutsLocally in CACuyama, CANo370
Starr Valley FarmEighthFarm directLeechburg, PANo370
Brook Ridge FarmRetail cuts, whole, halvesFarm directLyman, MENo370
Stein's OrganicsRetail cuts, groundLocally in WI, online, farm directEttrick, WINo370
Valley View DairyHalf, quarterFarm directMaple Lake, MNNo350
Winsome Farm OrganicsRetail cutsLocally in NH, farm directPiermont, NHNo345
C2 Cattle CoRetail cutsUnknownEagle Point, ORNo345
BF&E Organics (Boughan Farms & Enterprise)Bulk, whole, halves, quartersLocally in MINorth Branch and Clifford, MINo335
Aspen Island LLCWhole, half, quarterOnline, Montana Billings areaLavina, MTNo330
Rocky Ridge Organic Dairy FarmGroundFarm directLitchfield, MENo310
Snowball Ranch OrganicsWhole, halfFarm directEureka, NVNo270
Cantagree FarmsUnknownUnknownmendon, UTNo260
A.T. RanchUnknownMontanaCascade, MTNo250
Country Pleasures FarmUnknownLocally in MD, curbsideMiddletown, MDNo230
Cold Springs RanchUnknownLocally in MTBozeman, MTNo230
C. R. Farms LLCWhole, halfLocally in VABrandy Station, VANo230
Dirksen Organic BeefRetail cuts, groundLocally in SD, farm directConde, SDNo230
Danda FarmsRetail cuts, sausage, hot dogsFarm directManheim, PANo230
Sandy Plains FarmGroundFarm direct, locally in MNBelgrade, MNNo230
Bowman Road FarmWhole, half, quarters, ground, hot dogsUnknownBarnard, VTNo160
1-SteakBrands in this category are suspected of being, or sourcing from, what we would describe as "factory farms." These brands are better than factory farmed conventional beef, but are at the bottom of the ratings among organic brands.
Strauss Brands Organic MeatsRetail cuts, ground, vealNationwideUnknownNo140
Greensbury MarketRetail cutsOnlineNew York, NYNo110
Raise AmericanRetail cutsNationwideGordon, NENo100
Verde FarmsRetail cuts, ground, sausages, wholesaleNationwide, onlineWoburn, MANo30
Daniel's Gourmet Meats & SausagesSausagesUnknownBozeman, MTNo0
Whole FoodsRetail cuts, ground, sausagesNationwideAustin, TXNo0
American Custom MeatsUnknownUnknownTracey, CANo0
Simply Nature (Aldi)Retail cutsNationwideBatavia, ILNo0
Azure Standard (DBA of Azure Farms, Inc.)Retail cuts, buffalo, elkNationwide, onlineMoro, ORNo0
Blackwing MeatsRetail cuts, wholesale, bisonOnlineAntioch, ILNo0
Meyer Natural FoodsRetail cuts, groundNationwideLoveland, CONo0
Applegate (Hormel)SausagesNationwideAustin, MNNo0
Laura's LeanJerky, groundOnline, SouthLexington, KYNo0
Cedar Acre Organic FarmsRetail cutsLocally in VTWest Haven, VTNo0
WegmansRetail cuts, groundNationwideRochester, NYNo0
O Organics (Safeway)Retail cuts, groundNationwide, onlineNo0
Simply Truth (Kroger)Retail cutsNationwideCincinnati, OHNo0
Burelli FarmRetail cuts, vealLocally in VTBerlin, VTNo0

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