The animals are very high quality, the beef is top notch, so much so that the organs are flavorful and tender. The kidneys, for example, had none of the strong flavors commonly expected with cow kidneys. The liver was also mild enough that even I, who truly can’t deal with liver’s texture or flavor was able to eat a little braised with a bit of cornmeal. No soaking in milk was needed either. It was pretty fabulous. The pork we got has been nice as well, not least of which are tender hams and good thick-cut bacon. This is a farm I would completely recommend as a place to get beef and pork by the quarter/half/whole for those in the Snohomish County area.
It’s a joy to support local farmers when they provide a quality product at excellent prices. Hagen Farm is about $3.50/lb or so for beef and about $4.50/lb or so for pork, including separate-pay cut and wrap fees to the butcher. Again, great farm, very local, highly recommend for anyone with enough storage for quarter/half/whole beef and/or half/whole hogs. She also has lamb, but we ran out of storage with the cow and the pig, so perhaps another year! Delicious! And I’m glad to see her getting some local notice as I noted above. It was so funny, I said to my husband “That farm is where we got our cow! and they’re in the paper!” and we both had a moment there.