Meet Our Family!
Meet our family: Glenn, Caryl, and our seven daughters. It really is just us, our kids, and a few great employees! We’re literally out “on the ground” every day on the ranch, working hard to raise the best grass fed beef while doing right by our animals, our land, and you, our customers & partners.
When you order from us, you order directly from a real ranch & a real family.
We raise protein you don’t have to feel guilty about
- 100% grass fed & finished on wild mountain pastures.
- No hormones, antibiotics, GMOs, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, or synthetic materials.
- Certified organic and 3rd party verified.
- Grown by real ranchers with over 27 years of experience.
- Raised humanely and respectfully, always.
- Produced regeneratively to improve land health, sequester carbon, and restore wildlife habitat!
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better beef for you…and the planet
no weird stuff, ever.
Our beef is certified organic and 100% grass fed on some of the wildest and cleanest pastures on the planet. We never use GMOs, pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, hormones, or chemicals of any kind.
wellness for people & planet
Our mission is health from literally the ground up. To us, it’s pretty simple: wellness for our soil and land means wellness for our cattle, which means greater nutrient density in our beef. As they say…you are what you eat eats!
exceptional quality & flavor
Grass fed has a reputation for leanness or weird flavors, but it doesn’t have to. We’ve honed our craft for 26+ years. Our beef has won taste tests alongside grain fed steaks and Japanese wagyu.
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what people say about our organic grass fed beef
Everything about Alderspring Ranch is outstanding. The meats, the sealing and packaging, the deliveries, the recycling of shipping materials, the website, and the entire family operation — all great. If that’s not enough, the weekly accounts and photos of ranch life and natural wonders are awe-inspiring bonuses.
Arvid E.Google review
My husband and I have been ordering steak, burger and roasts from Alderspring Ranch for the last year and a half or so and won’t go back to the beef we lived on before. The beef is consistently excellent. The steaks (we order top sirloin) especially are tender and full of flavor every time. We are so happy we found these guys and will be long time customers.
Miranda A.Google review
Best beef in America as far as I’m concerned! I have been buying grass-fed beef from all over the country since about 2008 and now order exclusively from Alderspring. It’s been wonderful to have this relationship – the service is highly personal as they treat you like family – much appreciated!
Alec H.Google review
During the fall, winter, and spring, our cattle graze our certified organic home ranch pastures or eat our certified organic hay. During the summer, they graze our 70 square mile certified organic rangeland (currently the largest single certified organic landscape in the contiguous United States).
The country of our Idaho rangeland is wild, never farmed, rugged, and pristine. We also contend with predators: wolves, bears, mountain lions, and rattlesnakes. To successfully navigate this landscape while coexisting peacefully with predators and preventing overgrazing to sensitive wildlife habitats, our gritty crew of range riders lives with the cattle in remote cow camps for the duration of the summer.
Over the course of the summer, one of our range riders covers an estimated 800 miles on horseback. The days are long, the sleep is little, the weather is challenging, but it’s a joy to ride this landscape and watch it regenerate and improve under our care.
Through our rangeland inherding method, we’ve captured an estimated 2400 tons of carbon, far exceeding our emissions. We’ve improved cattle health and wildlife habitat health. And we’ve also improved the flavor of our beef through allowing our cattle to graze the huge diversity of wild plant species available on our rangeland.
As a result, this is grass fed beef like no other. It’s clean, flavorful, and nutrient dense. Perhaps most importantly, it’s raised in a way that benefits the land rather than harms, that restores rather than degrades.
not just beef
We also offer other delicious pastured proteins on our online store (some only available seasonally).
- Certified Organic Grass Fed Lamb
- Certified Organic Pastured Butter
- Raw Milk Sheep Cheese
- Pastured Poultry
- Pastured Pork
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find easy recipes on our cooking blog!
Not sure how to cook a particular cut? We have an entire cooking blog of delicious recipes to choose from! You can also sort them by dietary preferences! Find recipes here.
read glenn’s stories from the ranch
On our blog, Glenn shares everything from ramblings on sustainable agriculture (like what conventional beef and gasoline have in common) to random epic stories he’s heard (like one winter night when our UPS guy saved someone’s life on the highway). Read the blog here.
We always want to be upfront with you about how we produce your food. If you ever have any questions, you can reach out to us anytime on Instagram DMs, Facebook, or just by emailing help[at]alderspring.com!
Here we’ve listed some of our most frequently asked questions! You can click through to learn more and find even more FAQs!
Is your beef humanely raised?
We believe we have a moral obligation to treat our animals with the utmost care and respect. Our animals spend their entire lives on pasture and are handled with low stress herding methods, and we ensure that processing is completely low stress and humane.
What does “certified organic beef” mean and how is it different than typical beef?
Unlike natural and other eco-label claims, only organic offers assurance that products are grown and processed without the use of toxic chemicals, antibiotics and synthetic growth hormones. Organic is the most heavily regulated government food label. Only organic guarantees no toxic synthetic pesticides, toxic synthetic herbicides, or chemical NPK fertilizers are used in production of pastures or hay, and no antibiotics, pesticides, or growth hormones are given to animals. Organic producers and processors also are subject to rigorous announced – and unannounced – certification inspections by third-party inspectors to ensure that they are producing and processing organic products in a manner you and your family can trust.
Here at Alderspring, we spend many hours and dollars managing animals and pastures organically. We control weeds with hand labor, beneficial insects, and targeted grazing rather than chemicals. We maintain the health of our herd by careful husbandry. And we improve the fertility of our soil through grazing management, working with nature.
Additionally, we went one step further by certifying our beef with the “Real Organic Project,” a private label that has even higher standards than USDA organic. You can see the Real Organic regulations here.
What is “grass fed grass finished beef”?
By “grass fed and finished,” we mean that our cattle have spent their entire lives on grass pasture. In their lifetimes they’ve consumed nothing but their mother’s milk, our diverse pasture grasses, and in the winter, hay harvested from summer grass. Our cattle are never fed grain and never see a feedlot.
If you’re shopping for grass fed beef and you want beef from cattle never fed grain, always look for that “grass fed and finished” or “100% grass fed.” Simply “grass fed” can often mean that the animal was raised on grass but finished on grain.
Side Note: Though you may have heard claims that grass fed and finished guarantees no chemicals, this is not the case. Herbicides, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, etc can still be used in producing grass fed beef. This is why we are certified organic as well as grass fed, in order to prove to you via an unbiased 3rd party organic certification inspection that we do not use any of these materials.
What is dry aging vs. wet aging and which one do you use?
Aging beef is an important process that makes even the finest of beef more tender and flavorful. We have honed our aging process over the years to produce the most flavorful and tender beef without the development of off flavors or mycotoxins. We use dry-aging, a process that is more expensive and less common than wet-aging.
Dry-aging is a process where prime cuts are exposed to temperature/moisture/light-controlled coolers where an outer crust will form. This crust is carefully removed, leaving meat that displays a distinctive flavor and tenderness that is only found when dry-aged. Not all dry-aging methods are equal; we’ve honed our method to create tenderness and flavor every time without the risk of harmful toxins developing.
Wet-aging occurs when meat is placed inside of vacuum-sealed bags, preventing exposure to air and moisture from evaporating. Enzymes break down the meat‚ as complex proteins from the inside out. We have found that wet aging does not produce a desirable product for our grass fed beef.
Does grass fed beef taste as good as grain fed?
This can be a matter of opinion. We believe it tastes better!
Some people dislike grass fed because they simply haven’t had good grass fed. Grass fed meat is notoriously inconsistent and most consider it too lean. This doesn’t have to be the case! We’ve perfected our practices for 26+ years to deliver consistent flavor every single time, as well as a higher fat content than most grass fed (and yes, more fat is a good thing! These are healthy pasture fats that bring both flavor and Omega 3s)! Due to our commitment to producing only the best, our steaks have won taste tests alongside Japanese wagyu and grain fed steaks.
Yes, there is a flavor difference in grass fed that takes some getting used to, but we believe the flavor is better, cleaner, and wilder.
Is grass fed beef harder to cook than conventional beef?
Definitely not! It does require a slightly shorter cooking time, so do be aware of that.
If you’re not sure how to cook a particular cut, we can help with that! Cooking beef is quite easy, and with great beef all you need is some basic ingredients (say goodbye to the miles-long recipes with 300 spices that you’ll find on most food blogs these days).
If you want tasty recipes for our grass fed beef (and other meats), click through to our cooking blog via the link below, and use our “search” function to sort by cut & dietary preferences.
How is your beef shipped to me?
Our beef is shipped frozen in a completely curbside recyclable insulated package via UPS, directly from here in Idaho to anywhere in the continental U.S! We use dry ice to keep it cold during transit so it arrives on your doorstep nice and cold!
I’m local! How can I get your grass fed beef in Boise or Salmon?
We do have some local options for our organic grass fed beef:
- Boise: You can get Alderspring grass fed beef in Boise at both Boise Co-ops! However, we just sell ground beef there. If you want a more diverse selection, you can order on our online store and get it delivered. We also do demos sometimes at the co-ops, which we announce on our Instagram!
- Salmon: if you’re in Salmon or just coming through, we can do local delivery or pickup at our shipping warehouse on Mondays! You can order online and select the local delivery option at checkout.
Can I come work for you & learn about regenerative agriculture?
We love sharing our vision and teaching others about regenerative agriculture! We offer a few annual job openings, as well as an annual educational internship on our ranch. Most positions open during January-March of each year. To be updated on job postings, follow us on Instagram (we always share new job openings on our feed) or check out this page.