Every Sunday, rain or shine, I set up our stand at the Farmer’s Market in Marin, one of the largest in the Bay Area, to meet our customers and sell our sustainable, humanely raised pastured veal. I absolutely love talking about our veal, and enjoy the surprise on our customer’s faces as they learn that our Rossotti Ranch veal, raised from beef cattle in our West Marin and Sonoma County pastures, is among the healthiest meats you can find in the Bay Area. So just what is it that makes our pasture raised sustainable veal so good for you?
First off, pasture raised veal is an exceptionally lean, low fat, and high protein meat. It’s got a high iron content, clocking in at 1.5 mg per 100 grams. Compare that to chicken, which has only 0.72 mg, or pork at 0.77mg. you get twice the iron, bite for bite, than you do with either of the other two meats! Pair your veal with something high in vitamin C, say tomatoes or bell peppers for instance, and you can increase your absorption of the mineral even further. Sustainable veal meatballs in tomato sauce for dinner, anyone?
Leanest of the Lean
Next, we can compare fat content, per 100 grams. Sustainable, humanely raised pastured veal clocks in at 0.6 grams. No other meat even comes close! Consider fully grown beef, which has a fat content of 8.3 grams, or pork at 6.8 grams, or even lean, mean chicken breasts—they have 1.24 grams! That puts veal in at less than half of the fat as chicken breast—and I daresay it’s an upgrade in flavor.
Healthy All Around
Across the board, when we look at cholesterol, calories, sodium, or saturated fat, we see than veal is consistently one of the healthiest meats we can possibly eat. To add to its guilt-free nature, we know that our animals are humanely raised, and are never in crates or small pens. They are free to live their lives, alongside their mothers, in open pastures. Our veal is a true pasture to plate experience, and now that we can ship across the country, folks outside of the Bay Area can enjoy it too!