F.A.Q.

Are your animals completely grass fed?

Our beef and lambs are 100% grass-fed and grass-finished. They do not eat any grain, soy, or other feed.  Our pigs are humanely raised in outdoor, open air pens and are fed a varied, vegetarian diet. 

Is your meat certified organic?

Most of our cows and pastures are certified organic by Marin Organic Certified Agriculture (MOCA).  However, some of our processing (harvest and cute and wrap) is not certified organic, so some of the finished product of our meat cannot be labeled "organic."  The meat that we sell at Oliver's Markets in Sonoma County and Good Earth Natural Foods in Marin County is labeled as "organic" because the beef is processed at certified organic facilities.

What type of cattle do you have?

The majority of our herd is black angus.  A few of our bulls are crossbreeds.

When are the cows born and when are they harvested?

We have both Fall and Spring calving animals in our herd, so we have some calves that are born in the Fall and some calves that are born in the Spring of each year.  The calves are raised and then harvested between 22-28 months old.

Do you ship your meat?

Yes, we can ship meat to all 50 states. Shipping options are either overnight or 2-day.

What types of meat do you sell?

We sell grass-fed, grass-finished beef and lamb and also pork.

Can I order online?

Yes, please visit our online store to place an order.

Can I place a custom order?

Yes, please email us at hello@stemplecreek.com to ask about placing a custom order.

Do you sell whole or 1/2 beef?

Yes, we have both options available, year around. Please visit out online store to learn more.

What's the turnaround time on a whole or 1/2 beef once I place my order?

It takes 3-4 weeks between placing your order and picking up at the butcher shop.

Can you ship a whole or 1/2 beef to me?

The largest option we can ship to your doorstep is a 1/4 Beef (~100 lbs of meat). If you would like to purchase a 1/2 or whole beef, you will have to pick up at the butcher shop in Penngrove, CA.

What's the best deal on your website?

Our best deal will usually be our weekly special. Please sign-up for our email list to receive promotional codes and our monthly newsletter.

When should I expect my order?

We will follow up 24-48 hours after you place your order to give you an approximate ship and delivery date. We strive to get all orders to you within one week!

Where do I find the status of my shipment?

Once we ship your box you will receive an email from Fed-Ex, UPS or Golden State Overnight (GSO) with your tracking  number.

Who do I contact if there is an issue with my order?

Please email us at hello@stemplecreek.com or call us at (415) 883-8253.

Will my order be shipped fresh or frozen?

We ship all orders frozen with dry-ice.

Do you ship overnight?

Depending on the state you live in, we will ship either overnight or 2-day depending on the best carrier rates.

Do I need to be home to receive my order?

No, we do not ship any packages that require a signature unless you ask us to.

How do I know what each cut is when I receive my order?

Each cut that you receive with be labeled with the name of the cut, the price per pound and the total weight.

How long does the meat last in the freezer?

We recommend using our beef, lamb and pork within 6 months of receiving it frozen in the mail.

How should I thaw out the meat?

We recommend taking meat out of the freezer and putting it in the refrigerator at least 24 hours in advance. This allows the meat to properly thaw.

How long does the meat stay fresh once I thaw it out?

We recommend using meat within at least 3-4 days of thawing.

Can I re-freeze the meat?

We do not recommend re-freezing meat. It option times changes the texture and juiciness of the cut.

Can I ship my empty box back to you to be re-used?

Yes, please ask for a return label when you place your order.

What should I do with the extra dry-ice in my box?

Leave the dry-ice in the shipping containing and do not handle without gloves. Dry ice will eventually disappear and turn back into carbon dioxide (process know as sublimation).

Do you offer gift boxes or gift certificates?

Yes, we offer both gift boxes (with personalized notes) and gift certificates.

How can I sign-up to receive special promotion emails?

Just scroll to the bottom of any page and look for the green box.

Do you guarantee my order if there are issues with the shipping service?

If you order does not arrive frozen and in good condition, please contact us and we will make it right!

Is your meat halal?

No our meat is not considered halal.

Is your meat certificate organic?

We offer 2 lines of our beef. Our mainstream line on the retail side is 100% grass-fed and grass-finished. We also offer a certified organic 100% grass-fed and grass-finished line on the wholesale side of our business. Please contact us and we are happy to share with you the grocers that supply our organic beef!

Does the meat come seasoned or fresh?

Most all of our meat is packaged fresh. Please visit our online store and see which seasonal options we sell that come seasoned (i.e. smoked bacon, sausages, corned beef).

Do you use sugar in your bacon or sausage?

We have both sugar and sugar free bacon and sausage. Please visit our online store to see what we have available!

Do you offer monthly meat subscriptions?

Yes, we do! Please visit our online store to see our different meat subscription options.

If I live locally, can I pick up my order?

Yes, please let us know when you order that you would like to pick-up locally in Marin County.

Do you sell t-shirts, hats or any other merchandise?

Yes, we sell men’s and women’s t-shirts, hoodies, hats, aprons, cutting boards and much more. Please visit our online store to see what we have in stock!

But how does it taste?

We work hard to get just the right genetic mix in our breeding stock so our grass fed cattle produce tender, flavorful meat with good marbling.After all, if it doesn’t taste good, it doesn’t matter how healthy it is for you or the environment.

Why grass-fed?

Grass-fed and finished meat is high in vitamin E, beta carotene, vitamin C, and contains more heart healthy “good fats” like omega-3 fatty acids.  We believe a grass diet is healthier for the animals themselves. Our animals are raised free range from birth to harvest, and graze on an intense schedule of pasture rotations that promotes the sustainable health of our land and stock. Raising our animals on grass reduces the carbon footprint of our business, since we don’t ship cattle to a feedlot or truck in grain to feed them.