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Order Direct from the Farms Chefs Love

Cook’s Bison Ranch
This third-generation farm has raised bison (known for lean red meat) for 17 years and ships steaks, brats, and burgers. The $66.99 Steak Sampler comes with a pair each of ribeyes, New York strips, and sirloins, plus a free American Buffalo cookbook to boot. 866-382-2356

Fair Oaks Farms
Slices of award-winning Muenster or smoky Gouda ordered online will be packed on ice and shipped by UPS from this northwest-Indiana mega-dairy (which also recently started producing Fairlife milk, distributed by Coca-Cola). 219-394-2275

Fischer Farms
A bulk order of $100 or more of all-natural meat—from baby-back ribs ($5.98 a pound) to rump roasts ($6.94 a pound)—can be delivered from Jasper to Goose the Market, Georgetown Market, or Pogue’s Run Grocer for pick-up every Friday. 812-481-1411

Maple Leaf Farms
All-natural whole duck ($15.99), duck bacon ($8.50), duck-leg confit ($12.99 for two), and more purchased from this Leesburg powerhouse will arrive via FedEx on dry ice. 800-348-2812

Seven Sons Family Farms
Yes, the owners really have seven sons who help operate this Roanoke farm, which offers its own grass-fed beef, from Delmonico steaks to ground sirloin, on its website (along with a harvest of goodies, including kimchi from Hidden Pond Farm). The catch: Meat orders are delivered to a pick-up location only every six weeks. 877-620-1977

Tyner Pond Farm
Rooter to tooter—this Greenfield farm makes almost every part of its grass-fed cows and pasture-raised, heritage-breed pigs and poultry available. Deliveries come once a week to a designated spot. Wondering why the whole chicken or filet mignon ($17.99 for 8 oz.) is out of stock? Inventory rotates, so check the website weekly. 317-446-5886  

Viking Lamb
Hormone-free lamb cut just about any way you like it—ground, patties, brats, shoulders, racks, chops, and more—can be requested from this Shelby County farm. Call owner Terry Knudson directly for a price list (a leg of lamb goes for $9.99/pound) and to place your order. 812-871-5700

This article appeared in the August 2015 issue.

A native of Inman, South Carolina, Amanda Heckert graduated from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina. Heckert joined Indianapolis Monthly in February 2012 and enjoys getting to know the Circle City with her husband, writer Justin Heckert, and their dog, Cooper.