Focus on Takeout – Baldwin Farms (Yanceyville, NC)

As we started quarantine and businesses closed, we made it a goal to support local business as much as we could. Instead of eating out, I decided to order some beef from Baldwin Farms in Yanceyville, NC. I have ordered from them before, but I tried something new this time: brisket.

The cut I received was about 5.5 pounds, and it cost $45. (I also ordered some ground beef and two NY Strip steaks to make the shipping worth it.) It looked wonderful. Most of the fat had been cut off, so I didn’t have to do much to prepare the meat before cooking. It also meant that the weight was meat and not a lot of inedible fat.

I prepared it using a sweet and sour recipe from NY Times Cooking. It was amazing. You can see the small amount of fat that I trimmed off after cooking. It had a rich flavor that wasn’t necessarily from the sauce I cooked it in. With supermarkets often being sold out of meat. I strongly suggest ordering from Baldwin Farms. — Michael

P.S. One thing about ordering online from them. They have a weird thing in their system that makes them need to call you afterwards to get your 3-digit code from the back of your credit card. So, if you get a call after your order from a 336-Yanceyville area code, it is legit. — MM