ROCHESTER, N.Y. – When Jill and Stephen Gould had a guest visit unexpectedly from out of town, the young couple scrambled to find something to offer him for dinner. They live in a rural part of New York, so a grocery store wasn’t right around the corner.
All they had to offer was some dairy cow steaks that came from Stephen’s family dairy farm, they told their visitor sheepishly.
Dairy farmers regularly eat the meat of their own cows, but the public doesn’t usually eat it, unless it’s mixed in with the meat from dozens of other cows in supermarket ground beef.
“Culturally growing up, people assumed it was bad beef,” said Jill Gould. “You were conditioned to be embarrassed because it wasn’t Angus.”
Much to their surprise, their friend was thrilled to try their beef. Yi Wah Roberts, who was visiting from Washington, D.C., had worked at some of