Ruhlman has a nice post about the differences in grass fed beef — and I have to say, he’s on to something. Like Ruhlman, I’ve completely bought into Michael Pollan’s manifesto on food — including the natural superiority of grass-fed beef — but my results have been very mixed. Interesting that there might be a reason for it: FAT. Or rather, not enough of it. Makes sense. Grass-fed beef producers take note — please fatten those cows up!
Locally, there’s a couple of places to get grass fed beef. Hedgeapple Farm is the one that stands out in my memory, but I find it hard to recommend them as all their beef comes totally frozen, but what I’ve had has been good.
EatWild has a list of the local producers in your area.