Under most circumstances, we wouldn’t buy meat from the back of a trailer. Carlton Farms ground beef is one exception. Carlton’s cattle spend their entire lives on organically managed pastures in Rockmart, about 30 miles west of Kennesaw, and never end up on a feedlot for “grain finishing.” As a result, the beef is lean, flavorful, and loaded with omega-3s. The farm—whose offerings also include pasture-raised eggs, pork, lamb, and poultry—only sells directly to customers. Plus its Mobile Market Trailer makes weekly stops at several points between Cumming and Stone Mountain. Order online—ground beef is $7 a pound—and find a specified pickup location, or just meet at the trailer and see what’s for sale.
This article originally appeared in our August 2016 issue.