Three dozen people duck into the shade as they line up to buy beef out of a van in a hard-to-find Spring Valley parking lot.
The scene seems peculiar, but unless the black-spotted cattle count, it’s really not a cover for some black market dealing.
As if buying meat out of the back of an unmarked van isn’t odd enough, patrons can buy a whole steer, but most opt for one-twelfth of the animal, or 35 pounds of beef.
The meat comes from pure-grass-fed steer, which by many studies is healthier for both the animals and the people who eat it. Cattle raised on the open pasture retain more nutritious value and have fewer cases of E. coli.
In an effort to bring the healthier option to town at a reduced cost, Vegas Food Co-op organizes the Bar 10 Beef drop-off about every two months.