A word about our pricing for special order items:
Ordering meat online from Marin Sun Farms isn't like ordering books or clothes, or even most other food. Because our business originates in live animals raised on a relatively small scale, there can be some variability in weight - and thus in price - for all of our cuts. Think of this online catalog just as you would our butcher counters in Oakland or Point Reyes Station. Rather than give an exact price for each item, we typically sell by the pound - leaving the final price to be calculated once the cut has been weighed.
On this site, you'll see two types of prices: some items are sold by the piece (e.g. one whole beef brisket, 8 lbs.) while other items are sold by the pound (e.g. beef brisket, per pound). If you mouse over the yellow question mark next to the price, you'll see a quick explanation of how we've arrived the estimated price for each cut of meat in our catalog.
Charging Your Credit Card
We charge by-the-pound for all our cuts of meat, and we only charge you for what your receive - but we won't necessarily know the exact weight of your specific cut until the day you pick it up. Therefore our online system holds an "authorization" on your credit card at the time you place your order, similar to when you check in to a hotel. This authorization amount is calculated from the price per pound multiplied by the highest
possible weight for that item. Once we've cut your meat for you, we enter the final weight for your item(s) and and our system automatically finalizes charges on your credit card for the actual amount - which will never exceed the original authorized amount.