Grassfed Beef Sources - Where do you buy?

I know that this site recommends US Wellness Meats, but I was curious what other's experiences are. The site just looks too confusing to me and I'm not sure what to order. I am looking into ordering a quarter or half cow to store in a freezer to save money (family of 4) I currently use La Cense beef http://www.lacensebeef.com/ and I am very happy with the quality. And they were even reviewed in a WSJ article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704575304575296670854883224.html But they sell a lot of processed stuff with their packages. Which taste amazing (I love their chili and meatballs) but they contain some non-bulletproof ingredients (Oats, spices, etc..) Where do you order your grass-fed beef? Are you happy with the quality, price? Thanks!
Sean Buck
"You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."
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  • I am in Southern California. I found this site to help me find some local farmers http://www.eatwild.com/products/california.html But would definitely be interested in hearing others experiences. Would hate to invest in that much meat and not be happy with it.
    Sean Buck
    "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."
  • BrianHKerrBrianHKerr Quantified Biohacker
    WholeFoods in the Bay Area... I get it fresh weekly... I assume this ideal, but I could probably save money since it's typically $5.50 to 6.50 a pound for 16% Ground Beef. What are the prices for grass fed beef you guys get>>
  • For grassfed ground beef in small quantities I pay about the same at Trader Joe's as you do. But for the good cuts, it can get up to $20-$30 a lb or so for a good steak. I forget what we pay at La Cense, but I know that we did a small order to try it, and then after that they were sending us tons of coupons that made it hard to pass up ordering from them. Paid like $300 for a a lot of meat. Strips, t-bones, sirloin, burgers, etc... It wound up coming in at around $10 per lb or so I think.
    Sean Buck
    "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."
  • I am in Victoria, British Columbia *Canada

    I found grass-fed and finished beef from Natural Wellness Meats, for sale at Country Grocer. Or their website is here: http://naturalpasturesbeef.ca/



    Other places I talked to the butchers and they said they didn't carry grass-fed beef:

    _Organic Planet (organic, but not grass fed)

    _The Roost (organic, but not grass fed)

    _Thrifty Foods (")

    _The Red Barn Market

    _Lifestyles Market on Douglas.



    *I haven't been in touch with them yet, but an employee at Lifestyles Market said that the Friendly Butcher in Cook Street Village may have grass-fed beef.

    *I am heading to Winnipeg soon to return for school, and will have to start from scratch with locating grass-fed and finished beef there. I have found grass-fed ground beef at VitaHealth, but no other cuts as of yet.
  • Finding local, organic farmers is not a difficult as it seems. Weston A Price Foundation Chapters are required to provide contact info for people to find local organic food. When I found a chapter meeting ONE MILE from my house, I was hooked up with lot of resources. Check out http://www.westonaprice.org/local-chapt ... al-chapter



    Also look for local farmer's markets in your town and neighboring towns. Lots of people are starting backyard chicken coops. Someone brings extra eggs for sale to church every Sunday. I'm in a Chicago suburb.

    I meet my farmers monthly and buy just enough to get through the month. I have a 2nd fridge in the garage for the frozen meat and the eggs. If I need something extra, I can buy through the dairy co-op or at the winter farmer's market.
  • All the cattle in Costa Rica appears to be grass-fed. Maybe it can be ordered online?
  • In my humble opinion, if you can buy your Grass Fed Beef from a local organic or at least pesticide free farm, that's probably the best way to go.



    This is the best site I know of for finding farms near where you live that sell Grass Fed Beef and other meats http://www.eatwild.com



    Having said that, I've ordered the Tri-Tip steaks from USWellness and they are really tasty, they thaw very quickly, they are reasonably priced (about $6 per steak), they are just the right size and I can cook it rare to medium rare in about 8 minutes.
  • Tim,

    Thanks, I have been looking on the eatwild.com site. But there aren't reviews or anything. Just curious to see if there were any other SoCal people out there that have a good experience with a local farmer that they would recommend?
    Sean Buck
    "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."
  • Sean, have you tried throwing that question out there on Twitter? I bet you will gets a lot of feedback on good GF Beef farms near you in SoCal.
  • For anyone living in the Greater Vancouver area, in British Columbia, I just found out that Meridian Meats has some good grass-fed meats and pastured eggs. They do have some meat that is grain-finished, but overall I think it's a good source.



    http://meridianmeats.ca/products-servic ... t-poultry/



    Anyone else live around Vancouver? I would love to hear of other places you have found.



    Cheers,

    TeeKay
  • 'TeeKay' wrote:


    For anyone living in the Greater Vancouver area, in British Columbia, I just found out that Meridian Meats has some good grass-fed meats and pastured eggs. They do have some meat that is grain-finished, but overall I think it's a good source.



    http://meridianmeats.ca/products-servic ... t-poultry/



    Anyone else live around Vancouver? I would love to hear of other places you have found.




    Wow, what a great find! Their Langley location is just 10 minutes away from me! I just got home from visiting Heritage Meats in Langley. Their meat is all medication free and grass fed, but grain finished. They sell 100% grass fed beef, but you have to buy it by the 1/4 or more to get it.



    That said, they also have a great selection of other specialty foods, like Coconut oil by the bucket, a large selection of gluten free foods. Not a very good website, but it has photos of some of their shelves to give an idea of their selection: http://www.heritagemeatsgourmet.com/
  • edited July 2012


    WholeFoods in the Bay Area... I get it fresh weekly... I assume this ideal, but I could probably save money since it's typically $5.50 to 6.50 a pound for 16% Ground Beef. What are the prices for grass fed beef you guys get>>




    in NYC from the local butcher- ground beef for $7/pound. stew meat for $10/lb, cheaper steaks $15, strip steaks $18, ribeye $20, dry aged steaks usually $22, filet $32.



    the beef tastes amazing, and is sourced from a farm just a couple hours north of NYC. the butchers are great people and know their stuff, so i don't mind paying the slightly increased price. though i never really buy anything more expensive than $15/lb.



    FWIW i thought Trader Joes grassfed beef tasted very mediocre when i tried it. Whole Foods was significantly better but still not close to what i get from the butcher.
  • JustsoJustso
    edited May 2013

    I buy all my grass fed beef, pastured poultry & lamb from White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia.


     


    Due to my geographical location, White Oak Pastures is practically a local farm to me and I can choose UPS Ground shipping and it's to me in one day from the day it ships. The meat is amazing, and every person I've turned on to it just goes nuts over it.


     


    One hell of a solid operation and phenomenal customer service.


     


    www.whiteoakpastures.com


  • Really use that www.eatwild.com  Price out and test a few.  I'm getting 3.65/lb hanging weight and .65 cents/lb processing.  So in the end it comes out at 5-6/lb for everything, steaks/roasts/burgers.  Plus i like going to the farm and looking around a bit. 


  • For anyone Atlantic Canada:


     


    Check out Get Away farms @ www.getawayfarm.ca


     


    I've been getting all my grass fed beef and lamb there for about 6 months. Great quality and service. No complaints!


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