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Old 04-18-2008, 11:30 AM   #1
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HELP! Free Range Beef, Chicken & Pork
This is a post about helping me find an alternative to the grocery store beef, chicken, pork.....After seeing that news segment a while ago on how that poor cow was being abused terribly while he/she couldn't even stand up! Oh God, it was awful. Since then I haven't bought any beef or otherwise from the grocery stores. And I'm getting desperate for some meat. My freezer is pretty empty.


I'm looking for a farm that has it's animals graze openly free range and preferrably grass fed. But what I'm finding is how expensive it is for just one pound of ground beef. $6.00! I can't even fathom paying that kind of money, and I don't have that kind of money. But I want to support the good farmers who treat their livestock humanely and kill them humanely - if that's even possible. I hate thinking about that part. I am so not a farm girl.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to find this kind of farm but not have to pay so much money? I know the more you buy the cheaper it is, but we don't have a big freezer as we don't own our own home yet so I'm quite limited by space.
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Old 04-18-2008, 11:36 AM   #2
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I don't know about farms but do you have a Whole Foods close to you?
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Old 04-18-2008, 12:43 PM   #3
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Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Trader Joe's, Wild Oats (same as WF) will offer free range, grass fed, etc. meats. They rock too!! They are expensive but so much more worthy.
Or, if you live in an area that has co-ops you may be able to hook up with one of them that offers meat also. Co-ops are great, http://www.localharvest.org/food-coops/
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Of those, Trader Joe's will probably have the best prices.
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There are places online that you can order from. Yes, it is more expensive, but you are gaining many benefits from eating free range/grass fed meat.

My store carries a small assortment of such products. We regularly buy grass-fed buffalo meat, but we do pay more. It doesn't matter to me. It has much less fat, and I know it's better for our bodies. Same goes with the chicken.

I'll try to find some links to some good companies. Many times, you can break down an order and share with a friend or family member. That cuts costs somewhat. It's often much cheaper to buy a whole cow than bits and pieces.
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I would give anything to be able to buy venison in the store.
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Good luck finding a farm - I agree you will want to find someplace that allows you to buy in bulk and then pack it into a deep freezer. We were fortunate enough to live near a Buffalo Ranch that ran a store - which has since closed it's doors b/c of all the new cattle regulations. Personally don't eat red meat, but the family loved it. I live in the land of farms and it is difficult to buy meat directly from them as any commercial butcher shop has to be FDA inspected. Therefore, Joe Farmer can butcher for his family and give it to friends, but it cannot be sold.
We recently had an inspector at the farmers market giving people trouble for selling locally made goat cheese b/c the farm is not inspected etc.
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Really? Trader Joes! That's terrific. I'll have to drive about 45 minutes to get there, but that's okay by me. I know there's a Whole Foods around here somewhere so I'll have to look it up.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! You guys/gals are awesome.

We do have some farms near us, but like I said it would cost us $6/lb and I just can't afford that much. And I just don't have the storage for a whole or even a half of a cow. I must pay off my credit card before I could even think of spending that much on meat. Like I said, I refuse to buy from the grocery store anymore, I just can't. So we will have to make some sacrifies until we can afford to buy from the farms.

Thanks again!!
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How many pounds do you get in a whole cow?
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You can check out PETA's website and find a ton of animal friendly retailers.

Also, there are vegan/vegetarian foods that are wonderful! There's the Morningstar line of foods, Boca, and Gardenburger that all have a huge selection of meatless meat like products and they taste great (and won't kill your bank account)! Also, check out Full Circle for natural and organic foods. My local grocery store carries a ton of Full Circle products .Hope that helps
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