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Where do NC residents get their grassfed beef (and other meat)?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 28, 2012 at 12:54 AM

So I've come across a handful of paleohackers from North Carolina, and I was really curious to know where you get your grassfed beef and other meat from. My husband used to order beef from Aldersprings with friends, but the price combined with the damaged cuts that he'd receive due to shipping was enough to make him want to switch.

Read Seriously, this is not a troll. I'm not related to these people. I am not doing a favor for these people. This was just my experience and I am curious to see what yours is!*

After looking at the eatwild website, we found a local farm that seemed to suit our needs called Double R Cattle Services. They don't use pesticides, and their cows are start to finish grassfed (the last time we went to the farm, there was a total of 1 cow who was not grassfed because she was an orphan).They are a wonderful family who has been living and farming the land for generations. We drive to their farm and see their kids playing with goats, and the husband out in his overalls tending the cattle. The cattle have tons of space to roam and look happy. Best of all? Cheap! If you buy a quarter cow, you get 80lbs of ground beef and all cuts for $5.50/lb. I believe they send their cows to be processed quarterly, and have a sale on the 'older' beef to make room for the new beef when they get it in. In terms of taste, I think it's rather good. I rendered fat from some bones last week and the smell was MUCH milder than the grassfed bones that I got from Whole Foods.

Oh, and they are also apparently well known for their strawberries, which they grow on their property every spring. And I think the man's brother raises pigs and sheep.... AKA we'll hopefully be getting some of them soon enough :) We like the idea of being able to get a lot in one place. This is such a culture shock for me since I've lived in New York my entire life!

I'm curious to know where others in NC get their beef, as well as other pastured items like pork and lamb. The latter have been harder to come by. Hope we can all help one another!

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on September 15, 2013
at 01:14 PM

You can find mpre places in here at Eat Wild they will give you list of all the farms that have grass fed and wild range animals.

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on April 15, 2012
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I find all their products to be excellent and they are really fantastic people who are trying to make a difference in the world with their businesses. Their farm is immaculate and highly recommend them.

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on April 15, 2012
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Thanks for the info, invisible ink. I'm looking at Ray Family farms and it seems that they feed their hogs corn barley and wheat, and then finish them with nuts and fruit. Their half hog looks reasonably priced. How do you find the quality to be?

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on January 28, 2012
at 02:05 AM

Priscilla,

Here is a resource page that might help you:

http://www.eatwild.com/products/nocarolina.html

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on January 28, 2012
at 01:57 AM

I live in Raleigh, and hit the Raleigh Farmer's Market once or twice a week. They have everything there, if it's in season, plus some. Local honey too, which I love if it comes with the honeycomb in it. Lamb, pork, and organic produce are available. My most frequent meat purchases are ground beef ($6/lb) and pastured eggs ($4/doz), as well as some beef liver and lamb organs (both $5/lb, I think), all from Rare Earth Farms.

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on August 21, 2013
at 01:54 AM

I live in Raleigh but buy all my my beef online from What's Your Beef Butcher in Charlotte, NC (whatsyourbeefbutcher.com). Everything is local, grass fed and dry aged. And it is sooooooo good.

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on February 02, 2013
at 09:22 PM

I buy from little creek ranch in Liberty NC. They also sell on line. We live in guilford county and they are about 40 min away. It is a small family farm and the cows are grass fed from start to finish. The pastures are fertilizer and pesticide free. At only 5.50 for 1lb ground beef and 6.50 for 1.5 lbs of stew beef i feel the prices are great.

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on January 16, 2013
at 11:41 AM

I love Coon Rock Farms (http://coonrockfarm.com/about-us/). They have beef, chicken, pork, lamb. They sell at farmer's markets and have a meat CSA. I order stuff and have it delivered to the North Hill's farmer's markets in Raleigh.

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on November 17, 2012
at 11:50 AM

Lucky 3 Farm is where we get our meat. We are members of their CSA and have been to their farm a few times. Great people. Great meat. Grass fed beef and pasture raised chicken and pork. http://www.lucky3farm.com/

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on April 08, 2012
at 02:47 AM

I'm in Wake Forest (just outside of Raleigh) and have access to fantastic farmers and farmer's markets here. I buy most of my grass-fed beef, pastured pork, chicken, eggs, and turkey from a local farmer about 20 minutes away in Bunn called Ray Family Farm. If I need to supplement I run into Whole Foods and get the Baldwin Beef they sell there (the only grass-fed/finished producer they sell in this area) or order from US Wellness Meats and Tropical Traditions when they have sales.

I'd really like to get a good (affordable!) fully-pastured lamb source locally but I think it's always going to be a bit more than I'd like to spend from what I've noticed.

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on April 15, 2012
at 03:04 PM

I find all their products to be excellent and they are really fantastic people who are trying to make a difference in the world with their businesses. Their farm is immaculate and highly recommend them.

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on April 15, 2012
at 01:10 PM

Thanks for the info, invisible ink. I'm looking at Ray Family farms and it seems that they feed their hogs corn barley and wheat, and then finish them with nuts and fruit. Their half hog looks reasonably priced. How do you find the quality to be?

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on April 08, 2012
at 12:41 AM

I'm in Hendersonville, NC near Asheville. Asheville has great tailgate markets, farms, and stores like co-ops, Greenlife grocery, and Earth Fair. In Hendersonville I go to a farm in Flat Rock (Three Arrows) for beef. When the tailgate market opens, I can get local poultry, eggs, pork, and organic veggies. During the in season 90% of our food comes from the tailgate markets. The prices in Hendersonville are a little better than Asheville too.

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on February 11, 2012
at 03:12 PM

I live in the Raleigh area and my family and I get grass-fed beef from a number of sources--Whole Foods and Carolina Grown (which is a local vegetable, fruit and high-quality meat company that delivers food to your doorstep soon after harvest). Currently, though, our source of grass-fed meat is a cow we split with some friends of ours who acquired it from a Virginian farm.

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on January 28, 2012
at 04:38 AM

The Carrboro Farmer's Market has some pretty amazing options for being a smaller market. The few times I've been to Durham have been nice too. I love Cane Creek Farm and Perry-winkle Farm in particular.

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on January 28, 2012
at 01:57 AM

I don't have a freezer so I couldn't do a whole quarter of a cow :( I just go to the State Farmers Market. There's some smaller farmers' markets in the Triangle that usually have some local butchers with really good meats. I think some of the CSAs have meat options too.

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on January 28, 2012
at 01:10 AM

I used to live in Winston-Salem and the Whole Foods store in my area would source their grass-fed beef from Baldwin Farms. Here is their site:

http://www.baldwingrassfedbeef.com/shop/pc/home.asp

I visited the farm once too and it checks out. Very clean, 100% grassfed, organic, etc.

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on January 28, 2012
at 01:10 AM

Look up your local Weston A Price chapter. I'll be spending this summer in Charlotte and was pleasantly surprised to find the Charlotte WAPF chapter has a great resource page. There are several chapters in NC besides Charlotte as well.

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