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Bulk beef/chicken options near Boston

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 29, 2011 at 6:43 PM

I am three weeks into eating paleo. I'm a wife and an at-home mom of three under four, a distance runner and have autoimmune and thyroid issues. This is my first posting on PaleoHacks so, hello! and thank you in advance. This board is a staggering resource of experiences and advice.

We live in the Boston suburbs and have excellent access to Whole Foods and Trader Joe's so we're lucky. However, I am interested in purchasing grass fed beef or chicken in bulk from a local farm if possible and am wondering if anyone has done so in this area. We have freezer capacity and it seems economical not to mention convenient for a family of five. Alternately, can anyone steer me to a good warehouse store (BJs or Costco) for bulk meat purchases? I know that each store carries different merchandise. I have not had good luck at the Stoneham BJs but haven't looked elsewhere.

Many thanks in advance for any leads!

Best, Jane

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on January 20, 2012
at 08:53 PM

+1 - I go to Oake Knoll in Foxboro for raw milk. This summer I hope to buy some grass fed in bulk from them.

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on August 31, 2011
at 06:30 PM

Yes, I've heard of Chestnut. We are on their waiting list for meat CSA and have been for over a year I think - reminds me that I should email and see if they've tossed the list and restarted or something.

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on August 31, 2011
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We live in Arlington but my husband works in Southern NH so we have some range in our ability to pick up, especially if it wasn't particularly often. I will look into Smith and Green Meadows - thank you!!!

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on August 29, 2011
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Can you get to Groton? John Crow Farm has a CSA, there's also two farms in NH, Steve Normanton Farm, and another in Milford NH that sell whole/halves/quarters of beef.

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on August 29, 2011
at 07:34 PM

Hi Jane! We are in the Boston suburbs as well.

I get a lot of my meat from Chestnut Farms. They have a meat CSA with many pickup locations - but they also have a waiting list. Try to get on it! They rock!

http://www.chestnutfarms.org/

There used to be a FANTASTIC bison farm out in Rutland, but they closed down for good last month, which was EPICLY TRAGIC. Rutland/Worcester has a few good places to check out. The Meat House in Arlington will special order whatever you want, including grass fed beef.

I am jealous of your freezer storage - I would suggest we do a cow-pool if I also had ample storage, but alas, none in our tiny apartment.

--Sarah

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on August 31, 2011
at 06:30 PM

Yes, I've heard of Chestnut. We are on their waiting list for meat CSA and have been for over a year I think - reminds me that I should email and see if they've tossed the list and restarted or something.

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on January 20, 2012
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I just learened about a place in Sterling that sells half and quarter grass-fed cows. http://www.rockyacresfarmfestival.com/Farm.html I haven't tried them yet, but I intend to at some point.

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on January 20, 2012
at 08:18 PM

Yankee Farmers Market in Warner, NH (1.5 hours from Boston) has lots of good stuff, and gives options for buying in bulk grassfed beef, bison, lamb, chicken, elk, venison, pig. I always stop in for some meat whenever I'm up in NH. I just ordered the Buffalo "Freezer Teaser" and it is being shipped to me for $38.

http://yankeefarmersmarket.stores.yahoo.net/specials.html

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on December 07, 2011
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I've bought some River Rock Farms grass-fed beef at a farmer's market in Davis Square, and I think they have bulk beef options.

Also, I'm in Somerville and would potentially be interested in sharing a half/full animal (any pastured ruminant) with someone.

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on November 09, 2011
at 02:16 AM

Caledonia Farm in Barre delivers to Waltham and Worcester farmers markets. Dave Petrovick is a cool guy and he'll even meet you in a sketchy parking lot to clandestinely hand over ur meats. Best. Rib-eyes. Evar.

http://www.caledoniafarm.com/

He also sells pork from Burnshirt Farm. Soooo tasty...

I'm in Andover and other than the occasional and expensive offering at Whole Foods ($22/lb for grassfed rib-eye? Really?) there's no place to just stop and buy something. You have to plan ahead, which is why I try to keep my freezer full of Dave's cow parts. Waltham/Worcester are a long drive but it's worth the schlep.

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on November 09, 2011
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D291fa0ee09423d56db58cd6fded1b85

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on January 20, 2012
at 08:53 PM

+1 - I go to Oake Knoll in Foxboro for raw milk. This summer I hope to buy some grass fed in bulk from them.

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on November 08, 2011
at 02:35 PM

A farm here in northern Vermont has a meat CSA, and they deliver to a bunch of locations in the Boston area every month. It includes beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and veal. They also sell sides of beef and pork.

http://houdefamilyfarm.com/

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on September 27, 2011
at 03:15 AM

Oh hey! I'm in Newton and I go up to Gloucester a lot!

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on August 30, 2011
at 01:09 AM

where are you near boston? im north, on cape ann and we get our beef from miles smith farm in southern NH and through our CSA at green meadows farm in south hamilton we get pork, lamb, chicken and turkey. depending on where you are, that might all be too far for you though.

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on August 31, 2011
at 06:29 PM

We live in Arlington but my husband works in Southern NH so we have some range in our ability to pick up, especially if it wasn't particularly often. I will look into Smith and Green Meadows - thank you!!!

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