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Do you buy grass fed at whole foods?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 31, 2011 at 11:56 PM

I see Whole Foods having a one day sale on grass fed beef at 4.99/lb on Sept 2nd http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2011/08/one-day-sale-ground-beef/

never have purchased from Whole Foods,...(just out of the way for me)

Have you? have you liked the quality?

thanks!

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 25, 2012
at 08:23 PM

That's the ground beef I buy most often now.

Ab566019baa884ec9e3327c108586ff8

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on September 04, 2011
at 06:01 PM

pretty sure that's the happiest cow I've ever tasted - damn was it good! Grilled another burger at 10am this morning for breakfast!

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on September 03, 2011
at 09:50 PM

I was going to do half meatloaf, half chili, but I was feeling lazy and just put 2 big pots on the stove last night. All 10 lbs. went into it. More chili than I've ever made at once. Guess what we're having for lunch for the next month?

4ae65e9a9abceabe4d2f6e2ccd810122

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on September 03, 2011
at 01:39 AM

I buy mine from Rocky Mountain foods. They ship it in a dry ice cooler. I have read too many bad stories about WF and their lack of sanitary conditions.

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on September 02, 2011
at 12:10 AM

Dave S: thanks for pointing that out. I was going on a memory of looking for information on their website. Looks like things have improved. I'm glad to be wrong since I buy it anyway :)

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on September 01, 2011
at 11:13 PM

Grass finished = 100%.

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on September 01, 2011
at 06:12 PM

At my Whole Foods I spoke to the butcher in the beginning of my paleo quest and that is when I found out the green stickered are the only grass finished. Everything else is just slightly more human than factory farmed with no antibiotics etc. When I buy 3 pounds it costs me just under $7 a pound.

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on September 01, 2011
at 06:10 PM

Yes if it is grass finished it will have the GREEN sticker.

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on September 01, 2011
at 05:09 PM

Us wellness does a good bit to support the US military too, which is pretty cool.

776bb678d88f7194b0fa0e5146df14f0

(1069)

on September 01, 2011
at 04:53 PM

As Dave S. stated above, it is not grass finished, it's 100% according to their guidelines: "Cattle must be born and raised on pasture or rangeland; Cattle are fed forage consisting of grass (annual and perennial), forbs (e.g. legumes, Brassica), browse (woody plants like shrubs and bushes), or cereal grain crops in the vegetative (pre-grain) state, with the exception of milk consumed by calves prior to weaning; Cattle are not fed grain or grain by-products; Cattle can be fed hay, haylage, baleage, silage and crop residue without grain during periods of low forage quality or bad weather."

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on September 01, 2011
at 03:41 PM

I like buying from WF because the meat is local but I hate buying from WF because of their vegetarian agenda. Major conflict for me. I regularly buy from US Wellness because they do so actively support our community so I feel an obligation to do the same for them even though the meat is from Tazmania, etc.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on September 01, 2011
at 03:39 PM

It is grass finished.

C4f80b8d42e013583c404bdd939c0bbc

on September 01, 2011
at 03:24 PM

If you think that Texas weather is stable, you might want to read up about the recent drought in south Texas :-/

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on September 01, 2011
at 02:23 PM

From the link above it looks like they are very clear. "Cattle must be born and raised on pasture or rangeland; Cattle are fed forage consisting of grass (annual and perennial), forbs (e.g. legumes, Brassica), browse (woody plants like shrubs and bushes), or cereal grain crops in the vegetative (pre-grain) state, with the exception of milk consumed by calves prior to weaning; Cattle are not fed grain or grain by-products; Cattle can be fed hay, haylage, baleage, silage and crop residue without grain during periods of low forage quality or bad weather."

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on September 01, 2011
at 12:48 PM

What is the regular price?

584b19d2b6cebc7cdf070b5f8a5a7937

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on September 01, 2011
at 04:46 AM

Way to let the cat out of the bag! Now I have to hit the sale on my way to work as opposed to after (Thank Grok that I have a freezer at work).... ;)

776bb678d88f7194b0fa0e5146df14f0

(1069)

on September 01, 2011
at 04:15 AM

The problem with buying grassfed beef in the Northeast (I live in Western Mass) is that it seems difficult for a small farmer to produce 100% grass fed beef without feeding grains for the winter. I'd think that such an operation is better suited to a more stable climate like Texas or California, and wouldn't mind so much getting quality beef from non-local sources. My friend near Philadelphia raises cattle, but feeds them grain through the winter. I don't know how local suppliers could profitably produce 100% GF beef in this climate.

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on September 01, 2011
at 01:18 AM

Ah I am so jealous!!! I wish that whole foods would go international :] Japan would love a whole foods, I am sure of it.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on September 01, 2011
at 12:05 AM

The trick will be to not succumb to the "whole paycheck" phenomenon, and just stick to the sale meat. There is a 10lb. limit too, damn!

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on August 31, 2011
at 11:59 PM

If they're selling grass-fed beef for 4.99/lb I'm buying it, freezing it, eating it, and liking it.

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65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

on September 01, 2011
at 03:35 PM

You should by from U.S. Wellness Meats instead: http://www.grasslandbeef.com

USWM actually supports and promotes the paleos lifestyle, they were at the AHS giving out free meat snacks, and have weekly newsletter columns.

WholeFoods discourages meat consumption and promotes veganism as a healthy lifestyle.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on September 01, 2011
at 05:09 PM

Us wellness does a good bit to support the US military too, which is pretty cool.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on September 01, 2011
at 03:41 PM

I like buying from WF because the meat is local but I hate buying from WF because of their vegetarian agenda. Major conflict for me. I regularly buy from US Wellness because they do so actively support our community so I feel an obligation to do the same for them even though the meat is from Tazmania, etc.

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on September 01, 2011
at 12:11 AM

Yes, I buy it all the time, and it is great! I am BEYOND upset because I am out of town and unable to take advantage of the sale. :(

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1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on September 01, 2011
at 09:12 PM

In Northern California this sale means beef from Panorama farms.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 25, 2012
at 08:23 PM

That's the ground beef I buy most often now.

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07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on September 01, 2011
at 01:19 PM

My local Whole Foods had a special when they first (to my knowledge) started carrying grass-fed ground beef - it was $6.99/lb, but if you bought 3 or more lbs it'd be $5.99/lb.

Now they have a few different grades (85/15 or 90/10) and don't advertise the special, but I've found that if I ask nicely, they'll still give me the special price for buying 3 or more lbs.

It wouldn't hurt to ask them about such a price structure when it's not on sale for $4.99 already...

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77ecc37f89dbe8f783179323916bd8e6

(5002)

on September 01, 2011
at 12:58 PM

Whole Foods is very unclear on their website about what they mean by grass fed. If it was grass finished, then they would presumably say so. Yet all cows are grass fed in the beginning. So what does it mean to be grass fed versus conventional in this context - grass fed for a longer period of time? Also note that Whole Foods' grass fed ground beef is not organic, just grass fed, whatever that means. Despite these concerns, I still buy it. But I prefer the salad bar beef that I get from a local coop of farmers who do everything the old fashioned way without being ambiguous about everything the way that WF is.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on September 01, 2011
at 02:23 PM

From the link above it looks like they are very clear. "Cattle must be born and raised on pasture or rangeland; Cattle are fed forage consisting of grass (annual and perennial), forbs (e.g. legumes, Brassica), browse (woody plants like shrubs and bushes), or cereal grain crops in the vegetative (pre-grain) state, with the exception of milk consumed by calves prior to weaning; Cattle are not fed grain or grain by-products; Cattle can be fed hay, haylage, baleage, silage and crop residue without grain during periods of low forage quality or bad weather."

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on September 01, 2011
at 06:12 PM

At my Whole Foods I spoke to the butcher in the beginning of my paleo quest and that is when I found out the green stickered are the only grass finished. Everything else is just slightly more human than factory farmed with no antibiotics etc. When I buy 3 pounds it costs me just under $7 a pound.

77ecc37f89dbe8f783179323916bd8e6

(5002)

on September 02, 2011
at 12:10 AM

Dave S: thanks for pointing that out. I was going on a memory of looking for information on their website. Looks like things have improved. I'm glad to be wrong since I buy it anyway :)

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7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on September 01, 2011
at 03:01 AM

Yes I do buy it there sometimes but it ticks me off. Everytime I'm looking at the different colored stickers I think it's varying degrees of healthy animal. Should I pay less and get the yellow sticker meat with no hormones? Or should I pay top price for grass fed green sticker. I wish they would just go all the way and have all grass finished. I would do all my meat shopping there if they did.

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C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

on September 01, 2011
at 12:16 AM

I usually get my ground beef from WFM due to it being on the way home from my office, though I want to start buying directly from a farm. The only potentially sucky part of this convenient setup is that you could be supporting a farmer who is closer but doesn't have the volume to supply WFM. The taste and texture of the beef I get is good, though. If they're selling it for 4.99/lb in Framingham I'll definitely buy as much as I can.

C4f80b8d42e013583c404bdd939c0bbc

on September 01, 2011
at 03:24 PM

If you think that Texas weather is stable, you might want to read up about the recent drought in south Texas :-/

776bb678d88f7194b0fa0e5146df14f0

(1069)

on September 01, 2011
at 04:15 AM

The problem with buying grassfed beef in the Northeast (I live in Western Mass) is that it seems difficult for a small farmer to produce 100% grass fed beef without feeding grains for the winter. I'd think that such an operation is better suited to a more stable climate like Texas or California, and wouldn't mind so much getting quality beef from non-local sources. My friend near Philadelphia raises cattle, but feeds them grain through the winter. I don't know how local suppliers could profitably produce 100% GF beef in this climate.

4ae65e9a9abceabe4d2f6e2ccd810122

(50)

on September 03, 2011
at 01:39 AM

I buy mine from Rocky Mountain foods. They ship it in a dry ice cooler. I have read too many bad stories about WF and their lack of sanitary conditions.

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Ab566019baa884ec9e3327c108586ff8

(1055)

on September 02, 2011
at 06:48 PM

Got my 10 lbs today - can't wait for a burger tonight! Thanks all!

Ab566019baa884ec9e3327c108586ff8

(1055)

on September 04, 2011
at 06:01 PM

pretty sure that's the happiest cow I've ever tasted - damn was it good! Grilled another burger at 10am this morning for breakfast!

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584b19d2b6cebc7cdf070b5f8a5a7937

(369)

on September 01, 2011
at 06:42 PM

I usually buy from local farmers at their farmers market stands, but WF is also a good choice. Here's a link about their beef sources:http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2011/08/one-day-sale-ground-beef/

It's pretty good. I like how they break down the ranches by region so you know what you are getting. I checked out Southern California's sources and they check out great- both Hearst Ranch and Eel River Ranch boast grass finished beef. Score! Looking at the photos of their ranches made me jealous of the cows' lives. Maybe I need to redirect my career to ranching.

See you people at WF tomorrow!

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on September 01, 2011
at 04:41 PM

Our food coop has better tasting 100% grass-fed ground beef at $4.99/lb every day.

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on September 01, 2011
at 04:15 PM

I have in the past but no longer do - I have had too many instances of spoilage in their ground meat. I'm guessing that is only the two stores I go to, though. It's disappointing, as this is a good price.

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on September 01, 2011
at 03:17 PM

Is it grass finished as well? If not then, 4.99/# is a bit expensive for something that is a nice idea, but at the end of day, not worth the bigger sticker price, IMO.

However, 4.99/# for 100% grass fed is awesome, stock up!!!

776bb678d88f7194b0fa0e5146df14f0

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on September 01, 2011
at 04:53 PM

As Dave S. stated above, it is not grass finished, it's 100% according to their guidelines: "Cattle must be born and raised on pasture or rangeland; Cattle are fed forage consisting of grass (annual and perennial), forbs (e.g. legumes, Brassica), browse (woody plants like shrubs and bushes), or cereal grain crops in the vegetative (pre-grain) state, with the exception of milk consumed by calves prior to weaning; Cattle are not fed grain or grain by-products; Cattle can be fed hay, haylage, baleage, silage and crop residue without grain during periods of low forage quality or bad weather."

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on September 01, 2011
at 03:39 PM

It is grass finished.

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on September 01, 2011
at 06:10 PM

Yes if it is grass finished it will have the GREEN sticker.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on September 01, 2011
at 11:13 PM

Grass finished = 100%.

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on September 01, 2011
at 12:38 AM

Yep. I buy ground and bone-in cuts which are cheapest. I like it...

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on September 01, 2011
at 12:19 AM

Yep, occasionally. There's a Whole Foods up the street from me so it's the closest grocery store... thus I shop there more than I'd like :P They're my backup if I run out of meat from the farm CSA.

Thanks for the tip on the ground beef sale!

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on April 03, 2013
at 10:31 PM

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