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Where do you buy free range grass fed meat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 24, 2011 at 6:33 PM

My supermarket doesn't carry it and neither does Costco or BJs. What about Whole Foods? Is it cheaper to buy it online and what are some reliable cost effective sources? I live in Waltham, MA (suburb of Boston). There's a few coops here but for the moment I don't want to make the commitment nor do I want to travel far for it and I'm picky about the types of meat (no pork for example). I'm primarily interested in beef, preferably heirloom, and buffalo.

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on June 16, 2012
at 12:26 AM

Diane, I would love to know the name of the other health food store you buy from. Is it Full O Life? I need to broaden my resources!

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on June 14, 2012
at 06:54 PM

I get some of my grassfed beef from Dey-dey's, too, and also from whole foods. I notice that at another local health food store the grassfed beef is from South America. I do not know if that is a good thing or not.

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on June 14, 2012
at 06:50 PM

Their heart and tallow is really good, too.

De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

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on June 14, 2012
at 04:36 PM

Came here to post eatwild.com ... helped me find an awesome local beef/bison connection.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on September 26, 2011
at 12:14 AM

The first link puts the nearest farm about an hour drive away. There are coops and I think even one that drops off the meat here in Waltham but the meat is variable and they don't raise buffalo here. If you miss the pickup, then you lose it for that week. Also, it's rather expensive it seems even compared to the online options, at about $8/lb for mix of chicken, turkey, pork, sheep, and beef.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on September 26, 2011
at 12:10 AM

Nice - free shipping! I'm actually from San Antonio so go there often but Dallas is a bit far to drive to pick it up fresh.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on September 26, 2011
at 12:06 AM

I do sometimes too but there isn't always someone selling it and they'll be stopping the market in a few weeks for the winter. One lady had it yesterday but she admitted that they're not grass fed.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on September 26, 2011
at 12:05 AM

I checked out Whole Foods and they have grass fed beef but not buffalo. The price was about the same as USWM, excluding shipping. USWM seems to be out of a bunch of products though.

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on September 24, 2011
at 10:21 PM

Hardwick Beef! http://www.hardwickbeef.com/

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on September 24, 2011
at 07:59 PM

Nice! I was starting to worry that I would have to pay $60 for shipping every time. Even with a large order, it would be very expensive. I live in an apartment so only have space for what will fit in the small freezers that they offer.

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on September 24, 2011
at 07:55 PM

I also do us welness meats. I do a big order every month. It's about the same price as whole foods but it comes to my door and I avoid the hippies at the store.

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on September 24, 2011
at 07:08 PM

I buy at Whole Foods when it's on sale, at my local farmers' market when available but I rely on US Wellness Meats. I place an order approximately every three months, have it delivered to the door, and stock the freezer. If you have a bigger freezer, you probably could order less often. There's a $7.50 shipping fee and bulk discounts. In particular, I recommend their liver.

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on September 24, 2011
at 07:55 PM

I also do us welness meats. I do a big order every month. It's about the same price as whole foods but it comes to my door and I avoid the hippies at the store.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on September 24, 2011
at 07:59 PM

Nice! I was starting to worry that I would have to pay $60 for shipping every time. Even with a large order, it would be very expensive. I live in an apartment so only have space for what will fit in the small freezers that they offer.

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

(4266)

on June 14, 2012
at 06:50 PM

Their heart and tallow is really good, too.

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on September 24, 2011
at 11:16 PM

www.eatwild.com - you should be able to find something close to home on this website. http://www.localharvest.org/ is also a great resource for finding local farmers.

A simple Google search shows that you have quite a few options in your area: http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=waltham+mass+csa+coop

Happy Hunting!! :D

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on September 26, 2011
at 12:14 AM

The first link puts the nearest farm about an hour drive away. There are coops and I think even one that drops off the meat here in Waltham but the meat is variable and they don't raise buffalo here. If you miss the pickup, then you lose it for that week. Also, it's rather expensive it seems even compared to the online options, at about $8/lb for mix of chicken, turkey, pork, sheep, and beef.

De641ff2accb4975e1f42886b43009db

(2227)

on June 14, 2012
at 04:36 PM

Came here to post eatwild.com ... helped me find an awesome local beef/bison connection.

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on September 24, 2011
at 08:33 PM

I buy the Whole Foods organic grass-fed when its on sale, but the Whole Foods "Natural" beef with an animal wellness rating of 4 is also pastured. Nothing but grass for most of it's life, and then in the last 90 days it's provided alfalfa and... erm something else. I don't remember what the rest of it was, but there was no wheat or soy in it. He said the feed was there, but they don't have to eat it. So that's my go to meat when I can't afford 100% grass fed because it's about the same price as the CAFO meat at my supermarket at a far superior quality/care for the animal, and no wheat/soy. Actually, this week, the chuck steaks are cheaper than my supermarket.

Trader Joe's has grass fed ground beef at, IIRC, $5.99/lb.

Other than that, I buy meat from the farmers markets.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on September 26, 2011
at 12:06 AM

I do sometimes too but there isn't always someone selling it and they'll be stopping the market in a few weeks for the winter. One lady had it yesterday but she admitted that they're not grass fed.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on September 24, 2011
at 07:17 PM

Find a farmer you can deal with directly. Farmers are more and more attentive to this desire, and you'll find they're more and more internet savvy with direct marketing. Find some folks to go in on a whole cow or find a farmer willing to sell in quarter/half cow increments. That's the best way to go, and the most cost effective.

In my opinion, ordering online from USWM is way too expensive for the premium product. The extra cost doesn't justify the benefits of grass-fed organic.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on September 26, 2011
at 12:05 AM

I checked out Whole Foods and they have grass fed beef but not buffalo. The price was about the same as USWM, excluding shipping. USWM seems to be out of a bunch of products though.

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35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

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on June 14, 2012
at 04:01 PM

Paidom has outstanding quality meat, good prices, and you don't have to buy 1/4 of a cow to get those good prices.

They're in Texas, I'm in New Mexico, they have a delivery route that drops off my order to my neighborhood so it works great for me. Don't know how cost effective shipping is if you live far from Texas.

Here's their home page:

http://www.paidom.com/

Here's their contact info:

http://www.paidom.com/feedback.htm

Here's their order page:

http://www.paidom.com/orders.htm

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on June 14, 2012
at 03:26 PM

I get my 100% grass fed and pastured beef, lamb and buffalo from my site that i created. I sell at or below my supplier's prices and shipping is direct to your door and a pass through. These come direct from Montana, Colorado and South Dakota - check it out at www.modernpaleomeats.com

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on September 27, 2011
at 02:36 AM

Here is the eatwild page for Mass: http://www.eatwild.com/products/massachusetts.html

Get in your car and drive to Berkshire County. You will find something.

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6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

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on September 26, 2011
at 12:38 AM

I buy some at Whole Foods, some at another health food store, but mainly from my local farmers market. The farmer I buy from also sells online at:

http://www.bestbeefever.com

Looks like it's for California only, though.

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

(4266)

on June 14, 2012
at 06:54 PM

I get some of my grassfed beef from Dey-dey's, too, and also from whole foods. I notice that at another local health food store the grassfed beef is from South America. I do not know if that is a good thing or not.

6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

(1307)

on June 16, 2012
at 12:26 AM

Diane, I would love to know the name of the other health food store you buy from. Is it Full O Life? I need to broaden my resources!

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on September 24, 2011
at 09:17 PM

I use a co-op mostly, but also buy from Slankers as well as items like Tallow and Pemmican from US Wellness.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on September 26, 2011
at 12:10 AM

Nice - free shipping! I'm actually from San Antonio so go there often but Dallas is a bit far to drive to pick it up fresh.

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on September 24, 2011
at 07:37 PM

In Phoenix we have the fish hugger :). Free range grass fed , also wild caught salmon.

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on September 24, 2011
at 07:20 PM

I also live in Boston.

My wife and I buy almost all of our meat from US Wellness (http://www.grasslandbeef.com/).

$7.50 FLAT shipping rate. My wife orders a large shipment every 2-3 weeks and we put it in our meat locker.

Meat quality is EXCELLENT and very inexpensive (WAY cheaper than buying from the farmer's markets and better quality in my opinion).

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on April 03, 2013
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