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Where do you buy your grass fed?

Answered on April 01, 2016
Created June 28, 2012 at 3:23 PM

I'm looking for a place to buy grass fed beef. I recent reply to one of my questions raised the point that paying the freight to ship cross country may be worth it compared to my local pricing here in New Jersey. Would you mind telling me where you buy your grass fed beef? I am seeing local prices as high as $8/lb hanging weight for a quarter cow.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on December 14, 2012
at 10:27 PM

Yes, I also buy my meat at Wegmans. I know different locations carry different products, based on demand. Talk to the butcher there if you can't find any.

B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

(3924)

on June 30, 2012
at 06:23 PM

@Graciel, I respectfully disagree with you there. If 90% of the foods I eat are optimal Paleo foods and 10% not, my health and body composition is going to be a lot different than if I ate 10% optimal Paleo foods and 90% processed crap in a box. Likewise, a cow that eats 90% organic pasture grass and 10% organic grains is going to be a lot healthier (with healthier meat) than a cow that eats 10% grass and 90% grains. Meat exists on a continuum from poor quality (processed CAFO) up to premium quality (organic grassfed). The stuff just short of premium is still great meat and very affordable.

98d897c716fab334d015b8004ed0537f

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on June 29, 2012
at 02:38 PM

I'm in PA, but I believe they all have it (could be wrong). Check at the far end of the meat case, it's not mixed in with the other stuff. The packaging is green rather than black, there are some images here: https://www.wegmans.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductListView?forwardto=ProductListView&Ne=7&Ntt=grass+fed+beef&langId=-1&Ntk=ProductSearch&storeId=10052&Ntx=mode%20MatchAllPartial&catalogId=10002&N=207%204294966749%204294862171&Ns=P_Velocity|1 Several different cuts are available and they also have pork and lamb.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 29, 2012
at 10:35 AM

125 miles! Sorry about typo. Although most of the meat farmers are closer, that's the limit for the market, and some of the vegetable growers are from the northern neck of VA.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 29, 2012
at 10:33 AM

125 miles! Sorry about typo.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 29, 2012
at 10:32 AM

Forgot prices. Cheapest other than offal is ground beef. Ranges $5-6/lb generally with extra 50c for patties. Have found for $4.50 a few times. Beef liver is usually only $1-2/lb! Short ribs 4.50 to 6, cheapest roast 5-6, steaks escalate from $7 up to 18/lb. Market vendors also carry pork, lamb, goat, chickens, all pastured/grass fed. All within 25 miles. I'm in the main town of a county really into local food. Check some of the other farmers markets. I know not all the markets here have as much choice.

De9cfdb47ff142453b62bc145e44f9c4

on June 29, 2012
at 01:21 AM

Thanks Karen. I've never noticed grass fed beef at the local farmer's markets but its worth looking with a closer eye.

De9cfdb47ff142453b62bc145e44f9c4

on June 29, 2012
at 01:14 AM

@ Heidi, I have been eating grain feed so I'm sure just a little grain would be better but I'm looking to make the leap to 100% grass fed.

De9cfdb47ff142453b62bc145e44f9c4

on June 29, 2012
at 01:11 AM

Thanks Eric.I have been to Eatwild before and checked out the few farms listed for New Jersey. Strange thing is I never thought to click on other states. This may end up being the best suggestion yet.

De9cfdb47ff142453b62bc145e44f9c4

on June 29, 2012
at 01:05 AM

Thanks, I'll check them out

De9cfdb47ff142453b62bc145e44f9c4

on June 29, 2012
at 01:05 AM

Thanks, I'll check them out.

De9cfdb47ff142453b62bc145e44f9c4

on June 29, 2012
at 01:04 AM

@keeperpoo - Thanks, I'll look into it.

De9cfdb47ff142453b62bc145e44f9c4

on June 29, 2012
at 01:03 AM

I'll check Wegman's near but but I don't remember them selling grass fed.

De9cfdb47ff142453b62bc145e44f9c4

on June 29, 2012
at 01:00 AM

@AmyB - PA seemed the obvious choice to me too but I wanted to put out some feelers in hopes that the big beef states might have some killer deals that would offset the shipping.

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

(345)

on June 28, 2012
at 09:27 PM

Which Wegman is that that sells grass-fed beef? And what kind of cut?

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 28, 2012
at 09:08 PM

+1 for finding a local producer

F3583667d653163c121640a015ffa93a

(784)

on June 28, 2012
at 06:27 PM

"Mostly" grass fed is like being "a little bit" pregnant. It either is or it isn't. I know people who raise nice cattle on grass then feed them grain the last six weeks so the meat is tender. And in the process they totally destroy the idea of grass fed meat. It's either all or nothing in my book.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 28, 2012
at 05:44 PM

I get mine at Whole Foods. I just buy the grass fed "stew" meat, which runs 5.99 or 6.99/lb.

E40b2fc9ddcf702bab9d61d28b8c8440

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on June 28, 2012
at 05:11 PM

A fireman beef rancher... I can imagine nothing else sexier!

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 28, 2012
at 04:41 PM

I get mine at Whole Foods. I get the grass fe beef stew meat for 5.99 or 6.99/lb, which is such a good deal IMO.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 28, 2012
at 04:06 PM

I get grass fed beef stew meat at WF for like 5.99 or 6.99 a lb. I get that, some organic chicken (6.99lb), some japanese sweet potatoes at the farmers market, some kale and asparagus, some fresh berries, some eggs, and I'm set for the week. It's not expensive at all to eat healthy.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on June 28, 2012
at 03:33 PM

I can get buffalo at Safeway. Farms, farmer's markets, Whole Foods (pricey) - or I just eat the regular stuff.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on June 28, 2012
at 03:31 PM

Are you anywhere near a "My Family Cow" retailer? I actually went to the farm - very WAPF.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on June 28, 2012
at 03:30 PM

Look into some farms in PA. I'm sure they'd be cheaper than that -- especially for the quantity you're talking about. You could try North Mountain Pastures. www.northmountainpastures.com (You might even be able to pick it up yourself or send someone for it, depending on how far you'd want to drive into PA.) I would imagine southeastern PA has a ton of farms that would have beef cheaper than $8/lb for 1/4 cow.

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892be7bd354cb6359a42bbda9069c2c0

(120)

on June 28, 2012
at 06:04 PM

Check out www.eatwild.com. You can search by state for grass-fed beef producers.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 28, 2012
at 09:08 PM

+1 for finding a local producer

De9cfdb47ff142453b62bc145e44f9c4

on June 29, 2012
at 01:11 AM

Thanks Eric.I have been to Eatwild before and checked out the few farms listed for New Jersey. Strange thing is I never thought to click on other states. This may end up being the best suggestion yet.

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on June 28, 2012
at 04:38 PM

This may sound silly, but go to your local firestation and ask if the guys there know any firemen who are also ranchers. I am a fireman, and I know at least 20 different firemen in my department that are beef ranchers.

E40b2fc9ddcf702bab9d61d28b8c8440

(505)

on June 28, 2012
at 05:11 PM

A fireman beef rancher... I can imagine nothing else sexier!

De9cfdb47ff142453b62bc145e44f9c4

on June 29, 2012
at 01:04 AM

@keeperpoo - Thanks, I'll look into it.

1
98d897c716fab334d015b8004ed0537f

(639)

on June 28, 2012
at 03:29 PM

I get mine at Wegmans

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

(345)

on June 28, 2012
at 09:27 PM

Which Wegman is that that sells grass-fed beef? And what kind of cut?

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on June 28, 2012
at 03:33 PM

I can get buffalo at Safeway. Farms, farmer's markets, Whole Foods (pricey) - or I just eat the regular stuff.

De9cfdb47ff142453b62bc145e44f9c4

on June 29, 2012
at 01:03 AM

I'll check Wegman's near but but I don't remember them selling grass fed.

98d897c716fab334d015b8004ed0537f

(639)

on June 29, 2012
at 02:38 PM

I'm in PA, but I believe they all have it (could be wrong). Check at the far end of the meat case, it's not mixed in with the other stuff. The packaging is green rather than black, there are some images here: https://www.wegmans.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductListView?forwardto=ProductListView&Ne=7&Ntt=grass+fed+beef&langId=-1&Ntk=ProductSearch&storeId=10052&Ntx=mode%20MatchAllPartial&catalogId=10002&N=207%204294966749%204294862171&Ns=P_Velocity|1 Several different cuts are available and they also have pork and lamb.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on December 14, 2012
at 10:27 PM

Yes, I also buy my meat at Wegmans. I know different locations carry different products, based on demand. Talk to the butcher there if you can't find any.

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on April 01, 2016
at 01:55 AM

Vitality Pastures is a local family farm raising 100% grass fed beef and pastured pork in Southern New Jersey. We are selling Quarter beef shares 80lbs for $895. But check the site for current pricing. We"re working on getting prices lower. 40lb shares $465 along with 20lbs $239 are also available. You get a $15 free coupon for first time purchase when you subscribe to the newsletter. We are also send out more coupons through the newsletter for subscibers only. That's new though. Vitsit our site Vitality Pastures for share pictures and info and also our daily farm blog on Facebook. If you have any questions email anytime or call during the day just please leave a message. Good Luck!  

Michael - Owner Vitality Pastures

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on December 14, 2012
at 10:01 PM

We have an excellent selection of grass fed meats and other clean proteins like wild caught seafood and organic chicken. And, we ship to your door! Take a look please! www.toplinefoods.com

0
Da681d976130df15aac3984013aaad6d

on June 28, 2012
at 09:23 PM

I buy bison at wildideabuffalo.com expensive but usually really good.

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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 28, 2012
at 09:15 PM

The local farmers market has several grass fed suppliers to choose from here in northern VA.

Here's a list for New Jersey. http://www.state.nj.us/jerseyfresh/searches/urban.htm

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 29, 2012
at 10:35 AM

125 miles! Sorry about typo. Although most of the meat farmers are closer, that's the limit for the market, and some of the vegetable growers are from the northern neck of VA.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 29, 2012
at 10:32 AM

Forgot prices. Cheapest other than offal is ground beef. Ranges $5-6/lb generally with extra 50c for patties. Have found for $4.50 a few times. Beef liver is usually only $1-2/lb! Short ribs 4.50 to 6, cheapest roast 5-6, steaks escalate from $7 up to 18/lb. Market vendors also carry pork, lamb, goat, chickens, all pastured/grass fed. All within 25 miles. I'm in the main town of a county really into local food. Check some of the other farmers markets. I know not all the markets here have as much choice.

De9cfdb47ff142453b62bc145e44f9c4

on June 29, 2012
at 01:21 AM

Thanks Karen. I've never noticed grass fed beef at the local farmer's markets but its worth looking with a closer eye.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 29, 2012
at 10:33 AM

125 miles! Sorry about typo.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on June 28, 2012
at 08:22 PM

northstarbison.com and the Union SQ Farmer's Market in NYC.

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F694fc245d03b64d6936ddb29f4c9306

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on June 28, 2012
at 06:08 PM

Whole Foods. I believe that they started selling GF at all stores nationwide sometime recently.

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B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

(3924)

on June 28, 2012
at 05:24 PM

Are you only willing to eat 100% grassfed beef? Or are you willing to eat "mostly grassfed" with a little bit of grain supplementation? If you go to your local farmers' market or grocery/natural food stores that sell local beef or just ask around, you can probably find "mostly grassfed" beef (often called "pasture-raised" or "grass-finished" or who knows what else) for a lot less. In fact, the majority of cows raised here in Missouri live on pasture their entire lives up to the day they are slaughtered. Some may get a lot of grain supplementation, some get only a little. Most of the farmers around here are more than willing to tell you all about how they humanely raise their cattle on pasture, how much grain it eats, whether it gets routine antibiotics etc. I just bought a half cow at $3.48 per pound hanging weight (third year in row I've bought from them). The cow spent all it's life roaming around a lovely organic pasture, being well-cared for by farmers who occasionally rolled out a grain bin for about a half hour in the evening "just in case" on days like today when the pasture might not be providing enough nutrients (we're in the middle of a terrible drought). They are hoping to become "100% grassfed" in the next few years and are working to improve their pastures and their herd to that end so each year my meat is a little closer to 100% grassfed and this year I got a new breed of cow that actually marbles fat on grass only and is delish!!! I think I got a damn good deal!

Anyway, I imgaine you can find 100% grassfed beef for cheaper than the price you quoted. And if you want to look for beef that's probably 85 or 90% grassfed, I'm sure you can find some a lot cheaper. One piece of advice: buy a few steaks and some hamburger separately and see if you like the meat's taste and quality before you invest in a quarter or half cow! Not all meat is created equally . . . some breeds of cattle really do taste better on pasture while some taste better on grain.

F3583667d653163c121640a015ffa93a

(784)

on June 28, 2012
at 06:27 PM

"Mostly" grass fed is like being "a little bit" pregnant. It either is or it isn't. I know people who raise nice cattle on grass then feed them grain the last six weeks so the meat is tender. And in the process they totally destroy the idea of grass fed meat. It's either all or nothing in my book.

B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

(3924)

on June 30, 2012
at 06:23 PM

@Graciel, I respectfully disagree with you there. If 90% of the foods I eat are optimal Paleo foods and 10% not, my health and body composition is going to be a lot different than if I ate 10% optimal Paleo foods and 90% processed crap in a box. Likewise, a cow that eats 90% organic pasture grass and 10% organic grains is going to be a lot healthier (with healthier meat) than a cow that eats 10% grass and 90% grains. Meat exists on a continuum from poor quality (processed CAFO) up to premium quality (organic grassfed). The stuff just short of premium is still great meat and very affordable.

De9cfdb47ff142453b62bc145e44f9c4

on June 29, 2012
at 01:14 AM

@ Heidi, I have been eating grain feed so I'm sure just a little grain would be better but I'm looking to make the leap to 100% grass fed.

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A3a4696c919e916ec971691559e9c942

(2043)

on June 28, 2012
at 05:18 PM

I get mine from http://blackwatchfarm.com/. I have never had it shipped so I'm not sure if that would cancel out the savings.

De9cfdb47ff142453b62bc145e44f9c4

on June 29, 2012
at 01:05 AM

Thanks, I'll check them out

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E1c6e8005795364ef33867073e5d4ec1

(109)

on June 28, 2012
at 03:54 PM

I buy mine from a farm in update NY (I live in Westchester). They deliver to Westchester and in NYC on a bi-weekly basis during spring/summer and 1x month in winter. Check out: www.csalewiswaitefarm.com They are a family owned farm that coordinates with about 20 other farms (meats and other stuff) and are very accomodating. You can see all the products offered under the products menu. I've been buying from them for a few years and am very happy with the quality and their prices are better than the farmers markets around me.

De9cfdb47ff142453b62bc145e44f9c4

on June 29, 2012
at 01:05 AM

Thanks, I'll check them out.

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