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Hack the Unintended Consequences of My Awesome Local Food Culture

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 03, 2011 at 11:37 PM

I am blessed to live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I can get 52 varieties of organic lettuce, raw milk, and beautiful grassfed beef wherever, whenever, or so it seems.

The downside? All the things that books, blogs and people tell me I should be getting "dirt cheap or even free" are anything but.

For example: I just came home from the butcher (with whom I'm a regular shopper and rather friendly. Not sure I've yet "made friends" with him, as the books, blogs and people advise if I want the good deals, but still). I spent $1.29/lb on chicken feet for broth. A great deal for sure. But I also spent $10.93 on a beef heart. All my online and literary sources tell me beef hearts should be throwaway parts to be had for a song. Yikes.

I get my grass-fed beef from a meat csa at a consistent $7.99 a pound. Meats that are unusual or generally regarded as less expensive, such as goat, are equally pricey.

My question: What, other than going broke trying to feed two adults and a toddler, am I doing wrong? Are there secret offal sources, secret cheap, good meat sources that everyone knows about except me?

Anyone else in a big metro area struggling with the same thing?

Thanks! Koko

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on September 05, 2011
at 07:00 PM

I just sent you a note via your website!

32d2f8a41a121608d07aa68aa17991c7

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on September 05, 2011
at 02:13 AM

Well, all things considered, I want to continue supporting my local meat farm so I will keep doing my csa rather than doing mailorder. It is good to know the mailorder companies exist though. They are a lot less expensive.

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on September 04, 2011
at 11:41 PM

Sorry Dragonfly! I actually meant that I think Rogue Nutritionist and I are in the same area and it would be nice to know other Paleos! :)

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:40 AM

Karen~ EatWild has listings geographically for the US & Canada.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

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on September 04, 2011
at 04:26 AM

Forgive me, I looked around for how to send a message direct but couldn't find anything. Rogue Nutritionist, I'm in Ashland and have been wondering if there are others around these parts. I wish I could figure out a way to get some contact info to you...

32d2f8a41a121608d07aa68aa17991c7

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on September 04, 2011
at 03:52 AM

Thank you, Sara. I'll check them out.

32d2f8a41a121608d07aa68aa17991c7

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on September 04, 2011
at 03:52 AM

Thank you, JS. I will check them out.

32d2f8a41a121608d07aa68aa17991c7

(597)

on September 04, 2011
at 03:52 AM

Thanks, Rogue. I belong to a meat csa from a farm up north and get nearly everything we eat daily from them. I love the meat but it doesn't seem any less expensive than if I buy it at the chi chi meat counter in the chi chi Ferry Building foodie paradise. I should comparison shop. Thanks for the link.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on September 04, 2011
at 01:30 AM

http://www.eatwild.com/

32d2f8a41a121608d07aa68aa17991c7

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on September 03, 2011
at 11:48 PM

Drat. I was hoping there was something I wasn't hip to. I go to Asian markets for veg and eggs, never have for fish or meat. Thank you for the tip.

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1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on September 04, 2011
at 12:49 AM

Brandon natural beef delivers grass fed to your door for $5/lb ground. $9/lb steaks. They send them in 10lb packs on a monthly subscription. I'm switching to them soon, I currently get 1/4 steers elsewhere.

32d2f8a41a121608d07aa68aa17991c7

(597)

on September 04, 2011
at 03:52 AM

Thank you, Sara. I'll check them out.

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Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on September 04, 2011
at 12:43 AM

San Francisco is a super trendy foodie place...I live five hours north and was just down visiting my brother...restaurants are serving goat, offal, etc. for top dollar, so you're going to be hard pressed to get good meat deals in the city...I would shop around outside the city for deals straight from farmers if I were you.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on September 05, 2011
at 07:00 PM

I just sent you a note via your website!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on September 04, 2011
at 10:40 AM

Karen~ EatWild has listings geographically for the US & Canada.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on September 04, 2011
at 01:30 AM

http://www.eatwild.com/

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on September 04, 2011
at 11:41 PM

Sorry Dragonfly! I actually meant that I think Rogue Nutritionist and I are in the same area and it would be nice to know other Paleos! :)

32d2f8a41a121608d07aa68aa17991c7

(597)

on September 04, 2011
at 03:52 AM

Thanks, Rogue. I belong to a meat csa from a farm up north and get nearly everything we eat daily from them. I love the meat but it doesn't seem any less expensive than if I buy it at the chi chi meat counter in the chi chi Ferry Building foodie paradise. I should comparison shop. Thanks for the link.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on September 04, 2011
at 04:26 AM

Forgive me, I looked around for how to send a message direct but couldn't find anything. Rogue Nutritionist, I'm in Ashland and have been wondering if there are others around these parts. I wish I could figure out a way to get some contact info to you...

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39ccdc07ecb843b6399e0df9c1a6aa1a

on September 04, 2011
at 12:07 AM

You can try shopping online. I use US Wellness Meats at www.grasslandbeef.com. You can sometimes get good deals in the sales sections. The offals (liver, kidneys, and heart) are priced pretty well too.

32d2f8a41a121608d07aa68aa17991c7

(597)

on September 04, 2011
at 03:52 AM

Thank you, JS. I will check them out.

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on September 03, 2011
at 11:41 PM

You aren't doing much wrong, its just the place where you live. One thing you could try is to find Asian specialty stores that have better prices on fresh fish. Sometimes you can get weird cuts and end pcs. for cheaper. It might take some digging.

32d2f8a41a121608d07aa68aa17991c7

(597)

on September 03, 2011
at 11:48 PM

Drat. I was hoping there was something I wasn't hip to. I go to Asian markets for veg and eggs, never have for fish or meat. Thank you for the tip.

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