Yesterday I went on a hunt looking for grass fed better in Toronto, even though I know is doesn't exist. I e-mailed a few companies asking about the feed of their animals and here is a reply I got from Organic Meadows:
"Good afternoon Chelsea:
Thank you for writing to us.
Organic Meadow is a Co-operative with each of our small family-run farms being independently owned and operated. What happens on each farm is slightly different, depending on the cow breed, the soil type, the amount of land they have etc.
Being certified organic, they all must abide by the organic rules which include that the cows must eat primarily grass. Throughout the warm months they are all out to pasture between approx. April (it will be a bit later this year) and November eating what they graze. However, during the winter months when cows on not on pasture, eating only grass is difficult. What they are also given is alfalfa, peas, oats, soybeans, corn etc. During the summer months, in general, the cows are fed 95-100% grass because its readily available. Our farmers also collect the hay for storage to feed the cows during the winter months. During the winter months the amount of grass would be about 70-85% depending on the farm and the quantity of the hay that they were able to bring in from their fields. All of their feed must be 100% certified organic, non GMO and must not contain any animal byproducts.
We can't say our butter is 100% grass fed but it's pretty close.
I hope this helps but if you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kathy Ecclestone Customer Service
Organic Meadow RR5 Guelph ON N1H6J2 1-866-767-9694"
Not a bad reply I thought. Soy and corn suck and Im sure the butter will be a mixture of different cows from different farms, but realistically from my research this is the best we will find locally, unless you have a connection through a farmer. Which I only know beef farmers around here!
What are you thoughts on the Organic Meadow?
asked byCm (80)
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on April 12, 2013
at 12:26 PM
Brooker's Meats now has grass fed butter in the GTA!
WE NOW CARRY PASTURED, OR GRASS FED BUTTER!
This grass fed butter is made at a local dairy from milk from 100% grass fed animals to produce the healthiest butter on the market. This unique grass fed butter is available in half pound containers. Supplies are limited. We now carry our grass fed butter in a salted and unsalted variety.
You can try placing an order and checking out their delivery schedule in and around the GTA. I would assume this stuff FLIES off the shelves, so keep checking back regularly if it's not currently available. Other than that your best bet is to ask around at the farmer's markets at the stands selling pastured beef if you want 100% GF butter.
As for Organic Meadow, it is far better than anything else you can find in the grocery store's here that's for sure -- I use it to make ghee and love it!