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Grass-Fed Butter in Canada?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 21, 2012 at 7:53 PM

So for a while now, I've been wanting to experiment with adding some grass-fed/quality butter to my arsenal of foods. They don't seem to sell or ship Kerrygold (a paleo favorite) to Canada. Does anyone have any idea where I may be able to get my hands on some or maybe help me in the right direction. I live in Toronto, but anywhere in Ontario can be fine.

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on October 22, 2012
at 06:29 AM

"Organic Meadow cows are only fed certified organic GRAINS and hay. " this might not be the best choice, ever.

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on October 22, 2012
at 06:09 AM

*Organic Meadow

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on October 22, 2012
at 06:07 AM

I wish there was a clear greatest answer. Up your butter game, canada

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on October 22, 2012
at 06:06 AM

This is the greatest question ever.

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on August 21, 2012
at 10:39 PM

Coming from rural Ontario and knowing some dairy farmers, you are simply not going to find it easily. You are going to have to GO to St. Jacobs, Mennonite country, etc. and look. None of the commercial brands are grass-fed. If I were you, I would just settle for the organic butter and find a butter locally just outside Toronto from a farmer. Your best bed is grazed animals, with minimal grain feed. But that is only in the summer anyways...

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on August 21, 2012
at 09:43 PM

On tuesdays the Riverdale and Trinity Bellwoods Markets. Each one has someone selling grass-fed meat. The Trinity one has Pastured pork, beef, and lamb. On Saturday check out the Brickworks market, lots of meat and cheese sellers there. Wednesday is the Annex Market at Bloor and Borden. There's grassfed cheese and meat sellers here. I don't think you'll specifically find grass-fed butter there, but you will be able to ask the vendors, and they should be able to help you out. You may have to go all the way to the farms to get some!

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Yeah, that'd be awesome. I was going to PM you, but doesn't seem like there is an option (first time poster here). Anyways, yeah, any specific suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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E8bf28bd28f5be7c34d4a1a97e7c1353

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on August 21, 2012
at 08:26 PM

I also live in Toronto. You cannot buy grass-fed butter in stores here. Ask around at the farmer's markets at the stands selling pastured beef. Let me know if you'd like specific suggestions.

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on August 21, 2012
at 09:43 PM

On tuesdays the Riverdale and Trinity Bellwoods Markets. Each one has someone selling grass-fed meat. The Trinity one has Pastured pork, beef, and lamb. On Saturday check out the Brickworks market, lots of meat and cheese sellers there. Wednesday is the Annex Market at Bloor and Borden. There's grassfed cheese and meat sellers here. I don't think you'll specifically find grass-fed butter there, but you will be able to ask the vendors, and they should be able to help you out. You may have to go all the way to the farms to get some!

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on August 21, 2012
at 09:38 PM

Yeah, that'd be awesome. I was going to PM you, but doesn't seem like there is an option (first time poster here). Anyways, yeah, any specific suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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on January 26, 2013
at 08:22 PM

Look for the brand called "Liberte". Organic dairy from Quebec. I read on their site that their cows are grass-fed - except during the Winter.

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on June 20, 2013
at 11:25 AM

Our coop occasionally gets 100% grassfed butter.

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on June 20, 2013
at 09:20 AM

you cant buy kerrygold butter in canada, but you can buy kerrygold cheese.

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on June 19, 2013
at 07:02 PM

Somewhat cheaper than the grass-fed butter oil, and seems to be able to get into Canada, is the grass-fed butter ghee from Pure Indian Foods. I know Ethical Kitchen in North Vancouver stocks it...

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on June 07, 2013
at 01:38 PM

Organic Meadows is a Canadian Organic Dairy co-op. I contacted them to ask about how they feed their cows. It's as close to grass fed as Canada can get.

It's widely available in BC, even at mainstream stores like Superstore.

Here's what they had to say.

"Organic Meadow is a Co-operative with each of our small family-run farms (the herd sizes range in size from 10 to 80 cows) 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, our producers must abide by the organic rules which include that the cows eat primarily grass - so it would apply to all of the co-ops farms.

Throughout the warm months they are out to pasture between April and November eating what they graze. In general the cows are fed approx. 95-100% grass because it’s readily available.

In summer and fall our farmers harvest hay to store and feed the cows during the winter months when the cows are not on pasture. During this time they are also fed a small percentage of grains such as alfalfa, peas, oats, soybeans and corn. In winter 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."

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on May 13, 2013
at 08:20 PM

The cows eat hay in the winter which is grass dried.

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on March 14, 2013
at 06:22 PM

The problem is that most of Canada does not actually HAVE any grass for 7 months out of the year. Can cows just eat hay in the winter or do they need fresh grass? I would guess that unless global warming starts making things really, really warm, we won't have 100% grass-fed butter or any other dairy from Canadian cows anytime soon.

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on February 06, 2013
at 05:15 PM

I've heard that to be labeld organic in canada that the dairy cows have to be pastuered. So simply look for organic butter. I buy organic milk on sale and make yogurt. If you were so inclined you could buy organic milk and make your own butter. There are several videos on youtube how to do it with a food processor but I have never done it.

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on February 06, 2013
at 02:20 AM

Brookers Meats. Sells local grass fed butter at $13.00 a half pound. Ouch.

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on January 26, 2013
at 09:24 PM

i did a little research on this a month ago and only came up L'Ancetre Bio/organic. they are free range so eat grass seasonally and otherwise org grains. closest i could find!

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on January 22, 2013
at 04:16 PM

You can totally get quality grass fed butter in Toronto. You just have to do a little research.

Start here>

http://www.westonaprice.org/local-chapters/find-a-local-chapter#can

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on November 28, 2012
at 11:27 AM

I know Dave Asprey (aka the bulletproof executive) lives in Canada and is a big Kerrygold fan. A few months ago in his podcast I remember him complaining about the fact that Canada has some kind of government monopoly over dairy products or something (I don't remember exactly) and there is some kind of silly legislation that makes it very hard for stores to import the stuff. He said he travels a lot and brings loads of it home with him.

I guess that doesn't really answer your question at all.

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on November 28, 2012
at 02:49 AM

I found some at Wholefoods

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on October 22, 2012
at 05:48 AM

They sell Organic Valley, a grass fed butter brand at Metro supermarkets all around Toronto.

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on October 22, 2012
at 06:09 AM

*Organic Meadow

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on October 22, 2012
at 06:29 AM

"Organic Meadow cows are only fed certified organic GRAINS and hay. " this might not be the best choice, ever.

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on August 24, 2012
at 02:08 AM

You can order Grass fed Butter Oil from ![alt text][1] http://nutraprointl.com

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