I've started buying Grass-finished beef and free-range chicken at my local Sprouts, but the beef is expensive and the chicken I've found out is not so free-range (Rosie's). I used to buy cage-free eggs there too until I realized that that label is meaningless.
I want to start looking at what the local farms can offer. I live in Boulder, CO and am in Denver a lot.
I just want to know what a good rate would be for Grass-Finished beef, Pastured eggs, and pastured chicken. I've read somewhere that 50 cents per pastured egg is a good deal. Is this true? What would good rates be for beef and chicken?
Also, I'm not sure what to look for regarding Pork. What labels are good to look for? Is supermarket pork as bad as supermarket beef, chicken and eggs? What's a good rate for good quality pork (if supermarket pork is out of the question).
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on March 26, 2013
at 08:18 PM
We have a farm in Maryland that produces all of those products. You can check out our website, grandviewfarming.com for pictures and descriptions of how the animals are raised. We have the chicken and egg prices on the site as well but certainly I would not be able to compare them to the prices in CO.
I wanted to post more for advice than to answer the price question, but will say that most of the time you get what you pay for. The most important part, in my opinion would be that you visit the farm that raised your food and that you have a relationship with the farmer. That is far more valuable than the "cost" of the food.
I will say that you are definitely paying for a different product when it comes to pork. Grocery store pork is most likely grown on concrete floors in dirty confinement houses. Pastured pork is far superior in quality, cleanliness, nutrition and taste. Not to mention the positive affect that raising pork on pasture has on the land when done responsibly.
You correctly hinted about meaningless labels. Your best bet is to steer clear of labels and aim for having a first hand knowledge of the production and processing of your food rather than relying on a government-hacked label to tell you.
Check out http://www.localharvest.org/ and other sites like this to find the local food farmer in your area.
I am happy to answer questions, feel free to email me [email protected] if you prefer.
on March 25, 2013
at 10:12 PM
For grass-finished beef in Colorado, look at Sun Prairie Beef (google the name to get their website). The prices seem fairly reasonable to me, if you can store 25 pounds in your freezer at a time, and they do deliveries to various front-range sites about 5 times a year, including this past weekend in the middle of the snowstorm.
I wish I could help you on the other topics, but we get eggs sporadically from my husband's co-worker who has backyard chickens, and I'm afraid she's way below the market. We don't even try to get pastured pork.