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Grass Fed Beef - Cheaper and easier to find?

Answered on September 27, 2013
Created September 24, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Here in South OC it's pretty tough to find grass fed beef. I usually only find it in places like Whole Foods, Sprouts, or Costco. It's very expensive and there's not much documentation or anything to ensure me that it's grass fed, grass finished, and/or at least lacking in crazy hormones and antibiotics.

Eggs are worse. There's "cage free" eggs in almost every store but what does this mean? They could have been kept in a crowded barn being pumped full of grains and hormones then hit up for eggs at the end of the day right?

It's not easy for everyone to get in touch with a local, grassroots farmer and create a sunny, blue-skys hippy-days relationship. I wish I could.

Tips and tricks to getting the best meat and eggs in the city?

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on September 24, 2013
at 05:07 PM

The one good farm near me (near as in 70+ miles away) is not certified. Their prices are steep but no worse than Sprouts or Costco and I'd feel more comfortable buying from them. Trouble is - they're 70 miles away and Costco is half a mile away. Oh! The tormented mind of an orthorexic!

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on September 24, 2013
at 04:13 PM

Thanks. I already did use that website to find a place 70 miles away that raises lamb and chickens and gets their beef from another place a couple hundred miles away. It's better than nothing but frankly I'm hoping for something cheaper and easier than working with the farm on the other side of the mountain who works with the farm on the other side of the state. South OC is a really crappy place to live in regards to farms.

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on September 27, 2013
at 01:46 PM

On the note of eggs: I can't find any pastured eggs in the area that are reasonably priced ($5 a dozen, which is WAY out of my price range, considering how many I eat) so I focus on getting eggs from animals that are well treated. I preferentially buy from a local farm that feeds their chickens grains but treats them well and will occasionally buy eggs from a national supplier that is humane society certified (think organic valley does eggs that are HSC). I'll also rotate between standard eggs and eggs from chickens supplemented with omega 3; I'm guessing the chickens are being fed flax, which is mainly ALA, but I'm thinking the chickens are probably converting at least some portion of that ALA to DHA/EPA before it makes it into the eggs. That's the hope at least.

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on September 24, 2013
at 04:18 PM

I'm in the same boat you are. Alot of times things seem so scandalous, yet you must accept that some things we may never know in this age until we have the time to know. I wonder the same thing about how walmart can sell a can of wild-caught salmon for 2.88$- did they farm the fish, dunk them in a beach and net them up? Lol. though here in east texas there are quite a few farms on the directory, however all of their prices are equally expensive. I'm not sure what exactly the more experienced ones are recommending-- calling farms and asking for better prices? My best guess would be to find a farm that's not certified, since being certified costs something around 15k a year. Maybe these farms can afford lower prices. You could also buy a 1/2 in bulk, though what you'll need to do is find a group to split it with, or buy a deep freezer. One place to start would be to earn a little extra money online to support a shopping income. Maybe something like fiverr or freebiejeebies could help you. Sincerely, Alan.

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on September 24, 2013
at 05:07 PM

The one good farm near me (near as in 70+ miles away) is not certified. Their prices are steep but no worse than Sprouts or Costco and I'd feel more comfortable buying from them. Trouble is - they're 70 miles away and Costco is half a mile away. Oh! The tormented mind of an orthorexic!

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on September 24, 2013
at 04:13 PM

I live near Aliso Viejo, CA BTW if that helps.

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on September 24, 2013
at 03:59 PM

http://www.eatwild.com/products/california.html

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on September 24, 2013
at 04:13 PM

Thanks. I already did use that website to find a place 70 miles away that raises lamb and chickens and gets their beef from another place a couple hundred miles away. It's better than nothing but frankly I'm hoping for something cheaper and easier than working with the farm on the other side of the mountain who works with the farm on the other side of the state. South OC is a really crappy place to live in regards to farms.

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