I live in Barcelona and I was wondering if there are any other Catalan and/or Spanish paleo-ers out there that know where to find grass fed meats and pastured eggs?
All the "organic" meats and eggs here brag about being fed a solely corn and soy based diet, so I've been sticking to the conventional meat, which I understand is largely pastured until the last few months of life. I have not been able to find grass fed meat anywhere!
When I have the money I do spring for jamon de bellota (ham from free range Iberian race pigs that eat mainly fallen acorns) but at 70-120 ???/kilo I find myself only buying 100-200 grams at a time.
Regarding eggs, there are the "ous de pag??s" (huevos camperos) but I really don't trust how pastured they are (some boxes, too, brag of the soy/cereal based diet)
Thanks in advance!
asked byJoan (668)
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on April 13, 2011
at 09:26 PM
100% grass fed in the Pyrenees from autoctonous race cattle
Don't know if they ship outside of Catalunya, though
on March 08, 2012
at 08:48 PM
I live in the Sierra de Aracena in SW Spain, and many folks hereabouts raise sheep and goats. So it's just a question of buying a lamb or a kid, or having a friend give you one, and you slaughter it. Only sure way I know of getting genuine grass fed animals.
About 20 years ago I learnt to slaughter and butcher animals. Sound awful I suppose, and although I love animals, I do it to eat.
on June 26, 2010
at 08:44 AM
Hi Shawn. We are in Catalonia as well, moved here from NY a year or so ago. In NY we could easily find 100% grass-fed and finished meats in the farmer's markets. The best we can find here is the vedella ecologica dels Pirineus. It's year old calf meat that has been grass-and-milk-fed loose in the Pirinees prairies for 7 months. Then it goes through 3 months of free-range fattening. Which means it is fed organic grains but each calf has access to 1.5 hectare of open grass field. Then, for 30 days it is fed only organic grain. In barcelona there are several butcheries that carry this meat. We have frequented the one on El mercat de Santa Catarina on ciutat vella. But we know there are some on the markets of Gracia as well.
on April 11, 2016
at 11:29 AM
Just came across this forum. I live in Guadalajara, have an auto-immune condition and need 100% grass-fed meat. Have just found a place in Ávila that sells two kinds of organic beef, one of them 100% grass-fed. Don't know prices and transportation conditions yet. Check them out: "Dehesa de la Serna".
on December 21, 2014
at 06:46 AM
It does not sound grass fed to me... am I missing something?
From the Terneralascasas website:
"The product we offer is beef about 8 months old and whose diet is based on milk and cereals and legumes of our organic farming.
Our cattle are at liberty throughout his life, feeding naturally from our grasses and grains, which are free from any kind of chemicals and pesticides and pesticides."
on November 15, 2013
at 06:12 PM
I'm also a paleo(ish) dieter in Barcelona, and eat grass fed beef, I've got a good contact, though you'll need to buy minimum 5kg at a time.
It's 100% grass fed, grazed in the Pyrenees during Summer, then moved to Montserrat during winter.
It's a little lean, as the cows are slaughtered at 1 year, whereas if you're used to grass fed beef from UK or US it'll typically have been killed at 2 (and had a lot more grass to much on), but still good.
Here's some info (I'd have uploaded the pdf flyer but file size too big:
5 kg de Carn 75 € (15,00€/kg) Inclou exclusivament carn per fer a la planxa: filet, bistec, entrecot, xurrasco, escalopa, carn picada i hamburgueses. 10 kg de Carn 125 € (12,50€/kg) 15 kg de Carn 180 € (12,00€/kg) 20 kg de Carn 240 € (12,00€/kg) En els altres lots, a més a més de les peces per fer a la planxa, t’oferim més opcions per poder cuinar la carn de vedella amb múltiples possibilitats: filet, bistec, entrecot, xurrasco, escalopa, lligats, fricandó, daus per guisar, carn picada i hamburgueses. Des de Mas Brunet han tingut cura i supervisat directament tots els detalls. Totes les peces de vedella van tallades, filetejades, etiquetades i envasades al buit. L’envasat al buit garanteix una òptima conservació del producte. lots: 100% VEDELLA ECOLÒGICA I CATALANA lliurament
To order contact Barbara on
e-mail a email@example.com or
telèfon 629 75 63 20.
on March 21, 2013
at 11:57 PM
Hi there! Here it is one more from Barcelona. Well, I'm a pretty weird situation right now. I've been an ovo-lacto-vegetarian for 5 years for personal believes. It worked more or less well but now, after being aware of the potential problems with grains, legumes and omega 6 I narrowed even more my food choices and in the end decided to gave up on vegetarianism and accept evolution so I'm back eating again some animal meat.
It's not that I like the idea a lot, but if I shall go this route, I want the possible best quality so better be informed and have good sources at least. So...
I've seen here the debate is mostly around beef. Well, I think it would be interesting to list places where we could find other kind of animal products that are fresh and grass-fed (and if possible, economic...)
For example, I've had some troubles with eggs (and that has been my most reliable source of animal protein/fat for some time now). Most places sell 'organic eggs' but is difficult just as @Joan said to know if that means pasture raised or just that they eat organic grains. Right now, when I'm able to, I get to 'Biospace' and buy the Espartizal ones that state that chickens are grown freely and also high in Omega 3 (so that should mean that their food is at least good quality). They even have the numbers of DHA and EPA and a class 0 digit number so it's the best I've found until now.
My other concern is with milk and cheese. Even in organic stores there's no claim that any dairy product comes from grass-fed cows (or goats/sheeps). There's plenty stating organic but again, as some of you noticed, we don't care organic as much as grass-fed... Have you ever find some reliable source of grass-fed dairy? At least, at Carrefour they sell Kerrygold butter which seems to be top quality Irish butter that comes from grass-fed cows. When I'm not cooking with olive oil and do it with butter, I try to let it be this one.
I'd also be interested in pork. Shouldn't there be 'jamón' that is not as expensive and pure race as 'bellota' yet it can pasture? i've found the brand 'Jamón de trévelez' at Mercadona which is 'Jamón Serrano' (not 'Ibérico') but it says that their porks do pasture free, but I've found some evidence on some web sites that this shall be 'recebo' and thus they do not...
on April 29, 2012
at 09:59 AM
Does anyone know much about Iberico Pork? I much prefer the Iberico manteca (lard) to the other lard in the supermarket and we sometimes buy Iberico pork but I really don't know just how natural their diet is?
on March 08, 2012
at 04:55 PM
Aspiring paleo eater here, living in Castelldefels, working in the friendly city. I'd be very interested in a meetup to discuss Paleo shopping solutions in BCN. My focus so far has been removing the big NO-NOs from my diet but next up should be finding clean products for what remains on the plate.
As it is very related to Paleo, are there any CrossFit boxes up in BCN yet? I've only come across the Kettlebells group up in Lesseps.
Tobbi G. firstname.lastname@example.org
on February 09, 2012
at 07:20 PM
Hi fellow paleo-eaters! I have been looking for paleo dieters in Barcelona but did not find much. Just to add a bit on paleo here. I order a lot of superfood from the UK as they offer fair prices on shipping and I find that the range of products is much better than what I can find here. It is also very time-consuming to go and check every tiny bio etc. shop in the city if you want something. I have not managed yet to source good meet or easy-to-get bio veg&fruit. Also, do you know anyone where could I buy almond meal or coconut flour?
Most importantly, would you be anyone up for a meeting next week to talk about Paleo&living in Bcn?
Many thanks. Zuz
on February 04, 2012
at 09:57 PM
Hi - I'm new to Paleo and live near Orihuela in Costa Blanca. I find it difficult to get information about the source of any meats and can't find coconut oil at all. I know I can get coconut oil online but does anyone know if there is any chance of being able to order grass fed meat online too?
on November 26, 2011
at 12:27 PM
The big problem here in Spain is that everyone is convinced that produce is exceptional when in reality it isn't, so I also get weird looks when I ask for the origin of food and if it was grassed or not....In Mercat Fort Pienc they have a quality butcher with beef from Llieda that was real tasty. but, I'm not exactly looking for tasty...I'm looking for grass-fed, which by default is probably tastier..
on November 26, 2011
at 12:23 PM
Found some real good beef in La Illa in a store called Bovinum. The "chuleton de buy Cebon" apparently was almost 100% grass fed...at least that's what they said. But, it was sort of marbled like a grain fed steak...so, just not sure...
It would be great to meet up and discuss these issues.
on November 10, 2011
at 11:55 PM
Hello everyone! I'm ecstatic to find other Paleo eaters living in Barcelona! I've been trying to find grass-fed beef here for years and had almost given up. So difficult to get a straight answer from suppliers. People look at me like I'm crazy when I ask around, say in the Boqueria. I'll check out these suppliers you mention here.
Is everyone familiar with Meetup? http://www.meetup.com/ Perhaps we can create a group on there and organize some meetings and events. It would be great to meet other paleo eaters and to be able to share resources and ideas.
Is anyone interested?
on October 16, 2011
at 10:02 PM
Make that 4. I started reading Perfect Health diet in Boston last year before moving here in January. I've been shopping at Mercat de la Barceloneta finding produce equal to La boqueria and without the crowds, but thought that grassfed was a lost cause here. "vedella de pastura" is a welcome addition to my vocabulary!
@Jamie I talked about cooking in butter with a local here and she was horrified :-D
on October 14, 2011
at 10:44 AM
Another paleohacker from Barcelona here!
Online I've found this:
But you've got to buy veal. I know a butcher in one of the municipal markets who has told me she can get 100% grassfed beef from Galicia, but I haven't had time to speak to her about it yet. Another option is quality argentinian beef from a specialist butcher. So how many paleohackers are we in Barcelona? 3?
on October 13, 2011
at 09:46 PM
I'm a paleo eater looking for grassfed beef as well. I live in Barcelona. Any updated info?
Thanks a lot for your help!
on January 30, 2011
at 09:46 AM
Although I am not into bullfighting and agree with it's ban in Catalonia, living in Murcia, I get good grass fed bull meat and horse meat from the butcher beside the bull ring at a good price.