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Affordable Sources of Pastured Meat in NorCal/Western United States

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 17, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Hello,

I am located in the San Francisco Bay Area and am looking for affordable sources of pastured meat. I am not really interested in steak cuts--mostly ground beef, beef roasts, beef organs, and pastured chicken. I am also fine purchasing 1/4 of a whole steer.

I am willing to drive to the farm for pickup. Also willing to order from out of state if we can meet in California or the shipping is reasonable (i.e. the total cost per pound doesn't exceed $6.)

Anyone know of good sources?

Thank you! Arthur

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on September 18, 2012
at 07:51 PM

haha hi again Robert. i use Markegard as well!

754ea47f49d14b0d8fd43dec0b5eb932

(55)

on June 18, 2012
at 04:40 PM

That's what I currently do. At my local FM, we have a farmer who raises his own grass-fed beef. However, he's not a regular. I can try making a deal with him for an order. The main problem is consistency.

754ea47f49d14b0d8fd43dec0b5eb932

(55)

on June 18, 2012
at 04:36 PM

Just check them out. Organs seem to be reasonably priced. However, don't you think the cow-shares are too expensive? $6.49/lb for 1/4 cow seems a little steep...

754ea47f49d14b0d8fd43dec0b5eb932

(55)

on June 18, 2012
at 04:35 PM

Thank you, Sol! I sent them an email asking if they deliver to Cali.

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on June 18, 2012
at 04:32 PM

Hi MathGirl72, I did check out eatwild.com. However, it was an experience of paralysis by analysis. I just don't have the time to call each farm/browse each website to find the best deal. ;)

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on July 16, 2012
at 07:41 PM

We like Pampero Ranch (beef & chicken), Holding Ranch (beef & lamb), River Dog (pork, lamb, chicken) Linda's Tasty Pork (Berkshire, Tamworth & Gloucester), 4505 (but watch out for the sugar they sometimes add), and John for the Wooly Pig Mangalitsa.

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on June 17, 2012
at 03:33 PM

Marin Sun Farms is excellent

754ea47f49d14b0d8fd43dec0b5eb932

(55)

on June 18, 2012
at 04:36 PM

Just check them out. Organs seem to be reasonably priced. However, don't you think the cow-shares are too expensive? $6.49/lb for 1/4 cow seems a little steep...

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on September 18, 2012
at 07:15 PM

It's not cheap, but Trader Joe's carries grass fed and finished ground beef for $6.95 a pound. I like that we can buy it when we do our regular shopping--no special trip, mail order, etc. That's worth a few dollars a pound, IMHO.

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on September 18, 2012
at 07:03 PM

Check out Full of Life Farms. They have a special through Sept on a 1/4 cow for $4.99/lb and they have locations in the Bay Area as well as Oregon.

http://www.fulloflifefarm.com/locations/

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on September 18, 2012
at 11:14 AM

markegard family farm in Half Moon Bay, CA. I been to their farm, you got happy cows and happy pigs and they look super healthy. And family is awesome.

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(1178)

on September 18, 2012
at 07:51 PM

haha hi again Robert. i use Markegard as well!

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on June 18, 2012
at 05:21 AM

I've been getting monthly mixed meat boxes from http://www.theforagers.com. It's a mix of beef, chicken, pork, and lamb--different cuts. But no organs (save the bags of giblets that are usually in the chickens).

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on June 18, 2012
at 12:53 AM

Johansing Farms is the cheapest I've found. You can buy 20 lbs ground beef for $100. They are at several farmers market and they will deliver to your house monthly if you like. Call Hilary 510-846-2038 if that is of interest to you.

I really love this farm because they use a mobile slaughterhouse that comes to the farm so the animals aren't stressed out being loaded into a truck to go be killed.

http://johansingfarmsales.com/

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on June 17, 2012
at 11:21 PM

Try Stemple Creek Ranch in Tomales Bay for grass fed lamb and beef. I buy from them at the San Rafael Civic Center Farmers Market. You can buy by the pound or by the quarter/half/whole animal.

Thier website is www.stemplecreek.com and phone 414-883-8253

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on June 17, 2012
at 04:28 PM

Paidom has outstanding quality meat, good prices, and you don't have to buy 1/4 of a cow to get those good prices.

They're in Texas, I'm in New Mexico, they have a delivery route that drops off my order to my neighborhood so it works great for me. Don't know how cost effective shipping is to California.

Here are some of their prices, before shipping:

  • Brisket Roast ($4.80/lb) -- Whole brisket, light trim; ready for the smoker, roaster, or oven (4-10 lbs)
  • Ground Beef ($4.80/lb)
  • Beef heart, kidney (both $2.00/lb), hanging tender ($7.20/lb), liver & sweetbread ($3.90/lb), oxtail, all lamb & pig organs (all $3.00/lb) -- Savory cuts that you won't find just anywhere; available from beef, lamb, pig, or goat (1-3 lbs)
  • Pastured chicken ($3.50/lb) -- Since they're grown outdoors, they can only be raised during the warm season, so we may run out of them during the winter. All of these birds are hand-butchered by E&R Chicks, a licensed facility owned and operated by a couple near Hereford. Currently, we only have WHOLE birds, and most dress out at 3-6 lbs. Each bird has the organs inside the body cavity.

Here's their home page:

http://www.paidom.com/

Here's their contact info:

http://www.paidom.com/feedback.htm

Here's their order page:

http://www.paidom.com/orders.htm

754ea47f49d14b0d8fd43dec0b5eb932

(55)

on June 18, 2012
at 04:35 PM

Thank you, Sol! I sent them an email asking if they deliver to Cali.

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on June 17, 2012
at 04:19 PM

if there is a farmers market near you that sells such meat; you might want to chat up the seller, and perhaps make a deal for x% of the next cow they obtain.. think this is referred to as 'cow-sharing'? worth investigating. Just a thought.

754ea47f49d14b0d8fd43dec0b5eb932

(55)

on June 18, 2012
at 04:40 PM

That's what I currently do. At my local FM, we have a farmer who raises his own grass-fed beef. However, he's not a regular. I can try making a deal with him for an order. The main problem is consistency.

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on June 17, 2012
at 03:13 PM

Check out http://eatwild.com/.

754ea47f49d14b0d8fd43dec0b5eb932

(55)

on June 18, 2012
at 04:32 PM

Hi MathGirl72, I did check out eatwild.com. However, it was an experience of paralysis by analysis. I just don't have the time to call each farm/browse each website to find the best deal. ;)

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