Grass-fed food directory

domi

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dant said:
I am in Oregon as you
know, and it is not easy to determine if the lists show 100%
grain free (or grass-fed & free-ranging w/o grain), so this
means I would have to call each farm to ensure the meat is
"pure".

I usually visit the websites of these ranches/farms first. They usually talk about how they raise the animals.
I haven't had to call to find out more info.

dant said:
Also, I would have to ask if they can do the butchering
since we live in the burbs.

Just ordered some meats locally and everything is already butchered, cut up/ground and frozen.
That seems to be pretty standard.
 

dant

The Living Force
Ok, thanks domi.

I will be researching more on the farms to make sure the
criterias that I require can be met, and see about getting
fat/bones for rendering & Bone broth.
 

societe humaine

The Force is Strong With This One
hi,

you do have to be careful in france with corn (maize) fed animals. they feed it to everything in the winter; and i'm sure we have gmo trials on the corn down our way. french farmers are not the most compassionate bunch.

we are lucky to have a very good butcher in the village and for top money you can get good meat. but i still prefer to buy whole animals from farmers we have met and trust. the best thing is the free bones for stock. not many people want them apparently.

we have started our small holding in our borrowed back garden with a few chickens. next spring we are planning on a couple of lambs. the only way forward imho.

all the best,

jeff
 

luc

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For the Germans: I recently found a very good online source for 100% Grassfed beef (Highland) for very reasonable prices (like 8 Euro/kilo depending on the type of meat). You can order bones as well for 2 Euro/kg and delicious sausages.

They sell both directly on the farm and online via an EBay-Shop, which you find here:

_http://stores.ebay.de/derhoflieferanthochmoor

They deliver fast and the meat is great!

They also sell organic pork and lard, though from the description on their site it seems that they feed their pigs (a traditional race) at least a small amount of corn and wheat. Still the best I could find so far - any more advice from the Germans here?
 

Oxajil

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Found another one for Dutchies living in Groningen or Drenthe: _http://lokaalenlekker.nl/adressen/grasdierdorp/ (grassfed pork, sheep and even naturally fed chickens, but best to ask to know for sure)

There is also this website that sells organic and ''scharrel'' meat: _http://www.okvlees.nl/ (the prices look decent to me)
 
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Gertrudes

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For EU buyers, this isn't a grass fed meat website but rather a seller from ebay from which I have bought the most delicious pure "Pata Negra, jamon ibérico de bellota" ham, purely acorn fed.

Pata negra is well known in Spain and Portugal as a high standard breed of pork. If you read wikipedia's entry, you'll see that within Pata Negra bellota is the finest because of the way the piglets are raised and fed.
Our ham is about 6kg but it's a whole leg so you have to acount for the bone, and it is a very long one at that. I would think that in meat we initially had about 5 to 5.5kg. It is utterly delicious and it comes with a very thick fat layer, it actually took us a while to reach the meat :)

I would strongly advise any buyers to also get a ham stand, and a fork with protection plus a carving knife, I ended up with some pretty nasty cuts on my fingers before I had the stand and the fork. Even with the fork, I am now only cutting the ham directing the knife away from me.

It is an auction type of buy, so the price may vary. The seller always starts at 99p, but you can end up anywhere between 35 and 100pounds (roughly 125 Euros at the current rate), we bought ours for 48, plus 24 of delivery. I have done a lot of searching and, all in all, it is the best and cheapest bellota ham I have so far found delivering to UK. If you are in the habit of buying ham, any type of ham, buying this one will probably end up being cheaper because you're buying in bulk. Where I live it ends up being even cheaper than supermarket nitrate loaded ham which, sold at 200g a packet, ends up being twice the price, if not more.

Link here:

_http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=261103144242

He also has more in store and keeps adding new ones.
 

Deckard

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Thanks for the tip Gertrudes, I am sure that the bone can be used for broth afterwards.
 

Deckard

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Whats the longest you kept open ham on the room temperature?

BTW they also have nice and inexpensive ham stands on ebay

_http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Top-Quality-Genuine-Authentic-Spanish-Jamon-Ham-Stand-/261100706353?pt=UK_Home_Garden_Food_SM&hash=item3ccad09a31
 
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Gertrudes

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H.E. said:
Thanks for the tip Gertrudes, I am sure that the bone can be used for broth afterwards.

That was my thinking as well :)

H.E. said:
Whats the longest you kept open ham on the room temperature?

BTW they also have nice and inexpensive ham stands on ebay

_http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Top-Quality-Genuine-Authentic-Spanish-Jamon-Ham-Stand-/261100706353?pt=UK_Home_Garden_Food_SM&hash=item3ccad09a31

Well, this is only my first ham, and so far I've had it for about 3 weeks and it looks just fine. My fear was that it would make my open kitchen, therefore the rest of the house, smelly, but no smell at all either.
Hams should be able to last for a long time at room temperature though.

I bought precisely that ham stand but do not recommend it. I chose that one because it was the cheapest, but it is so flimsy that I have to hold it tight when I'm cutting the ham. I also think that this one may be designed for smaller hams, the one I have is big, and the leg bone is also very long, as soon as I placed the ham on the stand the upright back support began to detach from the bottom and there is no way it will go back to place.

Cheap will turn out expensive because I'll have to get a new, sturdier, ham stand. There were a few good ones on amazon.co.uk that I discarded because of the price, but I think it'll be a good investment on the long run.

Edit: clarification
 

ctw5000

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Cool Springs Ranch in saskatchewan for grass fed beef,pork,chicken...We got an order last week and we're very happy..A little more expensive but worth it.
 

Deckard

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This is the cheapest model of ham stands I managed to find -65.00 USD - some of the models sell for over 1,000 USD?!
_http://www.jamon.com/products/j-jm-06.html


Notice the price of the ham similar to the one you linked on eBay- it is over 600 USD
 
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Gertrudes

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H.E. said:
This is the cheapest model of ham stands I managed to find -65.00 USD - some of the models sell for over 1,000 USD?!
_http://www.jamon.com/products/j-jm-06.html


Notice the price of the ham similar to the one you linked on eBay- it is over 600 USD

Sorry for having taken so long to reply Herr, last 2 days have been busy here.
Those are very expensive ham stands! I'm not very sure, but from the picture the 65.00 USD stand doesn't look strong to me, at least not considering the size of the leg I have/had at home, which is rapidly disappearing....

I've been looking at this one:

_http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003XUPI8I/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&smid=A2H09V5SQ44RXB

We've been assessing our priorities here though, and since we need a new mattress, proper water filter, some house work done, we may keep the one we have right now for a while longer.
 

cholas

Dagobah Resident
For you folks in the u s, this site is a great resource.

Www.localharvest.org

Seems mostly geared towards produce but many farms offering grass fed meats. There were over 800 farms in the state I was searching in(!), most without a webpage.
 

Str!ke

Padawan Learner
FWIW,
For people in the US, found this:
  • For Dairy products, Eggs and pastured butter (though pasteurized)
    "Organic Valley"
    _http://www.organicvalley.coop/
  • For USDA, meat, grass fed beef 1(only in seasons)
    "Organic Prairie"
    _http://www.organicprairie.com/organic_certification

[quote author=_http://www.organicprairie.com/pasture_benefits_p1]1(only in seasons)
[...](grass-eating) animals have access to well-managed pasture as a significant portion of their feed whenever it is in season—a minimum of 3 months in most regions. Many Organic Prairie farmers pasture their livestock for all but the coldest winter months.[/quote]
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And for those that are in Mexico, found this site where it lists a lot of providers of organic livestock, though not sure which is grass-fed. FWIW
  • _http://vinculando.org/organicos/directorio_de_agricultores_organicos_en_mexico/productores_de_ganaderia_organica_en_mexico_por_estado_20.html
 
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