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Humanely-Raised Meat in Brooklyn?

trencherman Jan 25, 2007 08:37 AM

or should I say organic? or sustainably raised? I would prefer sustainable.
I live in Ft. Greene and I don't know where to get any good meat, help!
PS- yes the co-op is great. I cant' go in there without alarms going off, so save your posts.

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    JeremyEG Jul 29, 2008 07:46 PM

    Yes, the prices for pastured meat are higher than factory processed meats. The price should be higher. Meat cannot be produced safely or humanely for the $2 a lb that supermarkets sometimes sell it for. Those who can afford to buy responsibley raised meats should buy them. It encourages the development of more responsible farms and eventually brings down the price. I remember in college when I had to special order a free range chicken for $6/lb. That was in 1998. Things sometimes change for the better. : )

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      ben61820 Jan 27, 2007 11:27 AM

      it does seem that dinesfarm is the best somewhat-local source for pastured, sustainable meat product.s

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        Ralphus Jan 26, 2007 06:02 AM

        I use Fairway and Fresh Direct. Probably not the best sources, but decent prices.

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          LED Jan 25, 2007 06:47 PM

          Look for Dines Farms at the Ft. Green Farmers' Market on Saturdays. All of their meats and poultry are great. Excellent hot dogs and sausages too.


          Reasonable prices for pasture raised meat. Very, very fresh. I'm not sure, but I think you can places your order with them ahead of time to pick up at the market.

          1. bolletje Jan 25, 2007 06:20 PM

            I usually just get my meat at the grand army plaza green market and keep it in the freezer until needed. The supermarket situation in this part of brooklyn is pretty bad. I haven't been to a local supermarket in two months probably. I grab stuff like sugar and ketchup at the bodega and everything else at the green market or chelsea market.

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              Larry Brooks Jan 25, 2007 01:30 PM

              Foragers Market in Dumbo from what I recall exclusively carries "humane" and "organic" grown meat. Now the prices.........

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                dixieday2 Jan 25, 2007 12:44 PM

                At the grand army plaza farmers market (saturdays) there is usually beef, sometimes pork, lamb and turkey, all local and humanely raised. Not too much there now but definitely check it out when it gets a little warmer

                1. Tuttle Jan 25, 2007 09:38 AM

                  The meat at L'Epicerie (Vanderbilt, south of DeKalb) is supposed to be all of these things. They will also order anything you want on a day's notice.

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                    bigmackdaddy Jan 25, 2007 05:28 PM

                    That sounds very interesting.

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                      BohFoisSelecta Jan 25, 2007 07:47 PM

                      Go there and pay out of your bung for it. They sell organic avocados for 2.75!

                      And as far as Foragers goes, fuggetaboutit! Man only a sucker would shop there.

                      Im assuming what's being talked about here is "natural" beef/meats. The title misleads: the cow is killed and cut up, how humane does that sound?

                      I can offer you Garden of Eden in the Heights, good selection of meats. Other than that Whole Foods, or try the Green Market or the one in Ft Green. But have fun in the cold (shopping outside today is inhumane!)

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                        Ralphus Jan 26, 2007 06:05 AM

                        I believe the title was "humanely raised". Obviously killing an animal is not humane, but how they are treated before the slaughter is important to a lot of people.

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                          Tuttle Jan 26, 2007 06:28 AM

                          Erm, is it particularly surprising when a 400 sq. foot mom and pop store that sells mainly specialty items has organic avocados which cost 50 cents more than not-organic avocados at chain stores?

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                            BohFoisSelecta Jan 26, 2007 09:34 PM

                            I can appreciate the "specialty" in a specialty store and honestly it's convenient for me to shop there cause its down the street from me. But I could walk to Associated and get the same (almost/sometimes) quality with a much better selection for about 2/3 the cost. And I must give it up for them: bomb cheese selection, I scored a Chablis Chalencey there over the summer!

                            Anyone ever do the dinner they have there on Saturday?

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